Best of Maharashtra Hill Stations (4N5D)
Tour starts from Mumbai
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most densely populated city in India. Along with the neighbouring regions of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world and the second most populous metropolitan area in India. It is also the wealthiest city in India and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West, or Central Asia. Mumbai has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai has a tropical climate with seven months of dryness and peak of rains in July. The cooler season from December to February is followed by the summer season from March to June. Between June and September, the south west monsoon rains lash the city. The average annual temperature is 27.2 °C (81 °F), the average maximum temperature is 31.2 °C (88 °F), while the average minimum temperature is 23.7 °C (75 °F). Mumbai’s energy is contagious and the city has something to offer to everyone – be it education, profession or entertainment. The colonial buildings are a sight for everyone walking on the streets between Churchgate and Colaba. The best time to visit the city lies from January to March and October to December. Mumbai has some of the best eating and shopping options in India.
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in India's forested Western Ghats range, south of Mumbai. It features several elevated viewing points, such as Arthur’s Seat. West of here is centuries-old Pratapgad Fort, perched atop a mountain spur. East, Lingmala Waterfall tumbles off a sheer cliff. Colorful boats dot Venna Lake, while 5 rivers meet at Panch Ganga Temple to the north.
Day 1: Mumbai To Mumbai
After a healthy breakfast make your way for a full day sightseeing tour of Mumbai. Some notable sights to visit are the Gateway of Mumbai, Elephanta Caves etc. Return to your hotel by sundown and enjoy your dinner and rest for the night.
Day 2: Mumbai To Lonavla
Start your day with a heavy breakfast in the hotel and head out for Lonavala. A Jaunt through amazing hilly slopes and lush greenery of Mother Nature as you make your way to your pit stop. On arrival, check into your hotel and rest for a while. Relax your body, mind and soul with drinks and fine dining at your hotel to end the day.
Day 3: Lonavla To Khandala
Leave your hotel after heavy breakfast for a full day expedition. Drive to Khandala via national highway 48 that will take up to 8 to 14 minutes. Since Lonavala, Khandala is located in the Sahyadri Mountain ranges you can sight see Bhushi Dam, Valvan Dam, Duke’s Nose, Ryewood Park, and Tiger’s leap.
Head to Karla crossing Lonavala via the same route, the journey may take 28 minutes. Witness the ruins of Karla caves and the Buddhist Temple. These rock-cut caves are ranked among the oldest examples of Buddhist temple art in India.
Day 4: Khandala To Mahabaleshwar
Early morning after breakfast drive to Mahabaleshwar en-route Pune. In this 65.1 km drive to Pune you can cover - Aga Khan Palace, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Ashram of Osho, Lal Mahal (Palace), Parvati Hill and Temple, Raj Bhavan,Shaniwar Wada, Shindyanchi Chhatri.
After short sight see you can continue towards Mahabaleshwar. On arrival at Mahabaleshwar, you can check in the hotel and rest.
Day 5: Mahabaleshwar To Mumbai
Check out from the hotel and head your way back to the metropolis city Mumbai. On arrival to the city, head straight for Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station to ascend to your respective destination.