Being home to imposing Sahyadri ranges and the Western Ghats, Maharashtra is bestowed with many enchanting hill stations. The more state is known for the vivacious and fast-paced urban life, the more it offers the refreshing and soothing holiday experience in its tantalizing hill station. Carpeted in the greenery all around, these must-visit hill stations in Maharashtra are the perfect weekend escape for the visitors. If you’re dead exhausted from your day-to-day life and want a must-needed break from life, visit the below-mentioned hill stations of Maharashtra. They can rejuvenate your soul, mind, and body and can make you fall in love with life again. One week would be enough to explore these hill stations in Maharashtra. But believe me, this one week will give a bundle of memories that you would like to recap in your entire life over and over again. So, let’s have a look at the list.
Mahabaleshwar is the most precious jewel in the crown of hill stations in Maharashtra. Perched high above at the elevation of 1438 meters above the sea level amid the Western Ghat, Mahabaleshwar is known for nature’s inexpressible splendor. From the alluring surroundings to the mind-blowing aroma of flowers, lush greenery, pristine rivers & lakes, bewitching waterfall, historical monuments, majestic mountain ranges, and spiritual temples, Mahabaleshwar offers everything to its visitors. Tagged as ‘The Queen of Hill Stations’ in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is particularly famous for the intoxicating aroma of strawberries and for the sloppy peaks. Located in Satara district of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar hill station is easily accessible from Pune. Trekking and nature trails are the most fun activities to do in Mahabaleshwar.
Located nearly 65 km from Pune, Lonavala is among popular hill stations in Maharashtra. This hill station isn’t very high still, it is a delight to the visitors. You know why? Well, because it is located on the convergence of Deccan Plateau and Konkan Coast. Its exceptional location, misty mountains, glistening waterfalls, and the unnumbered of caves & forts make it a must-visit tourist destination in Maharashtra. Located at the altitude of 622 m and stretching in an area of 38km2, Lonavala is actually a twin hill station. The other portion is called Khandala which is located contagious to Lonavala. Lonavala hill station is known for the countless old-age mystic caves. Actually, the hill station got its name from this fact only. The name Lonavala is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Lonavali’ which means the group of caves.
Located just 18 km from Mahabaleshwar at the massive elevation of 3177 feet, Panchgani is one of the highest hill stations in Maharashtra. Panchgani literally means ‘The land of five hills’. Perched majestically amid the five hills in Sahyadri ranges, Panchgani creates a soothing and soul-stirring ambience for the visitors. This is why visitors can’t resist themselves visiting the place. Though the hill station is not associated with Indian history, it receives the huge numbers of visitors daily. Table Land, Parsi Point, Devil’s Kitchen, Sydney Point, Dhom Dam, and Rajpuri Caves are the major places of interest in Panchgani. The hill station was discovered by the British, so apart from the abundant flora & fauna, it is dotted with the British styled bungalows and houses.
If you’re a peace lover and want to spend some happy moments in the pleasing weather of Maharashtra, Bhandardara a perfect escape for you. There are two reasons that make Bhandardara a quiet hill station. First, it is located proximate to the one of holiest city of India, Nasik and second, the pious river Pravara flows alongside the hill station. Completely draped into the tranquility, greenery and awe-inspiring natural beauty, Bhandardara, is not a so-crowded hill station in Maharashtra. So, the trekkers, hikers, and the photography buffs can revel in every bit of it. Situated at the elevation of 750 m, Bhandardara is a not a very huge hill station still, the allure of this hill station makes it ranked on this list. The other reason that intrigues the visitors is that it houses Ratangad Fort which is said to be the favorite fort of Shiva ji Maharaja.
If there is a place in Maharashtra where nature rules and is still unspoiled by the humans, it is Matheran hill station. If you want to get a glimpse of how people used to live before hundreds of years, head over to Matheran. Here, even today, you’ll hardly see an automobile and this is why Matheran is the most unpolluted, clean, and verdant hill station in Maharashtra. Can you believe- this most beautiful splendor of nature blooms just beside Mumbai, the most populous of India. Located 95 km from Mumbai at the altitude of 800 meters, Matheran is one of the smallest hill stations in Maharashtra but holds a very significant place when it comes to tourism. The panoramic backdrop of stupendous Sahyadri ranges makes Matheran a picturesque and serene hill stations in Maharashtra.
Hill stations are generally known for the adventurous and serene holiday experiences. The above mentioned every hill station has something unique to offer you when it comes to adventurous activities. But if you want to get a completely different and offbeat experience, no other hill stations of this list can beat Jawhar hill station. Encapsulating an assorted flora & fauna, Jawhar hill station will make you broaden your eyes with amusement in every single step. The walk through the dense forests of this hill station can make your soul timorous for a moment. But as you’ll see the lush exotic valleys, your heart would get greener even than the luxuriant valleys. Flanked by numerous fascinating waterfalls and flourishing valleys, Jawhar hill station is another perfect destination for the peace seekers. Located at the height of 447 meters above the sea level, Jawhar can be easily reached from Mumbai.
The most beautiful thing about the hill stations in Maharashtra is that they’re free from the chaotic lifestyle of cities. So, take a break from your 9-5 work-hectic life and explore these uncommercialized, placid, and unexplored places of Maharashtra.
For information about other tourist places in Maharashtra, please explore my blog post Places to Visit in Maharashtra.