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Hill Stations of Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar

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A hill town in Western Ghats, apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks.

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats, in Satara district of Maharashtra. Known for its captivating beauty and the beautiful strawberry farms, the city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys. The city is definitely among the most sought after weekend getaways from Mumbai. Charming views, enticing valleys, serene lakes and a refreshing delight for your taste buds - the best way to summarize this natures gift.

Panchgani

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Deriving its name from the five hills surrounding it, Panchgani is a popular hill station near Mahabaleshwar, famous for its various sunset/sunrise points and scenic valley view.

Located at an altitude of 1, 334 mts. , Panchgani is a hill station in Maharashtra, known for its scenic views. Five hills form the Sahyadri mountain ranges offer Panchgani its name. The picturesque backdrop of hills on one side and coastal plains on the other makes for an amazing view. In the British era, the place was treated as a summer resort and hence many colonial period establishments can be seen here. Mahabaleshwar is like a twin city to Panchgani.

Lonavala

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Popular hill station close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavla is the place to be during monsoons. With lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills around, Lonavala is frequented by all sorts of people, especially hikers and trekkers.

Lonavala, being a part of the Sahyadri hills, offers an alluring and bewitching experience of nature's most gifted region. Surrounded by dense forests, waterfalls, dam alongside lakes, Lonavala is a must-visit if you admire nature and want a gateway to have a soulful weekend or a good trip. Also visit Khandala and Rajmachi on the way to Lonavala. The tourist destination has many attractions to its name, Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, Ryewood lake, among others.

Khandala

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Perched on the foothills of Sahyadri, Khandala provides for a perfect weekend respite for the Mumbai population, with its scenic valleys, grassy hills, serene lakes and misty waterfalls.

This is one of the most popular weekend getaway for the people from nearby cities of Mumbai and Pune. The place immortalized by the popular Bollywood song, "Aati Kya Khandala", is a must visit destination for everyone looking for beautiful nature, pleasant weather and the feeling of mist in the air. The natural beauty blooms to its zenith and reveals a magical charm during the monsoons. Its meandering waterfalls and glittering lakes attributes to the majestic look an imposing ambiance. The Duke's Nose peak and Karla hills are the two popular spots for rock climbing. Apart from these, there are many caves and lakes to be seen. A perfect place to sit back and relax.

Jawhar

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A small hill station located in the Thane District of Maharashtra, Jawhar is a place with abundant nature's beauty and several man made marvels. Preserving numerous picturesque views, this hill town is loaded with tourist attractions and exotic beauty of flora and dense cover of forest.

The rocky mountain in the backdrop with gushing waterfalls and lush green wood is absolutely captivating. Apart from being blessed by Mother Nature, Jawhar also showcases the intriguing culture of tribes and is glinting with the magnificent past. The man-made grandeurs in form of Jai Vilas Palace and Shirpamal are reflection of the brilliant craftsmanship displaying architectural relics. Although the town has witnessed much development in the recent time but still has managed to retain its ethnicity and rustic charm. A perfect destination for romantic couples and vacation makers, this town with aesthetic setting of nature is such that it will lure you back again and again.

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Malshej

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A beautiful hill station with its numerous lakes, waterfalls and mountains, Malshej Ghat is popular among hikers, trekkers and nature lovers.

Malshej Ghat is an ideal retreat from the clamor of city life and is a heaven abode full of natural beauty. With uncountable number of waterfalls to beautifully structured dams and steep, lofty forts, the ghat is a perfect place for nature lovers delight. This place is especially beautiful during monsoons and is one of the favorite weekend getaways for youngsters from Mumbai, Pune and Thane. Harishchandragad fort is a fort in this area and is very popular among trekkers. The temples in this area dates back to 16th century AD and are great examples of architectural marvel. Malshej falls, the beautiful Pimpalgaon dam and Ajoba Hill fort are some of other attractions here which will be spellbinding for any tourist.

Chikhaldara

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The scent of coffee enchants you as you enter the hill station city of Chikhaldara in the state of Maharashtra. Being the only coffee growing area in the region, Chikhaldara also boasts of beautiful lakes, breathtaking panoramic viewpoints and exotic wildlife.

At an altitude of 1118 m, Chikhaldara is one of the most favourite summer retreats among the nearby and far. It has a large number of attractions to offer and is mostly one of the best places to visit if you are in search of time to be one with nature.

Rajmachi

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Rajmachi is a small village situated in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Rajmachi has two fortified peaks - Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts, located near two famous hills of Lonavala and Khandala.

At the base of the fort is the village Udhewadi which is another name for Rajmachi. Rajmachi has seen many change of hands from Shivaji Maharaj, Emperor Aurangzeb, Shahu Maharaj and eventually the British reign. The fort of Rajmachi is famous among trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. If you want to experience a full-fledged trek, you can start from the Kondhane caves side which will take 3-4 hours of climbing, but otherwise you can drive right upto Udhewadi village (from the Lonavala side) and then trek for hardly 20-30 minutes to the top of the fort. The simple and clearly marked trail on both the paths make Rajmachi a very popular beginner's trek.

Suryamal

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Suryamal is the highest peak of the region, located in Thane district of Maharashtra. The small but beautiful hill is a popular place among people for the sheer breathtaking views that it can be seen from the hilltop.

The place is rich in valleys and lush forests that proves to be a treat for nature enthusiasts and for those who wish to escape the city chaos.

Panvel

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Panvel is best known for all the forts that dot this city. Called the gateway of the Konkan coast, Panvel is the most crowded city of Navi Mumbai. Most travelers have their base in Panvel to travel long and short distances to nearby forts at Raigad and Khopoli.

The city is known for the popular trekking spot, Karnala fort and its bird sanctuary, considered paradise for bird enthusiasts. One can spot beautiful migratory birds like the Magpie Robin, the Malabar whistling thrush and the Paradise flycatcher. Panvel is also known for the religious places of worship that it houses. Two of Ganesha's most prominent temples in Maharashtra, Ballaleshwar and Varadavinayak are around Panvel. One cannot explore the whole of Panvel in just two days, it is meant to either be explored little by little, or it could take days together. Whatever it may be, peace and being close to nature is guaranteed.

Pachmarh

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The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is often known as the queen of the Satpura ranges.

Situated at an altitude of 1,067 feet, this tourist spot is blessed with myriad attractions like ancient caves and beautiful monuments. Being at an elevated height and surrounded by beautiful forests of the Satpuras, with their streams and waterfalls Pachmarhi gives any tourist a serene and memorable experience. Since Pachmarhi was discovered and developed in the modern times by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army, this city houses charming churches built in colonial style architecture.

Amarkantak

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Amarkantak, also known as "Teerthraj" (the king of pilgrimages) is located amidst the exemplary Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is situated at an altitude of 1065 meters making it a hill station with some of the most exquisite temples that one will ever see.

The Son River and Johila River originated from and it is due to this fact that Amarkantak enjoys so much historical significance."

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