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Indian weddings are one of the biggest celebrations and preparations begin months in advance. And what immediately follows the wedding is the honeymoon trip that too needs careful planning. However, if you were too busy planning the wedding that you did not get much time to plan your honeymoon, we have some quick getaways for the two of you from Mumbai. Even though Mumbai being a metro city has flights to different parts of the world, if you are looking for something close home that makes for a romantic drive and a great stay away from the maddening city life, here are a few options you can consider for a honeymoon trip from Mumbai. Also Read - World Environment Day 2020: From Planting Trees to Controlling Industrial Waste, 5 Things One Should Continue Doing Post Lockdown Period
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One of the best things about living in Mumbai is that it is very close to the beach state of Goa. If you are a couple that loves going on road trips, make your honeymoon a little different by ditching the flight and hitting the road. Make sure you have a great playlist to listen to for your journey. A road trip to Goa will give you ample time to get to know each other and talk about different things under the sun.
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Start early morning so that you can reach Goa by evening for dinner. If you want to experience Goas nightlife, north Goa is where you should be and if you prefer privacy and seclusion, go to south Goa where you will find several resorts with private beach.
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The distance between Mumbai and Goa is about 591 km and it will take you approximately 10 hours to drive down. If you prefer being driven, you can even hire a car with a driver. The flight duration is barely 45 minutes or you can also consider taking overnight bus journey or the train. The train route is indeed very scenic so it is better to book a train that leaves in the morning.
A stretch of winding roads via ghats lead you to one of Maharashtras most popular hill station Mahabaleshwar. Famous for its strawberries that are grown in abundance here on a small as well as large scale, Mahabaleshwar is a breath of fresh air away from pollution of the city. The hill station is 263 km away and will take you close to five hours to reach from Mumbai.
When here, you can do several things like going boating in Venna Lake, visiting strawberry farms and eating the fresh produce, going for sightseeing and enjoying the pleasant weather. Mahabaleshwar offers majestic views of the hills surrounding it and has several points like Echo Point, Table Land, Arthurs Seat, Wilson Point, etc. A visit to Mapro Gardens is a must when here. You can enjoy a hearty breakfast or evening snacks here and also gorge on strawberry and fresh cream.
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Mahabaleshwar has all kinds of accommodation options that range from budget to luxury properties. Some top recommendations to stay include Brightland Resort & Spa (02168 260700), Le Meridien Resort & Spa (02168 262222) and Valley View Resort (02168 260069).
Lavasa is Indias first planned hill station and is very close to Mumbai. It makes for a nice, long drive and the resulting destination is a also a beautiful one. Lavasa is perfect for honeymooners who want to spend a few days away from the city life and gaze out of their window at a nice view. Lavasa is ideal for those looking for some adventure activities as well as couples who want a relaxing honeymoon.
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There are four to five resorts in Lavasa and you can choose to stay in the one that best suits your requirements. The promenade in Lavasa is where all the action is. If you want to be in the centre of it all, The Waterfront Shaw (020 66541414) is for you. A little away is Fortune Select Dasve (020 67904444) which has amazing buffet breakfast and is walking distance from the promenade. But if you are looking for more seclusion, opt to stay at Ekaant the Retreat (020 67983000). It is right on the top and offers panoramic views of the hill station.
Activities that you can try at Lavasa range from zip-lining, Segway, jet-skiing to trekking and more. If you both are foodies, there are enough places to satisfy your taste buds with different cuisines. Lavasa is 188 km away from Mumbai and it will take you three hours 45 minutes to drive down.
Indias wine capital, Nashik is also driving distance away from Mumbai. It is home to a number of vineyards that attract the young, urban crowd including honeymooners. Nashik is known for its amazing weather especially in the winter when it is one of the coldest regions in Maharashtra. If you cannot head north, head to Nashik and get a chance to flaunt your winter wear. Stay in one of the vineyards that have their own resorts or in any hotel close to the vineyard. Go for a wine tour where you can learn how different wines are made and processed from grape to the bottle. Sit down with a glass and enjoy the view and your company as the wine sets you in a romantic high.
Even though these vineyards have put Nashik on the tourist map, there is more to Nashik than just wine. Its natural beauty and pleasant climate are reason enough to flock to this place for your honeymoon. Many pilgrims too visit Nashik and its surrounding areas to pay their respects at the various temples here.
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Nashik is 168 km away from Mumbai and the drive is a little over three hours from the city. It is better to take your own vehicle when traveling to Nashik as the public transport system is not in place and you will have trouble going from one place to the other for sightseeing.
A sleepy beach town very close to Mumbai, Alibaug is one of the oldest weekend getaways for Mumbaikars. Several high-profile people have their holiday homes here thanks to the lazy vibe it has that is very distinct from the crazy Mumbai energy. Alibaug is perfect for those looking for a romantic, do-nothing honeymoon that is simply for relaxation and getting to know each other.
Take romantic walks on the beach, sip cocktails, go for a swim in your resort or take a dip in the waters. After the hectic few days of the wedding, you can unwind at Alibaug. There are hotels and resorts as well as homestays and guest houses in Alibaug. Dewdrop Retreat (02141 220160), U Tropicana (02141 232143) and Radisson Blu Resort & Spa (02141 302400) are some of the best luxury resorts in Alibaug.
You can reach Alibaug by driving down in your car as it is 92 km away and you can cover the distance in less than three hours or you can even take a ferry ride from Gateway of India which takes less than an hour and is available regularly throughout the day.
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