- Purchase the complete Expat Arrivals Mumbai Guide (PDF)
Many expats will say that the key to staying sane in Mumbai is spending plenty of time outside of the city. So, when Mumbai's bedlam gets too much, expats can recharge their batteries by heading to one of the many neighbouring tourist locations.
A weekend break from Mumbai can take the form of anything from golfing to wine tasting, from exploring ancient caves or lush forests to sunbathing on the beach.
Recommended weekend breaks from Mumbai
This quaint hill station on top of the Sahyadri mountain range is a great escape for those in need of fresh air and a glimpse of greenery; it's a true antithesis to Mumbai and even automobiles are prohibited. Attractions include walking paths in the forest, dozens of lookout points, and picturesque horseback rides.
Aamby Valley City
A true escape from the city, Aamby Valley is full of rolling hills, flower beds and plenty of nature. It's not without modern conveniences, however; well-appointed chalets and villas, restaurants, spas, indoor sports, swimming pools and an 18-hole golf course are all available and easy to access.
Murud, situated 145 miles (230km) south of Mumbai by road, features a pretty beach, an island fortress and the Ahmedganj Palace. To make a real trip of it, travel all the way down the coastline by car, enjoying the sea views.
Those after a bit of cultural heritage can board an overnight train or short flight to Aurangabad and visit the caves of Ajanta. The Ajanta Caves house important Buddhist paintings and sculptures dating back to the second century BC. This World Heritage Site attracts tourists from around the globe.
►For more information on entertainment and leisure activities in the city, read Lifestyle in Mumbai
Are you an expat living in Mumbai?
Expat Arrivals is looking for locals to contribute to this guide, and answer forum questions from others planning their move to Mumbai. Please contact us if you'd like to contribute.
Expat Health Insurance
With 86 million customer relationships in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.
GeoBlue is one of the best international health insurance plans for US expats abroad or internationals residing in the USA. The GeoBlue Xplorer plan includes worldwide coverage and great customer service with access to a premium international network of hospitals and doctors including the Blue Cross Blue Shield network in the USA.
Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.