There are tons of places you can get away to from Mumbai when the hectic lifestyle starts to take a toll on you. It resets, re-centers and rejuvenates you; small trips in-between a busy schedule. It gives the luxury of taking out time for yourself, to indulge in that leisurely swim or go on that lovely afternoon walk with your loved one.

And these places don’t necessarily have to be hills and beaches. If you’ve exhausted your list of Alibaug, Lonavala, Kamshet, Karjat, Matheran and such like, don’t be disappointed.

You could always go to the lesser known beaches a little far away or probably to urban cities that are easily accessible. Here are some places you could consider visiting the next time you want to get away from the city to relax as well as have some fun:

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad

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A legacy of empires, Gujarat’s major city grows on you. It can overwhelm you with its wealth of architecture – from centuries-old mosques and mausoleums to cutting-edge contemporary design, there’s nothing that the city doesn’t have built on it. On the other hand, there’s the fascinating maze of an old quarter, excellent museums for the history enthusiast, fine restaurants for the gourmet lover, a bustling street-food scene for the foodie’s in general and also the tranquility of the Sabarmati Ashram (Gandhi’s former headquarters).

Panjim

Church in Panjim

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Goa’s capital city Panjim exudes a one-of-a-kind, old-world charm – be it a glorious whitewashed church looking over the animated city, a broad leafy boulevards with colourful houses on the sides, artsy boutiques, old-school bookshops, Mandovi river and of course the backstreet bars. But what takes the cake are the narrow streets of the old Latin Quarter. Nowhere is the Portuguese influence felt more strongly than here.

Kaas Plateau

The Kaas Plateau in the Satara district of Maharashtra is often referred to as the Plateau of Flowers. If you’re in Panchgani, it’ll take only 3-4 hours for you to get there. It’s especially nice in October, when after the monsoons, it’s entirely the entire plateau covered in a verdant carpet of greenery, embellished by thousands of tiny pink and white flowers.

Pune

The city is nice and pleasant no matter when you visit, making it a great place for some unwinding. A thriving, vibrant metropolis, Pune is synonymous with academia and business epitomising ‘New India’. It is also a baffling mix of capitalism and spiritualism but it’s the pleasant co-existence of the old and the new that makes it a worth-while place to explore. Special mention for the infamous ashram known as the Osho International Meditation Resort. A cup of coffee in the German bakery is also highly recommended. 

Diveagar

A nondescript village in the interiors of Maharashtra; it shot to fame after an 80-year-old woman discovered a gold idol of Lord Ganesha in her farm.  Apart from the temple in Diveagar, the beach is a prime attraction because of its non-commercial nature. The getaway might turn into a rejuvenating holiday.