The city of dreams-Mumbai has a lot to offer for everyone. However, the always awake city lacks places where you can enjoy your rides to. Mumbaikars often look for soul satisfying journeys away from the traffic and pollution of the city.
If you are one such person who needs to feel associated with the nature, and the view, kickstart your bike and start your journey. Here is a rundown of some of the best riding destinations around Mumbai that will woo your heart.
Lonavala and Khandala are two of the best known places not only in Mumbai but in India too. In spite of the fact that the Mumbai– Pune Expressway is an astounding path to ride on, bikes are not permitted on this road. Two-wheeler riders can take the Old Mumbai– Pune highway which is perfect for a stress-free ride.You may also visit the Rajmachi Fort which is just 15 kms ride from Lonavala. The best time to visit these places is after the first rain of the monsoon season. Khandala is just about 5 kms away from Lonavala and has various historical forts strongholds, valleys, waterfalls, and lakes.
Places Of Attractions: Lohagad, Korigad Fort, Karla and Bhaja caverns, Tiger's Leap, Lonavala wax exhibition hall, and Duke's nose.
Distance: 85 kms
Time: 2 hours via Old Mumbai Pune Highway
Another prominent goal for end of the week trips from Mumbai, Alibaug is a quite swarmed destination on the Mumbai– Goa road. Though it is one of the favourite destinations for couples, it surely is a place where you can enjoy an awesome bike ride to. Expanding shores, exquisite shoreline, and the radiant perspective of Kolaba fort add to the delight of motorcycle riders. The best time to visit Alibaug is between November to June.
If you love winged animal watching, you may visit the Karnala Bird Sanctuary which is a 98 Kms ride from Alibaug.
Places Of Attractions: Kulaba Fort, Siddheshwar Temple, Alibaug Beach, Fairs in close-by towns of Awas and Varsoli.
Distance: 92 Kms
Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
In the event that you are searching for a secluded shoreline close to Mumbai, Kashid is the destination to visit. Ride another 34 km and you be able to see a white sand beach. Notwithstanding the great bike ride, the shoreline gives a grand view and an amazing experience. You may also visit Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary located just 12 kms from Kashid. Another 40 kms of motorcycle ride from Kashid will take you to Murud that has a fort in the ocean.
Places Of Attractions: Janjira Fort in Murud
Distance: Kashid -122 Kms, Murud-156 kms
Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
This dam is close to Mumbai and is perfect for a one day road trip. The Pelhar Dam is situated in the Pelhar Village, around 21 kms far from Vajreshwari. You may also visit the Tungareshwar mountain run riding another 6 kms.
Distance: 59 Kms
Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
The Mumbai– Mahabaleshwar bike ride is the longest ride in the list. In any case, its stunning views compensate for the long distance traveled. The ride includes the Golden Quadrilateral street, is a smooth and simple one, except the last 50 kms climb up the hill. If you love paragliding, you may also visit Panchgani which is not very far from this place.
Places Of Attraction: Needle Hole Point, sailing in Venna Lake, Wilson Sunrise Point, markets of strawberries and mulberries, and Three Monkey Point.
Distance: 248 km
Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Known as the 'Paraglider’s Paradise', Kamshet and few of its neighboring towns offer visitors a magnificent experience of paragliding over beautiful paddy and sunflower fields, and the Pawna Lake. The trip from Mumbai to Kamshet via Mumbai– Pune Expressway and is an amazing experience. The hills around Kamshet has caves, hill stations, and fortresses make for a satisfying view.
Situated about 20 kms from Kamshet is the Kondeshwar Cliff where you may enjoy paragliding from the height of 2200 feet. One can also visit Shelar for low height thermal paragliding.
Places Of Attractions: Karla Caves, Paragliding, Bedsa Caves, Pawna Lake,the Bhaja Caves, and the Kondeshwar Temple.
Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Matheran is Asia's one and only automobile-free hillstation. It's one of the most appreciated weekend escapes close to Mumbai. A road trip from Mumbai takes you to the beautiful hinterlands of Matheran. There are no private vehicles permitted in this zone and you will require hand pulled rickshaws or horses to reach the place. Else, you can simply go for a short trek to Matheran.
Places Of Attractions: Spectacular views of the Prabhal Fort from Monkey Point, Louisa Point, Hart Point, One Tree Hill Point, Porcupine Point, Rambagh point, and Panaroma Point.
Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Situated in the wine capital of India - Nashik, Igatpuri is a mini hill station that exhibits a stunning view in the rainy season.
Distance: 120 Kms
Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Places Of Attractions: Ghatandevi Temple, Dhamma Giri Meditation Center, Bhandardara
Malshej Ghat is a wonderful place to visit in the Western Ghats. Popular for abundance of flora and fauna, it is the home for hundreds of bird species including the flamingos, the cuckoos, and the quails. The best time to visit the place is between July to September. You may also visit the Shivneri Fort which is 40 km away from Malshej Ghat. It is the birthplace of great maratha ruler - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Distance: 127 kms
Time: 3 hours 17 minutes
The ride to the Sula Vineyards is just delightful. While drinking and driving is not in the option, grape stomping and wine tasting can be fun.The best time to visit the place is during the yearly Sula Wine Fest held in February every year. You may also visit the Vaitarna dam which is just a 15 km ride from the place.
Time: 3 hours 30 minutes