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Excursions around Mumbai

Ajanta and Ellora Caves Mumbai ExcursionMumbai is the commercial capital of India and a hot tourist spot as well. With its vibrant culture and a freewheeling spirit, the charm of being in Mumbai is ever captivating and alluring. Mumbai has a plethora of hot tourist spots which you can cherish for all times. And the city has similar excursion hunts that make it all the more favored tourist spot. There are a number of weekend getaways near Mumbai that come high on priority list of any serious tourist in quest for fun and exploration.

Ajanta and Ellora Caves
These caves are the ancient repository of Indian architectural heritage. Located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra Ajanta and Ellora caves are the world famous for the cave shrines that cut out of rock, all by hand. There are 34 caves at Ellora and 29 caves at Ajanta. And all are sheer outstanding specimens of Indian architectural excellence.

Elephanta Island
Famous for Elephanta caves this Island takes you on a spiritual journey of cave temples. And of course Elephants Island becomes a rocking place during the weekends when daily trippers come to enjoy full throttle. Maharashtra Tourism holds Elephanta festivals here, in the month of February each year.

About 35kms from Mumbai, Alibagh or Alibag falls under Raigad district in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, a picturesque coastal town with placid and pristine beaches flushed with warm and soothing Sun. It's a fantastic weekend gateway that you would love to grab when in Mumbai.

Bordi is a peaceful and uncluttered beach town, easy backdrop and simple life style that is sure to detoxify your fast forward lifestyle. Just 145 kms from Mumbai, Bordi is famous for its long stretch of clean beaches, chickoo orchards and casurina trees.

About 580 km from Mumbai, Goa has miles and miles of sunny beaches snaring a charm that hooks. It's all here, far away from the beaten tracks; it's travelers' paradise. Discover a romantic and other-century Goa that lives in its medieval small towns, and beautiful villagers, with rich flora and fauna.

Khandala is a beautiful hilly resort that promises a rejuvenating effect on your stressful city lifestyle. Perched at a height of 625mts atop the western slopes of Sahayadri ranges in Maharastra, khandala has a fascinating panoramic scenic view that enthralls each tourist that come here.

Lonavala is a picturesque hill station nestled in the Sahayadri ranges of Maharashtra. Popular as the health resort, Lonawala is situated at the height of 625 mts, about 96 kms from Mumbai and 62kms from Pune.

Matheran lies at an altitude of 800mts about 104kms from Mumbai. Perched on the stunning hilltop with dappling trees and encircled by walking tracks that adds to the beauty of this magnificent tourist spot.

Once the summer capital of Governor of the old Bombay Presidency, Mahabaleshwar is the highest hill station in the Western Ghats. It is situated at 1372 mt around Lake Venna.

Panchgani literally means five hills; this idyllic hilly resort is just 19kms from Mahabaleshwar and perched at an altitude of 1334mts on the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. With walkways thickly shaded with lush trees and verdant vegetation, Panchgani is tourists' delight.

Pune or Poona is located on the eastern edge of the Western Ghats on the Deccan plateau in Maharashtra. Pune has an enviable reputation of being the Oxford of the East for its several esteemed colleges and universities.

The Shirdi Saibaba temple is located at Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharshtra. A seat of venerable Sai Baba, Shirdi attracts millions of devotees from across faiths, castes, creeds, which flock in here to pay their homage to Shri Sai Baba.

Kanheri caves
Kanheri caves lie in the precincts of Sanjay Gandhi National Park and perhaps the most easily accessible among all caves. In fact the location of these caves is so picturesque that you have a feeling of a kind of religious gateway through the verdant wilds of Sanjay Gandhi National Park.