Many of us live in this big city, dedicated to our work-a-day lives during the week and preparing mentally for the coming week, during the weekends. Are we aware of the opportunities that this financial capital of India offers its denizens, by way of rest, recuperation and rejuvenation?
Take a look at this list of utterly gorgeous hill stations and scenic getaways in the lap of nature, all of which are close enough for a solo trip from Mumbai. Pick up your backpack and refuse to spend your next weekend cooped up between four walls.
A solitary sojourn to these amazing destinations will leave you enthralled. Here are our picks for the best solo trips near Mumbai.
Best Solo Trips Near Mumbai (Under 100 kilometres)
If watching birds is your passion or you just love to spend your time looking at panoramic views of greenery, mountains and the mists and clouds floating over them and the waterfalls dropping down their ridges, you need look no further than Karnala.
Along with all the beauty, you get a slice of history from the Karnala Fort, where your imagination must work overtime.
- Distance from Mumbai: 47.8 kilometres
- Attractions: Waterfalls, Hill Ranges, Fort, Wildlife
The beauty of Karjat defies description. You can look at the Ulhas river, or go trekking into the surrounding greenery to enjoy the waterfalls and the views.
You can also take up mountain climbing or river rafting activities with like-minded adventure lovers and actually return to Mumbai knowing a few more souls than before. Get retrospective as you visit the Caves dating back to 1st Century BC and think of the Buddhist monks who called them home.
- Distance from Mumbai: 62 kilometres
- Attractions: River rafting, Trekking and climbing, Scenic beauty, Forts, Waterfalls, Ghats and Caves
Not far from Mumbai, you will find Durshet, which offers adventure sports along with arresting natural beauty. You will also find the rivers Amba and Kundalika, with the latter offering you an opportunity to indulge in rappelling, water rafting and river crossing.
The birdlife, which abounds around here, forms an attraction on its own. You will find the historic forts of Sarasgad and Sudhagad, which were ruled by Maharaja Shivaji as well as powerful temples to Ganapati.
- Distance from Mumbai: 76.2 kilometres
- Attractions: Nature, Forts, Wildlife
Khandala and Lonavala are twin hill stations, offering fantastical views of peaks and valleys. Khandala is the chosen destination for anyone interested in hiking, trekking, adventurous climbing, valley crossing, rock climbing and rappelling. Tiger’s Leap, Amrutanjan Point and Duke’s Nose are all places which can’t be missed along with the ancient jail here, which was built in 1896.
- Distance from Mumbai: 81.9 kilometres
- Attractions: Tiger’s Leap, Amrutanjan Point, Duke’s Nose and Bhushi Lake
Visit Lonavala to enjoy the beauty of its waterfalls and landscapes. You can visit Buddhist caves here too or look at the historic forts at Tungi, Lohagad and Visapur before reminiscing at the famous Rajmachi Fort of Shivaji Maharaj. There’s never a time when the weather here is not excellent and there’s no better option than this for original goal of rest, recuperation and rejuvenation.
- Distance to Mumbai: 82.8 kilometres
- Attractions: Caves, Waterfalls, Forts, Trekking, Wax Museum
Alibaug is a tourist haven with many facilities for tourists who come here to enjoy its many beaches and picturesque surroundings.
The local hospitality and the experience of visiting architecturally imposing forts such as Kolaba and Korlai leave you pondering the idea of kings in general and remembering the Maratha and Mughal rulers in particular, followed by the Portuguese.
- Distance from Mumbai: 95 kilometres
- Attractions: Forts, Beaches, Nature
8. Lohagad Fort
Built 1033 metres above sea level and accessible by train and road (if you’re adventurous, you could even consider trekking up). This fort has seen the passing of many dynasties and was stored the treasury of Shivaji. Go trekking here or visit the Buddhist caves, or just commune with nature by feasting your eyes on the views this fort offers.
- Distance from Mumbai: 98.6 kilometres
- Attractions: Karla caves, Bhaja caves, Lohagad Dargah and Pavana Reservoir
Best Solo Trips Near Mumbai (Under 200 kilometres)
Whether you are an enthusiast or experienced paraglider, head to Kamshet. There are schools here, which train beginners and offer tandem flights. Nature itself offers differing options, with Shinde Tekdi breaking in beginners and Shelar and Tower Hill offering a challenge for the more experienced.
Enjoy the panoramic views of the Thokarwadi and Pavna lakes and the Vadivale lake formed by the Uksan dam. Without paragliding, you can enjoy the views and visit the Buddhist caves here.
- Distance from Mumbai: 101.8 kilometres
- Attractions: Paragliding, Karla Caves, Bedsa Caves and Bhaja Caves, Forts
The beauty of the lakes, waterfalls and forests at Igatpuri enthral a visitor to this region. You need no company as you feast your eyes on the sights here and visit the wildlife sanctuary. The famous Vipassana Meditation Academy here is an additional draw for solo visitors, who may want to enrol for their unique meditation program here.
- Distance from Mumbai: 120.9 kilometres
- Attractions: Thal Ghat Waterfall, Myanmar Gate, Ashoka Waterfall, Tringalwadi, Kalsubai Peak, a Wildlife Sanctuary and Amruteswari and Ghatandevi temples
Another haunt of adventure sports enthusiasts, Kolad offers whitewater river rafting, kayaking and an opportunity to camp in the jungle. Kolad is surrounded by dams, forts and hillocks with many waterfalls dropping down their sides.
- Distance from Mumbai: 126.6 kilometres
- Attractions: White Water River rafting, Lakes, Waterfalls, Trekking, Kundalika River, Rappelling, Camping, Kayaking, Parasailing, Aeromodelling, Dams, Forts, Caves and Waterfalls
12. Malshej Ghat
Experience the majestic beauty of nature at Malshej Ghat, where you will find innumerable waterfalls and densely forested mountains. Trekking here will hold you in thrall as will the flamingos, which migrate here from Europe. You will find many forts here and you may note to take in the Harishchandragad Fort as well as Jivdhan and Shivneri. Wildlife here includes tigers and leopards. Don’t miss the Lenyadri caves and the scenic beauty of the Pimpalgaon – Joga dam.
- Distance from Mumbai: 140 kilometres
- Attractions: Trekking, Forts, Caves, Dam and Waterfalls
13. Kalsubai Peak
The view from this grand peak is simply unforgettable and it’s a wonderful experience to be trekking and climbing on this peak. The vegetation here is bountiful and the view from the peak of the Bhandardara dam is matchless. Revisit the area’s history by visiting the Harishchandragad fort.
- Distance from Mumbai: 152.8 kilometres
- Attractions: Trekking, Climbing, Forts
This remote destination is ideal for visiting alone to enjoy its scenic beauty and picturesque surroundings. Visit the Arthur Lake and Randha waterfalls as well as the Wilson dam to enjoy the amazing beauty of this location.
- Distance from Mumbai: 163.8 kilometres
- Attractions: Ratnagad Fort, Kalsubai Peak, Randha Waterfall and Wilson Dam
The serene beauty of Mulshi dam is unparalleled. If you happen to be a budding ornithologist or just a nature lover, you will be riveted by these scenic surroundings. The Mulshi lake adds to the beauty and the excellent weather makes you unwind and enjoys your time here.
Attractions: Varasgaon dam, Temgarh dam and Panshet are some of the interesting places around Mulshi.
- Distance from Mumbai: 165 kilometres
- Attractions: Tamhini Ghat, Nature, Dams, Lake and Wildlife
Panshet is once again a great picnic spot and centre for adventure sports. The views here are amazing and impress you with their beauty. You may also enjoy the views of the Varasgaon dam and visit the Sinhagad Fort nearby.
- Distance from Mumbai: 180 kilometres
- Attractions: Nature, Dams, Forts and Wildlife
This privately-owned hill station is designed to replicate an Italian hillside town and is built across seven hills and as yet, is incomplete. The mountain passes are considered to offer an extraordinary drive and many bike enthusiasts visit Lavasa just to experience the thrill of a ride through its streets.
- Distance from Mumbai: 187.4 kilometres
- Attractions: Picturesque surroundings, Great weather and Adventure Sports.
Best Solo Trips Near Mumbai (Over 200 kilometres)
Harihareshwar is a scenic location where you can unwind at the beautiful and secluded beaches. The area is surrounded by green hills adding immensely to its appeal.
- Distance from Mumbai: 201 kilometres
- Attractions: Beaches, Scenic beauty, Kuda caves, Harihareshwar Temple
Water sports at Dapoli are so much fun. If that’s not enough, you can visit the historic forts of Suvarnadurg and Kanakdurg and marvel at the transience of human existence and then visit the archaeological site of Panhalekaji and the Buddhist rock-cut caves there to marvel at the resilience with which mankind survived over the centuries.
- Distance from Mumbai: 225 kilometres
- Attraction: Ladghar, Murud, Kolthare, Karde, Tamastirth, Kelshi, Savane, Anjarle etc. Beaches, Forts and Buddhist Caves
In the humdrum rush of life, we hardly stop to look at the sunrise or sunset. Take a holiday at Mahabaleshwar, where you can stand at Wilson Point and watch the Sunrise and slowly fill the sky. This is a place where your camera may come to great use to capture the beauty of its viewpoints – the Elphinstone, Arthur’s Seat. There is no better place to trek through nature and buy fresh strawberries at the marketplace than this famed origin of the Krishna River, where you can befriend yourself again. Mahabaleshwar is aptly called Paradise on Earth.
- Distance from Mumbai: 231 kilometres
- Attractions: Scenic Beauty, Boating, Lingmala/Vajrai/Chinaman’s Waterfalls, Viewpoints, Lakes, Strawberries.
Panchgani is named by the five hills that surround the hill-station, and is perfect for para-sailing. Stand at Sidney Point or watch the ripples on the Dhom Dam, in the Krishna Valley or trek over Table Land (the second longest mountain plateau in Asia). Stand at Parsi Point for a scenic view or visit the Devil’s Kitchen, a cave where the Pandavas were supposed to have stayed during their exile and built the Pandavagad, bringing fascinating stories back to life.
- Distance from Mumbai: 244 kilometres
- Attractions: Parsi Point, Devil’s Kitchen, Ganesh & Kartikeya Temples, Pandavagad caves and Sidney Point
Tapola is also called mini-Kashmir is most beautiful during the monsoons. You will be mesmerised by the view of the majestic Koyana Dam. Visit Tapola’s Kas Pathar, to see before you a sea of flowers, reminding you of Wordsworth’s vision of the Daffodils. Gerbera flowers are grown by several nurseries here, as are strawberries. If seeking adventurous, visit the Shivsagar Lake for water-sports.
- Distance from Mumbai: 258.1 kilometres
- Attractions: Flowers, Watersports, Dam and Vasota and Jaygad Forts
23. Thoseghar Falls
Visit the Thoseghar Falls in the monsoon, to watch the beautiful waterfalls measuring anything from 20 metres to 500 metres. Amidst these regal surroundings ruled by nature, you are sure to find inner peace.
- Distance from Mumbai: 281.7 kilometres
- Attractions: Waterfalls, Scenic beauty
Although at a distance from Mumbai city, Chikhaldara is highly worthy of a visit. Apart from the beauty of the location, one may catch the scent of coffee-bean from the plantations on the mountain slopes. This location features in the Mahabharat. The Melghat Tiger Reserve draws all animal lovers. Do visit the parks, the dams, the forts like the Gawilgarh Fort, and find again, the connection you have with nature.
- Distance from Mumbai: 660 kilometres
- Attractions: Long Road/Train journey, Scenic beauty and Coffee plantations, Wildlife (especially tigers), Dams, Forts, Lakes and Vantage Points.
If Mumbai is ever bringing you down, you’ve got plenty of places to escape to. You can go on a spiritual adventure, an actual adventure or simply laze around at one of the many beach places. You take your pick for your solo trips near Mumbai. If you have one that’s not on our list, do let us know in the comments.