Speed, another name for the Mumbai city. The city whose human does have a heart, but seldom get the chance to explore what it loves as it is engraved in the concrete world. And it is quite a sin scenario if asked them to spare even 6 hours of leisure, so they just hung around the overcrowded Marine drive, Juhu beach and other hotspots of Mumbai and compromise with their needs of freshness and open sky. Another reason is less awareness of the places or even when one knows, lack of accessibility leads them to the resorts of Matheran or Lonavala. So in order to let your breather be an actual refreshing one, where you get to breathe in a new place, soak in the fresh air of a different place or in a different way, here are some suggestions you can consider:
Don’t have time in hand and just got a mere weekend? If this is what comes between your longing desire to explore something new, we have got a solution for you. You might have witnessed the nightlife of Mumbai with a long drive, but this time, pick a cycle and explore the city in a new way. Midnight cycling is one rising activity in the city which lets you witness the same traffic streets and lanes in a melodious and soothing style. And what better way than to explore and pedal down the city of dreams while half of the crowd is dreaming? There are many cycling events in Mumbai that are organized, but the midnight cycling in Mumbai offers you the best of the city as you also see the night turn into dawn.
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A vivid nature lover often has the desire to dedicate some of his time with nature, but either the demanding life often pushes it back or he doesn’t find a fulfilling destination in the concrete city. But there are certain whose peaks and forts who call them, all they have to do is find where they reside and scale those mountains.
Built by Shivaji, Rajmachi fort is not only a historic fort but also a place which is rich in flora. It is one if the fort and thus, flocks of people completing the Rajmachi fort trek. The trek is a two day, one night adventure, perfect for the weekend and is a great choice for beginners and moderate trekkers. What makes the trek even more interesting, covering both the way, Karjat and Lonavala by covers Rajmachi night trek as you get to ascend from Lonavala and descend from Karjat.
Dwelling near Lonavala, Lohagad fort is another majestic and popular fort of the Maratha Empire. Lohagad trekking is an adventure which makes people adore and take notice of the rich ancestry of the nation. Lohagad fort trek is a one day trek as it is closer to Lonavala, the place most of the Mumbaikar spend their holidays on several occasions. It can also be considered by the Punekars as the distance between Lohagad fort- Pune is 52 km.
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Time travel to the previous 2000 years as Mahuli fort is all about its vintage charm and tales. The Mahuli fort trek can be kick-started from 5kms of Asangaon, Shahpur region where you scale up for 3-4 hours and descend within 2-3 hours. This trek is perfect, even if you just have one day in hand as you will be back home with the stunning views carved in your mind and endless memories by 9:30 pm. The Mahuli trek lets you explore lush green forests and caves which exists prior to 1485 era.
Harishchandragad trek is a journey in every trekker’s list and how will it not be? The trek serves you with the insight of 11th-century old caves and a fort that kings fought for. The Harishchandragad trek routes from Kasara at night where you reach the Pachnai village and reach the base camp in the early morning after which you start ascending towards the fort via Pachnai route. What makes the journey even more memorable is that you get to spend the night in the caves.
If you hail from Pune, you must be well aware of the Tikona trek. The Tikona Fort trek is another one day trek known for its unique triangular structure. The fort is dwelled amidst the greens and to witness the Sahyadri ranges in the blanket of lush forest and the Pawna dam on the other side are a pure visual treat.
Trek to Sandhan Valley is all about walking through the crust of the earth as you are exploring the greatest canyon of the Sahyadri ranges. Almost 200 feet deep and two km long, it is a perfect activity for an outdoor workout as you chase the mighty (quite literally as you go steep) rocks. But all of this is worth when you get to see the magnificent views of the deep valleys and high cliffs. To make the most, you can spend two nights and experience the feeling of being amidst the valley and twinkling stars above. The Sandhan Valley trek is one of the difficult treks, but worth the adventure.
The name, Dudhsagar waterfalls in goa itself is enough to make your heart go mesmerized. Quite a popular destination for films, Dudhsagar waterfall trek lets you see the high falls and milky layers of the waterfall, a view straight out of the dreams. The best part is that beauty is witnessed within a day’s time, need any more reason to not scale the paradise?
Author: Radhika Shah
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