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Top 5 must-visit hill stations in Maharashtra for tourists as well as locals

The presence of the Sahyadri mountains along the western coast of Maharashtra has led the region to be packed with greenery, scenic villages presenting a misty vibe of the cool mountains in Maharasthra, bringing out perfect getaways and adventure sports like trekking expeditions.

Even though Maharashtra is measured as a hot and arid state climate-wise, the western coast of the state is considered quite the opposite. Maharashtra has some of the best hill stations in the country, which can be considered a great tourist destination is offering splendid views of the valleys in the Sahyadri mountains.

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Some of the top destinations which can be considered for a weekend getaway are listed below for the readers’ choice :

1. Panchgani

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This hill station is in the centre of five hills and hence it is also known as “the land of five hills”. Panchgani is best suited for you if you love nature, want to visit areas with thick forests for a great trekking adventure. The lush green beauty of the surrounding Sahyadri also provides a number of scenic waterfalls with many resorts and hotels for tourists.

This hill station is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune. To name a few hotels in the area, we have Swarnam Villa, Rhythm Villa, Trinity House, Hotel Valley Nest, and Hotel Malas.

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Visiting restaurants like Mapro Garden, hiking to Rajpuri caves, and sightseeing at tableland are some of the few activities not to be missed during your stay in Panchgani.

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2. Khandala

A very popular hill station in Maharashtra, around 66 km from Pune. This hill station possesses a lot of hill forts, trekking trails surrounded with lush greenery alongside capturing the pristine beauty of Khandala.

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The places recommended for staying in this beautiful hill station are Leela’s Cottage, Villa 41, Della Resorts, and Dukes Retreat.

 

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The visiting area like Rajmachi Point and Rajmachi Garden is a must, and trekking points are surrounded by waterfalls and lush greenery.

3. Igatpuri

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This hill station can be reached by Nasik, Mumbai, and Pune. Sparkling lakes, vintage forts, water sports, and camping expeditions are also available here. Activities like trekking to Kalsubai peak are also recommended.

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4. Lonavala

Lonavala settled in the heart of the Sahayadri range; it is a paradise for tourists visiting the area, a great trekking spot. Ranji Wildlife sanctuary, Tiger’s Leap, and Lion’s Peak are very famous tourists spots.

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The hill station has on its location map Bhushi Dam and Pawana Lake for visiting tourists.

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Lonavala is also famous for its local delicacy known as “Chikki”, made with jaggery and nuts.

5. Mahabaleshwar

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This hill station is considered to be a haven for honeymooners in Maharasthra, easily accessible by Pune and nearby cities. Normally tourists indulge in mountain biking, relishing the Sun setting and rising at Wilson Peak and Connark Peak.

Also, places that are a must checkout are Mini Kashmir and Venna Lake.

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The places recommended for staying are Sagar Villa Panchgani, JK Motels, Le Meridien resort & spa along with Gavson Palace.

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