Situated on the banks of the Pavana dam near Lonavala, this is a hugely popular camping site for distressed fellows from Mumbai and Pune. Its rustic settings and quaint charm are what attracts campers to this peaceful heaven. Spend some quiet time camping here – breathe in the fresh air, start a campfire, enjoy a hot barbecue, swim in the waters, indulge in star-gazing in the clear skies and chat with your best buds. For those craving for some adventure, the historic forts like Lohagad, Tikona and Tungi are situated close by. Enjoy the company of nature and best friends on this short but surely relaxing getaway.
Distance from Mumbai: 25 kms Travel time: 50 minutes to 1 hour
Elephanta is situated close to the Gateway of India in South Mumbai and it takes only a ferry ride (less than an hour ride) to get to this island that houses marvelous cave temples built between the 5th to 8th century. The island got it’s name from the Portuguuese who found a massive rock cut elephant statue at the entrance of the island. The stone elephant is now placed in the Victoria gardens in Mumbai. There are three rock cut cave temples on the island, the largest being the Shiva temple. It has a large statue of Mehsamurthi, or Lord Shiva with three heads and around the cave you can spot many other statues of Shiva and his incarnations. Similar one day picnic spots near Mumbai: Ajanta and Ellora cave temples
Among the list of one day picnic spots near Mumbai, Matheran takes the cake with a wide variety of attractions and things to do. The best and cheapest way to get to Matheran is by train, which usually takes 1 hour and 55 minutes. Start by visiting the Charlotte lake and walking down to the other attractions from there like echo point and Louisa point. After lunch at M G Road, get on horse back and ride around the 28 lookout points Matheran has to offer. From Honeymoon point, go valley crossing 1000 ft above the valley, for over 900m ft to the opposite mountain. This is not for the weak hearted, you are warned. Know about the adventures Matheran has to offer. Similar one day picnic spots near Mumbai: Lonavala and Khandala.
A fort not located very far from Lonavala, Rajmachi is an ideal destination for a one day trip from Mumbai. The beauty of this place is at its peak during the monsoon season, and that makes it the ideal time to visit Rajmachi. Trekking all the way to the fort would be another experience altogether. One can get an amazing view of the Sahyadri mountains and the backwaters of Shirota Dam.
Literally meaning the ‘Lion’s Fort’, Sinhgad fort is a popular one day getaway from Mumbai, located at a distance of about 184 kms from Mumbai. It’s been named so because of Tanaji Malusare, Shivaji’s favourite general, who fought like a true brave lion, and one can also find his samadhi inside the fort. Located at a height of about 700 meters above the surrounding landscape, it’s one of the popular trekking destinations around Mumbai and is visited by many people all over the year.
Lonavala, a hill station in Pune is a perfect getaway that will allure every traveller. Nestled in the nature’s deck, this destination is a calm and serene place every travel and adventure lover should discover. Lonavala also has a few sightseeing destinations around it if you would like to visit them. All in all, this tourist destination is tailor made for every camping lover as you can enjoy the best of this place while you are camping. The place is also a hub for all the college going students, it makes everybody’s weekend worth remembering!
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