Maharashtra boasts of many panoramic, quaint yet pristine hill stations. Meandering by the sides of the Western Ghats, these hills envelope the natural beauty within their boundaries.
Blessed by the Sahyadri Ranges and the state’s topography, these heavenly spots make it making it a perfect tourist destination for avid travellers, all round the year. Let us know more about them.
Sitting atop of the Sahyadri mountain range, Matheran is a tiny yet gorgeous escape from the mundane, couched life. The scenic view points, carpeted forests and adventurous treks devote to its charm and splendour each day. From beautiful sunsets to astonishing waterfalls, Matheran has everything that a hill station can boast of and that too in manifolds.
To experience the rich wood cover and the clear night skies without any hassles, you can book your stay in any of the Matheran hotels before you plan your trip. Some of the most popular tourist attractions of Matheran are Echo Point, Charlotte Lake, Louisa Point and King George Point.
The picturesque hill station of Mahabaleshwar is nothing less than a mystical honeymoon destination. Once popular as the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency, Mahabaleshwar has risen to become the most favourite tourist escapade for people from all round the globe.
A perfect way to begin your mornings here would be by welcoming the sunrise from the Arthur’s Seat Point or the Elphinstone Point. Since most of the terrain remains accessible, you can easily reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai within a span of 6 hours.
Lonavala is a famous hill station, lying in close proximity to cities like Mumbai and Pune and perhaps the best way to come close to nature. This scenic location is famous for like lush green covers, vantage points with breathtaking view and local cuisines. Don’t forget to grab some chikkis and click some pictures while you’re enjoying the surroundings.
Malshej Ghat is yet another marvellous creation of the nature. This hill station is known for its cascading waterfalls and vivid passes. The wide expanse of the dark forests is a great site for people looking for rare species of birds, who make Malshej their home in monsoons. Some other alluring places to visit in Malshej Ghat are Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Shivneri Fort and the bird graveyard.
Not a much known location but Toranmal is a popular medieval hill spot of the pilgrims. Located at a height of 1150 meters above the sea, it rejoices with a favorable climate throughout the year, especially around Mahashivratri when this place becomes a marvellous spiritual site with lush green surroundings.
Apart from the sprawling woods, you must not miss the Seven Steps view point, Lotus Lake, Coffee Garden and the Nagarjun Point. The nearest railhead is 76 kilometres away and in case you wish to travel by road, it is located about 55 kilometres from the main city of Shahada.
To experience the most memorable journey of your lifetime, you must travel to Maharashtra at least once in your lifetime and that too via Indian Railway Pnr status.