If you’ve hit the road once, you would definitely want to hit it again. If not, then you probably didn’t hit it hard enough.
For those born with a love for roads, monsoons are the most awaited of all seasons. Be it trekking a king’s fort or driving down a lush green boulevard, they are ever ready to extend the horizon of their travel a little further. Given here are a few infamous and unexplored weekend getaways around Mumbai that would make any adventure seeker go weak in the knees.
Kaas: The rainbow labyrinth
The otherwise shiny city lights sometimes leave you for good, wanting for more. At such a time, the right thing to do is drive to the Kaas Plateau or the “valley of flowers”. Starting from July till the end of September, this place is nothing short of a palette of beautifully colored flowers. Trekking through the plateau or just putting your bags down and lazying around, you can choose whichever at your leisure.
Tarkarli: Just as twisted as it gets
Be it passing through the meditative corals or watching the flamingoes fly by, this virgin beach of Maharashtra has all that it takes to get you some time off and contemplate. Tarkarli with its location is sure to surprise you at every turn. You can take a stroll to the nearby Navati fort or spend your time white water rafting. And if the underwater world has always excited you, just plunge in even if you are a rookie because the trained scuba divers and snorkelers will make sure that you get your taste of adventure without getting too lost!
Dudhsagar Falls: Up above the world so high
If the sound of water, the dark of the forest, and the height of the (water)fall don’t bother you, then Dudhsagar Falls is the place to be. The waterfall, India’s third tallest, makes you feel just so tiny if you stand right at the foot of the fall and look up. Set against a green and blue backdrop, the sharp contrast of milky white water flowing from the Mandovi river makes every bit of your travel worth it. Monsoons further enhance the uneclipsed vision of this native waterfall plunging crags and stupendous steeps.
Harishchandra Fort: It’s all in the name
When something as amazing as an ancient, three-and-a-half pillared temple awaits you 3500 feet above ground level, you should simply go. Living that moment of half seeing the place from the foothill and then fully soaking in the beauty once you have reached the top is something you know only when you experience it. Such is the beauty of Harsichandra Fort that leaves you panting and wonder struck. And if these are not enough for you, be prepared to let your heart melt away for when you have wrappled your way down, you will find yourself comfortably seated in the house of one of the localites, probably eating the best home cooked Maharashtrian meal you’ve had in ages. These folks insist on playing host to the visitors.
Chikhaldara: Here every stone has a history
A hill station based in the Amravati district, Chikhaldara is known for its historical references in the Mahabharata. Rich in cultural heritage, Gavilgad fort is its most famous destination. Right from troops to canons and gold coins, the images engraved on the walls leave you overwhelmed. Today, while the origins of the fort are disputed, what is affirm is the fort’s testament to the sheer doggedness of man that makes you go forth and explore.
So now that you have an amazing list of getaways to turn any mundane monsoon weekend into a super weekend, what are you waiting for? Just get your gears ready and hit the road!
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