Mumbai Weekend Getaways for Stress Relief

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When was the last time you spent time with yourself, and your family? Tricky question, isn’t it?

Amchi Mumbai is a city that never sleeps, that keeps drawing movie buffs, bhelpuri and sevpuri enthusiasts and beach-lovers from far and near. It is also a city that monitors the ups and downs in stocks, shares and gold. This is one reason why in order to make it big in their career, people end up compromising on their holiday spirit and find it difficult to relax.

Every day turns into a mad race with oneself. One of the cool ways of finding a perfect balance between your personal life and your work pressures is to plan a weekend getaway from bustling Mumbai.  Ever thought of giving up your busy schedules for a day or two to check out the hills, beaches, waterfalls, rocks, picnic spots, ashrams to get some peace, fun, adventure, bliss and all that?

How many hands are going up in the air on reading this? That’s why we decided to look up  the nearest and the best places that are a hop, skip and jump away from your city  to spend your weekend. The destinations we share with you will re-energise and rejuvenate every aching part of your body and create many treasured memories for you and your family.

Now put on your outdoor boots, pick up a pair of casual outfits, sunglasses, suntan, deo, cash, cards and a very small travel bag, and out you go for a getaway that is not very far and won’t take much time.

We plan to take you through a few 1-day and 2-day weekend getaways near Mumbai that are within a 150km radius.

We showcase here some breathtaking spots to steal some private moments from the hectic Mumbai lifestyle. Promise you will come back and tell us which of these places you went to and share your experiences. Pucca?

One-day Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

Here are some lovely places that are not too far from your city.

1. Rajmachi Fort 

Rajmachi Fort

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Distance from Mumbai: 15km trekking distance from Lonavla which is 93 km from Mumbai.

The Place: A popular trekking destination, Rajmachi Fort lies sandwiched between two very popular hills of Maharashtra namely Khandala and Lonavla. The Fort stands on Shrivardhan and Manoranjan peaks. When you go trekking to the fort, you get a chance to explore the gorgeousness of the fort, its age-old history and the beauty of the region. Rajmachi Fort has been declared as a protected monument.

Activities: For visitors and repeat visitors, there is ample trekking, camping, waterfall watching to make the most of weekends.

Best time to visit:  June to September

Come rainy season, Rajmachi Fort paints a heavenly picture with waterfalls, streams and lush green forest cover. And so, the monsoon season is the ripe time to visit Rajmachi Fort.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Tourists and nature-lovers can view Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary that houses the mammoth Indian squirrel (endangered species), Tungarli Dam and Lake (one of the most popular picnic spots), Shrivardhan Fort and Bhairavnath Temple (housed in the Shrivardhan Fort).

MTDC Karla, a Satvik restaurant, is located 7 km from Lonavla . It has a jogging track for fitness lovers, a Kerala Ayurveda Massage Center.  For Rs.250/- it serves simple, delicious, Sattvic Veg Food.  Not to be missed is Atmasantulan Village of Dr. Balaji Tambe, which is a recovery and yoga center based on Kriya Yoga. This is just next to the MTDC’s gate.

Reviews from Tripadvisor.in  

Snehal G: One of the best destination near PUNE….Feel Heaven!!!

(Source: Tripadvisor)

Narvekar75: “Fabulous place for monsoon trek!!!!!!!!!!”

(Source: Tripadvisor)

2. Kolad

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Sitting pretty on the edge of the Kundalike River is Kolad, a place just off Lonavla, which is well-known for its river rafting and daredevilry. The mix of panoramic landscape and waterfalls over the surrounding mountains makes Kolad ideal for trekking and camping, which is why it is the best for families with kids.

Distance from Mumbai: 121 km

Best time to Visit: June to February

Activities:
There are lots of opportunities to explore and challenge watersports in its various forms when you are in Kolad. Apart from rafting, you can indulge in kayaking, boating and camping within the jungles. Imagine camping and tenting under the stars at night, and rowing and raft building the next morning. Don’t miss out on adventure sports here that include paragliding, rappelling, target shooting, treasure hunts and hiking.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

  • If you have an eye for ancient carvings, inscriptions and sculptures, drop by at Kuda Caves. It’s a series of 13 caves that were carved out of rocks by none other than Buddhists.
  • There is a 4th-century fort called Tala which is found in the middle of a forest.
  • Get enchanted by Tamhini Falls and Kansai Falls.
  • Devi Kedar Janani Hills, Bhira Dam are other places to check out.

 

3. Igatpuri

Igatpuri

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For wine enthusiasts, Igatpuri is the best tourist destination that is sure to woo you. Located in Nashik, the ‘Wine Capital of India’, Igatpuri is a lovely hill station that is surrounded by peaks. It is lovely to visit during the monsoons and can be reached via the Mumbai-Agra National Highway.

Distance from Mumbai: 120 km

Best time to Visit: June-September, November-March

Tourist Attractions:

  • Dhamma Giri Meditation Centre
  • Ghatandevi Temple
  • Bhandardara: 70 km from Nashik is this hill station and holiday resort with mountains, waterfalls and greenery all through the year.

Activities: There is almost everything for backpackers here – fun treks, camping expeditions, rappelling, and other activities to keep you on your toes.

Best Offbeat things to do in Igatpuri

For leisure campers, the place offers you air hockey, pool table, soccer, and kite flying. Adventure is in the form of seeing foxes climbing up and moving on the trees, and rappelling. And for beginners, there is coaching in expedition planning, backpacking, and cooking.

Two-day Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

1. Silvassa

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Distance: 167 km from Mumbai

Silvassa is the capital city of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli that was called Vila de Paco d’Arcos in the Portuguese rule. In 1885, it got township status and today, it has many factories and industries to its credit and has Marathi and Gujarati as commonly spoken languages.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

  • Adjacent to the Silvassa bus stand is a Roman Catholic Church, which showcases Portuguese architecture.
  • The Silvassa Museum is yet another popular tourist destination.
  • Tourists flock to the Madhuban Dam, built over the River Daman Ganga that has boating facilities.
  • Vrindaban Temple, Balaji Temple, the Ban Ganga Lake, Dadra Park, Dudhani (has water fun facilities such as water scooters, aqua bikes, speed boats, passenger boats etc.) are other areas of tourist importance.

Best Offbeat things to do in Silvassa

  • Visit Treat Resort in Silvassa, a tourist spot that has a swimming pool and indoor game centre in the lap of nature.
  • Trekking opportunities around Silvassa are countless around the Lion Safari Wildlife Park, Satmaliya Deer Park, Dudhni Water Sports Centre, and Madhuban Dam.
  • If you would prefer serene places, go see the Hirwavan Garden, Vanganga Lake Garden, Church of Lady Piety (Roman Catholic Church), Tribal Cultural Museum, Brindaban Temple and Balaji Temple.

2. Nashik

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Distance: 167 km from Mumbai

The ‘Mango City’, Nashik, enjoys the title of ‘Most Tourist Friendly City in India’.

Best time to visit:  The best time to visit Nashik is during the monsoon period from June to September as during this time, the weather is pleasant and the city gets a decent amount of rainfall.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

  • Panchavati is a religious destination for Hindus. The Kalaram Temple situated here hosts the Kumbh Mela, held once in 12 years apart from Nashik, Haridwar, Allahabad and Ujjain.
  • Nashik is called the ‘Wine Capital of India’ due to its booming wine industry and is also the highest producer of onions and grapes in India.  Sula Vineyards, Chateau d’Ori, Grover Zampa, York Winery etc. are some of the top vineyards in Nashik with tasting rooms.
  • The Gargoti Museum, 32 km away is popular for its precious stones. It has a large collection of zeolites that are similar to diamonds and other precious stones.
  • The Coin Museum is yet another popular tourist spot here.
  • Also found here is the cascading Durgawadi Fall, 30 km away from Nashik.

Stay tuned as we continue to enthrall you with both popular and hidden weekend getaways from Mumbai and other cities in India. Share this article with your family and friends and plan your next outing soon.  Tell us all about it in the comments below.

Sources:

https://www.thrillophilia.com/weekend-getaways-near-mumbai

https://www.tourmyindia.com/blog/top-40-weekend-getaways-mumbai/

http://www.indianholiday.com/weekend-getaways/from-mumbai.html

http://www.mapsofindia.com/khandala/tourism/rajmachi-fort.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajmachi

http://www.holidayiq.com/Rajmachi-Wildlife-Sanctuary-Rajmachi-Sightseeing-607-15038.html

http://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g1156430-d3705196-r284225494-Rajmachi_Fort-Khandala_Lonavala_Maharashtra.html#REVIEWS

 

 

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