Mumbai may be a city of dreams but life in the metro can be spectacularly hectic and the weekend often comes as a welcome relief from 14-hour work days. With monsoon having finally arrived in the state, now seems as good a time like any other to head out of the city for a quick break.
For breathtaking views and scenic trekking trails, head up to this idyllic destination in the Sahyadri Hills. Roaring waterfalls, lush green paddy fields and the kind of weather thatll instantly calm you down, Bhandardara offers everything you can ask from a two-day break and more.
Nestled among forests in the Western Sahyadris, Durshet is known for its greenery, waterfalls and scenic vistas. It is a favourite for monsoon travel as it provides the best view of the mountain passes, gushing waterfalls and freely-flowing rivers. Durshet also offers opportunities for adventure sports activities, which means whether you want to sit back and relax or be out and about, Durshet is a great place to be at.
Also nestled in the Western Sahyadris, Malshej is arguably the best destination for the outdoor enthusiast. With gushing waterfalls, numerous trekking trains and the sight of pink flamingos swooping here between July and September, Malshej is without a doubt a paradise just a stones throw away from Mumbai.
Just a little over 100 km from Mumbai, Rajmachi is a hamlet whose fortification is home to two forts — Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. Rajmachi is most famous for its trekking route that is one of the most picturesque ones in the state.
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Over the years, Kolad has emerged as a popular river rafting destination in the state. Located about 120 km from Mumbai, Kolad offers several water sports and camping opportunities. All you need is an enthusiastic group of friends and youre sorted.
Home to one of the strongest marine forts of India, Murud-Janjira with its glittering sandy coastline and villages hemmed with coconut groves, is one of the most frequented getaways from Mumbai. Located just a little over 150 km from the city, Murud-Janjiras main attraction is the fort that remains out of bounds for most of the rainy season. But if you dont mind a laidback vacation that involves some great seafood and some long walks on the beach, Murud-Janjira is the place to visit this monsoon.
Harihareshwar has earned the sobriquet of Kashi of the South thanks to its temple dedicated to Shiva. Located in Raigad, Harihareshwar is a popbual beach town that is perfect for those looking spiritual relief and a beach holiday too. Nselted near the mountains of the Western Ghats, the black sandy beach at Harihareshwar isnt very crowded mainly because Harihareshwar has escaped rampant commercialization.
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