Relish The Beauty Of Nature! An Untouched Heaven Just Hours Away From Mumbai!
Life in India’s largest metropolitan, Mumbai, is electrifying, exciting and ever dynamic. However, there are often times when the hustle and bustle of big city life can get to you. Weekend Getaways are the perfect solution for this – a quick escape to unwind, and you’re back to work refreshed on Monday! The idea of weekend getaways has grown in India with families, friends, couples spending all their time discussing how they can make most of it! Here is a quick guide to spending a memorable weekend:
Bird Watching Tour:
Mumbai is a surprising mix of concrete with small oases of untouched nature, and a total bird lover’s paradise. A great example is a walking trail to Bhopar, near Thane. The pristine village is a mixture of forest, grassland and wetland, and remains an untouched beauty where you find innumerable varieties of birds. The guides here will help you soon learn how to identify the birds, as you relax amidst the trees.
With the long weekends approaching, sit in open-top jeeps through lush green forests, take a leisurely boat ride down a river at dusk or meditate in the perfect silence of the breaking dawn. The forest offers you a place to let the greenery and birdsong leech the stress from your body. You can explore such weekend experiences in Satpura Tiger Reserve. Lucky ones can spot leopards, bears, giant squirrels and migratory birds.
Visit a luxury resort and pamper yourself with spas and treatments that help rejuvenate and relax you. A destination like Mulshi, whose crystalline land has healing powers is one of the best locations to do this. Since it is in the lap of Sahyadri ranges, it also enjoys a large number of luxury resorts!
Take a Trek:
Trekking is an adventure that begins in the mind. Know your own strengths and weakness. For beginner’s, locations like Matheran or Sanjay Gandhi National Park are ideal, however, an amateur can go to Lonavala or Panchgani which are a breath of fresh air once you gain a little altitude and are surrounded by greenery.
If you don’t want to leave the city, you can spend hours exploring its heritage and evolution. Do a little research about notable heritage sites and wait for a weekend. Turn on Google maps, plug in a power bank and start walking! Heritage walks help you to understand the history behind things that have stood for hundreds of years, and also help you learn about your roots.
The weather is so perfect right now that I would recommend Safaris and Bird watching as something to do over weekends. Gear up and create memories.
Inputs by Saee Gundawar, Naturalist at Forsyth Lodge, Luxury Jungle Lodge.