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37 ways to fall in Love with India

Not that you need 37 ways to fall in love with India. But, here they are!

Fall in love, make merry, with the most misunderstood country…India. Do let us know if you change your mind about India after reading the below post. Dive in already!

1. Catch South Asia’s only active volcano on a liveaboard

 

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Witness the plumes erupting from Barren Island, part of Andaman Islands, on a cruise aboard The Infiniti. And then dive in the waters around to spot unique stone and lava formations.

 

2. Pamper yourself on a private spa boat in Udaipur

 

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AHA! Heaven alert! A Jacuzzi on a boat in the middle of lake is the perfect way to spoil yourself, isn’t it?. Charter the Taj Lake Palace’s Jiva Spa Boat to relax and rejuvenate, accompanied by a glass of wine in hand.

 

3. Take in the Taj Mahal on a full-moon night

 

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The Taj Mahal is gorgeous, on any day. But, under a full moon, it turns ethereal. Sign up with the Archaeological Survey of India for a tour, or book the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Amarvilas (from INR 7,50,000 a night!) for an uninterrupted view.

4. Explore Kerala’s gold-filled temple vaults

 

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While most take the regular temple tours of southern India, few know of the gold trails that take one through the temple vaults. It’s a little-known secret, but hey, now you know.

 

5. Walk over a frozen river

 

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Test your nerves (and luck) on the Chadar trek, which takes you over the frozen River Zanskar for seven cold days. With just a few inches of ice between you and a raging icy river, this one’s not for the weak and the meek.

 

6. Feast on a Kashmiri wazwan

 

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An elaborate affair that involves a total of 36 courses, a wazwan is a feast fit for the royals. Meatballs, seekh kababs, spare ribs, Kashmiri pulao, phirni, kahwa… it’s a meal you won’t finish or forget in a hurry.

 

7. Go horse-riding in Rajasthan

 

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Sign up for a journey on horseback from Dundlod to Alsisar. It’s strenuous, no doubt, but the charm of Shekhawati will take you over with its historic forts and palaces, quiet villages and painted havelis.

 

8. Rent a palace for two in Kochi

 

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Once the rest house for Rama Verma, the maharaja of Cochin, the Chittoor Kottaram is now a single-key hotel, which means there will be no other guest apart from you! With room for up to six, the property is reachable by boat and lets you spend your days in royal style and even eat what the royalty did.

 

9. Play the archery lottery in Shillong

 

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At the grounds near Ward’s Lake, archers from across Meghalaya bet on the number of arrows they will hit on a bamboo drum. After they send thin arrows at the drum, the organisers count the ones that hit the mark. Meanwhile, people across the state have placed bets on the final score. Those who get it right go home richer.

 

10. Learn cheese-making from a Bollywood film-maker

 

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See how to make Gouda, Parmesan, mozzarella and more at Acres Wild, Coonoor, a gorgeous 22-acre farm owned by film-maker Mansoor Khan and his wife, Tina.

 

11. Stay with the king of Ladakh in his palace

 

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The fact that all areas of Stok Palace are open to guests makes this an experience by itself. Watch the royal family go about its routine, chat with the king, and check out the thangkas and the queen mother’s crown at the palace museum.

 

12. Ride like royalty on rail

 

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Take one of India’s several luxury trains to experience the classic train journey. Board the Maharajas Express for a tour that includes Rajasthan and Agra (INR 4,44,440 per head) or on the Deccan Odyssey, which takes you on a heritage trail across Maharashtra and southern India (doubles from INR 5,36,710).

 

13. Celebrate Holi in Mathura

 

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In Mathura, the land of Krishna, the festival of colours takes on an unbelievable hue. There is bhaang, of course, but there is also food, music, and of course, colour. For the best experience, get yourself to Vrindavan.

 

14. Stay in a treehouse in Kerala

 

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Ditch the luxury of a hotel for a stay amid nature. There’s Vythiri Resort in Wayanad, set in a biodiversity hot zone, and Rainforest, Athirapally (pictured) where the jaw-dropping views of the gushing Athirapally Falls will take your getaway to another level.

 

15. Float over a fort, forest and fair

 

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Hop into a hot-air balloon for the best sights of Rajasthan. A flight from Jaipur will take you over the sprawling Amer Fort, from Pushkar over the colourful camel fair, and from Ranthambore over the home of the tiger.

 

16. Read Ghalib at Ghalib’s home

 

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This restored haveli where Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib lived is charming enough to turn anyone into a romantic. Take a copy of ‘Ghalib: Life & Letters’ and find yourself a spot under one of its many archways.

 

17. Surf the waves off Puducherry

 

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Serenity Beach, 10km north of Puducherry, draws surf addicts from across India. After the devastating 2004 tsunami, the Tamil Nadu government built two long piers to protect the beach, which created a surf break that provides great conditions for learners and professional alike.

 

18. Walk Meghalaya’s living root bridges

 

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Built out of the roots of ficus trees—some even dating back 500 years—these bridges can withstand the heavy rainfall the region is famous for. Check out the Umshiang Double Decker root bridge in Nongriat village, south of Cherrapunji, and the one in Riwai near Mawlynnong.

 

19. Watch a boat race in Kerala

 

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Dubbed as the largest team sport in the world, snakeboat racing is a heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping affair. The splash of dozens of oars in perfect rhythm is a treat for the eyes. Catch Alleppey’s Nehru Trophy Valam Kali on the second Saturday of August every year.

 

20. Cycle around the ruins of Hampi

 

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There are many ways to explore the ruins that date back to the 3rd century BC, but renting a cycle is perhaps the most enjoyable. Pedal your way around the various sites, and as dusk falls, load your bike into a coracle to arrive at the hippie side of town.

 

21. Pamper yourself at a Himalayan spa

 

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Frequently ranked among the world’s top spas, Ananda in the Himalayas offers myriad treatments, from Ayurveda to stress management. Whether you’re tackling weight issues or you just want to relax, its customised programmes are ideal.

 

22. Get married in a Rajasthani palace

 

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Can there be a more spectacular setting for your wedding than a historic palace with all its attendant royal trappings? Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace; Udaipur’s Jagmandir Island Palace, The Leela Udaipur, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Taj Lake Palace and The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace; and Jaipur’s Samode Palace(pictured), all offer the perfect setting for you to exchange your vows.

 

23. Bike the Manali-Leh highway

 

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Open from mid-June to October, the 476km highway guarantees a daring journey with jaw-dropping views. At its highest, it reaches an altitude of 16,000ft. Bragging rights guaranteed.

 

24. Ski in Gulmarg

 

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India’s most popular ski destination pulls everyone, from amateurs and professionals, to its slopes each season. Its gondola is one of the highest in the world, and the ski-town now offers world-class lodging facilities. Sign up for heli-skiing to take things a notch higher, quite literally.

 

25. Dine at India’s best restaurant

 

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The only restaurant from the country to rank in the world’s top 100, Indian Accent is an experience not to be missed. Chef Manish Mehrotra’s gutsy and modern take on Indian food is worth a trip to Delhi, from anywhere in the country or even the world.

 

26. Dance away on the sands of Goa

 

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All-day parties, international DJs and the best of dance music—Goa’s music scene rocks comes alive in December with a clutch of events. Pictured: Sunburn Festival

 

27. Take the palace trail through Madhya Pradesh

 

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From the Jahangir Mahal of Orchha to Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior to Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar, the state is rich with royal homes, most of which are in excellent condition. Pictured: Gwalior Fort

 

28. Soar over Bir and Billing

 

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In May and October, these towns in Himachal Pradesh, about five hours from Shimla, pull paragliding enthusiasts from all over the world. Great weather and the sight of green terraced fields all around make this a spectacular experience. Follow up your flight with a visit to the Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan settlements nearby.

 

29. Hope for a glimpse of the Kanchenjunga

 

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At 8,586m tall, it is the third highest mountain in the world and Sikkim’s most sacred landmark. The snow-capped Kanchenjunga plays peek-a-boo with you from behind the mist, and you could spend an entire week without as much as glimpse. But when it does reveal itself, it’s a sight to remember for life.

 

30. Spend the night in a houseboat in Srinagar

 

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Pick one of the many ‘floating palaces’ anchored on the Dal or Nagin Lake for a classic Kashmir experience. Each houseboat comes with lavishly furnished rooms, verandahs and a terrace that serves as a sun-deck for evening cocktails. That’s one way to float in paradise.

Pictured: WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats

 

31. Drive to the mountain desert of Spiti

 

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Rugged and remote, the Lahaul & Spiti district is a part of Himachal that’s yet to be discovered by tourists. The roads are terrible, the passes high and tricky, but the journey is its own reward. Head here to discover the simple life in a Himalayan desert.

 

32. Sign up for a tea trail through Darjeeling and Assam

 

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Earn your badge as a tea connoisseur with a trip through India’s tea country. It helps that there are several tea estates that provide fine luxury accommodation and extensive courses in tea appreciation.

 

33. Brave the rapids at Rishikesh

 

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River Alaknanda joins the Ganga near Rishikesh and offers grade III and IV rapids. Need more thrills? Follow up with adventures such as cliff-jumping, body-surfing and kayaking.

 

34. Trek to Roopkund Lake

 

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The trek to Roopkund Lake in Uttarakhand is at once beautiful and haunting. Lush Himalayan forests, gurgling brooks and undulating meadows all take you to this lake at 16,500ft above sea. It’s all pretty till you see the dozens of skulls and bones lying at the bottom of the shallow lake since the 6th century. You’ll have chills running down your spine for more reasons than one.

 

35. Ride the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

 

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Fondly known as the Toy Train, this narrow-gauge railway runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. The most popular route, however, remains from Ghum to Darjeeling, where it cuts through streets and markets. In service for over 130 years, it has earned UNESCO World Heritage status.

 

36. Watch polo in Ladakh

 

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Believe it or not, polo has been a tradition in Ladakh for centuries! Watch professional teams from the villages of Ladakh square off at one of the world’s highest and prettiest polo grounds.

 

37. Spot the tiger, if you can

 

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The No. 1 item on every safari-lover’s list is worth all the fuss. The majestic but shy Royal Bengal Tiger is quite a sight. For best odds of spotting the cat, head to one of the national parks in Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan.

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Beaut Resorts in India that are Best Visited During Monsoon!

Why must you stay at a resort in monsoon? Well, imagine a cool breeze brushing your face early in the morning, as you stand by a window gazing at the perfect sunrise. This is why!

The downpour makes staying at a resort even more special. The atmosphere is so fresh, it’s bound to leave you feeling rejuvenated. The below resorts are some of the most amazing in India to be visited during the rains.

 

The Machan, Lonavala

 

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This spectacular and plush eco-resort with tree houses, about 30-45 feet above the forest, offers a serene environment and an escape into the arms of Mother Nature. Just a short drive away from Pune and Mumbai, Machan makes for a reachable monsoon weekend getaway.

Reconnect with yourself and your special someone amonst a sweeping view of green valleys, and breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls.

 

 

 

Ananda in the Himalayas

 

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Ananda in the Himalayas is India’s first destination spa, set in a 100-acre Himalayan mountain estate, amidst Sal forests, overseeing Ganges, close to Rishikesh and Haridwar, in Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand.

It is a more than perfect locale to escape from your mundane life, far from the din of the city, and to awake your senses with the Ayurvedic treatments and pampering.

 

 

Niraamaya Retreats, Kovalam

 

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Lush greenery, Arabian Sea shore, open air bathrooms – enticing, isn’t it? Head to Niraamaya Retreats to experience a seamless balance between old world charm and modern day comfort, while inhaling the intoxicating scent of jasmine flowers. Binge on the exotic sea-food and relax with the spa services.

 

 

Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

 

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Jaisalmer, the epitome of beauty, becomes more beautiful during the monsoon season. Suryagarh is an exquisite boutique hotel looks like a fantasy during the rains. A massive fort within a short drive away from main city area of Jaisalmer. It’s pastoral brown fascia amalgamates with the plain wilderness of the desert, reminds you of the grandeur of India’s former royal era.

You will certainly feel like a royalty while having a tranquil breakfast at the spacious patio!

 

 

Zuri White Sands, Goa Resort & Casino

 

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The Zuri White Sands, Goa Resort & Casino offers personal beach access to one of the longest beaches in the world. About 30 kilometres from the airport, this is a less crowded beach, making it perfect for couples. You can enjoy private candlelight dinner on the beach with your better half and have an evening that you will remember forever. How beautiful would it be to sit by the beach and watching the pouring clouds!

The property comprises of a lagoon pool, Jacuzzi’s, and a water sports centre – this place is a cool option for the adventurous souls too.

 

 

Heritage Village Resort & Spa, Manesar

 

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Rains provide a big respite to this otherwise scorching area. Situated amidst greenery, this resort cum spa hotel is refined and luxurious. So, if you are stuck with a lot of work, you can enjoy a work-vacay at this place, it is very much suitable for business stays as well.

While working in the state-of-the-art, sophisticated rooms and suites, you can look out at the monsoon pouring from your window, and relish the professionally meted our hospitality.

 

 

Hotel Toshali Sands, Puri

 

View of Balighai beach from Toshali Sands Resort, Puri

 

For those who want to mix vacation with religious awakening, Toshali Sands in Puri is the perfect destination. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Balighai beach, this place has rooms as well as cottages, which makes this an ideal place for a family holiday.

They have a luxurious 25 acres property on the way to Konark Marine drive. The best part is that it is situated just 8 kilometres away from the Jagannath temple. While enjoying the beach and hotel services, on a monsoon afternoon, you can also satiate your devotion for the Gods.

 

 

Glenburn Tea Estate and Boutique Hotel, Darjeeling

 

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Situated on the northern tip of West Bengal, this quaint tea planation retreat with two private bungalows each comprising of four suites provides stellar views of. The misty hills of Darjeeling, sets the mood for a perfect laid-back evening where a crisp cup of chai will never taste better.

The main part of the Hotel is a renovated tea planter’s bungalow. It has 4 gorgeous suites with romantic verandas that offer an exquisite view of Mount Kanchenjunga. Just below the hill is another bungalow. You should definitely go to this place, if you truly want to connect with the nature. You can do all sorts of recreational activities and stay far from the maddening crowd. And for those rainy evenings, there will be the comfort of a hot cup of chai and pakoras!

 

 

Mango Beach House, Kihim, Alibaug

 

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Situated very close to Mumbai, this place is snuggled amongst jackfruit and mango trees. This is an upbeat and stylish hotel that serves as a luxurious home stay. After a frenzied time at work, you can spend a lazed out holiday here; you can just be yourself, or pamper yourself, and enjoy the lush greenery, or the raindrops at the Kihim beach and the Kolaba Fort.

 

 

Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, Kollam

 

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This 4-star property is on the backwaters of Paravur Lake, in close proximity to the Varkala Beach. The décor of the rooms are completely traditional Keralan style, and the chic rooms and villas provide all the modern comforts of this generation. This place becomes an absolute delight during the monsoon season, and a peaceful getaway from everyday life.

 

 

Ri Kynjai Serenity by the Lake Resort, Cherrapunjee

 

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If this is not breathtaking, I don’t know what is!

Suitably located, this place offers a great access to the city of pop-culture – Shillong. The resort is complete in itself even if you choose not to move out and venture into the tourist spots. The hotel is equipped with all the modern day facilities, and you can enjoy the hotel’s hot tub, spa, massage, garden, water sports to relax after the hectic schedule of your life.

Ri Kynjai is a splendid boutique resort in the rainiest part of the country and is set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Khasi Hills and the picturesque Umiam Lake, this is the perfect destination for a monsoon retreat.

 

 

Found a resort to fall in love with? Do let us know which one is it in the comments below! :)

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Oh boy, Mumbai Rains are Making us Fall in Love Again!

One cannot simply escape the magic of rains, especially when living in Mumbai.

Rains bring to you a perfectly balmy atmosphere, whether you love it or hate it. The beauty that rains bring with them is beyond comparison. It is a welcome and magnificent sight! The way the monsoons approach over the ocean, is a vision in itself! The fierce wind, the different shades of blue and grey of the sky and the sea, the cover of the clouds, makes you feel astonished.

Not that you need a list to enjoy rains in Mumbai, here’s one for your ease 😉

 

Take a Road Trip to Marine Drive

 

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The Queen’s Necklace, the row of sparkling lights on the 3 kilometer stretch is a premier destination for experiencing the monsoon in south Mumbai. Stroll along the promenade with an umbrella in hand, or just sit and decipher the language of the Arabian Sea. Feel the need of a drink in hand? Dome at the Intercontinental hotel, is the place to be at! Or, may be a cup of Mumbai’s hot steaming cutting chai, will be more blissful.

 

 

Visit the Majestic Gateway of India

 

INDIA-Mumbai (Bombay): Gateway of India / Evening / from Taj Mahal Hotel Balcony © Walter Bibikow 2004

 

One of the most prominent attractions in Mumbai, the Gateway of India also gets some feisty waves during high tide. You can feast on monsoon snacks from the street vendors. For loaded pockets, the view across the bay from Souk, Taj Palace will be mesmerising.

The adventurous souls can take a ferry ride from Gateway of India and experience the spurting sea waves (Not sure if this is available in Monsoon).

Tip: Keep your camera handy.

 

Take a stroll on Juhu Beach

 

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There’s nothing more comforting than a cup of tea and warm street food in the rains as you wander by the beach, and Juhu gives you that liberty. The chaat corner at the entry of the beach has almost every kind of street food you could ask for – warm and spicy. Don’t miss the coal-roasted corn on the cob!

 

Relish the Bandra Bandstand

 

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In the suburb of Bandra, the Bandstand Seafront extends for around a kilometer from the rocky ridge, where the Taj Land’s End hotel is situated. With the Arabian Sea on one side, and who’s who of Bollywood on the other side, it’s an amazing place for monsoon outing. Do check out the ‘Walk of Stars’, featuring the hand prints of famous Bollywood actors and actresses. If you climb a little higher on the ruins of the fort, you can get an astounding view of the sea and the city.

 

Experience Life at Worli Sea Face

 

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For the ones residing in Central Mumbai, Worli Seaface is an excellent outing option. It’s famous for its wild waves at high tide during the monsoon season; you can take a walk, or sit near the seafront and see the waves crashing. Since it sees fewer visitors during monsoon, it becomes an ideal place in Mumbai if you’re considering some solitude. Additionally, you can take a drive over the Bandra-Worli Sealink, which is brilliantly lit up at night.

 

Relive the Beauty at Haji Ali

 

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The Haji Ali Dargah is a wonderful specimen of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Located on an isle off the coast of Worli, Haji Ali, both a mosque and a tomb, is one of the most identifiable landmarks of Mumbai. Situated right in the ocean and connected to land by a narrow pathway that becomes completely submerged during high tide, makes it look like a monument floating on the water. Even imagining a walk along the pathway to Haji Ali, with the waves splashing at your feet, is a thrilling experience.

 

Live the Rich Life at Carter Road, Bandra

 

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The Carter Road promenade is a kilometre long pathway along the Arabian Sea on the west side of Bandra. It is a popular hang-out place next to Bandstand – a jogging track, a park and a lovers’ point makes this an ideal locale for a walk in the rains. It is an extremely fancy location because of its shorelines, restaurants/pubs, and high-street stores.

Chances are, you might bump into a Bollywood Celebrity here!

 

Hang out with your Friends at Prithvi Theatre

 

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Prithvi Theatre is a popular hangout zone for theatre aficionados; one of Mumbai’s best known theatres, it was built by Shashi Kapoor in memory of his father Prithviraj Kapoor who had dreamt of having a home for his stage-theatre company.

Read a book while you sip on a cup of hot tea, or cold coffee, while listening to the sound of rain outside. It is a quaint charming café and offers delectable rolls, burgers, bun maska, and the legendary cutting chai.

 

Take a Ferry to Manori Creek

 

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Manori is a picturesque and peaceful, small village by the brook that has a neat, sprawling beach, much like the ones in Goa. Although, it is inside the city limits, it’s away from the city’s commotion, and provides a quick escape from the everyday rush. You can take a ferry from Marve (3-5 mins) and reach Manori, the ferry trip smells of fishes though! However, the scenery is absolutely worthwhile; you can see the concrete buildings transitioning into the mud houses set amongst greenery.

 

Devour at Mohammed Ali Road

 

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If you are a foodie, a visit to Mohammad Ali Road should definitely be on your agenda. Since the monsoons collide with the month of Ramzan, and Eid thereafter, it is a heaven for food lovers. Though we just missed Eid, Mohammad Ali Road won’t fail to surprise your taste buds. Just be alert of the crowd, and pick your choice of lip smacking Mughlai fare.

 

Book a Boat Ride at Powai Lake

 

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Powai Lake is an artificial, but the most beautiful lake in the northern suburb of Mumbai, snuggled between lush green flora & fauna, and hills. A silent walk in the rains, or a boat ride, both will sooth your mind and provide you with peace. You have the Powai Lake Garden to go to and get some hot monsoon snacks, to enjoy the weather with.

 

Go Mini-Trekking at Madh Fort

 

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Also known as the Versova fort, it is the ruin of a Portuguese watchtower. Madh fort is normally kept closed and is not open to visitors as it is under the control of the Indian Air Force due to the proximity of the Naval Base. However, you can ride a bicycle near the fort area and enjoy the rains. The fort is sometimes opened for film/serial shoots, if you are lucky you can witness one of those.

 

Feel the Waves at Madh Island Beach

 

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One of the most famous beaches of Mumbai and a renowned tourist spot, this beach is also one of the cleanest. The coast is enclosed by mangroves which apart from adding to its charm, separates the beach from the mainland. This makes a good place to take a break from the din of city life, and relish the monsoons. Mumbai’s elite society hosts a lot of extravagant parties on this tranquil beach. Rain dance, maybe?

 

Collect Sea Shells at Aksa Beach

 

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Aksa is one of the clean beaches in Mumbai. The beach is pristine, and watching the sunset on a rainy evening is quite surreal! You can also take up a cottage and collect sea shells, while walking along the shore.

 

Fall in Love with SRK at Maratha Mandir

 

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For the romantics at heart and King Khan Fans, there is nothing better than watching the 20-year old classic Bollywood masala, love story in the monsoons! Lo and behold, here’s Maratha Mandir for you – the only theatre that holds a record of screening Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge for longest time. Love and rain, ain’t it fulfilling?

 

Enjoy the Nature at Sanjay Gandhi National Park

 

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Also called the Borivali National Park, it is situated on the northern borders of suburban Mumbai. One of Asia’s most visited National Parks, this is the largest park in the world that is located within city limits. It makes a good destination for a monsoon outing/picnic. A pleasant change from the usual sights, rush and glamour of the B-city, this place is good for moments of quietude and meditation. The panoramic views of hills, valleys, lakes and open expanses, drenched in rainwater, will bring peace to your mind, body and soul.

The famous Kanheri Caves are located inside the park, not a good idea for monsoons though!

 

My Personal Favorite – Go for Bicycle Rides

 

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Cycling enthusiasts can make the most of the monsoons by joining biking groups and travelling to less explored locales in Mumbai.

 

So, how are you taking on Mumbai Rains this year?

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29 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World!

Escape, and breathe the air of new beaches!

This is exactly what I say every time I feel stressed out. After all, who doesn’t love going to the beach! The below 29 beaches are known to be the most beautiful beaches in the world. Yes, we have covered 29! Yes, we have covered Mexico! Yes, they are worth visiting at least once in your life!

Dive in for some of the most picturesque destinations in the world. Dive safe, you’re about to fall in love!

 

1. Rainbow Beach, Queensland

 

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The best kind of therapy is Rainbow Beach Therapy!

 

2. Aharen Beach, Tokashiki Island, Japan

 

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Though most of the islands in the Okinawa chain, south of Japanese mainland, are equally stunning; the Aharen Beach stands out for its extraordinary marine life. The crystal clear water of the island is known to shelter rare species of majestic humpback whales, manta rays five types of sea turtles and over 400 types of coral among others.

 

 3. Cayo Largo, Cuba

 

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Can I have a side of Cayo Largo beach with my morning coffee, please?

 

4. Hemmick Beach, Cornwall, England

 

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Everyone should believe in something, I believe I should go to Hemmick beach soon!

                              

 5. Morro De Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

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There is never a dull moment to experience at Morro De Sao Paulo. Bustling with a vibrant atmosphere and energy, this party beach is home to some of the best reggae bars and terrific seafood restaurants in the world.

 

6. Ipanema Beach, Rio De Janeiro

 

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I’m all about palm trees and 80 degrees, what about you?

 

7. El Nido, Philippines

 

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If you don’t fall in love with El Nido, I doubt if you can ever fall in love. Yes, this is a real destination!

 

8. Half Moon Bay, Jamaica

 

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Talk about heaven on earth!

 

9. Cabarete Beach, Dominican Republic

 

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Life is definitely better at Cabarete Beach!

 

 

 10. Rabbit Beach, Italy

 

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Note to self: Don’t die without visiting Sicily, Italy!

 

 11. Gordon Beach, Israel

 

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This stunning beach destination is nothing like anything you’ll witness in the whole of Israel!

 

 12. Pakleni Islands, Croatia

 

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The au naturel beauty of the place is so mesmerizing thanks to the hidden coves, crystal clear waters and deserted beaches. The Paklinski Island is a chain of 21 islands that can be visited only by a private yacht. So, if you are a diehard fan of nature and like exclusive experiences then this is a must visit beach destination for you.

                                   

13. Manu Bay, New Zealand

 

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Black sand, blue sky, deep blue sea, is all you need to turn any beach into para para paradise!

 

14. Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico

 

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Truly among the most beautiful beaches you will ever visit in the whole wide world. What sets the place apart is the natural light show that takes place on the surface of the water when dinoflagellates are disturbed and emit a neon blue glow light. This spectacle on water is best enjoyed at night on a polycarbonate canoe that you can hire on rent.

 

15. Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece

 

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Let’s just go already!

 

16. Baia De Sancho, Brazil

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Super secluded, turquoise waters, coral reef and untouched by the tourist; this one is difficult to get to but truly worth the struggle.

 

17. El Castillo, Mexico

 

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This one has the most beautiful settings. Mayan ruins in the backdrop; white sand & colorful fishing boats floating on the crystal blue water in the foreground; and salsa dancers enthralling the crowd of tourists in nearby Playa Esperanza…what more can you ask for from life?

 

18. Plage de Tahiti, France

 

Plage-de-Tahiti-2That freedom, though! Would you ever dare visit Plage de Tahiti?

 

19. Eagle Beach, Aruba

 

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This one wins the prize for the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean hands down. Clear sparkling water, powder-soft white sand, stunning luxury beach resorts, hammocks hung all around, Eagle beach place is synonym for paradise on earth!

 

20. Head Of The Meadow Beach, USA

 

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Part of Cape Cod’s breathtaking seashore, this place boasts of a stunning swathe of golden coloured and undisturbed sand. The beach attracts a number of energetic swimmers and body-surfers. During low tides it is actually possible to catch a glimpse of one of Cape Cod’s shipwrecks.

 

21. Boulders Beach, Cape Town

 

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To do list: Swim with African Penguins!

 

22. Hanalei Bay, Kauai

 

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It cannot get more stunning than this! (Actually, it can! Read on!)

 

23. Kuta, Bali

 

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Told ya!

 

24. El Cabo, Colombia

 

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Serene is the word, world!

                           

25. Matemwe, Zanzibar

 

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Obviously Photoshopped. Not.

                                

26. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

 

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This needs to be visited. Now.

 

27. Patnem Beach, Goa

 

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Dosage: To be visited once every year.

                              

28. Tulum, Mexico

 

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Future screams ‘Fuck this shit. I’m going to Mexico!’

                                                       

29. Phra Nang Beach, Thailand

 

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I would happily get lost here!

 

The question is how soon can you pack your bags and leave?

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16 Motorcycle Tours in India Every Biker Must Explore!

Motorcycle tours in India, because the thrill of maneuvering your bike through difficult terrains is second to none!

If you are a biker who loves the idea of experimenting with different routes, then Motorcycle tours in India are for you! India is home to some of the most difficult trails and ranges that make for fulfilling bike rides.

Any biker would swear by these 16 routes for motorcycle tours in India!

Steeped in natural beauty, the trails test the biker’s endurance. The bikers are overwhelmed with joy on reaching the destinations after taking these challenging routes.

Are you a travel enthusiast, looking for a bike tour in India? Then, look no further! We have collated 16 of the most fascinating routes in India that every biker must explore once in their life.

Let’s feed your bike some adventure!

1. Manali-Leh Ladakh

 

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Manali – Leh Ladakh is not a route meant for the faint hearted. This route is considered to be one of the most difficult routes to ride on. This trip calls for a minimum of 15 days, as you just can’t rush through this route. You will find this ride to be magical, thanks to the extraordinary view offered by the snow clad mountains. the beautiful valleys and nature wrapped in the blanket of clouds.

 

2. Shimla – Spiti Valley

 

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The natural and awe inspiring beauty that one witnesses on the route is absolutely breathtaking. Riding on the Hindustan-Tibet highway the adrenaline rush you get is beyond compare. With apricot and apple orchards of Kinnaur valley and Satluj River to keep you company on the way, ride to Spiti Valley gives every rider the correct dose of adventure and excitement. Thus, Shimla to Spiti Valley is one of the most beautiful motorcycle tours in India!

 

3. Bangalore- Kannaur

 

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Exhilarating is the word that best describes this journey! Leave the madness and chaos of the city behind and enter the lap of nature in a matter of few hours. Bikers love this route for the spectacular views and the hassle free rides alongside the exhilarating nature.

The best part is that this scenic biking trail is home to several scenic lakes. These lakes make a beautiful pit stop for you to sojourn amid your bike tour!

 

4. Siliguri-Yuksom

 

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Be it any season, riding through Darjeeling and Sikkim is always fun!

Apart from the beautiful valleys that you pass, this route also offers glimpse of the mighty mountain range of Himalayas. You also get to peek at the gorgeous Kanchenjunga while you are on the adventurous bike tour. Ride through the colourful markets of Kalimpong, and don’t forget to treat the foodie in you. All in all you get several opportunities on this route to explore the untouched beauty of North India.

 

5. Bhalukpong-Tawang

 

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Another beauty and another adventure await you on the rather difficult route of Bhalukpong to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

Stop along several villages on the way and soak in their amazing culture. The sight of lush green mountains and deep valleys is beyond spectacular. Avoid the colder months of December to February as it can get difficult for you to ride while ice cold winds hit you on the face.

 

6. Barmer-Bikaner

 

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Riding through this dessert route can be challenging, but there’s no challenge a biker can’t overcome! The endless stretches of sand can tire you a bit but it is not every day that you get to ride through the majestic Thar Dessert. The minimal traffic on the roads makes it for a dream ride and can actually make you feel like a royalty.    

 

7. Guwahati-Khasi Hills

 

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This one can get quite daunting what with the damp and wet roads to keep on alert. Once you have made it past Shillong up till Khasi Hill, the sight of the lush green landscape and exquisite mountain range will enthrall you. The wondrous waterfalls and living root bridges you cross on the way make for an awesome stopover for photo-ops.

 

8. Mumbai-Trivandrum

 

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You will pass through the beaches of Goa, and the tourist-friendly Cochin and Alleppey among others. The breathtaking views of the coastal area will give you a fun and vibrant view of western India. Moreover, whenever you feel tired just pull over and walk on to the countless beaches you’ll pass through to relax and lounge.

 

9. Delhi-Mandawa

 

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The cultural richness of the place combined with the forts and palaces one comes across on the way adds to the charm of riding through this route. Pass through the historic cities of Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur and Pushkar and indulge the tourist in you by stopping over and checking out the beautiful monuments these places are home to.

 

10. Chennai – Pondicherry

 

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You can enjoy the magnificent views of the beaches of Southern India while on a Motorcycle tour on this route. The East Coast Road is a smooth one, and thus, makes for a fun riding. You can stop at Mahaballipuram on the way, to soak in a bit of history. For the foodies this place is like a treat as the food they serve here is lip-smacking!      

 

11. Rann of Kutch

 

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A ride through the white salt desert of Rann of Kutch on a full moon night is a vision every biker dreams of!

Push your bike to the limits of its speed while soaking in the surreal sight of this white dessert. Start from Surendranagar through Dhrangadhra and reach in time for the Rann of Kutch dessert festival that starts from mid November and extends till end of February.

 

12. Mumbai – Goa

 

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Surreal is the word to describe this route. The roads are clean, smooth, and make for an easy ride all the way to Goa.

The picturesque beauty of the coastal area adds to the charm and the several green stretches that you encounter on the way acts like a cherry on the cake. This is one fun adventurous ride you can plan anytime of the year and we assure you that it will not disappoint you ever!

 

13. Pollachi-Chalakudy

 

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This one is another of those absolutely gorgeous road trips down South for motorcycle tours in India. It takes you all the way from Tamil Nadu to Kerala, and the route is marked with scenes of lush valleys and greenery all around. The best part about riding through this forest area is that the ride makes for a cool one especially through the area of Valparai all the way to Athirapally.

 

14. Old Silk Route

 

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This route connects Lhasa in Tibet to India through the Jelep La Pass in Sikkim. The ride provides spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the beautiful landscape in the vicinity. You can start your journey from Gangtok in Sikkim and go up to the Nathang Valley.

On the way you can stopover at the splendid Menmecho Lake, Mandakini Waterfall, and view the entire winding route from Thambi View Point. Seasons to avoid are from January to April when the roads are covered with snow, and it becomes nearly impossible to maneuver the bike on such a terrain. Thus, this route is considered for some challenging motorcycle tours in India.                                 

 

15. Puri-Konark

 

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It can’t get anymore spectacular than this! The cool wind brushing past your face, the trees on either side of the road to shade you from the sun, acres and acres of farm lands, and some interesting small villages on the way, makes this journey absolutely mesmerizing. Enough for you to come back for it again!

 

16. Pamban Bridge (Rameshwaram)

 

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Opened in 1914, it was India’s first sea bridge. Pamban Bridge was also the longest sea bridge in the country till 2010.

This cantilever bridge connects Pamban on Rameswaram Island to Tamil Nadu. This is one of the must motorcycle tours in India for every bikers bucket list. The spectacular view of the deep blue ocean is a sight to behold. A ride on this amazing bridge makes for an once-in-a-lifetime adventure that no biker should ever miss!

 

So, where do you think will your next adventure be? Don’t forget to keep us posted!
Safe Travels!

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23 Beach Resorts in India with Spectacular Views!

Waking up to the sight of an amazing waterfront is the stuff dreams are made of.

These 23 utterly fabulous beach resorts in India (and hotels) are making the dreams of every traveler come true!

A perfect blend of exotic and serene, these luxury beach resorts offer breathtaking views that are bound to leave you mesmerized for life.

Visit one of these unbelievably beautiful and romantic resorts in India to experience the joy of sipping your morning coffee while enjoying the spectacular view of the sparkling turquoise sea water below, clear azure sky on top, the sound of roaring waves hitting the shores and the sun seeping into your room through the window.

Now if this doesn’t sweep you off your feet, we bet nothing will!

Did this sound interesting enough? Then, dive in to find eye catchy, marvellous resorts for your next adventure-

1. The Leela Kovalam, Kerala

 

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With a cliff-top setting overlooking the pristine blue sea, The Leela Kovalam, is re-defining opulence like no other.

Among India’s top luxury beach resorts, the place offers world-class amenities like palatial accommodation, mouthwatering cuisine and seamless service apart from the breathtaking views that one can enjoy right from the luxury of their room.

A short distance from the Trivandrum airport, The Leela has the perfect setting and ambience that will make your heart skip a beat each time you’ll visit the place with your loved ones.

 

2. Grand Hyatt, Goa

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This beautiful looking, marvel of luxury, is located centrally between the North and South Goa!

Overlooking the stunning waters of Bambolim Bay, Grand Hyatt, Goa, is spread across 28 acres of lush green land and offer guests ample opportunities to relax and unwind while enjoying the warmth and hospitality that the hotel takes pride in.

From savouring delectable variety of food to enjoying a fashionable night out at one of the hotel’s many nightlife lounges, Grand Hyatt, Goa, offers an unforgettable experience.

Among the best beach resorts in Goa, the place is complemented by the largest banquet facility in the region, which makes it an ideal destination for wedding, conference or any other private event.

 

3. JW Marriott, Mumbai

 

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This is where elegance meets modernity.  Boasting an unparalleled location overlooking the majestic Arabian Sea, JW Marriott is setting new standards in luxury, sophistication, service and experience.

Owing to its Michelin rated Arola Restaurant & Bar and award winning Quan Span, the hotel has become the new face of style and extravagance in the city.

When here, one can choose to relax in many of its beautifully designed beach view rooms & suites or enjoy world-class facilities like a well-equipped gymnasium, outdoor infinity and saltwater pool and a full service spa among others.

 

4. The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Pondicherry

 

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Dreamy setting, elegant rooms and quiet surroundings best describes the beauty of this place.

Spread across 35 acres of untouched nature by the beach, the Dune is an eco-friendly village that provides a unique blend of modern and traditional architecture.

Designed with the purpose of laying emphasis on the harmony of mind, soul, and nature, the place offers an exclusive holiday experience that is hard to find anywhere else.

The organic gourmet food, the range of Ayurvedic treatments, yoga & meditation classes and other alternative therapies including Watsu that the place specializes in makes it a one-of-its-kind luxury beach resorts in India.

 

5. Ozran Heights Beach Resort, North Goa

 

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There is something mesmerizing about this place!

Exclusively located at the Ozran Beach in North Goa, it is among the most scenic beach resorts in India.

Frequented by both foreigners and Indians, the warm hospitality of the place will permeate your heart and you would never want to leave the place.

This is an ideal place to refresh and rejuvenate your body and soul, the Ozran Heights Beach Resort is an abode of peace, elegance and luxury, all under one roof.

 

6. Holiday Resort, Puri (Orissa)

 

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Among the premium hotels in the area, Holiday Resort offers an impressive combination of wonderful location, majestic view of the sea, cutting-edge facilities and luxurious rooms among others. The sheer magnificence of the place lies in the sense of openness and romanticism its setting offers.

Sit and laze around while enjoying the fascinating greenery all around or even better the sea waves washing past the shore.

The place has luxury and beauty written all over it and a visit here will surely leave you wanting more of this absolutely stunning and peaceful resort.

 

7. The Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai

 

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Towering over Marine Drive, this landmark hotel is among the most sort after luxury hotels in the country.

Offering expansive suites and unparalleled view of the elegant Queen’s Necklace, The Oberoi is epitome of everything sophisticated, luxurious and stylish one can ask for during a holiday. This is a perfect place to visit with your loved ones.

Moreover, an experience at The Oberoi is bound to leave you hypnotized!

 

8. Taj Exotic, Goa

 

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The Mediterranean style luxury beach resort is spread across 56 acres of lush garden and has 700 meters of dedicated beach frontage.

The tropical-inspired design of the hotel boasts of sun-drenched atrium, wide shady corridors and flower lined patios. You can have the time of your life by staying in any of their 140 spacious deluxe and luxury rooms and villas including two Presidential Villas with an attached plunge pool and overlooking the beautiful Arabian Sea.

A must visit place, indeed!

Taj Exotica, Goa is the hotel for you, if you crave for romantic walks, enchanting views and everything in between.

 

9. Vivanta by Taj, Bekal (Kerala)

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Explore some of the most beautiful pleasures and experiences life has to offer at this gem of a place.

This place offers you everything you need. From stylish villas to individual courtyard spaces and from private plunge pools to the well maintained manicured lawns and exotic gardens.

Vivanta by Taj can very well be described as Kerala’s best kept secrets.

The 71 stylish rooms and villas with Kettuvallam house boat motifs woven in Balinese design offers an incredible view of the lush landscape, the backwaters, the beach and the sand beyond.

Magical indeed!

 

10. Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

 

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Vast expanse of the sparkling sea, rare variety of flora and fauna, serene surroundings, clear blue, the rainforest are some of the things that makes staying at the Sinclairs Bay View an unique experience.

When you are not in a mood to enjoy any of these rare sights, simply dine at the hotel’s alfresco restaurants offering an array of scrumptious variety to choose from while enjoying the sunset by the Bay of Bengal.

This is what dreams are made of, isn’t it?

 

11. The Leela Palace, Chennai

 

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Elegance thy name is The Leela, Chennai!

Drawing inspiration from the Chettinad Dynasty, the hotel’s architecture exudes royal opulence. The first and the only seafront luxury five-star hotel in the Chennai,

The Leela Palace is equipped with world-class amenities and elegantly designed rooms to make your stay into a truly unforgettable experience.

 

12. Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Gopalpur

 

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Enjoy the quietness of Gopalpur beach by staying t the luxurious Mayfair Palm Beach Resort. The bewitching beauty of the resort has been enticing tourist for years now and it serves as an ideal place for lovers and honeymooners.

The languorous sea and the clean and serene environment add to the charm of the place.

Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, Mayfair Palm Beach Resorts in Goplapur is a heritage property that offer tourists with an unforgettable holiday experience.

 

13. Hotel Sea Face, Kovalam

 

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Warm white sand, plenty of sunshine, undulating coconut trees and clear blue water of the Arabian Sea are some of the things that welcome you as soon as you set foot in this stunning property.

Situated right across Hava Beach in Kovalam, Hotel Sea Face is among the stellar properties in the area.

Complete with luxury cottages and villas and ample activities for tourists to make the most of their stay, the charming ambience of the place is sure to make you come for this place again and again. 

 

14. Marbela Beach Resort, Morjim (Goa)

 

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Offering a great combination of style, comfort and local flavors, Marbela Beach Resort in Goa is among one of the best luxury beach resorts in the country.

This resort wonderfully captures and celebrates the beauty, architectural history, the spirit and the revelry Goa is most famous for.

Surrounded by the simple pleasures of stunning sea waterfront, privacy and beauty, the place attracts a very loyal clientele of chic and well-known people. A highly recommended place, Marbela Beach Resort is a perfect place to let your hair down and have fun!

15. Zuri White Sands Resort, Goa

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White sand, serene blue sea, lush meandering pathways; the Zuri White Sands Resort in Goa is a reflection of everything that Goa is known for.

An award winning five star luxury beach resorts, Zuri White Sands stands on the picturesque white sand beaches of Varca. Spread across 38 acres, the resort boasts of stunning views of the cerulean water, Goan style luxury rooms and lip smacking authentic Goan and international cuisine.

So, if you are planning a getaway with your loved ones this weekend, Zuri White Sands Resort is the place to be in.

 

16. Paradise Isle Beach Resort, Karnataka

 

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Waking up to the sound of sea waves and a fantastic view of the sparkling sea water is a norm at Paradise Isle Beach Resort.

As the name suggests, the place is a paradise of lush green landscape, gorgeous views of the sunrise and sunset, playful ocean which is perfect for swimmers and relaxed surroundings.

The first and the only luxury beach resort in Karnataka, Paradise Isle Beach Resort is nestled among four to five islands and so a paradise of sorts for pleasure seekers and connoisseurs of beauty.

 

17. Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort, Mahabalipuram

 

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Spanning 44 acres over the tropical and scenic land of the Bay of Bengal, Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort is nothing short of a wonderland.

Ideal for memorable holidays, the hotel is equipped with all the modern amenities that cater perfectly to the needs of today’s discerning travelers.

Take a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool or refresh yourself at its 27,000 square-foot gigantic pool; either way you are bound to feel rejuvenated at the end of your trip.

 

18. Turtle on the Beach, Kovlam (Kerala)

 

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A boutique hotel, Turtle on the Beach is the perfect blend of modern aesthetics and warm hospitality. A truly luxurious five-star property, Turtle on the Beach offers stunning views of the tropical gardens overlooking the Hawa Beach.

A popular place among travelers to Kovalam, the property is an ideal place for you to relax at as it is far from the maddening crowd of the city and offers you ample opportunities to spend some lone time while enjoying the beauty of your surroundings.

 

19. Cherai Beach Resort, Kochi (Kerala)

 

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Among the best resorts in Kerala. One can get to stay by the beach!

Cherai Beach Resort in Kochi offers views and amenities to make the each day of your stay worthwhile.

You could boat your way into the glorious backwaters of Kerala, and live your life to the fullest! This could actually be the best honeymoon destination in India, considering the serenity it’s surrounded with!

 

20. Bangaram Island Resort, Lakshadweep

 

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To enjoy the nature at its best, a visit to Bangaram Island Resort in Lakshadweep is a must.

The resort is a treasure trove of beauty and at every step you are sure to discover something stunning. The pristine water of the sea, the warm silver sand, coral reefs and a stretching canopy of palms; makes this place a jewel among resorts on the island.

From swimming in the warm sea water to scuba diving to kayaking, one can enjoy plenty of water sports here. No matter what you do, the place will create the illusion of you being the sole person in the vicinity owing to the tranquil setting.

Ah, complete bliss!

 

21. Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort, Havelock Island

(Andaman & Nicobar Island)

 

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Offering a breathtaking view of the unspoiled and absolutely stunning beaches of Andaman, Eco Villa Pal Beach Resort is your perfect getaway if you seek solace in the grip of Mother Nature.

Because the area is sparsely populated there is a possibility that you can discover some pristine region as you embark on a nature walk in the nearby areas.

The surroundings are quiet, and thus, you can enjoy the most stunning views of the nature in the morning from any of the cottages on the property.

 

22. Agatti Island Resort, Lakshadweep

 

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Most of the beaches and islands in Lakshadweep fall under the unexplored category and this is what makes staying at the Agatti Island Resort an absolutely enchanting and mesmerizing experience.

The water here is in the shades of turquoise blue, green and even white at some places. The beach resort is surrounded by a stunning spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, lush green coconut palm trees and blue lagoons.

An artistically conceived resort, the places merges with the environment it is surrounded by to give its guests a magical and delightful experience.

 

23. Beach Resorts In India Vivanta by Taj, Fisherman’s Cove

 

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Commonly called as the Fisherman’s Cove, Vivanta by Taj is among the best and most luxurious beach facing hotels in the country.

Built on the ramparts of an old Dutch Fort, the hotel offers the most stunning and charming views of the Bay of Bengal.

The hotel staff is hospitable and makes every possible effort to make the stay for the guests an unforgettable experience. Pampering the guests by offering the service of a semi-private beach where you can sit and relax in the company of nature while enjoying a spa treatment or an exotic meal specially prepared by the well-trained chefs of the hotel.

It can’t get more romantic than this!

 

So which among these is your pick? Do write to us in the comments below.

We would love to hear from you!

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5 Things You Must Do In Nashik!

Nashik is one of Maharashtra’s must visit city. But, the same can turn out to be a disastrous trip if you do not know what to do there.

What kind of traveller will just get up, back their bags and go to Nashik? It would be the lamest thing to do!

I did it, and am not proud of what I did. We sure did have a great trip, but we couldn’t see much of Nashik as we lacked planning. The weather was great, the tea of Nashik is sure something I will miss everyday. But, what I shall miss the most are the places I never visited.

As a responsible travel blogger, I believe I must give you guys a heads up.

Nashik is beautiful. Period. It sure has a lot to offer. All we need is an eye for it’s beauty. After coming home from what seemed like an incomplete vacation, I researched a lot about famous things to do in Nashik, and sightseeing around Nashik. This made the trip I took to Nashik so much worthless. But, the fun fact is that it wasn’t that worthless a trip. We had our share of fun, and I think that’s what matters in the end.

Any how, here are 5 things you must do in Nashik no matter what-

 

#1 Mumbai to Nashik Road Trip

 

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Now this is something am happy to have done on my visit to Nashik!

Mumbai to Nashik road trip is definitely a must. Sure there are other ways to get to Nashik, cheaper ways but, this road trip is beyond compare.

With the sexiest highway to drive on, road trip to Nashik has a lot more to offer. Once you cross the buildings of Mumbai and Thane, you will be welcomed by some of the beautiful panorama.

This road trip is even sexier in the night. Why? Because, you can see what Bombay seldom offers. You can see millions of stars in the sky. They look so beautiful. Untouched by pollution.

Moreover, the smooth highways let’s you enjoy your road trip to the fullest! You could play all sorts of games and there would never be a dull moment.

So, go for it!

 

 

#2 Visit Pandavleni Caves

 

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Now this is something we could do and didn’t.

Why?

Because, stairs!!!

Yes, you will have to climb a lot of stairs to reach to these caves. Seriously, a lot! Moreover, they are these long, old stairs. Thus, the journey was like- climb, walk 3 steps, climb again. It was tiring! I gave up after what looked like 4 floors. In my defence, the view from there looked incredible too. So, no fuss.

Anyway, two of my extremely fit and determined friends did go till the end. They claim that the caves were extremely beautiful, and the view too seemed great.

Let me warn you, it will take you more than 30 minutes to climb those stairs.

So, go for it you fitness freak!

 

 

#3 Spend a Day in Sula Vineyards

 

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People these days relate Nashik to Sula Vineyards like it was always meant to be. And why shouldn’t they?

Sula Vineyards has beautified Nashik immensely. You must stroll the long, hot farms of Sula Vineyards at least once in your life. Nah! I’m kidding. Do it over and over again. It’s amazing!

What you must also do is go to the Sula fest. It’s so lively, that you’ll finally feel like you’re doing things right in your life. There’s Wine, music, dancing, and so much enthusiasm around, that there’s no dull moment!

 

 

#4 Visit Dudhsagar Falls

 

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Waterfalls are instant happiness. There’s so much of freshness around a waterfall that you’re bound to instantly feel happy.

To make your trip to Nashik a complete journey, you must visit Dudhsagar waterfalls. It’s clean, fresh and will make a perfect background for your pictures!

Getting soaked in Dudhsagar waterfalls will rejuvenate you like nothing else. This is a must do. All you need is 2 hours to enjoy the weather at Dudhsagar falls.

 

 

#5 Trek on Anjaneri Hills

 

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Thought Nashik ain’t enough to please your appetite for a perfect vacation? Think again!

Nashik offers you everything from a marvellous road trip to some of the most intrepid trekking locations. Yes, trekking on Anjaneri hills is an experience every trek enthusiast must have.

Anjaneri hills are 20kms away from Nashik, but worth the detour. The best thing to do is, drink a few cups of local Nashik tea and just go for it!

 

Overall, Nashik is a fun trip to take. If nothing works out, good company always will. Thus, before packing your bag make sure that you’re taking the right people with you!

To book a homestay in Nashik, contact us here, or email at- thehighheeltalk@gmail.com

Want some more options for your weekend getaway? Dive into this article for some picturesque destinations in Maharashtra.
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19 Mumbai Photos That Will Make You Miss Monsoon!

Monsoon has taken a break and that is making me terribly miss the sound of rain. I’m sure most of you’re too!

 

The sad thing is;

We cannot do anything about it!

 

Other than the fact that we can go back to those beautiful days and memories and crave for the rains. The sound, the view, the atmosphere was all so pleasant back then. It seems forever since it last poured down in Mumbai. Anyway, so I went through some beautiful Monsoon Pictures of Mumbai and collated the best ones of the lot below.

Scroll through the below Mumbai photos and relive the beautiful monsoon days of Mumbai in 2015. Make sure you save water, as there is already water shortage in Mumbai. Read all about saving water here!

 

1. Rains and wind together is a perfect amalgamation.

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2. The way rain drops look on fresh green leaves, makes everything even more alive.

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3. Mumbai takes pride in Monsoon Fashion. I see no reasons why it shouldn’t.

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4. Heavy grey clouds of rains brought smile to all our faces. And still do!

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5. The way rainbow & monsoon made Mumbai look more like a beautiful hill station.

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6. BWSL was the most scenic bridge to be on!

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7. Corn soon became the favorite street food in Mumbai. And we got no complaints!

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8. The way in which clouds warned us of a storm but, were mild on us!

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9. The way Bombay turned into a artists paradise!

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10. Because tea breaks are so much more fun during rains!

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11. When the sun peaked out amid the dark clouds, it brought instant happiness!

 

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12. And when the smallest places made the best spots to relax in!

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13. The way we all turned into photographers, even when we were pilled up with work!

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14. And the way it made us fall in love.

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15. Again.

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16. And again.

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17. Most houses had turned yellow & blue.

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18. When Bombay made us stare at it. For hours straight. With coffee and a beautiful book to read.

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19. When everyone was fussing about rains and I gave them five reasons why they shouldn’t.

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So, relax and enjoy the rains as they pour down on us!

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Ultimate Weekend Getaways From Mumbai You Ought To Take!

Mumbai is a city of dreams, the financial capital of India, the city that never sleeps. The result of which often turns out to be stress, frustration and dismay.

The stress from all that work and maintaining the title the city’s entitled to often makes people wish for some quick, relaxing weekend getaways from Mumbai. They hope to relax and unwind over the weekend and luckily destinations around Mumbai offers you just that!

Of course, there are other ways to rejuvenate in Mumbai, like sleeping on your couch and wasting the entire weekend.

Well, I believe weekend getaways from Mumbai work the best!

Moreover, the places around the city are so scenic, one must be insane to sleep on the couch instead of exploring the picturesque destinations around Mumbai.

After tremendous researching and doing all the ‘Aw-this-is-picturesque’ check, I zeroed down on 28 alluring destinations you could go for a weekend getaway from Mumbai.

Here they are:

#1 Durshet Forest Lodge
#2 Igatpuri
#3 Kas Pathar In Satara
#4 Bhandardara
#5 Kalsubai Peak
#6 Rajmachi
#7 Saputara
#8 Mahabaleshwar
#9 Amboli
#10 Diveagar
#11 Dahanu
#12 Bhimashankar
#13 Daman
#14 Harishchandragad
#15 Kamshet
#16 Aurangabad
#17 Lavasa
#18 Indore
#19 Bordi
#20 Nashik
#21 Nagaon Beach
#22 Raigad
#23 Murud-Janjira Fort
#24 Ratnagiri
#25 Pawna Lake
#26 Savarkut
#27 Malshej Ghat
#28 Tarkarli

#1 Durshet Forest Lodge

 

weekend getaways from mumbaiDistance from Mumbai: Around 76kms. 

 

Durshet forest lodge is a resort set along the Sahyadri range, along with a beautiful river Amba flowing right through this property.

You may want to know:

What can you do while in Durshet forest lodge?

Well, from trekking to wildlife watching, you can do it all at Durshet forest lodge. In fact, this place is known to be a paradise for wildlife and bird watchers. This place is a must visit in monsoons because of the natural and alluring waterfall which appears only during the monsoons!

That’s not all;

During the monsoon season this place turns into a paradise with a lot of lush greenery around and the wildlife at its naughtiest. Apart from this, you can indulge in adventurous activities like rappelling, Zip line, Burma Bridge, trekking, camping and more!

So, dedicate one weekend to Durshet forest lodge without fail!

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#2 Igatpuri

 weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai: Around 121kms.

 

Igatpuri has always been one of my most favorite getaways from Mumbai. I had heard that monsoon just makes the place look prettier!

So, I went ahead and checked some facts for myself, and… Yes, Igatpuri has that ‘Oh-So-Beautiful’ factor to it during monsoons. Spectacular views of and from the mountains, lush greenery everywhere, captivating water falls, entrancing environs are some of the things that you will come across on your way to Igatpuri.

When at Igatpuri, you can visit the famous upper Vaitarna Dam, which is 30Kms from Igatpuri, but is ‘oh-so-pretty!’ Imagine how wonderful will it be to drive among such greenery while rain drops fall on your car’s window!

Lovely, won’t it be?

You know what to do on your free weekend now, don’t you?

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#3 Kas Pathar In Satara

 weekend getaways from mumbai Distance From Mumbai: Around 262Kms.

This place totally becomes ‘Holy-mother-of-flowers’ during monsoon! This place is situated at the Sahyadri hills at Satara, and blooms some of the most beautiful looking flowers mid-monsoon!

Yep, now is the time to go there. In the month of August, the plateau comes to life with picturesque view of the variety of flowers carpeting the Kas Plateau! Kas Plateau is Maharashtra’s own valley of flowers.

How many times have you visited a place which has bloomed 150 plus types of flowers in one place? I’m sure, not many!

Wouldn’t this be better than the mucky water Mumbai?

Of course it would be!

Go, go visit this paradise now!

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#4 Bhandardara

 weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai: Around 165Kms.

Bhandardara, on the banks of the Pravara River, is one of the best natural resorts around Mumbai. Well, if you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway?

This has to be it!

Bhandardara is one of the most preferred romantic weekend getaways around Mumbai. Not just for that, it is also famously known for its fresh air and the picturesque view!

Bhandardara sure looks astonishing during the day, but, the real beauty is during the night when the moonlit sky shines down on the Bhandardara Lake, making it look like a scene straight from some romantic movie!

The best part is;

The beautiful waterfalls of Bhandardara look even more alluring during the monsoon season, giving you a reason to ogle at the view more than you would generally!

Moreover, Ratangad fort and Kalsubai Peak are here to welcome the trek lovers. In short, Bhandardara is a location for everyone during monsoon!

So, don’t delay!

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#5 Kalsubai Peak

 weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai: Around 153kms.

 

During the monsoon season, travellers fall in love with the Kalsubai Peak. You can start the trek to this peak from Bhandardara too!

So, if you’re visiting Bhandardara, you might as well want to extend your weekend getaway and visit the famous trekking destination in Maharashtra, the Kalsubai Peak.

About 5400ft high, Kalsubai is known as the highest peak in Maharashtra. The best time to visit this destination is from mid-August and September. This gives you time to visit all the other locations!

This location is purely for the nature lovers, who are looking for some kickass adventure among the nature!

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#6 Rajmachi

 

weekend getaways from mumbaiDistance from Mumbai: Around 320kms.

 

Rajmachi fort is a proven delight during the monsoons. It’s quite a destination to visit in the winters too but, monsoon is the best time for Rajmachi!

Another historic spot of Maharashtra, Rajmachi stands proud displaying its age-old beauty.

Monsoons brings the fort back to life with all the greenery surrounding the fort. A trek to Rajmachi will prove to be an exciting affair, and will bless you with a lot of wonderful memories. The greenery will ensure that your journey to the top is fresh as a daisy.

This trek is a must visit for all of you who are enthusiastic about trekking and want to trek on every fort around Mumbai!

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#7 Saputara

 

weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 247.8Kms.

 

Saputara is located in the Sahyadri range, and is the only hill station in the Dang district of Gujarat. Situated at an altitude of 1,000 metres, Saputara hill station is blessed with natural beauty and picturesque view.

The scenic effulgence makes this hill station a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai. Moreover, one can visit it all year round and still experience pleasant climate. This sure makes Saputara a favourite among travel enthusiasts in Mumbai and Gujarat.

The hill station is well planned and is blessed with all the essential amenities to entertain tourists. Thus, one can indulge in a lot of activities apart from taking a walk around the picturesque hill station.

The major attraction of Saputara hill station has to be the majestic waterfalls and the serene Saputara lake. You can take a ride around the lake in a paddle boat, which gives the visitors another reason to visit this mesmerizing hill station!

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#8 Mahabaleshwar

weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai: Around 263.3Kms.

 

The most mainstream and run after weekend getaway near Mumbai. Mahabaleshwar is famous for a romantic destination, and is located in the Western Ghats Ranges in Maharashtra.

This hill station stands evergreen throughout the year. The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is during October till May. Though, I personally believe rains add to the beauty of Mahabaleshwar, making it look much more alluring!

It’s also known for it’s strawberries and mulberries, fruit picking is one of the most popular activity among tourists in Mahabaleshwar. Venna lake is also a famous spot in Mahabaleshwar. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride in the lake or go horse riding alongside the lake.

Visit Mahabaleshwar when you don’t want to risk zeroing down on a destination.

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#9 Amboli

weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 489Kms.

 

Yet another hill station / town in the Sahyadri Range of Maharashtra. Amboli is famous for being a rejuvenating getaway from Mumbai. The ideal time to visit Amboli is between August and January.

Amboli receives a lot of rain and hence is blessed with thickset forests and mesmerizing waterfalls. The waterfalls along with the other tourist destinations in Amboli are the reason why this hill town is popular among travellers.

When in Amboli, you can visit places like the Sunset Point, Shirgaonkar point, Hiranyakeshi, Amboli Waterfall, Amboli Ghat and Nangartas Waterfall.

Want to experience the village life of Maharashtra?

Then, Amboli is the place you must visit!

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#10 Diveagar

weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 189Kms.

 

I didn’t know there was a beach town in Maharashtra called Diveagar, and then I visited it! Fond memories of this place make it my favourite-run-to-destination in Maharashtra for a mini-vacation. Visiting Diveagar is a gift you must gift yourself.

With amazing places to live in, mouth-watering sea food, hills for trekking, clean beaches to swim in, and all those activities on the beach make Diveagar the most lively beach!

To know everything that I did in Diveagar, Go here!

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#11 Dahanu

weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai: Around 136kms.

 

Dahanu is a beautiful coastal town located in the Palghar district of Maharashtra. Dahanu is extremely close to the Gujarat border, making it a quick weekend getaway near Gujarat too!

Its flower gardens, coconut trees and fruit orchards make this place rich not just commercially, but also by adding to the beauty of this place. Dahanu is known for its clean wide spread beach, and witnesses a large number of tourists.

One could spend an entire day at the Dahanu beach, star gazing, walking alongside the long Arabian sea, relaxing on the sandy shore or indulging in some outdoor sports.

The Dahanu Fort besides the seashore makes Dahanu an ideal destination for weekend getaways near Mumbai! So go, walk on the sandy shore, swim the clean Arabian sea, breathe the fresh beach air, and come back relaxed and rejuvenated!

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#12 Bhimashankar

 

weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 214Kms.

 

Bhimashankar, a picturesque town and a pilgrimage centre is located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. Owing to the presence of the Jyotirlinga temple, Bhimashankar is been popularised as a pilgrimage getaway from Mumbai.

The exquisite landscape is yet another reason why Bhimashankar is popular among tourists and travel enthusiasts of Mumbai. One must visit Bhimashankar during winter, as its the time when the weather is cool and pleasant!

The River Bhima is known to originate at Bhimashankar and is an ideal tourist spot. When in Bhimashankar, you can indulge in outdoor activities like trekking, wildlife watching, forest trails, swimming, and go for nature walks.

So, visit Bhimashankar when you want to make the most of your weekend getaway.

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#13 Daman

weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 177.1kms.

Daman is a hot favourite among a lot of couples and youngsters. Well, the reason’s quite straightforward; one because its beautiful and apt for romantic getaways and two because alcohol is damn cheap!

That being that, Daman has a lot to visit and makes for a perfect weekend getaway near Mumbai and Gujarat as well. Daman has a very interesting history, a Portuguese explorer Diogo de Melo arrived at this place as luck would have it in 1523.

For almost 400 years the city became a Portuguese colony. In the 16th century, a large fort was built in Motidaman to protect the colony from the Mughals. The fort still stands in Daman today and proves to be the most eye pleasing tourist spot in the entire Daman.

Daman has two beaches that are extremely famous among travel enthusiasts all over India, they are; The Devka beach in Nandidaman and the Jampore beach in Motidaman.

Planing to visit Daman? Don’t forget to visit the lighthouse!

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#14 Harishchandragad

 

weekend getaways from mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 202Kms.

A hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Harishchandragad has played an important role in controlling and guarding the surrounding region. Harishchandragad is a must visit, and you should add it to your weekend getaways from Mumbai list.

Steeped with the most heroic history, this hill fort is one of the most sought after tourist destination for trekking in Maharashtra.

Harishchandragad is always crowded with tourists, making it one of the most happening destination for a weekend getaway from Mumbai.

The whimsical and summerlike ambience is yet another reason why Harishchandragad is so famous among tourists.

Go visit this hill fort before it gets any more obsolete!

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#15 Kamshet

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 110kms.

Kamshet is known to be the most crowd-pleasing weekend getaway from Mumbai.

Why?

Because of its adventurous activities! Kamshet is also widely known as ‘The Paragliding Paradise’ of Maharashtra.

Nestled in the Pune district of Maharashtra, Kamshet is about 16kms away from the twin hill stations Lonavala and Khandala.

Travellers visiting Lonavala and Khandala often stop at Kamshet for some adventure! Travellers from all over India find the mud houses of Kamshet with thatched roofs extremely alluring! They also enjoy the view, as the beautiful paddy sunflower fields look extremely eye pleasing.

Want to go paragliding?

Then, Kamshet is the place you should visit soon!

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#16 Aurangabad

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 348.9kms.

Aurangabad is a city named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, and thus, the city is surrounded with many historical monuments.

Owing to its historic past, Aurangabad is a well recognized tourist destination in Maharashtra. Aurangabad is popular for the famous caves Ajanta caves and Ellora caves, and also for Bibi Ka Maqbara. This city is also popularly known as ‘The City Of Gates’. The reason is quiet apparent when one drives through the city.

With a large number of historic structures, temples, gardens, mosques, there is a lot to see in Aurangabad. This place is a must visit if you’re a history enthusiast and dream to witness every place that you studied about!

Are you one of them?

Then, Aurangabad is awaiting you!

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#17 Lavasa

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 186Kms.

The first well planned hill station in Maharashtra, Lavasa is a must visit for an adventurous vacation.

Lavasa is a hidden gem amongst the hills of western ghats and is known to conduct astonishing events. Lavasa is closely located with the Varasgaon Dam and the roads that lead up to it is a fad among bikers.

The mountains, and the scenic view from the hills of Lavasa make it an ideal destination for a weekend getaway near Mumbai. The many parks and gardens in Lavasa are popular for picnics and family outings, apart from this Lavasa is also known for its adventurous activities.

Lavasa offers you adventure sports like paint ball, rappelling, rock climbing, camping, trekking, kayaking. You can experience all this and more at Lavasa, throughout the year!

So, what’s the wait for? Pack your bags and ready your bikes, Now!

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#18 Indore

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 585Kms.

The largest city of Madhya Pradesh, Indore was once the princely state of the Holkar’s. The historic monuments of Indore make it a perfect destination to visit for families during the months of monsoon and all through winter, and is considered to be one of the most scenic weekend getaways from Mumbai. Indore is pretty hot in Summer and thus is better avoided!

Indore is a proud home for the 200 year old Rajwada Palace, which is a fine example of Mughal and Maratha styles combined together to create a baroque piece of architecture. When in Indore, you can explore the monuments that are placed in various corners of this wonderful city, visit Maheshwar; the centre for handloom weaving.

Got a long weekend coming up? How about you spend it in Indore!

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#19 Bordi

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 153Kms.

 

Best visited in the months of October to March, Bordi is one of the most scenic beach situated in the Thane district of Maharashtra. Bordi is different from all the other beaches, as it has black sands and shallow waters, and also has less crowd compared to other beaches in this region.

This makes it an ideal destination for romantic getaways!

When in Bordi, you can also visit Bahrot caves, which are situated closely to the Bordi beach. Many tourists visit Bordi to play uninterrupted sports like beach side football, cricket and more! You can even visit the Dahanu fort, Asavali dam and a Jain temple, all these can be visited in a day-long trip.

Bordi is a perfect destination for leisurely strolls and is an ideal destination for a mini-vacation from Mumbai!

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#20 Nashik

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 167Kms.

 

When at Nashik prep up your adrenaline level, because there is so much to see and visit! Nashik is fondly known as the ‘Wine Capital of India’, and greets enormous number of tourists during the Sula wine festival.

Nashik is known for the Sula vineyards, and the Sula festival each year entertains a rising number of tourists! A famous and one of the most favourite spot among travel enthusiasts of Mumbai; Nashik is one of the run-to weekend getaways from Mumbai.

Apart from being known as the wine capital of India, Nashik also is recognized as the largest producer of onions and grapes. The Coin Museum is one of its kinds in the entire Asia and thus is a popular tourist spot.

Nashik has some not-so-popular destinations like the Stone museum or the Gargoti Museum, which remains untouched by mass tourism. The museum has a large collection of zeolites, which are similar to diamonds and other precious stones.

Visit Nashik during the Sula Festival to get the most out of it!

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#21 Nagaon Beach

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 97Kms.

One of the well-recognized crowd pleasing beaches in Alibaug, Nagaon is a hot favourite among many tourists wanting to indulge in weekend getaways from Mumbai! The beach is lined up with huge Casuarina trees, ensuring that it always remains an eye candy to the travel enthusiasts.

Whether you just want to stroll on the sandy beach or want to get lost amid the Casuarina trees, or just swim in the vast sea of fresh water, Nagaon lets you do it all. The vast beach is apt for the enormous mass of tourists that come visit Nagaon during weekends.

The beach is slowly turning to be more commercial, which adds more fun to the beach. Nagaon has seen a tremendous rise in the commercial area with things like water sports and the many farmstays around the beach.

Make the most of this beautiful beach, go make the most of Nagaon!

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#22 Raigad

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 112Kms.

Considering the fact that Raigad was the capital of the Maratha King Shivagi Maharaj, Raigad seems to have the most heroic history in Maharashtra. The Raigad fort is one of the favourite weekend getaways destination among the trekkers in Maharashtra.

Why?

Well, because it’s built on the Sahyadri Mountains at an altitude of 2700 feet above sea level. Not everyone is into climbing to the top, but everyone does want to enjoy the view from an eagle’s eye. The cable cars in Raigad are a boon to people who are not into adventure; others can enjoy their trip by climbing 1737 steps to be exact!

The view from top is picturesque and will leave you spell bound! The fort is not in its best conditions, and most of the fort’s interiors are in ruins now. Though, some of the structures are still clearly visible. The queen’s chambers, main palace, three watch towers, the market area, granaries, the public ‘durbar’ and an artificial lake are still quite intact.

Those interested in history are sure going to enjoy a visit to Raigad Fort!

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#23 Murud-Janjira Fort

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 158.7Kms.

Murud-Janjira is famous for being the hottest weekend getaways from Mumbai, and the Murud-Janjira fort which stands on an island bordering Murud. Murud is a coastal village in the Raigad district. Its major income is through tourism; thanks to the ancient Murud-Janjira fort.

Murud-Janjira fort has an interesting history, which along with the fort’s construction and architecture, is a major tourist attraction. Murud-Janjira is best visited in the months of October to May; the monsoon months make it difficult to travel to and fro from the fort.

Dotted with ancient forts and amazing beaches, Murud-Janjira is a proven panoramic hill station in Maharashtra. The panoramic view makes it a perfect destination to enjoy a picnic.

Thus, visit Murud-Janjira fort to feel closer to history.

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#24 Ratnagiri

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 335Kms.

We all are well aware of Ratnagiri!

Why?

The Mangoes!

The months of summer has seen the most tourist attraction in Ratnagiri than any other season.

One of the reasons for this is the Alphanso Mangoes of Ratnagiri.

Ratnagiri is one of the preferred destinations for mini-vacation in Maharashtra. The vast sahyadri ranges on its east is yet another reason for visiting Ratnagiri. It allows you to experience the wild life like no other region in Maharashtra.

There are many beaches positioned close to Ratnagiri such as, Ganpatipule Beach, Guhagar Beach, and Anjarle Beach. Thus, beach paramours will have enough to serve their plates with!

The Bhagwati fort or Ratnadurga is apt for a day tour with your family and friends. Ratnadurga Forts’ position at a height allows one to gaze at the vast horizon of the Arabian Sea. Visiting the lighthouse there will be the cherry on top of your day trip!

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#25 Pawna Lake

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 107.8Kms.

Pawna Lake came into existence after the great Pawna Dam was built. Pawna Lake is located closely to Maval in Maharashtra and is tucked away amidst the Sahyadri Ranges.

The lake, due to its beauty and serenity, is gaining a lot of attention from nature lovers and backpackers. It’s also suitable for camping and has seen a large number of campers enjoy their stay amidst the nature.

Thus, an ideal camping destination, this stunning lake along with the surrounding vicinity is known to conduct adventurous activities. When at Pawna Lake, you can indulge in activities like Parasailing, Boating, Kayaking, and Windsurfing.

Being a writer; boating is my absolute favourite!

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#26 Savarkut

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance from Mumbai : Around 130kms.

A quaint village in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Savarkut allures plenty of travel enthusiasts with its way too many adventurous offerings.

The place is a photographer’s heaven with it’s alluring and awe-inspiring beauty. Travellers are known to visit Savarkut for the adventurous activities and the appealing natural beauty.

Vaitarna River, which flows through this amazing villages, offers activities like Rappelling, White Water Rafting, Kayaking and a lot of other offbeat activities.

Go visit this hidden glory on the coming weekend!

Why?

Because, nature is at its best when untouched with human hands, and Savarkut has not seen enormous tourists mass yet!

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#27 Malshej Ghat

 Weekend getaways from Mumbai Distance From Mumbai: Around 127Kms.

Malshej Ghat is sure to stun you during the monsoon season. As you walk along the roads of this exquisite destination, the sound of raindrops turns into the most relaxing music you would ever hear!

Malshej Ghat- a nature lover’s dream destination, trekker’s delight, and heaven for peace seekers! Be it the forts, the waterfalls, the dense forests or the alluring lakes, Malshej Ghat has got it all for the adventure lovers!

This place has turned out to be a go to destination in all seasons and among people of all age groups. Talk about popularity! The orange-ish red Flamingoes take the beauty of Malshej Ghat to a whole new amazingly high level.

Just look at the Flamingoes!

You’ve to go!

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#28 Tarkarli

 

Weekend getaways from Mumbai

Distance From Mumbai: Around 546kms

Tarkarli is known for its serene beach, and adventurous water sports. Tarkarli is a coastal village situated in the Malvan region of Maharashtra; to be honest you need to take out 3 days to enjoy Tarkarli!

Tarkarli is also one of the preferred coastal village in Maharashtra for water sports. You can indulge in water sports like Scuba Diving, Boating, Snorkelling, Rafting, and even Dolphin-spotting. I remember we spotted 2 beautiful Dolphins on our visit to Tarkarli. It sure will leave you feeling happy and ecstatic that you took this vacation!

The best time to visit Tarkarli is from October to March; basically the winter months. This is because it gets way too hot during summer, and during monsoon you just can’t do any of the water sports. So, stick to winter-months!

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So, Don’t even dare to laze around on weekends!

They may sound comforting now, but the regret you’ll feel later will be tremendous!

So, just go for it man!

After all, why do you work those 5 days at office?

Of course, for the many weekend getaways from Mumbai!

And one more time: For the weekend getaway!

Don’t forget to share your memories in the comments below! I’m eager to listen to every experience you had on your weekend getaways from Mumbai!

And hey, don’t forget to check this out! Ciao!

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10 Inspirational Travel Quotes Which Will Incite you to travel!

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Don’t let dreams stay dreams!

Dream beyond the material world.
Dream of travelling.

Travelling is that one thing which will give you a happy memory to cherish, all your life.
It doesn’t matter where you go, how you go, with whom you go as long as you’re content on the go.

Let your heart open to the world full of mysteries, let your mind soak new experiences. Let yourself travel

These travel quotes will make you wonder, they will incite you to go where your heart wants to, beyond all odds.

#1 A journey without destination will make sure you reach where you belong.

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#2 A wonderful journey is calling, Pick up!

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#3 Who doesn’t like to get richer? 😉

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#4 Travel, for it gets you all that is good for you.

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#5 Let’s stop taking life so seriously… We all deserve to make the most of it.

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#6 Get off the shore!

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#7 Travel with the one you love, it will grow your relationship so much stronger.

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#8 Travel while there still a chance to, travel while you’re young and capable.

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#9 It doesn’t matter where you go as long as you go. :)

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#10 And remember, never stop exploring. The world has a lot to show, make sure you got the eye for it.

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I hope you’ll find the time to follow your dream destination.

Love, laugh, Travel!