Love long drives in the rains? Me too. Rain makes the heart go romantic and believe me there is nothing more romantic than a long drive whist listening to the pitter-patter of the raindrops. This drive becomes magical when the road is next to a tranquil valley with cascading waterfalls. The Western Ghats in Maharashtra play the best host to the rains. So here’s a list of the 10 Places to visit in Maharashtra this Monsoon.
I love rain. The dark sky, the thunder, the chill, the smell, the creepy crawlies I love them all. I find peace in the rain. Though I enjoy lazing around at home with a book and a hot cup of coffee on a rainy day but the western ghats always keep calling. Born and brought up in Pune the Western Ghats are one of my most visited and favorite places in the rains. The Western Ghats turn magical in the rains. When the grey sky becomes too gloomy the ghats offer me refuge with their lush greenery, colorful wildflowers and the white waterfalls cascading down out of nowhere.
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10 Places to visit in Maharashtra this Monsoon
1. Malshej Ghat
This small hill station nestled in the Sahyadri Range is around 120 Kms from both Mumbai and Pune. It’s known for its dense foliage and many misty waterfalls. The road journey to reach Malshej is equally picturesque with stunning views of lakes and valleys. Its popular among trekkers too, the most visited is the Harishchandragad Fort. Not only people but flamingos too come here in the monsoons all the way from Europe.
Although Malshej Ghat is a day trip from Mumbai or Pune, you can also choose to relax at this comfortable resort Saj by the lake.
The twin hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala are still one of my favorite getaway destinations when I am in Pune. Its located between Pune and Mumbai, making it the closest and popular in both the cities. Rajmachi Fort, Karla Caves, Duke’s nose, Tiger’s Leap and the newly opened wax museums are the main attractions here. Do not miss to get drenched in Bushi Dam in Lonavla.
Although both Lonavla and Khandala are a day trip from Mumbai or Pune, you can also choose to stay overnight at any of these cool destinations.
3. Mulshi Dam
This beautiful dam amidst the Sahyadri Range is around an hours drive from Pune. Its surrounded with greenery that come alive during the rains. Apart from its beauty, Mulshi dam is also home to one of the largest power generation projects. Tamhini Ghat a mountain passage between Mulshi and Tamhini is also a must visit tourist destinations with its share of greenery and waterfalls.
This smallest hill station in India is only a 2 hour drive from Mumbai. In-spite of being small this place has almost 40 spots with spectacular views of sunrises and sunsets. But the best thing about this place is that its vehicle free and hence pollution and buzz free. The only mode of transport here is the small gauge train, or on horse back. Walking here during the monsoons is like walking through the clouds.
Check out the prices for stay at Adamo the resort, Matheran which is most popular with families.
5. Lohagad Fort
Lohagad is about 50kms from Pune. This fort sits at an altitude of 3400 feet. Like the other forts in Maharashtra, this one too is a perfect blend of architecture and nature. The monsoons make the trek to this fort more exciting. The rains fill up the ponds on the top of the fort that can also be divided into. do not miss visiting Kalra Caves, Bhaja Caves and Vinchu Kata (a part of the hill that looks like a scorpion’s sting).
This one is my childhood favorite. It’s about 120 kms from Pune and is perfect for a days outing. Located at an altitude of 3200 feet, Bhimashankar is surrounded by hills covered in thick rain-forest. The source of river Bhima, also has a famous Lord Shiva temple. Come here with a picnic basket and get ready to get drenched in its pristine beauty.
Though Mahabaleshwar is a favorite destination all year round, its beauty reaches new levels in the monsoons. The green foliage on the misty mountains give a perfect backdrop to your photos. Try not to miss the Lingamala waterfalls cascading into Venna lake as it comes alive in this season.
Check out the prices for stay at Evershine Keys Prima Resort, Mahabaleshwar which is most popular with families.
Bhandardara is about 170 Kms from Pune. This quaint little hill station is often considered as pit stop on the way to Nashik but it’s also known for its trekking trails. Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashra is a famous trekking site. The place is dotted with picturesque waterfalls that converge in Arthur Lake. The Wilson Dam is another attraction here.
9. Thoseghar Falls
Waterfalls come alive in the rains and the best way to enjoy them is getting drenched underneath. Thoseghar Falls is one such place you would not want to miss. The place is so peaceful and quiet that the only sound you hear is of the gushing water.
This place is so abundant with thick foliage that it’s always dark here hence the name, Andharban or the dark forest. This trek is thrilling as well as exciting. The trek overlooks the Kundalika Valley, Bhira Dam and Tamhini Ghat. river rafting can also be done at the Kundalika river.
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