Hill station you would settle in

#1 Apr 13th, 2016, 19:37
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Hi all, namaskaram!

If you had a small allowance, say 15.000 rs per month (to cover all of your expenses - food, lodging, medicine, clothes etc), where in Maharashtra would you settle in?

As the title says, I'm thinking of hill stations, especially those that aren't more than 5 hours drive from the big cities.

Which have a pleasant climate, are quiet and relaxed, and you can rent a small house or an apartment for less than 7000 - 8000rs per month?

I'm not in that position now, but could be in a year or two...

Thanks for your opinions
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most hillstations in maharashtra - as far as i know - would not be anywhere close to pleasant at this time of the year ... so probably just think again

what you are looking for might be found at these places (in no particular order):

1: Gaganbawda @ 3hrs from Kolhapur
2: Amboli @ 3hrs from Kolhapur
3: Chikhaldara @ 5hrs(?) from Nagpur

Major hillstations of Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar and Matheran are already crowded.

If you are just looking for a house with the hills for company, then the Sahyadris have many such corners, all within 5hrs from either Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Kolhapur or Aurangabad
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I could manage up to 37 degrees in the summer if the place doesn't have power cuts. In fact, power supply is my main worry before deciding on any place in India as I would not survive the summer without a ceiling fan at least, unless the elevation was at least 1500m.

Interesting places you came up with. Thanks, I'll bookmark them.
But can we find houses for long-term rent in such small towns?
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There is a place called Talegaon about 35 km from Pune. It was exactly what you want until 7-8 years back. But it has still got great views, nice weather especially in monsoons, has electricity, water and connectivity too. Agree Amboli and Gaganbawda are prettier. So also wait for someone who has contacts there. One more thing, In my opinion 15000/- is a bit low even if you cook your own food and do the cleaning and washing too. You will be stretched out to your limits.
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Originally Posted by Incurable Gypsy View Post I could manage up to 37 degrees in the summer if the place doesn't have power cuts ... I would not survive the summer without a ceiling fan at least, unless the elevation was at least 1500m.
There are power cuts in Maharashtra almost everywhere - except the metros. Though in most places, it is restricted to 6-7 hours for one fixed day of the week.

Get a solar panel

Bytheway, you can get a nice cooler climate somewhere down in Konkan too; better still somewhere close to the coast. Buying propoerty there is super expensive though.
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Hi Incurable Gypsy,

with 15000 Rs for a month is quite hard to get along with anywhere, even in India. Maybe you can try Bhimashankar, which is not a hill station but an important pilgrim town up on the Western Ghats East of Mumbai (maybe google "Jyothirlingam" for more informations of its significance). But it has some hill station characteristics like nice surroundings, pure air, good view points, cooler climate etc. Normally the most basic pilgrim accomodations won't charge too much, because many of the pilgrims coming there don't have high funds to spend like you. But won't get a house for that little money there, too.

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Maybe you could try to see if you get some sort of accommodation at Wai / Bamnoli / Chalkewadi or similar villages / town near Satara city. Pune is around a maximum of 3 hours drive. Satara in itself a good city with good amenities.
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Thanks for all of your suggestions and advice.
Well, I was checking ads a year ago, and many smaller towns in India had 2-bedroom apartments for 6.000 to 8.000 rs per month. For someone like me who cooks his own food, doesn't drink or smoke, 15.000 sounds doable pretty much everywhere except in Mumbai. I stayed long-term near Kandy, Sri Lanka, for about 8.000 - 9.000Inr a month total (rent for a room with a separate entrance 4.500INR), and I think India would be similarly priced for long-term.
An alternative would be possibly somewhere in the Himalayas if I knew how to heat the room for at least 3, 4 hours in the evening...
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Well If you cook your own food, dont drink/smoke then its doable. Best of luck. And do note Aarosh's suggestions.

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