Aside from being an overpopulated cosmopolitan, torrential rains, flood and practically stationary traffic Mumbai is also one of those cities that never really sleeps. Traffic flows heavy right up into the wee hours of the night. The rat-race could not be more eloquently personified like in Mumbai. Problem is that every now and then your soul needs a break, and luckily while Mumbai in the rains might be a nightmare for road users, the rest of Maharashtra couldn’t be more beautiful, which makes this coming weekend even more ideal to get away. Now if riding is your thing Mumbai and Pune are filled with epic riding roads for every size of the machine. Also, we’ve decided to leave out Goa, because even though Goa is beautiful in the rains, it’s probably the most played-out location in the Maharashtra. There is so much to see! Even if you’re looking to shovel some friends in a rental and just make a trip of it here are some great places to visit from Mumbai or Pune.
Lavasa: (Distance from Mumbai 197 km Distance from Pune 59kms)
Although everyone knows it, we are just going to say it again. Lavasa’s roads are a biker’s heaven. Fast flowing bends ploughing through the western ghats, paired with some hairy switchbacks (that’s auto boy jargon for sharp U-turns) make it one of the most exciting rides in the Pune Mumbai region. And the tarmac is beautiful. The ride ends in Lavasa, a small model city, that was designed to mimic the Italian city of Portofino. It's the perfect place to kick back for a few hours before heading back. Although it is highly advised to ride slowly through the village areas since the locals are not fans of riders who’ve been blasting through their village for years and have turned to locally designed speed breakers that can break your bike and you if you’re not careful. So ride slow through the villages. Another thing to remember is to leave some breathing room on the inside on blind corners and stay in your lanes. Riders often run wide on a tricky corner and find themselves facing oncoming traffic. Now although you can make the Lavasa run in a car a small peppy hatch can make it a lot of fun.
Mulshi via Tamhini Ghat (Distance from Mumbai 168.3 km Pune 43.9 km)
Now, this is a driver’s road, in fact, Tamhini Ghat was used as a rally stage back in the 80s, and it was possibly the fastest tarmac stage rally then. The Ghat does not have much of an incline or decline. It’s fast, lined with tricky corners that dare you to keep your foot down, standing water and waterfalls running alongside. Minimal traffic means that you get to push your vehicle a little. Although there are patches where the road does get a bit worse for the wear. But all in all its thrilling drive through one of the most beautiful countrysides you will ever see. Car of choice would be a nice sharp handling saloon, preferably German (Bonus points for RWDs). Once you're done with the Ghat, head to Mulshi a 7 km drive from the Ghat. For a peaceful hill-station with some beautiful vistas.
Matheran (Distance from Mumbai 110km Pune 123 km)
This one is for the family men in the audience, who might not have been particularly enthused by the options so far. Matheran is a great place to take the family. Drive to the bottom of the hill and take the toy train to the top. (Cars are not allowed in the city, which makes it a special kind of serene.It is Asia’s only automobile free hill station. The drive there is mostly on prime highways which means it’s ideal route for the MPV drivers looking to put some miles on their wagons with the family and or round up the college buddies and rent an Innova.
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