4 Stress Relieving Places Close to Pune and Mumbai

Mumbai the Financial capital of India. Here the trains are fast, the work is fast , everyone is in a hurry because there is work to be done. In short the pace of life is fast. Along similar lines Pune. Pace of life may not be as fast as Mumbai but it is equally or even more stressful.
It is not possible to remain sane in such an environment if you don’t take a break. Miraya presents you with few places around Mumbai and Pune which can help you relax and rejuvenate yourself with their Charm and Calm. Plan your trip with Miraya as the Point of reference.

Mahabaleshwar: An evergreen forest town situated in the Sahayadri Mountain ranges, this place also happens to be in the highest rainfall areas in India. It is one of the famous hill stations near Mumbai. A Lot of budget hotels and Luxury resorts are available for stay at Mahabaleshwar. One of the very few evergreen forests left, Mahabaleshwar showcases a wonderful range of Flora and fauna and geographical diversity.
Extending from valleys to mountains to Lingmala waterfall to Venna lake to plateaus Mahabaleshwar has it all. Around 78%area of Mahabaleshwar is covered with trees, which leads to really good rainfall during the rainy season. Good time to visit Mahabaleshwar is during March to June
Closest Airport : Pune Airport 120 Kms
Distance from Pune: 120 Kms
Distance from Mumbai: 243 Km
Mahabaleshwar to Miraya: 16.5 Kms

Panchgani: Surrounded by 5 villages and 5 mountains is the hamlet of Panchgani. One of the best known hill stations in Maharashtra. The best thing about this place is the breath taking views of valleys. Miraya in Panchgani has one of the most amazing views a hotel could provide. The calmness of the valleys and the cloud kissing mountains are a sight which would relax even the most perplexed mind.
Besides sight seeing and tourist destination, Panchgani is also known for number of residential schools. Good time to visit Panchgani is during March to June
Closest Airport : Pune Airport 120 Kms
Distance from Pune: 123 Kms
Distance from Mumbai: 254 Km
Panchgani to Miraya: 1 Kms

Lonavala and Khandala are hill stations just 3 kms apart form each other.
Lonavala and Khandala are best places to visit during the monsoon. Located in the Sahyadri, the hill stations offer a welcome destination and is the most sought after place during the monsoons.
The climate during the rains is wonderful, it seems as though the rains are showering the place with pleasantries. The pleasant environment is best enjoyed with a hot cup of tea and some Pakoras(Indian Fritters). The origin of the name Lonavala comes from number of caves which are found in the surrounding . “Lonavali” is a Sanskrit word which means caves. Few locations worth visiting near Lonavala are Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves, Tikona Fort, Tiger Point .
Bhushi Dam a masonry dam at Lonavala is one of the most crowded location during monsoons. Closely located from Mumbai and Pune it becomes a buzzing spot during all holidays even on regular weekends. If you wish to enjoy water sports, Pawana lake is the place to go at Lonavala.
Good time to visit Lonavala – Khandala is during June-September
Distance from Pune: 67 Kms
Distance from Mumbai: 95 Km
Lonavala to Miraya: 161 Kms (Approx 2 Hours)

Matheran: Matheran is another hill station pecked on the Western Ghats. The break up of the word Matheran could be as “Mathe”=Forehead; “raan”=Forest or the forehead of forest. One of the prominent attractions of this place is the toy train. The toy train is a a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge heritage railway. It covers a distance of 21 km covering forest territory connecting Neral to Matheran. It is a 2 hour journey through the exciting turns of the ghats.
Matheran happens to be one of the few hill station worldwide where private vehicles are not allowed. The only way to reach Matheran besides toy train is to drive till Dasturi point 2.5 kms away from Matheran and from there on pony back or foot.
Good time to visit Matheran is during March-May
Distance from Pune: 122 Kms
Distance from Mumbai: 94 Km
Matheran to Miraya:213 Kms (Approx 4hrs)

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