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8 Stunning Offbeat Places Near Mumbai Where Nature is at its Best

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The Beauty of the Western Ghats is incomparable. It gets even better during the monsoon. However, driving through the Ghats is not the easiest of options. Why worry about the road and the tricky hairpin bends when you can rely on the experienced drivers of Ola Outstation to take you to your favourite monsoon paradise. All you need to do is just sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery around you!

Get ready for a unique experience- a car you don’t have to drive but feels like your own. Just choose your destination and let Ola Outstation change the way you travel! Imagine not having to worry about the roads, checking the map, navigating the dangerous turns of the Ghats, getting tired driving. Switch this up to enjoying the vistas around you with the best entertainment on the go!

Here are some such offbeat destinations you can visit from Mumbai and Pune with Ola Outstation!

1. The breathtaking Malshej Ghat

The breathtaking Malshej Ghatsource: shutterstock

Drive by the many seasonal waterfalls of Malshej Ghat and discover the true meaning of natural beauty when you’re not worrying about the road! Click away without hesitation and have an incredibly immersive experience!

Distance from Mumbai- 126 km Distance from Pune- 120 km

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HolidayIQ traveller Harshal says, “This place is beautiful. Best time to visit is during the rainy season but winter works too. You're gonna see a lot of waterfalls (small ones) but there are a couple of really big ones too.”

2. The quaint, green fields of Karjat

The quaint, green fields of Karjatsource: wikimedia

Tired of the city rush? A quaint city near Pune, Karjat allows you to breathe in fresh air and enjoy the lush scenery of the Ulhas valley. You can also stay here and take on some of the best treks you can experience!

Distance from Pune- 105 km


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HolidayIQ reviewer Ratnesh says, “Karjat is a small town in the Western Ghats which is a gateway to large number of treks in and around. Peth Village and Bhimashankar are two such popular destinations.”

3. The solitude of the Mulshi dam

The solitude of the Mulshi damsource: wikimedia

Just a stone’s throw away from Pune lies a gem called Mulshi. Steeped in pure seclusion, it is the best place if you need quiet moments and stunning scenery. The beauty of this place manifolds during monsoons, making it the perfect picnic getaway from Pune.

Distance from Pune- 40 km

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HolidayIQ traveller Geeta says, “The setting is lovely with gorgeous panoramic views all around. Marvelous view of Mulshi backwaters and the Lavasa city.”

4. The stunning sunsets of Bhandardara

The stunning sunsets of Bhandardarasource: shutterstock

Lush green fields, seasonal waterfalls, temples and a serene lake- what more could you ask more? If you live in Mumbai, this is the perfect place to detox and get away from the city that never sleeps!

Distance from Mumbai- 160 km


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HolidayIQ reviewer Rinku says, “Bhandardara is a beautiful monsoon destination. Greenery and waterfalls make it a must visit place. Randha falls and Nanhi falls are fun. Amruteshwar temple is the holy place. Located at 3 hours from Mumbai, I would recommend everyone to visit this place and fall in love with its mesmerizing beauty.”

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5. The picture perfect valleys of Igatpuri

The picture perfect valleys of Igatpurisource: wikimedia

Apart from the gorgeous mountains and peaceful lakes, Igatpuri is also the home to the famous Dhamma Giri Meditation Centre, which is visited by tourists around the world! If you get bored, you can always explore the beautiful valleys like the Camel valley and the Bhatsa river valley. Just about 120 km from Mumbai, it’s perfect for a quick getaway!

Distance from Mumbai- 120 km


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HolidayIQ reviewer Farida says, “Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Igatpuri is a nice place among the hills for a relaxing time. It takes about 20-25 minutes to reach Igatpuri from Kasara by road. The Bhandardara dam is a good spot to visit. Great for family outings and also suitable for trekking lovers.”

6. The majestic fort and clean beaches of Alibag

The majestic fort and clean beaches of Alibagsource: shutterstock

Have visited enough ghats and want something different? Alibag with its long beaches and majestic fort is the perfect place for people looking forward to a unique experience!

Distance from Mumbai- 100 km
Distance from Pune- 140 km

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HolidayIQ reviewer Iravati says, “Alibag has a couple of places around with clean beaches. It is just 3 hour ride by car from Pune. Hence it makes a good weekend destination. You can just check in your hotel and relax, take a walk in the village or visit the beach in the evening. Or you can plan and go sightseeing. Either way, it is going to be a memorable trip. Food is excellent and a feast for non-vegetarians.”

7. The lush, magical hills of Amboli

The lush, magical hills of Ambolisource: wikimedia

With many seasonal falls that spring up during monsoon, Amboli is a beautiful getaway for those who want to try something other than the crowded Lonavala but get a similar experience! This is a place where even the journey is an experience as it covers a significant portion of Western Ghats!

Distance from Pune- 346 km

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HolidayIQ reviewer Raj says, “This is just the right place for nature lovers. The waterfalls are located in Maharashtra and promise an elegant view of the Sahyadris. There is a sunset and sunrise point nearby. The waterfall itself is mesmerizing.”

8. Nature’s unparalleled beauty in Mahabaleshwar

Nature’s unparalleled beauty in Mahabaleshwarsource: shutterstock

A hill station known primarily for its breathtaking view points like the Arthur’s seat, Mahabaleshwar is the best place to enjoy nature’s beauty during the rainy season. Not too far from Pune, it is a quaint paradise you’ll fall in love with!

Distance from Pune: 120 km

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HolidayIQ traveller Sathy says, “Mahabaleshwar hill station is famous for its scenic beauty and strawberries. Its beauty unleashes in the evening with a perfect sunset. This destination suits those who'd like to visit for 2-3 days.”

So, what are you waiting for? Your best monsoon trip is just a few clicks away! With Ola Outstation, planning trips is easier than ever! What's even better is that you can now win an all expense paid trip to your favourite destination with Ola Outstation by taking part in the #IndiaOffBeat contest by HolidayIQ! 


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