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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Mumbai

Elephanta Caves

Dating back to the 9th century, these caves on Elephanta Island, off the Mumbai harbor, were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Among the famous sculptures and reliefs are three faces of Shiva, a Hindu god.

5.5 miles from Mumbai, catch ferry at Gateway of India, 011-91-22-2282-0139
Tags: family | historic | culture | day trip

Lonavala

An easy road trip from bustling Mumbai, this plush, hilly resort area is a frequent getaway destination for locals. It's famous for its chikki (nut brittle) and fudge.

66 miles southeast of Mumbai,
Tags: romance | culture | day trip

Matheran

A toy-like train (it’s a relic!) from Neral snakes around a mountain on its ascent to Matheran, a hill station that’s 2,500 feet above sea level. Motor vehicles are prohibited here, so the air is squeaky clean.

54 miles northeast of Mumbai, www.maharashtratourism.gov.in
Tags: family | historic | day trip | train

Nasik

This region has recently become India’s wine country (though it’s really the 2,000+ temples that attract most visitors). Head to the tasting room at Sula Vineyards for shiraz, chenin blanc, or zinfandel.

Sula Vineyards, 112 miles northeast of Mumbai, 011-91-253-223-0575, www.sulawines.com
Tags: culture | day trip | wine tasting

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