5 Hill Stations You Can Travel To From Mumbai

5 Hill Stations You Can Travel To From Mumbai

Let’s just face it: winters in Mumbai are practically nonexistent and all the Mumbaikars wait for a winter that never comes. The only way to enjoy a proper winter that remains is to visit a hill station near Mumbai. After a long and hectic work week, all you want is to escape the city’s limits to relax someplace nice where you can wake up to the song of birds and sleep under a canopy of stars. So, here are some hill stations you can travel to from Mumbai for a relaxing weekend.

5 Hill Stations Near Mumbai

  1. Karjat, Raigad
  2. Kamshet, Pune
  3. Igatpuri, Nashik
  4. Suryamal, Palghar
  5. Wilson Hills, Gujarat

Karjat, Raigad

Karjat is a small hill station close to Mumbai that you could visit over the weekend. It’s at a little distance from the much-popular Lonavala, but you can have your perfect weekend getaway here as well.

This town is a hub for a number of adventure activities. While the monsoon months are when the maximum crowds arrive here, the winter months bring in pleasant weather and a little more isolation. Set out on the many treks that start from Karjat – to the Kondana Caves, Sondai Fort, or Kothaligad.

As there are many types of treks here, you can start off with the easier ones if you’re new to this activity.

You can even try your hand at rappelling down the Bhivpuri Falls and what’s more? Once done with all these strenuous activities, you can set up camp and retire for the night right there!

Distance: 63 km from Mumbai

Nearest Railway Station: Karjat

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Explore Karjat hill station in Raigad

Kamshet, Pune

If you have a dream of flying like a bird or simply would like to get over your fear of flying, go to Kamshet.

This village, which is in close proximity to Lonavala, is known for its adventure activities. The most prominent among them is paragliding.

You can take the plunge into the valleys of the Sahyadris and soar into the skies from various points in Kamshet – the Shinde Wadi Hills, the Bedse Caves, or over Pawna Lake. If you think that this sport is for you, why not apply for a paragliding course so that you can fly solo?

Before taking up this sport, remember that it’s a high-risk, high-adrenaline activity. So you need to be physically and mentally fit for it.

If you’re tired after a day’s worth of flying over the Sahyadris, you’d want some rest and relaxation. You can have it just by camping beside Pawna Lake for the night!

Distance: 101 km from Mumbai

Nearest Railway Station: Kamshet

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Igatpuri, Nashik

Located in close proximity to the scenic Kasara Ghats, Igatpuri is an ideal hill station to visit that’s less crowded and a mere 3-hour drive from Mumbai. Apart from the scenic drive towards the town, there’s no lack of things to do here as well.

While visiting during the monsoon means a lot of greenery and Igatpuri becomes all the more beautiful, the heavy rains may lead to certain activities being canceled. So if you’re on the lookout for adventure activities, the winter months are the best. The most notable among them is the trek to Kalsubai Peak, the highest point in Maharashtra (1646 meters). Or you can traverse the waters near Camel Valley in a river raft or engage in a variety of watersport activities besides the Tringalwadi Fort.

If all you’re looking for is tranquility, head towards the Dhamma Giri, a Vipassana center, where you can find inner peace through meditation. You can even apply for a 10-day stay here and be detached from the trappings of life in the city.

Distance: 120 km from Mumbai

Nearest Railway Station: Igatpuri

Also Read: Nashik Travel Guide

Trekking around Igatpuri

Suryamal, Palghar

Despite being quite close to Mumbai, Suryamal is a hill station that has been largely undiscovered by Mumbaikars. Considering that you want to be as far away from other people and tourists as possible, this works out for you wonderfully.

Suryamal is an adventurer’s delight as it offers ample opportunities for challenging activities. Depending on your choice, you can either trek or cycle your way up to the summit of Suryamal Peak. This point has the distinction of being the highest point in the region (549 meters). While this particular trek isn’t for amateurs, there are many other spots. Along with it are other things to do, including rappelling and overnight camping.

If you’re a nature lover, the Amala National Park is quite close by and you can set out on a nature walk.

Considering how Suryamal has eluded commercialization so far, there aren’t many accommodations available here. If you have trouble finding rooms in Suryamal, you can definitely get them in Jawhar, or Igatpuri, both of which are just about an hour’s drive away, or in Khodala, which is about 10 km away.

Distance: 141 km from Mumbai

Nearest Railway Station: Igatpuri

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Wilson Hills, Gujarat

Wilson Hills has the distinction of being the smallest hill station in Gujarat. Also, it’s among the very few hill stations from where you’ll be able to see the sea. This hill station is also known as Mini-Saputara, but has the advantage of not being as popular and is therefore not teeming with tourists. So this might be one of the hill stations to visit close to Mumbai.

Wilson Hills isn’t a destination where there are a lot of activities to do. It’s ideal for the tourist whose idea of a perfect holiday is to enjoy untouched nature in a leisurely way. Also, the route to Wilson Hills is one with windy roads and scenic routes. The route can even be dangerous in some parts, so be a little careful. If you’re more inclined to go on a long drive than to reach a destination, head out towards Wilson Hills.

Being over 750 meters above sea level, the weather in Wilson Hills remains pleasant all year round. This is in stark contrast with most of Gujarat, which has torrid weather.

Distance: 234 km from Mumbai

Nearest Railway Station: Valsad

Also Read: Experience The Saputara Hill Station In Gujarat

Wilson Hills Gujarat

FAQs

Which Are The Closest Hill Stations To Mumbai?

Some of the closest hill stations to Mumbai are Karjat, Matheran, Lonavala, Khandala, Igatpuri, and Malshej Ghat.

Where Can I Go Near Mumbai This Weekend?

Gorai Beach: This beach is just on the outskirts of Mumbai and you can reach here either by taking a ferry from Marve or by taking the road through Uttan.

Kamshet: This village near Lonavala is the place to be if you want to try your hand at paragliding.

Igatpuri: This hill station near Kasara is home to a Vipassana Center and is also surrounded by natural beauty.

How Many Hill Stations Are There In Mumbai?

The city of Mumbai in itself doesn’t have any hill stations. But there are at least 10 of them that are just a couple of hours’ drive away. Matheran, Lonavala, Karjat, Igatpuri, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lavasa, Jawhar, Panhala, and Amboli are among the more popular ones.

Are There Mountains In Mumbai?

There are no mountains in Mumbai, but there are hills. The highest point in Mumbai is Jambulmal in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, at a height of 468 meters above sea level.

Which Is Better Karjat Or Lonavala?

Lonavala is quite a popular choice for a weekend getaway. So if you want to extend your plans a little further than Lonavala, then Karjat is a great option. Karjat has some of the best trekking routes that should be explored during the monsoon season.

Why Is Kamshet Famous?

Kamshet is super popular for paragliding. The hill station is known as the ‘Paraglider’s Paradise’ and there are several paragliding schools as well as beginner spots from where new learners can paraglide.

What Is The Climate In Igatpuri?

The summers in Igatpuri are hot and dry with mostly clear skies, while the winters are can be cool and dry, with a slight overcast. The monsoon season brings heavy rains and is warm and humid.

What Is The Best Time To Visit Suryamal?

Suryamal can be visited throughout the year, as the hill station has a relatively cool and pleasant climate. But if you want to go trekking or biking, the monsoon season or the winters are the best, as the valleys and hills are covered in lush greenery and with a light, veil of fog!

Are There Any Hill Stations In Gujarat?

Some of the most popular hill stations in Gujarat are the Wilson Hills, Satpura, Don Hill Stations, and Mount Abu.