Best Road Trips In India: Part 1

Travelling in India is a fascinating experience. Exploring the diversity of India through majestic mountain ranges, lush green plains, and golden sands of beaches can work like therapy; in fact, the best way to escape the hustle of city life and unwind.
And what better way to explore our beautiful country than hitting the roads! Road trips are ideal to explore the unknown. It allows you to customise your itinerary however you want and have the freedom to visit places you want to.
Here is a list of best road trips in India that you should take to take a break from your monotonous life and quench your thirst for travel.

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Mumbai to Pune

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For most people who live in Mumbai, a road trip to Pune is the fastest way to escape the maddening city life. Pune has many astonishing historical sites which are architecturally splendorous and fill us with nostalgia. The delicious food and the lively nightlife make it an ideal spot for those looking to chill after a long tiring day. Hill stations like Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala and Panchgani are nearby, where you can revel in the scenic locales. And if you wish to get a hill station-like experience, SaffronStays Happy Fields, Pune, is your one-stop destination. This sustainable private villa near Pune is located in the middle of farmland. Here you can enjoy a farm-to-table experience as the in-home chef uses the local dairy and vegetables from the farm to create delicious meals. You can give your children an experience of living alongside cows, hens, and goats and enjoy the harmony of rustic living in this comfortable villa.
Just 6 hours away from Mumbai, this villa is the best stay during your road trips from Mumbai.

Mumbai to Lonavala and Pawna

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Lonavala is one of the popular travel destinations near Mumbai if road trips are on your mind. The drive to this town will take you through some of the best roads in the country, ensuring a pleasant driving experience.
Lonavala is a remarkable hill station barely a two-hour drive from Mumbai. You will often find yourself driving through the misty mountains, a feature unique to Lonavala. The mesmerising hill station lies in the lap of Sahyadri and is situated close to Mumbai and Pune.
Pawna Lake, around 20 km from Lonavala, is yet another beautiful destination that one could head to on a road trip to Lonavala. It is one of the most popular places for picnics and outdoor activities. Pawna is surrounded by picturesque mountains and is full of scenic beauty. En route, your home for the visit ought to be SaffronStays Kosha Villas, Pawna. Here, you will experience a homely atmosphere with all the modern amenities. This home with an infinity pool overlooking Pawna Lake is one with the closest lake view you will get.

Mumbai to Igatpuri, Nashik

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The sheer beauty of nature on your drive from Mumbai to Igatpuri will mesmerise you. This weekend destination, located close to Nashik, lies in the beautiful Sahyadri mountain range and is surrounded by mist, dense forests and soothing valleys. You can immerse yourself in many sightseeing attractions in and around Igatpuri, a haven for nature lovers – from lush greenery to beautiful waterfalls and much more. You can enjoy several adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing and camping during your stay in Igatpuri. If you want to unwind and stay indoors, head straight to SaffronStays Jannat, Igatpuri or SaffronStays Onellaa, Nashik or SaffronStays Rosé Vineyard By The Lake, Nashik, all ideal weekend getaways from Mumbai.
While the Igatpuri villa is next to a serene lake, the latter two homes are next to vineyards. Guests get a complete insight into grape farming during their stay at the vineyard homes.

Mumbai to Alibaug and Dapoli

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If you are falling short of vacation places in India, you haven’t thought about Maharashtra’s Mini-Goa, Alibaug. This small Konkan coastal town in Maharashtra is extremely popular among travellers who opt for quiet beach getaways. The beaches, forts, and boutique resorts have made this destination a perfect getaway for tourists. If you wish to drive further down, head to Dapoli, where you will be astonished by the views of the Arabian Sea. The drive through winding roads to this quaint little town with a green canopy of trees on one side and the coastline on the other is breathtaking. Looking for where to stay during your visit? The options are endless. We would suggest a visit to SaffronStays Casa Del Palms, Alibaug or SaffronStays Villa 270, Dapoli, where you will get a chance to experience the best local cuisine and access the modern amenities.

Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani

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If you are up for a long drive from Mumbai, then there are no second thoughts about the destination you should choose! Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are the obvious getaways you should pick. The drive through a scenic route with densely green areas in the Western Ghats of India is truly enchanting. Known for its pleasant weather, the small town is a land of undiscovered experiences and some renowned must-visit places like Pratapgad fort, Parsi Point, Elephant Head Point and Venna Lake. If you wish to retire for the night, then make sure you do so at SaffronStays Aatman, Mahabaleshwar or at SaffronStays Aurelia, Panchgani. You can enjoy freshly brewed coffee while enjoying the spellbinding valley views.

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