Mumbai’s charm has never disappointed us, but this blog will explain how the city’s surrounding towns make it much more magnificent and worth visiting. We frequently miss out on much-needed breaks due to short weekends that do not allow for much leeway to drive long distances. With the current strain of variant and travel restrictions back in place again, there is no better alternative than these ‘short breaks.’ Just a few kilometres from the financial captial, are some exciting weekend getaways from Mumbai to destinations that could give you the perfect break you await!

So, if you’re among the many who have been yearning a change and need a break from the city’s hustle and bustle, here are several weekend getaways in and around Mumbai to consider!

Mumbai: आमची मुंबई

Mumbai, the city where dreams are born and brought to fruition! Mumbai’s distinctiveness is beyond words. From crowded train stations to the iconic Dabbawalas, multi-millionaires to suburban slums, glittering Bollywood to the traditional vada pav, bhel puri, and sev puri. It genuinely embodies the essence of India. It’s hot, nasty, wild, gorgeous, unyielding, and invigorating! It’s the most populous city in the country, and getting from north to south is usually a long journey. But, somehow, it works for the perfect weekend getaways. Its wild energy is catching and it will definitely make you want to come back for more.

You can also book your Trip to Mumbai with AkbarTravels’ exciting mumbai packages!

Mumbai bandra worli sea-link seaface

Getting There: Flight, Bus, Train or Car

Places of Tourist Interest: Gateway of India, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Red Carpet Wax Museum, Elephanta Caves, Siddhivinayak Temple, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Girgaon Chowpatty, Shri Mahalakshmi Temple, Powai Lake, Nehru Center, Kidzania, Taraporewala Aquarium, Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Zoo, EsselWorld, Shivaji Park, Juhu Beach, Hanging Gardens, Prithvi Theatre, Madh Island, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai Film City, Kanheri Caves, Jehangir Art Gallery and Mahakali Caves

Must Visit: Haji Ali Dargah, ISKCON Temple, Worli Sea Link & Marine Drive.

Distance of other destinations from : Lonavala- 84 km, Mahabaleshwar- 276 km, Panchgani – 257 km, Karjat – 74 km, Shirdi – 244 km, Pune – 150 km, Nashik – 167 km, Igatpuri – 86 km, Alibaug – 98 km

Accommodation: Taj Lands End

Pune: The Historical Capital

Pune, the birthplace of Shivaji Maharaj and the cultural capital of Maharashtra. It is a prime example of a modern Indian city where tradition, culture, and modern-day living coexist in harmony. Just like the making of glass, sugar, and forging industries since the 1950s and 1960s. Weekend getaways to Pune will keep you quite occupied with its numerous cultural, historical, and adventurous locations to see. It has a booming industrial hinterland, with IT and car companies establishing operations in the area. Many tourist attractions and monuments in the city are not only examples of outstanding architecture and the magnificence of the rulers, but also serve as reminders of the city’s forebears’ efforts to make it self-sufficient and to preserve its customs and traditions.

You can also book your Trip to Pune with AkbarTravels’ prized pune tour packages!

a statue from old ages remnant of ancient kingdoms

Getting There: Flight, Bus, Train or Car

Places of Tourist Interest: David Synagogue, Dehu, National War Museum, Pataleshwar Cave, Raj Dinakar Kelkar Museum, Shinde’s Chhatri, Bund Garden, Mulshi Lake and Dam, Vishram Bagh Wada, Katraj Snake Park, Osho Ashram, Parvati Hill Temple, St. Mary’s Church, Horse Riding Activity, Paragliding & Panshet Water Park

Must Visit: Aga Khan Palace & Shaniwar Wada

Distance of other destinations from : Mumbai- 150 km, Lonavala – 85 km, Mahabaleshwar-123 km, Panchgani- 104 km, Karjat – 67 km, Shirdi – 200 km, Nashik – 224 km, Igatpuri – 246 km, Alibaug – 144 km

Accommodation: The Conrad , Oxford Gold Resort

Lonavala: The Most Famous Hillstation

Maharashtra’s diversified landscape provides several options for travellers to experience pleasant weekend getaways. Lonavala, located less than 90 kilometres distant from Mumbai, is a prominent hill station. Lonavala is one of the best locations to visit in India, with a height of over 2,000 feet and a variety of activities such as camping, waterfall rappelling, rock climbing, and trekking. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or someone who just wants to cuddle up and relax, there’s something for everyone in Lonavala. You may come here to enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as the mountains, vistas, and flora. It’s a true get-away from the city.

You can also book your Trip to Lonavala with AkbarTravels’ lovely lonavala holiday packages!

waterfall in Lonavala surrounded by lush greenery

Getting There: Bus, Train or Car

Places of Tourist Interest: Della Adventure Park, Bhushi Dam, Bhaja Caves, Sunil’s Celebrity – Wax Museum in Lonavala, Karla Caves, Tikona Fort, Rajmachi Fort, Pawna Dam, Tungarli Lake, Tiger’s Leap, Lion’s Point, Duke’s Nose & Kune Falls

Must Visit: Mapro Garden & Adlabs Imagica

Distance of other destinations from Lonavala : Mumbai- 84 km, Mahabaleshwar – 181 km, Panchgani- 162 km, Karjat – 33 km, Shirdi – 212 km, Pune – 67 km, Nashik – 225 km, Igatpuri – 180 km, Alibaug – 77 km

Accommodation: Ambi Valley City , Villa Royale , The Della Resort , Radisson Blu , Sterling Resort , Fern Ecotel , Avion , Hotel Diwatel , Fariyas

Shirdi: A Transforming Pilgrimage 

Looking for religious weekend getaways? Shirdi is an ideal location for spending time with God. Shirdi, also known as Sainagar, is a temple town famed for its beauty and culture. Every year, a large number of pilgrims visit this town to seek the blessings of their spiritual leader, Sai Baba, and to find tranquilly while singing bhajans in the temples. If you’ve ever heard legends about Saibaba, you’ll see remnants of them when you visit this town. Every year, millions of worshippers go to Shirdi. During celebrations, the number of visitors increases. Shirdi is the place to go if you want to delve deeper into your inner spiritual self. The location embodies spirituality as well as its link to culture and history.

Sai Baba sitting on a golden throne in Shirdi

Getting There:  Bus, Train or Car

Places of Tourist Interest: Gurusthan, Dwarkamai Mosque, Chavadi, Sai Tirth Theme Park, Sai Heritage Village, Lendi Baug, Dixit Wada Museum, Upasani Mahar, House of Laxmibai Shinde, Abdul Baba Cottage and Khandoba Mandir 

Must Visit: Samadhi Mandir & Maruti Mandir

Distance of other destinations from Shirdi : Mumbai- 244 km, Lonavala – 208 km, Mahabaleshwar – 309 km, Panchgani – 290 km, Karjat – 236 km, Pune – 200 km, Nashik – 85 km, Igatpuri – 119 km, Alibaug – 285 km

AccommodationSai Grand Castle Inn , Hotel Balaji , Daiwik Hotel , Renest Hotel

Nashik: For the Wine Connoisseur

You would normally consider your mood while picking where to go on your weekend getaways. Do I want the excitement of adventure or a peaceful spot to unwind? What’s more important: delicious cuisine or uncovering your spiritual side? What if we told you that you could find all of this at the same location? Nashik, located around 160 kilometres from the fast-paced world of Mumbai, is one of India’s most underestimated tourist destinations and is ideal for a weekend getaway. Along with the delicious wine and exquisite food, you may also see Nashik’s magnificent vineyards and temples. When you go exploring, you will discover two separate universes in the same city. Nashik is renowned as the country’s wine centre, with wine lovers paying their visits to taste the best wine of India. On the other hand, Nashik holds major religious importance and is a popular destination for devotees.

Wine and charcuterie board with different cheeses and biscuits

Getting There: Bus, Train or Car

Places of Tourist Interest: Sula Vineyards, Zonkers Adventure Park, Vaitarna River, Saraf Bazar, Spice Garden Restaurant, Coin Museum, Trimbakeshwar Temple, Ram Kund, Brahmagiri Hill, Nashik City Centre Mall, Navshya Ganapati Temple, Anjneri Hill, Someshwar Temple, Pandavleni Caves, Soma Vine Village, Vihigaon Waterfall, Water Parks, Panchvati, Saptashrungi, Sita Gufa Kumbh Mela, Mulher, Jain Temple, Gangapur Dam, Vallonne Vineyards, Mangi Tungi, Harihar Fort.

Must Visit: Chandon Winery & Infant Jesus Shrine

Distance of other destinations from Nashik : Mumbai- 167 km, Lonavala – 225 km, Mahabaleshwar – 337 km, Panchgani – 318 km, Karjat – 187 km, Shirdi – 85 km, Pune – 224 km, Igatpuri – 46 km, Alibaug – 231 km

Accommodation: Radisson Blu

Igatpuri: The Land Of Valleys

When it comes to weekend getaways, all you need is a place to go. This unheard, pristine, and unknown treasure of the Sahyadris is a stunning sight. Igatpuri, located around 144 kilometres from Mumbai, transports you to a whole new universe. A planet that lays directly in mother nature’s lap, a world with practically no civilisation, a world that you may see in fairy tales! Further investigation reveals that this location is also an important railway junction and a hill station located between Mumbai and Nashik. Its most beautiful features include the lush green meadows, dams, and the Sahyadri hills. It offers beautiful views of the Western Ghats and is one of the most romantic weekend getaways near Mumbai. So, this weekend, enjoy the trekking, stunning resorts, and relaxing environment of Igatpuri!

You can also book your Trip to Igatpuri with AkbarTravels’ inclusive igatpuri holiday packages!

trekking up a hill halfway point two persons in Igatpuri

Getting There: Bus, Train or Car

Places of Tourist Interest:  Kalsubai Peak, Tringalwadi Fort, Vipassana Centre, Bhatsa River Valley, Camel Valley, Ghatandevi Temple, Kulanggad, Bitangad Trek, Vihigaon (Ashoka) Waterfall, Vaitarna Dam, Darna Dam, Dhamma Giri and Talegaon Lake

Must Visit: Sandhan Valley & Amruteshwar Temple

Distance of other destinations from Igatpuri : Mumbai- 86 km, Lonavala – 180 km, Mahabaleshwar – 354 km, Panchgani – 334 km, Karjat – 141 km, Shirdi – 119 km, Pune – 246 km, Nashik – 46 km, Alibaug – 185 km

AccommodationHotel Ashwin , Tropical Retreat Luxury Resort and Spa

Alibaug: Home To Serene & Secluded Beaches

You won’t be able to get to Goa on short weekend getaways, but you can have the similar vibe in Alibag. This coastal town in Maharashtra’s Raigad District in Western India has a shoreline that stretches along the Arabian Sea and allows visitors to participate in a range of water sports. Alibaug is the core location of the Raigad District and is well-known for its beaches, historical history, and temples devoted to Hindu gods. At this magnificent location, you may explore beautiful beaches, old forts, and enjoy the bright sun, clear sky, and lengthy rides. A visit to this fascinating location will make you feel as if you have arrived in a paradise that has much to offer with its natural resources and beautiful appearance.

You can also book your Trip to Alibaug with AkbarTravels’ awesome alibaug packages!

beach at Alibaug with waves and people enjoying swimming

Getting There: Bus, Ferry or Car

Places of Tourist Interest: All beaches, Kolaba Fort, Raigad Bazaar, Kanakeshwar Forest, Mandwa, Brahma Kund and Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple.

Must Visit: Murud Janjira Fort

Distance of other destinations from Alibaug: Mumbai – 98 km, Lonavala – 77 km, Mahabaleshwar – 168 km, Panchgani – 186 km, Karjat – 72 km, Shirdi – 285 km, Pune – 144 km, Nashik – 231 km, Igatpuri – 185 km

AccommodationTranquil Coast Resort , Elysium Spa Resort , Nilaya Beach Resort , The Fern Silvanus Resort

Karjat: The Trekker’s Paradise

Karjat is a popular weekend destination for residents of Pune and Mumbai. Located on the steep Ulhas valley, it is a lush green wonderland during the rainy season and has pleasant weather for the majority of the year. You may see various rivers, the Bahiri cave, and beautiful waterfalls on your journey to Karjat. The destination is designed specifically for travellers because it includes the majority of tourism categories. As a little hill station, it offers a calm and serene weekend getaways from the rush and bustle of the metropolis. The lush green greenery of Bhor Ghat, Nature Retreat farmhouses, and homestays revitalises your tired body and spirit. Indeed, this is one of the greatest weekend getaways to spend your weekend as it is only a 2-3 hour trip away from Mumbai. 

You can also book your Trip to Karjat with AkbarTravels’ killer karjat packages!

a man trekking or talking a stroll amidst the greenery

Getting There: Bus, Train or Car

Places of Tourist Interest: Morbe Dam, Ulhas Valley, Bahiri Caves, Kondeshwar temple, Kondana Caves, Bhor Ghat, ND Studio, Pali Bhutivali Dam and Bhivpuri

Must Visit: Kondana Caves

Distance of other destinations from Karjat : Mumbai – 74 km, Lonavala – 33 km, Mahabaleshwar – 354 km, Panchgani – 334 km, Shirdi – 236 km, Pune – 67 km, Nashik – 187 km, Igatpuri – 141 km, Alibaug – 72 km

AccommodationRadisson Blu

Mahabaleshwar: A Strawberry Haven

Living in a city like Mumbai may be exhausting at times, and these are the moments when you truly need a quick escape, out from the hustle and bustle, into the mountains to recharge and unwind. Though a city of dreams, Mumbai’s crowds and fast-paced existence might get to you at times. Going on weekend getaways to relaxing and peaceful locations frequently comes in handy. Mahabaleshwar, around 260 kilometres south of Mumbai, is one such ideal weekend escape place. Mahabaleshwar is a lovely hill station in Maharashtra. It is, a modest and picturesque hill station nurtured by the Sahyadri Mountain Range, is ideal for a family getaway in the presence of nature. This mountainous hamlet in Satara district, nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, has long been a popular summer getaway for Mumbaikars and Punekars.

strawberries plucked from the farm

Getting There: Bus or Car

Places of Tourist Interest: Pratapgarh Fort, Mapro Garden, Venna Lake, Lingmala Waterfalls, The Dhobi Waterfalls, The Chinman’s Falls, Tapola, Laxmi Strawberry Farm and Rajpuri Caves

Must Visit: Strawberry farm

Distance of other destinations from Mahabaleshwar : Mumbai – 276 km, Lonavala – 181 km, Panchgani – 19 km, Karjat – 354 km, Shirdi – 309 km, Pune – 123 km, Nashik – 337 km, Igatpuri – 354 km, Alibaug – 168 km

AccommodationEvershine Resort

Panchgani: Home Of Nature And Adventure

This lovely hill station in the heart of the Western Ghats is well worth a visit! Panchgani, a picturesque hill resort in the heart of Maharashtra, is nestled among the five hills of the Sahyadri Mountain ranges. There are numerous intriguing things to do in Panchgani that tourists may enjoy on their next visit, which is surrounded by stunning vistas and beautiful weather. The quiet of the location, as well as the nice climate and flora, making it ideal for a weekend escape from the city’s rush and bustle. You can do anything exciting in Panchgani, whether it’s mountain peaks, lakes, or multi-cuisine restaurants, to make the most of your holiday!

view of a valley with a river in between and lush green mountains of Panchgani

Getting There: Bus or Car

Places of Tourist Interest:  Sydney Point, Kamalgad Fort, Mapro Gardens, Rajpuri Caves, Parsi Point, Table Land Viewpoint, Devrai Art Village, Kaas Plateau, Lingmala Falls and Venna Lake

Must Visit: Lingmala Falls

Distance of other destinations from Panchgani : Mumbai – 257 km, Lonavala – 162 km, Mahabaleshwar – 19 km, Karjat – 334 km, Shirdi – 290 km, Pune – 104 km, Nashik – 318 km, Igatpuri – 334 km, Alibaug – 186  km

AccommodationGrand Victoria The Fern Resort and Spa

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