Mumbaikars have been eagerly waiting the monsoon season and it has certainly arrived. The city has received lashing rains, the occasional floods and an almost constant state of cloudiness.
It seems always full of dirt and puddles and commuting will be a problem as no amount of rain gear helps to keep dry. However, all this is forgotten when you're decided to step out of the city and you realise there is another side to this inconvenient weather and really begin to enjoy the monsoon.
Where does one go to enjoy this season and reveal in its natural beauty without having to fight the throngs of people and traffic? Here are two ideas -
Malhar Machi - This 3 year old resort in Mulshi Pune is fast becoming a popular retreat for many city slickers. The location and proximity to the city makes it ideal and the novelty of a new place is always attractive. Malhar Machi is a beautiful property with its scenic view, large relaxing swimming pool and a number of indoor games and activities to keep anyone occupied specially children.
The cottages are rustic with hard wooden flooring and four poster beds but fully equipped with modern necessities like flat screen tvs with cable and mosquito nets! With good food, polite service and a killer view Malhar Machi makes a great holiday retreat and the monsoon weather only adding to its natural beauty.
Hidden Village - True to its name, Hidden Village is tucked away off the Mumbai- Nasik highway on a road leading to Sakhori Village. Hidden in a sea of green foliage this is an excellent retreat to hide away from the city. Starkly different from Malhar Machi, this getaway is exactly as described on the website – ‘a fusion between farmhouse and jungle village living with necessary homely comforts.’
Cottages and tents are under a canopy of tall leafy trees and with ducks chickens and geese wandering freely you really feel like you're in a village in the middle of nowhere. You could opt for a basic tent or a luxury one or even opt for a cottage. Meals are local fare and served at the main dining area and are simple but tasty. With a gaming activities, a swimming pool and endless walking tracks to explore this makes for a wonderful monsoon getaway.
By - Roxanne Bamboatt
Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time !
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