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Maharashtra is blessed with the beauty of the Western Ghats. Some of the best hill stations in the country can be found in Maharashtra. For people who live in cities like Mumbai and Pune, life can get very monotonous. We all need a break from the hustle-bustle of city life every once in a while. Luckily, many scenic hill stations are just a short drive away from these cities. These quaint hill stations have a calming effect and are perfect for weekend getaways whenever you need some rejuvenation.

There are many hill stations in Maharashtra, but here are some of the most popular ones.

Lonavala

Lonavala is one of the best hill stations near Mumbai and Pune. Located a 2-3 hour drive away from Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala is a haven for nature lovers. Lush green valleys, gurgling waterfalls, forts with gorgeous views of the valley, pristine blue lakes surrounded by mountains covered in greenery–Lonavala is one of the best hill stations in Maharashtra.

Matheran

Matheran is one of the most unique hill stations near Mumbai. It is one of the most eco-friendly hill stations in the country since motorized vehicles are not allowed in Matheran. During the monsoons, the hill station comes to life with fresh greenery sprouting in every corner and gurgling waterfalls forming at every other turn on the road. The best way to spend your time in this hill station is to walk around various points and marvel at the view. Wait for the mist to roll and the fog to settle to enjoy the beauty of each of the valleys. 

It’s a gorgeous hill station that you must visit if you are in Maharashtra and planning a getaway to a quaint place to unwind.

 Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar has to be one of the best hill stations in Maharashtra, so much so that it was and still is a famous honeymoon spot for some. The hill station has many spots that you can visit. The beauty of the green hills, the rolling vistas, green valleys, blue lakes, ancient temples and monuments, gardens, and so much more! You can walk around the hill station exploring various spots, and when you get tired, you can treat yourself to the delicious strawberry cream made out of the freshest and sweet berries! 

Plan your stay at the resort in Mahabaleshwar by Club Mahindra Sherwood Resort and enjoy the luxury of modern comforts along with nature’s beauty. There are many sightseeing spots at a convenient distance from the resort that you can explore. The resort offers a plethora of experiences like a bonfire on the lawn, dining under the stars, barbeque, spa, arts and crafts, and so much more! Be it a honeymoon or a trip with your family or friends, a stay at this resort will guarantee a good time.

Bhimashankar

One of the most underrated hill stations in Maharashtra, Bhimashankar is a haven, especially during the monsoon. The hill station has the perfect blend of nature and spirituality. Bhimashankar draws many pilgrims since there is an ancient temple that houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas. During the monsoons, you can find many waterfalls where you can rejuvenate yourselves with a dip in the water. Maharashtra’s state animal, ‘The Giant Flying Squirrel’, locally known as Shekaru, is found at this hill station. Bhimashankar is a blissful location for nature, wildlife lovers, and the spiritually inclined.

 Igatpuri

Igatpuri is one of the best beautiful hill stations in Maharashtra. It draws many nature lovers and thrill seekers. Igatpuri houses some of the highest peaks in the Himalayan range. There are many ancient temples, historical forts, gushing waterfalls, and scenic vistas to explore at this hill station. Adventure-seekers are in for a good time since there are many treks conducted at the various mountains in the Igatpuri range. Igatpuri makes a great getaway for all kinds of travellers due to the variety of experiences one can explore in this area. There are temples, forts, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, gorgeous valleys, and great weather throughout!

Amboli

Located a little further from Mumbai and Pune, Amboli is one of the most magnificent hill stations in Maharashtra. Located in Sawantwadi, Amboli is called the ‘Queen of Maharashtra’. The hill station turns into a paradise during the monsoons with the cool breeze, dense forests, and waterfalls. One can find many rare species of flora and fauna in the dense forests of Amboli. Since it’s not one of the most popular hill stations it is also less crowded which allows for a more peaceful vacation.

There are many hill stations in Maharashtra which are worth noting. Be it a weekend getaway or a long holiday, there’s a hill station for all your vacation plans. Choose one and plan your trip soon, especially before the monsoons end!

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