A change of scenery is only a drive, train ride, or quick flight away from Mumbai.
Matheran, meaning "jungle on top," is a peaceful tourist destination located 90 km from Mumbai. Vehicles are banned in this tiny hill station, making Matheran the perfect escape from Mumbai's traffic, noise, and pollution. Matheran offers panoramic views, Charlotte Lake, a racecourse, several restaurants, and a good range of budget and high-end heritage hotels. The bulk of activity in town centers around the market where people shop for leather goods, local honey, peanut brittle, and fudge.
Matheran is connected by the toy train from Neral. From Mumbai to Neral, you can travel either by rail or by road. Once in Matheran, you can get around on foot, by horse, or by man-pulled rickshaw. Kids would enjoy the toy train.
Ajanta and Ellora are hand-cut rock caves which depict the story of Buddhism and are some of the most outstanding specimens of ancient Indian heritage. Ajanta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The caves are located are 400 kilometers away from Mumbai, near the city of Aurangabad. You can travel by rail or by road. You could also fly to Aurangabad (Flying is by far the quickest way to get there.) A number of tours oper…