Long weekend breaks from Mumbai

 

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Thinking of places to spend the long weekend? We list five places from Mumbai to enjoy your weekend break.

Diu

A former Portuguese colony, Diu was an important trading post during colonial times. The 38.8 sq m island was ruled by Portuguese for more than 400 years. Diu Fort is the main attraction among the Portugese structures. Do check out St. Paul Church, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas Church too. Nagoa and Ghoghla beaches offer water sports activities.

Vadodara

Cultural capital of Gujarat, Vadodara was the capital of the princely state of Baroda. Baroda state was one of the largest and richest princely states. No wonder then that Vadodara boasts of several palaces, notable among them being Laxmi Vilas and the Nazarpabaug Palace.

 

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Lakshmi Vilas Palace is the largest private residence in the world and bigger than the Buckingham Palace. The Fateh Singh Museum within the Laxmi Vilas Palace houses paintings by Raja Ravi Varma.

Saputara

The only hill station in Gujarat, Saputara enjoys cool climate throughout the year. Blessed with natural beauty and bio-diversity and has much to offer in the form of gardens, parks and sanctuaries. Minimally commercialized and still unspoiled, the hills and forests around Saputara are ideal for trekking.

Bhandardara

A charming hill station, it comes alive during monsoon. It is an excellent place for trekkers. The entire region is known for its wildlife and the forests shelter many mammals and birds. Arthur Lake and Wilson Dam are the most famous tourist attractions at Bhandardara.

 

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Alibaug

The favourite weekend beach destination for residents of Mumbai, Alibag was an important naval base since the times of Maratha King Shivaji. There is nothing much to do in Alibag except stroll down the beach, take a dip in the sea, enjoy fresh catch from the sea or guzzle on tender coconuts. If you are game for travel, drive down the road to Murud Janjira or visit the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary.