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5 Reasons Why We Can’t Help But Fall In Love With Mumbai

Mumbai is one of India’s populous cities and has rightly earned the tag of being a financial and commercial capital. Did you know that away from the noise of the city, there are several beautiful getaways located nearby? Whether you are looking for some quiet time or looking forward to spending the day amidst nature, you have it all.

If you are looking for reasonable bike rentals in your city, look no further. India’s largest bike rental aggregator, Wheelstreet.com, provides a vast selection of amazing bikes.  With affordable rentals and multiple pickup locations in the city, you are just a kick-start (pun intended) away from enjoying the most exciting rides of your life.

1. Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Karnal bird santury
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The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of bird species. Located in Panvel Taluka of Raigad District, it can be reached by road. It lies just off the Mumbai-Pune national highway to Goa and takes about an hour to cover a total of 47 km from Mumbai.  Start off early to enjoy the scenic views and the cool morning breeze.

July and March are ideal seasons to visit this place. If you are keen on bird sightings, November and February are the recommended months. You can spot the wild boar, four-horned antelope, jungle cat and Indian fox. 

There is a beautiful trail that takes you 450 m above the forest to reach a fort. This is where, one can see the funnel-shaped protruding rock, called a karn.  Keep a steady eye on the brakes, as the road tends to get a bit rough after a while.

2. Lonavala-Khandala

Lonavala - Khandala
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Located at a distance of 111 km from Mumbai, Lonavala is a hill station surrounded by lush green valleys. The Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves are historic Buddhist shrines carved out of the rock. This route sees several bikers and tourists alike. The straight road, with the luscious green cover on one side, is indeed a sight to behold.

Best time to visit is from October to March, and travellers can visit the famous Tiger Point, Lion Point, Wax Museum, Lohgarh Fort, Ekvira Devi Temple and Tungarli Lake.

It’s not for nothing that a famous actor crooned to a Bollywood number referring to this city Khandala. At a mere distance of 4 km, you cannot skip visiting this beautiful place. The road ahead is good, except for speed breakers in between. Places of interest include Duke’s Nose, Pawna Lake, Rajmachi Fort, Valvan Dam and Della Adventure- one of the largest and adventurous theme parks in India.

You cannot help but admire the greenery around you, in sharp contrast to the buildings and local trains in Mumbai.

3. Panchgani

Panchgani
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Take NH48 and reach Panchgani, covering a total of 244 km in 4 hours. This is a famous hill station in Satara, Maharashtra.  The ideal season is from September through May.

Panchgani roughly translates into five hills and boasts of a pleasant climate throughout the year. Visit Table Land, Devil’s Kitchen and Pandvgadh Caves. For good scenic views, ride to Parsi Point, Sydney Point and Kate’s Point. You have an option of either travelling by foot to reach the top or if you enjoy riding on rough terrains, this one’s not to be missed.

4. Jawhar

Jawhar
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Jawhar is one of the lesser known hill station located at an altitude of 518m, and a distance of 180 km from Mumbai. There are good roads leading to Jawhar, and one of the very few tribal kingdoms in Maharashtra.

Bikers can ride to Dabosa Water Fall; go back into history at Jai Vilas Palace and enjoy nature at Sunset Point. You should not miss Shripal, a structure built on top of a hill. Hanuman Point, Jai Sagar Dam and Chad had Dam provides scenic views and relief to the tired mind.

5. Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri
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You can reach Ratnagiri in approximately 7 hours if you take NH66, or 9 hours if you prefer Bangalore-Mumbai highway. This has been a popular tourist destination among travellers.  Make an effort to visit the historic the Ganapatipule Beach and the Bhatye Beach.

It is every biker’s dream to ride their bike on the sandy shores, and enjoying the sense of freedom that comes along. Do the balancing act with your feet, and lift up your hands as you zoom through the waters.

You can find the Thibaw Palace that was built for the exiled king and queen of Burma. Sri Lokmanya Tilak’s Janmasthan has been converted into a museum, and the house has been preserved as it is.  Do not forget to buy the famous Ratnagiri mangoes on your way back.

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