When one of thinks of Mumbai, what comes to mind is a city of dreams and a land of opportunity. What also comes to mind, sadly, is the pollution, extremely busy streets, and fast paced city bustle. However, we have the perfect solution, which requires you to get away and take a much needed break with a road trip on your bike from ZipHop!
For those of you who don’t know, there are plenty of places around Mumbai that make for a great getaway – for a day, a weekend, or more. So, if you enjoy stunning views, smooth terrain, a little bit of adventure, and breathtaking moments, here is a list of road trips you can take from Mumbai.
A very popular getaway destination from Mumbai is Alibag, which can be reached via the Mumbai-Goa Highway in around 3 hours. Located south of Mumbai, Alibag is a coastal town that is filled with historic forts and pristine beaches. Best for couples if you’re looking for some romance, but also a great location for families who want to spend some quality time, and for explorers who want to get in touch with the town’s history.
Legend has it that one of the first few residents, named Ali, owned many mango and coconut plantations. This resulted in the locals calling the area “Alichi Bagh” which means “Gardens of Ali”, otherwise known as Alibag.
What to see:
Nagaon Beach/Alibag beach – A popular beach because of its clean water, romantic cottages, water sports and of course, coastal food!
The Kulaba Fort – Otherwise known as Alibag Fort was constructed by Shivaji, the emperor and founder of the Maratha Empire. The fort is an old military wall that was used for defense, and is now a famous monument.
Distance: 92 km
Located in the Wesertn Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station south of Mumbai. This hotspot has stunning views, picturesque landscape, and centuries old history. Not to mention Mahabaleshwar is famous for its strawberry and mulberry orchards.
However, this road trip is a little on the longer side, as it’s an approximate 5 hours long (via NH 66). That being side, the ride has beautiful views and you go via the Golden Quadrilateral road, which is a pleasure to ride on.
What to see:
Arthur’s Seat – Mahabaleshwar is known for its 14 points, which have amazing views. Arthur’s Seat is known as the “queen of all points” as it’s 1470 meters high.
Pratapgad Fort – Pratapgad translates to “Valour Fort”, which is significant because of the Battle of Pratapgad.
Venna Lake – A major tourist attraction, Venna lake is surrounded by an abundance of trees, which can be taken in while on a boat ride. Nearby, you can enjoy a horse ride, the bazaar, and small restaurants.
Distance: 248 km
Known as the “Oxford of the East”, Pune, may have its own bustling city life, but is a lovely experience as a tourist. Ride on the Mumbai–Pune Expressway, which will give you a view of the Western Ghats and Pune’s famous long tunnels. This ride would take around 3 hours.
What to see:
Aga Khan Palace – Considered as one of the greatest sites in India. The palace has an interesting link to history because of the Indian freedom movement. It was a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and his wife.
Shaniwarwada – An 18th-century wall, which was once the seat of the Peshwa rulers (Maratha Empire).
Parvati Hill – A hillock 2,100 feet high, which is home to Parvati Temple and is one of the most scenic spots in Pune.
Distance: 148 km
4) Malshej Ghat
Located on the way to Pune from Mumbai, Malshej Ghat is located in the Western Ghats. Famous for its abundance of flowers, trees, and lush greenery, Malshej Ghat is also home to many species of birds such as, cuckoos, flamingos, and quails. This scenic ride can be taken via the NH 3 and NH 22 at an approximate of 3 hours and 30 minutes.
What to see:
Pimpalgaon Joga Dam – Built on the Pushpawati River, the Dam is known for bird watching (Alpine Swift, Whistling Thrush, Purple Moorhen, Pied Crusted Cuckoo, and Flamingos) and its view of the rolling hills.
Harishchandragad Fort – A 6th century monument that is 1,424 meters high, this Fort is a must see for trekkers and even devotees because of the Lord Vishnu Temple located here.
Distance: 127 km
Stay tuned for more road trips from Mumbai, there’s plenty more to come!