The city of dreams, Mumbai, often ends up being the center of distress. Filth, pollution, city bustle, and rush-hour traffic add to the woes of the daily road commuters. The fast-paced life often leads to stress and dissatisfaction. That is why Mumbaikars are often looking for a break. Mumbai is surrounded by many scenic places and sites. And what better than a short road trip from Mumbai? Here are the top destinations Mumbaikars love to visit-
Though driving on the Mumbai–Pune Expressway route is a beautiful experience in itself, Lonavala is one of the most popular destinations for Mumbaikars. Situated 85 km from the city of Mumbai, the open roads are in great shape and have little traffic to worry about. Travelers often visit Khandala as well which is only 5 km away from Lonavala and houses a number of historic forts, deep valleys, lakes, and waterfalls.
Another popular destination for weekend getaways from Mumbai, Alibaug is a pretty crowded town on the Mumbai–Goa highway. It is not just a great road trip destination but is also very famous among bike enthusiasts. Just 92 km from Mumbai, extending shores, lovely beaches, and the magnificent view of Kolaba fort are enough to call out the explorer in you.
Situated 248 km from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is one of the most popular bike trip routes in the country. Taking around 6 hours, the route is a smooth and easy one, except for the last 50 km climb uphill.
Matheran is a celebrated weekend getaway near Mumbai. 83 km away from Mumbai lies the picturesque hinterlands of Matheran, meaning the ‘forest on the forehead. Matheran is Asia's only automobile-free hill station as private vehicles are not allowed in the eco-sensitive zone making the journey a refreshing fun trip.
Second only to Mumbai, Pune is the largest city in Maharashtra. The road trip from Mumbai to Pune via Mumbai–Pune Expressway offers a mesmerizing view of the Western Ghats and the long tunnel adds up to the excitement of the route. Mumbai to Pune route is not just famous in Maharashtra but also in the rest of the country.