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India is a stunning land and home to some of the most beautiful hill stations ever. While most are aware of the hill stations in North India, not many are aware of the hill stations scattered across the rest of the country. The South, East and West regions of the country are home to equally gorgeous hill stations as well.

For travelers who love nature, here is a list of some of the top hill stations near Maharashtra you can explore on your next trip to India on last-minute flights. If you forget your lonely planet guide, this interesting list of hill stations in Maharashtra will help you plan your itinerary depending upon which hill station you'd like to visit first on your trip to India.

In the surroundings of Pune you can visit the Sinhagad, Torna, Purandar and Shivneri. Here are some of the best hill stations in Maharashtra. Khadakwasla is a dam situated 20 km from the city of Pune.

1. Harishchandragad

Harishchandragad Fort, which is at the end of this walk, is almost a mystery. It is believed that the main complex was built in the sixth century and was mentioned both in history and in mythology. Trekking enthusiasts climb all the way to this fort for the great charm of witnessing the story from up close. You have to drive to Bailpada from Kalyan for the walk. It's easy and you can get to the fort in about eight hours. Make Kokan Kada your stop at the top.

The nearby Kedareshwar cave has an ancient shivalinga inside, which is usually half submerged in the water of a nearby stream. In addition, the ceiling of the cave rests on a single pillar, while the other three are completely broken. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire Konkan from the fort. You need a whole day for this walk.

2. Bhandardara

Bhandardara is about 70 km from Nashik, 185 km from Mumbai and about 185 km from Pune and a popular hill station with many attractions around it. Tourists are attracted to the Wilson Dam built on the Pravara River, the Umbrella and Randha waterfalls, a clean and large Arthur Lake, Kalsubai Peak, the highest mountain in the state of Maharashtra, an ancient temple of Shiva Amruteshwar and the historic Ratangad fort. This trekkers paradise is located north of the Ahmednagar district in Akole tehsil.

Accessible through winding roads that lead through some of the most breathtaking natural scenery, Bhandardara is a popular place to visit in the state. What makes this one of the best hill stations in Maharashtra is the fact that it offers a diverse variety of attractions which include gorgeous waterfalls, lush green hills, stunning rivers, and ancient forts among plenty of other things. Hiking, trekking, and rock-climbing are some of the most popular things to do at Bhandardara.

3. Amboli

A relatively lesser-explored region in the Sahyadri Hills, Amboli is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Maharashtra popular for being an eco-hotspot. Elevated about 600 plus meters above sea level, this hill station is best visited during the monsoon season when waterfalls and misty mountains come alive. Invest in cheap business class flights and come explore stunning attractions in Amboli which include famous viewpoints, towering Amboli Ghat Waterfall and lush greenery.

4. Sindhudurg

Located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Vengurla is a charming city known for its temples, white and clear sand beaches, Vengurla rocks, mango and cashew plantations, and its folk art called Dashavatra. The famous temples here are Shri Vithoba Temple, Sageshwar Shiva Temple, Mauli Devi Temple and Sateri Devi Temple. The popular beaches are Shiroda Beach, Nivati ​​Beach, Vayangani Beach, Mochemad Beach and Sagareshwar Beach.

A variety of water sports is also available, along with delicious Konkan delights and seafood. Located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Parule village is sandwiched between the most popular Tarkarli beach to the north and the crystal clear waters of Bhogave to the south. But what really sets Parola apart and has led to a surge of interest in recent years is the rich Konkan culture, which is both welcoming and enriching.

Several popular farms and nature-friendly experiences have sprung up nearby and promise holidays that are both therapeutic and fun. Head to Maachli for a magical experience in the farm stay, or go for a lazy stay in the bamboo chalets of Bhogave. And if you are looking for something a bit more mainstream, the breathtaking views of the Nivti Fort sunsets and snorkeling or water sports in Tarkarli are within walking distance.

With the Arabian Sea to the west and Sahyadri Hills to the east, Sawantwadi is a lovely but unconventional day trip option from Goa. The unique feature of this place is the old card game called Ganjifa and the art of making wooden toys. In fact, wooden items are the best purchases here. Other features that make the two-hour trip from Goa to Sawantwadi worthwhile include the tranquil atmosphere, the majestic Lake Moti Talao, quintessential Konkani food and the Sawantwadi Palace.

5. Matheran

Free entirely of automobiles, Matheran is one of the most eco-friendly hill stations of Maharashtra. Located amidst the scenic hills of the Western Ghats, Matheran was developed and used as a summer resort by the British in early 1900s with the building of the Matheran Hill Railway. This is also one of the smallest hill station in Maharashtra and since being declared eco-sensitive, it is also the most pollution-free hill station in the state.

Kolad is a very popular place for those who seek connection with nature and for lovers of activities such as rafting. The Kundalika River, is formed by the Mulshi Dam, something that offers the possibility that this adventure sport.

6. Khandala

Khandala is one of the top 10 hill stations in Maharashtra which never seem to lose their sheen irrespective of whatever new attractions come up. Famously mentioned in an Aamir Khan song from the movie Ghulam, Khandala is one of the most scenic hill stations near Mumbai.

Located about 500 plus meters above sea level, this scenic hill town offers scores of trekking and hiking opportunities across picturesque trails. This is one of the best hill station in Maharashtra you can explore on your visit to Mumbai. If you have enough time, you should check out the famous Ganesh temples in Mumbai as well.

Rajmachi Fort is a different getaway for hikers, nature lovers and travelers arriving in India. From there you can enjoy an incredible view of the Sahyadri mountains and the flocks of the Shirota dam. First, it is important to note that the best dates to escape are from mid June to October, because this region increases its beauty with clouds, waterfalls and natural landscapes of the most extreme green.

Regarding its location, it should be noted that it is constituted from two highlands, Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. At its base are the village of Rajmachi and a forest reserve. In addition, beyond this area, flying over the Ulhas River you can find the Rajmachi Base Camp. The fort is located in Udhewadi, a local village whose families warmly welcome travelers and offer local cuisine.

There are treks that can be hired in Pune to discover the Fort, the Caves and other places in the area. As an example you have the Rajmachi Night Trek. It mainly consists of a 18km night route through a thick and humid forest, where the views are spectacular late in the afternoon and at dawn. In addition, a special atmosphere is created because you go through it listening and seeing different types of forest animals, or fireflies twinkling around you.

Best Hill Stations in Maharashtra

7. Lonavala

One of the most stunning hill stations in Maharashtra, Lonavala is also among the most popular hill stations near Mumbai. Not only is the region replete with rich natural beauty, it is also home to some of the most stunning historical architecture in the form of forts and palaces.

Lonavala is also one of the closest hill stations around Maharashtra near Pune and hence serves as a popular weekend getaway for Puneites and Mumbaikars both. Lakes, forts, dams, museums and resorts galore, Lonavala is one of the most uniquely diverse hill stations in Maharashtra.

The Karla And Bhaja Caves near mumbai and the Bedse Caves are natural caves carved into rock walls. They were enlarged and individually arranged from the top to the base, a technique that avoids the use of scaffolding. The natural caves also offer an ideal panorama that allows to see in the distance and to be visible.

Like most sites carefully chosen by the Buddhist community, these caves have the advantage of being close to rivers, essential to the survival of the community. From an architectural point of view, these rock ensembles are an invaluable treasure.

Entirely made of stone, the chaitya halls - destined to house the object of worship and the vihara, dwellings of the monks - faithfully copy the wooden architecture of a very distant time of which no constructed example has come down to us. Details as precise as the beams and rafters abound to the point of doubting the viewer.

But the art of trompe-l'oeil reaches its peak on the facades of the caves, where a multitude of false wooden balconies inspired by palace architecture, animated by characters in full conciliabule give the impression of a great depth. Another fundamental element of Indian architecture is thegavaksa, kudu or Indian arc reproduced ad infinitum accentuates this false sensation of depth. Everything seems to be done to make as tangible as possible a construction frozen in stone.

8. Lavasa

Are you and your partner looking for hill stations near Pune and a place where you can get into some action by enjoying some adventure activities. Going for a short hike, savouring some delicious cuisine or just enjoying some privacy in the room from the height of a luxury hotel, Lavasa is simply the place to be.

In Lavasa, there is something for each type of party. With lush miles landscapes, some of the best restaurants and bars in Maharashtra, glamorous Bollywood sites and the sun almost all year round, Lavasa is simply romantic and you will never get bored of this city.

9. Yavatmal

Located in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, the Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name from Goddess Tipai located near Tipeshwar village in the sanctuary area.

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  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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