I have always believed that those living in Mumbai and Pune are, in a way, luckier than those living in Delhi. This is because the hill stations in Maharashtra are closer to these cities as compared to the ones near the national capital. I am saying this because in all of my travels across the various hill stations in India, I have noticed that the hill stations in Maharashtra are far more easily accessible by road from the major cities and towns as compared to the others around India. Also, these hill stations are mostly comprised of the lush green Western Ghats and the Sahyadri mountain range that make them breathtakingly beautiful. With the winters approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of some of the best hill stations in Maharashtra. If you are from Mumbai or Pune, I hope this helps you in picking the right destination for your upcoming holiday to one of the hill stations in Maharashtra.
Avid travellers from Mumbai must have come across the name of the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, but I am almost certain that you haven’t really been there. Now you must be wondering why on earth am I even talking about a wildlife sanctuary when this piece is about the best hill stations in Maharashtra. Pay heed as I say this from my own experience of this place—Phansad and its surrounding areas of Roha can actually give a lot of popular hill stations in India a run for their money. Perched within the Sahyadri mountain range, this wildlife sanctuary offers the perfect environment to explore for any nature lover. Although it’s not a place where you can see the big cats, sightings of leopards and beautiful species of birds is common here. For a more fulfilling experience of this destination, I recommend you to book your stay at V Resorts Aranya Kashid which offers cottage accommodation in the middle of acres of farmlands that are surrounded by beautiful verdant mountains and pastures. From another perspective, V Resorts Aranya Kashid can also be called an interesting Kashid beach resort, because this popular beach is just an hour’s drive away from the property.
No matter how common it gets, Lonavala will also feature in the list of the best hill stations in Maharashtra, and that’s not without good reasons. While a road trip from Mumbai to Lonavala is rated among the best trips in India, this is one of those hill stations in Maharashtra which will never get old, thanks to the breathtaking beauty that can be found in the numerous caves, waterfalls, and trekking routes that are there in almost corner of this destination. As far as the accommodation options are concerned, Lonavala is home to quite a few hotels, but none can offer better experiences than V Resorts Lonavala, which enjoys an interesting location barely a kilometre away from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and lets the guests stay in bungalows with stunning views of the surroundings mountains.
Travellers who enjoy going on weekend getaways from Mumbai and Pune often look for a nice Alibaug beach resort. You must be wondering why I am talking about such resorts when the discussion is on the best hill stations in Maharashtra. Well, like those very few travellers who like to go offbeat, I have discovered Murud, a destination which can be counted among the best hill stations in Maharashtra, and also can be called a stunning beach destination. The reason is simple — while on one hand, there’s a beautiful beach and the widen open sea to experience for a traveller, on the other are the lush green Sahyadri mountains overlooking the landscape. For experience the innate charms of this beautiful place, book your stay at V Resorts Mahua Bagh Murud. The cottage accommodation in this resort give travellers an opportunity to enjoy stunning views of both the sea and the mountains that surround the place.
Situated at a distance of just 85 km from Kalyan, Malshej Ghat is easily one of the best hill stations in Maharashtra. To begin with, the place is just so green that even the roads look like as if they are tunnels made out of trees. It’s one of those hill stations in Maharashtra which is ideal for nature enthusiasts and tourists alike. The scenic landscape of Malshej Ghat is home to numerous waterfalls and spectacular dams to hill forts and age old temples. I would recommend every traveller to pay a visit to the Pimpalgaon Joga dam or even go on a trek up to the Ajoba Hill Fort and the Harishchandragad Fort.