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Things One Needs to Know Before Visiting Bali!

Most of you know that I’m visiting Bali on 17th of July. How? Because I’m pretty vocal about it on my Instagram stories. Hm. That being said, visiting Bali, Indonesia will be my 1st international trip ever!

I’ve travelled exceptionally well within India, but going international is a virgin territory and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve always taken life head on and have barely researched before jumping in a situation. Not a great trait, I agree. But that’s me. Bali, for an extremely strange reason was an exception and I went ahead and read a lot about the place. I also happened to ask some of my friends who have already visited this beautiful destination and were kind enough to guide me.

With such ground breaking thorough research, I’ve become an expert and have managed to type down few things one needs to know before visiting Bali.

N˚1 Busy is the 2nd word for Bali

 

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As the number of people visiting Bali has gone up, Bali is bursting at the seams. Bali is the busiest during the peak season, i.e, July, August and September. Thus, if you’re visiting Bali during this time, well get ready to find yourself amid a crowd. The best way to visiting Bali during the peak season is to book your stay and restaurants in advance, or be prepared to shell out more than required.

 

N˚2 Bali’s real beauty is their local life

 

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Kuta attracts a lot of tourists but the real Balinese experience comes from the rural parts of this island. Want more than burgers and booze, then living the local life in Bali is the way to go.

 

N˚3 Traffic is crazy

 

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So they say. Traffic in Bali can make you pull your hair out. The motorists and crazy / confusing rules can ridiculously increase the travel time in Bali. Thus, when in Bali, travel smart and be safe.

 

N˚4 Get ’em Massages!

 

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You don’t wanna miss out on Balinese massages. It will be a waste of a trip if you do. You can get a 90 minute high class massage with kick ass view for as low as $30! And hey, when in Bali, you deserve the rejuvenation. 😉

 

N˚5 No matter what’s your Budget, Bali is apt!

 

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Bali can be a well within the budget holiday, but don’t be shocked if you spend more than you anticipated. Bali boasts luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants and exclusive bars, which you seldom can say no to. So, get ready to spend more than you planned!

N˚6 Say yes to private drivers

 

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Exploring the streets of Bali is best done on a scooty as you can zip through the traffic. But if scooty is not an option for you, then let the private drivers of Bali pamper you. Hiring a private driver will ensure you get to see the lesser-visited tourist spots in Bali.

 

Now that you have your things that you need to know before visiting Bali, go book your tickets! 😛

*Continues packing bags*

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3 trips that can still spark your Republic Day weekend!

The first long weekend of the year is here (not technically a long weekend), and you have to set it on fire to get 2017 rolling!

The 3 trips below will help you spark your Republic Day weekend with ease. Note: No matter where you go, don’t forget to celebrate our Republic Day, and be proud of our beautiful nation!

So, buckle up, some quick decisions are to be taken.

 

Mussoorie

 

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A hill station in Dehradun District of Uttarakhand, known for its beautiful cloudy weather. Ideally, 2 to 3 days are enough to get the most out of Mussoorie. Here’s everything you need to know about Mussoorie –

Mumbai to Dehradun flight duration: Approx 3hrs | Flight cost: Around INR 10K – Return

Where to stay: JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa | Room Charges: INR 14K starting (Available on 26th Jan)

What to do once in Mussoorie: Visit Kempti falls, Bhatta falls, and Camel’s Back Rock. Treat your adrenaline rush at Mussoorie Adventure Park. Take in the panoramic view from Gun hill, and The Mall.  

Plan of action: 26th Jan – Leave for Mussoorie. 26th Jan to 28th Jan – Take in the best Mussoorie has to offer. 29th Jan – Return back to reality!

 

Jaipur

 

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Enthralling, historical Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Want to give a royal start to 2017? Jaipur is your answer!

Mumbai to Jaipur flight duration: Approx 2hrs | Flight cost: Around INR 9K – Return

Where to stay: The Lalit  Room Charges: INR 10K starting (Prices are subject to change)

What to do once in Jaipur: Visit City Palace, Amber fort, and Hawa Mahal to experience a sea of palace windows. Get an eyeful of Jaipur from Iswari Minar Swarga Sal, and Nahargarh.

Plan of action: 26th Jan – Catch a flight for Jaipur. 26th Jan to 28th Jan – Take in the beauty of the beautiful forts of Jaipur. 29th Jan – Back to the bay!

 

Gulmarg

 

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A hill station in Srinagar known as an alluring ski destination. Visit Gulmarg to find heaven on earth, and to experience magic f2f!

Mumbai to Srinagar flight duration: Approx 4hrs | Flight cost: Around INR 16K – Return

Where to stay: The Khyber  Room Charges: INR 20K starting (Limited rooms available)

What to do once in Gulmarg: Take in the beautiful view Gulmarg has to offer in cable car at Gulmarg Gondola, ski on the snow capped mountains , relax by the majestic Alpather lake, and trek on Khilanmarg.

Plan of action: 26th Jan – Catch a flight for Srinagar. 26th Jan to 28th Jan – Let the beauty of Gulmarg astonish you at every moment. 29th Jan – Come back with a bunch of stories to tell.

 

Did any of these places ignite the travel junkie bulb in you? Don’t think much, just go for it.

The final experience will be worth every penny spent, and the stories will last the entire year.

So, where are you going this Republic Day weekend?

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14 Indian Destinations on my to-explore list!

I love India! I’ve fallen in love with every Indian destination I’ve visited so far. Not many, but enough to make me fall in love with my country.

Like any other traveller, I also have an extremely vast to-explore list. It’s so vast, that I fear I won’t tick off every destination. Anyhow, along with the frenzy international destinations, my list also has amazing Indian places the traveller in my craves to visit. Because, I still remember the vast tea gardens in Darjeeling, the sunflower fields in Punjab, and the gorgeous snow in Kashmir. This assure me there’s more to what’s been shared about India, there’s more than what meets their eyes!

And thus, I’ve this exclusive list of destinations I want to visit in India. Read on to know why their significance on making to the list-

 

Lachen

 

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The simple, and serene beauty of this place is why I crave to visit Lachen the most. I have this intuition that I will either fall in love with Lachen, or fall in love with life on my visit to this heavenly place. You know what I mean?

 

Leh-Ladakh

 

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I have to go here! I envy people who have been to Leh Ladakh. I listen to their Leh stories like a 2 year old excited about her first story! I’m damn sure the snow laden mountains, crystal clear water, and the fresh cold wind at Leh Ladakh will put all my life’s puzzle back together.

 

Kerala

 

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Because what is prettier than tall coconut trees, boats and backwaters? (Snow, but never mind :P) There is a reason why Kerala’s called ‘God’s own country’, and nothing speaks better than experience. Get it?

 

Madhya Pradesh

 

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Safari. No other reason. I want to go on Kanha Safari so bad!

 

Himalayas

 

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A girl loves mountains. A girl loves snow laden mountains more!

 

Dalhousie

 

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Dalhousie is pretty well known for its pleasant climate, and natural beauty. I don’t see any reason to not visit this beautiful indian destination. I could settle down here…for like a month. :)

 

Jaipur

 

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For all the alluring forts, and to discover why is it called the pink city. Do you know why?

 

Shimla

 

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I wanna visit everywhere it snows, and I cannot imagine skipping Shimla. Plus, I really really want to travel in that train reading my favourite series – Harry Potter. Because, what is life if not a little bit filmy?

 

Darjeeling

 

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Oh my! I have been to Darjeeling before, and such pleasant memories this place has to offer. I could visit this indian destination every other year just to bring some love and freshness right back in my life. I absolutely, irrevocably love Darjeeling.

 

Pondicherry

 

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This indian destination is on my list for I can imagine me and my sisters fooling around the beaches, gossiping, and enjoying our love-hate relationship to its best. So, yeah for a quick getaway with my sisters!

 

Munnar

 

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I really want to take a solo trip in life, and I want to go nowhere but Munnar. I want to sit on top of a hill and just ponder over life, and being alive in general. No extraordinary dreams.

 

Nainital

 

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Because look at it. Doesn’t it look like the perfect place for a picnic. Told you, no extraordinary dreams. Just the regular human-y dreams.

 

Shillong

 

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See the 3 kids in the pic? Well, I would love for them to be me, my brother, and my sister! Just being our silly selfs in Shillong will be one hell of a memory to share with our respective kids later in our life. Okay, too much na?

 

Rishikesh

 

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I’ve high expectations from Rishikesh. I want it to show me who I am. Too much to ask? I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

 

So, this is my to-explore list in India, hoping to cross off 1-2 destinations this year. There’s more to this list, but for now these Indian destinations are on priority.

What’s your travel plan for 2017, and the absolute silly reason behind it? Do keep us posted!

Love & happiness…always!

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3 Extraordinary Weekend Ideas to Spruce it up for you!

Is there anything as important as weekends? Not in my world!

For professionals like me, working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, weekend turns out to be the closest I could get to heaven! With so much of importance given to the weekends how do you often enjoy them? Lazing on the couch, I assume?

We all have limited weekends granted to us in our lives, the challenge is how do we make these to be extraordinary weekends? Just like you, even I faced the challenge of how to turn my lame weekends in to extraordinary weekends?

What can I do?

While looking for answers, I came across an extremely effective program by my bank. It included privileges like none other. It included luxury travel, food, experiences, and much more.

The minute I came across this Axis Bank initiative – #AxisReserve, I had to apply!

You can now make your weekends memorable with exclusive benefits & handpicked experiences curated for a privileged few – with your Axis Bank Credit & Debit Card*.

Now that we have backing of such a great initiative, here are 4 extraordinary weekend ideas to spruce it up for you:

1. A Family Getaway

 

There’s nothing as refreshing as a family getaway, and Axis Bank understands just that! Axis bank along with #AxisReserve pledges to bring exquisite vacations for family getaways. Know more here.

 

2. An exquisite meal with a special someone

 

Be it a dinner date with someone special, or a celebration meal. Axis bank is deemed on making every experience luxurious. Experience the best there is to luxurious dining with Axis Bank here.

 

3. An unforgettable experience with your friends

 

From surfing, to sailing, playing Golf, or table tennis, #AxisReserve ensures you live unforgettable experiences with your friends. What more could we ask off a weekend, innit?

 

If you too want to be part of such exclusive events, you have to possess Axis Bank’s ultra-premium card – The Reserve. The Reserve is a by invite only card that has a sign-up fee of INR 30K and annual maintenance of INR 30K. You can check out the benefits here.

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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

 

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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

 

Prithvi Theatre

 

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

 

Maratha Mandir

 

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

 

Borivali National Park

 

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

 

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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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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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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!