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maharashtra india

The state of Maharashtra is in the north west of India, and includes the cities of Mumbai and Pune within its boundaries. 

Our featured resort here is in the lush hills half way between Mumbai and Pune:  The Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa

It's a 2.5 hour drive from Mumbai but feels like a million miles away.  Set in its own 320 acre estate, Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa is a fabulpous destination for those wishing to relax, indulge themselves with spa treatments, practice yoga or pilates, or immerse yourself in meditation.  For those wishing to be active, there's hiking, cycling, fishing, horse riding and, of course, a fitness room for when a work out beckons.

En route to or from Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, we would recommend a night or two at Four Seasons Mumbai or the Oberoi Mumbai, giving you the chance to explore the sights, sounds and aromas of the vibrant city of Mumbai.

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Weather and seasons

It is best to avoid the monsoon months (June to September) when planning a trip to the state of Maharashtra or it's main city, Mumbai.  Most would agree that the best time to visit is between October to April. During this time the air remains very pleasant and the relative humidity in the air becomes low.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  8 hours
  • Currency:  Rupees
  • Language:  Hindi and English
  • Visa requirements:  Required, see below
  • Time difference:  GMT +5.5

Visas:  You will need a valid passport and visa to enter India. Please contact the necessary Consulate or Embassy closest to you to apply for a visa. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. 

Passport and visa must be obtained in advance. You are responsible for determining specific passport and visa requirements in the participant's country of origin and for obtaining the necessary documents prior to departure.

Inoculations: No compulsory Inoculations are required if you are arriving from the United States, Canada or Europe. If you entering from Africa or parts of Latin America, certification of Yellow Fever Inoculation is required.

Although no vaccinations are required to go to India, Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. Also Anti Malarial Medication,Tetanus Gamma ­ Globulin Viral Meningitis For full advice, contact your doctor or travel clinic.

Malaria is a risk in India, including some urban and many rural areas, depending on elevation. 


four seasons mumbai

four seasons mumbai

maharashtra, india    room per night from £155

Contemporary, bright and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame dramatic views of the Arabian Sea or the vibrant Mumbai skyline. Luxurious 5 star hotel with sensational roof top bar, great spa, and easy access to the city's main attractions.

shillim retreat and spa

shillim retreat and spa

maharashtra, india    villa per night from £170

Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa spans 320 acres in a serene and unspoiled setting amidst the breathtaking landscape of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Western Ghats.

oberoi mumbai

oberoi mumbai

maharashtra, india    room per night from £305

The setting of The Oberoi Mumbai is fabulous. Located on Marine Drive, one of Mumbais most exclusive roads and an area that is close to tourist attractions, excellent shopping and the citys entertainment district.


experiences, maharashtra