Mumbai is finally bidding goodbye to the scorching summer (at least, we hope so!) and the monsoon is making its way in. What’s better than Mumbai monsoons?! So get ready to pack your bags and set off on a wonderful trekking experience with the family to these places that are only 200 kms from the maddening Mumbai streets. Get set go!
What’s special: What if we told you that there is a small paradise 90 km from Mumbai where the grass appears greener, the air smells better, and the birds sing sweeter?
Before you write this idea off as impossibly unattainable, allow us to introduce you to Wada, one of Maharashtra’s best-kept secrets. The magnificent Vaitarna River, whose banks this lovely town calls home, provides the town with its life power.
2. The Forest Club Resort
What’s special: We have India’s Largest Meandering Pool at The Forest Club Resort, and our opulent executive rooms have direct access to it.
Karjat is easily accessible from all modes of transportation and is only 1.5 hours from Mumbai and Pune. It is perched on top of a hill with tranquil vistas of vegetation and is close to both cities. When everything around you moves to the rhythm of nature, it’s simple to fall in love with its majesty. Even before you enter, you experience something special. A magnificent atmosphere is created by the friendly vibes, stunning & distinctive trees, huge meandering pool, infinity pool, abundant conveniences, and a contemporary appearance. This offers a pleasurable stay experience at one of the top resorts, along with the ideal hospitality.
3. Im Mahabaleshwar
What’s special: Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa offers a distinctive travel encounter. Our 5-star hotel in the Western Ghats is surrounded by 27 acres of natural evergreen trees and offers a level of luxury that no other resort in Mahabaleshwar can match. Relax in your stylish room or suite, which features a private balcony with breathtaking views, large soaking tubs, and plush beds. Swim in the pool outside or unwind in the Infinity Pool while looking out over the valley.
4. The Blue Bella
What’s special: The company owes its beginnings to the owners’ roving love; it was founded by three young engineers. This place is exquisitely located in the steep mountains, in peace and tranquilly of Mountain settlements, waterfall, and water flowing. They all three had the idea to open a beautiful resort at the beginning of 2021, so you could say that it was coincidental that they saw this beautiful place and it was love at first sight. This beautiful affair began in July 2021.
5. Jumbo Farms
What’s special: If the idea of spending on air tickets is keeping you from a getaway, there are plenty of places that are a world away from the concrete jungle. Way beyond the crowds, Jumbo Farms is perfect to get away from it all. If you like your mornings cool and with views, drive to Pawna Lake and arrive at this gorgeous farm. And guess what? With Curly Tales Exclusive offers, you can avail stays at this property.
6. Challet 1228
What’s special: Chalet 1228 Kusur is a seven-bedroom villa with a view of the magnificent Kusur that lets you relax and unwind. The tranquil views and lush vegetation offer the ideal respite from the busy city life. Enter a seductive universe contained by this refuge as you unwind by the pool or delight in regional cuisine against stunning scenery. Take advantage of this lovely villa to soak in Kusur’s tranquilly.
7. Amanzi Resort
What’s special: Be spellbound by this kaleidoscope of crystal-clear seas, vivid skies, and air scented with peaceful happiness. Come see AMANZI, the biggest treasure of the Western Sahyadris. AMANZI, a luxury resort with views of the Pawna Dam’s lovely waters, is a haven of quiet rest.
8. Forest Hill Stala
What’s special: This Eco Retreat, tucked away in a forest near the Kuda caves, pampers the senses and aids in your holistic self-discovery as the immaculate nature around you degrades.
Forest Hills, located in Raigad, is around 160 kilometres from Mumbai and Pune.
9. Asanja In The Wilderness
What’s special: SaffronStays AsanjA Titaly, India’s first earth-shelter home, is a distinctive 2-bedroom subterranean home with breathtaking views of Machindragad and Gorakhgad and the ideal balance of luxury and rural relaxation. With natural light streaming in from the curved windows and skylights, the bedrooms are roomy and bright. Both bedrooms are accessible.
10. Cas Mae Alibaug
What’s special: It is situated close to Akshi Beach. The Casa Mae Luxury Resorts and SPA is one of Alibaug’s most well-liked and well-known budget hotels. Customers highly praise the property’s easy check-in/check-out procedure, flexible policies, and welcoming administration.
11. Canary Islands Lonavala
What’s special: As you prepare to unwind at our private sanctuary in Lonavala, expect an unforgettable stay. Our boutique resort, A Global Gourmet Beach Bar – The White Crane, was developed and conceptualized to provide you with an unforgettable experience, and it is tucked away among the clumps of trees and the meandering mountains. We invite you and your friends and family to visit the Canary Islands, and we look forward to having you soon!
12. Aero Village Panheli
What’s special: Fly into an amazing new era luxury experience universe that has never been seen before. You are stylishly welcomed as soon as you enter our opulent terminal lounge at our welcoming reception area. Its contemporary, streamlined furnishings with wood accents enhance the ambiance to make a stylish entrance.
2. Lohagad Fort
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Altitude: 3390 feet
Don’t miss: If you are travelling with a group and have the energy, don’t miss the nearby Visapur fort; Bhaja and Karla caves.
What’s special: In what translates as Iron Fort, this place is a must-visit to those who are planning a quick respite from the boring city life. As you enter the fort, the four main entrances- Ganesh, Narayan, Hanuman and Maha Darwaja give you an idea of how strong the fort was built and the sense of protection and security it had provided to the then rulers.
3. Rajmachi Fort
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Altitude: 2710 feet
Don’t miss: Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort
What’s special: In what is considered as one of the easiest trekking destinations for beginners, Rajmanchi, that is easily accessible from Pune and Mumbai is a sight to behold. Also, if you are heading to Rajmachi with the kids and have some time to spare, don’t miss Della Adventure that is only 4-5 kms from the fort.
4. Mahuli Fort
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Altitude: 2815 feet
Don’t miss: Shiva temple, Sanctuary near the fort
What’s special: This highest fort in Thane district is the ultimate choice for rock climbers. With lush green forests and meadows around, this picturesque location is an option you must consider for your monsoon treks. The forest area near the fort has now been declared as a sanctuary. You will need to be an expert and trekking and rock climbing to go atop the various pinnacles in Mahuli.
5. Karnala Fort
Altitude: 1440 feet
Don’t miss: Karnala Bird Sanctuary
What’s special: An ideal trekking experience for beginners and for children. Situated along the Mumbai-Goa highway, Karnala fort is a beginner’s paradise. Also, this is one of the nearest trekking experiences from Mumbai you can have with your family, so don’t miss it.
6. Korigad Fort
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Altitude: 3049 feet
Don’t miss: Koraidevi temple, Amby Valley Township
What’s special: Something you shouldn’t miss if you are planning a trip near Lonavala with family. The Korigad fort overlooks the famous Amby Valley township and is famous for its intact wall that runs for a distance of more than 2kms. The fort is also famous for its six canons- the largest being Laxmi Toph, near the Koraidevi temple.
7. Sinhagad Fort
Altitude: 4320 feet
Don’t miss: Tanaji Malusares Samadhi, Tanaji Kada, Lokmanya Tilak Bungalow
What’s special: The Sinhgad Fort is said to have been built around 2000 years ago. With a breathtaking landscape that offers one of the best views during monsoon, come visit this place for a fun trekking experience with the kids, as well as some authentic Maharashtrian delicacies.
8. Peth Kothaligad Trek
Altitude: 3100 feet
Don’t miss: A small temple and a large cave at the base and a chimney like tunnel to the top of the fort.
What’s special: Thrilling stair climb towards the peak, Mesmerizing landscapes