As the City life is getting more and more demanding, weekend getaways are getting more popular day by day. City Dweller’s want to move out at every possible opportunity and they spend the weekend relaxing at a nearby destination. There are several destinations around Mumbai and Delhi which are known for their splendid beauty.
Today’s demands of city lifestyle and families / friends spread across several places, they don’t spend much time tighter. The shared experience of travel brings people together. A family getaway, a romantic trip, or long weekend with the girls or guys can strengthen bonds. Couples too need to bond with each other away from home and work. A few off beaten Weekend getaways near Mumbai
Jawahar Hill Station
Jawahar (180 kms from Mumbai) is amongst the least known hill stations near Mumbai, it has picturesque waterfalls, scenic views and a unique tribal flavor to it. Jai Vilas palace is the palace of erstwhile tribal kings and located in Jawahar. One can witness the tribal culture and learn or witness the famous tribal art of Warli painting in and around Jawahar.
Harnai-Anjarle (238 kms from Mumbai) is one more off beaten place near Mumbai and no one talks about the serene beaches of Harnai-Anjarle. Relax at the quiet beaches here and stay away from crowds. There is a Sea Fort and an ancient Ganesh Temple and plenty of mouth watering local food available here. One can also take a sea excursion and spot dolphins. Fish auctions are interesting and worth a site.
Meteor impact crater at Lonar, Maharashtra
Lonar Crater is the world’s third largest crater and is said to have been formed by the impact of Meteorite 50,000 years ago. Lonar can be clubbed with a weekend at Aurangabad exploring the Ajanta and Ellora Caves. The meteor crater rim is around 1.8 kms in diameter. The trek down to the lake to solve the mystery of perennially full lake in dry Buldhana district of Maharashtra.
A few Off beaten Weekend getaways near Delhi
Old-world charm of ‘Diwankhana’ drawing room at heritage hotel Castle Mandawa
Mandawa (257 kms from Delhi) was founded in the 18th century and the town was basically inhabited by the rich merchant families. The historic and heritage charm of the place and amazing haveli’s attract visitors. One must stay in one of the Heritage haveli’s to experience the true charm of Mandawa. During a visit to Mandawa, one must visit some of the beautiful haveli’s and the local market.
Paragliding In Naukuchiatal
Naukuchiatal (320 kms from Delhi) means ‘lake of nine corners is a small hill station in Nainital district. The lake is 175 feet deep and is situated at 1220 metres above sea level. The beauty of this place is to die for. The quaint little town has amazing weather. The place is surrounded by hills and covered with trees and shrubs. It is deepest of all lakes in Nainital district. Naukuchiatal is also famous for ‘escape festival’ which happens once a year (In May).
This temple was constructed by the Chand Rajas, who had once their summer capital at Binsar.
Binsar (380 kms from Delhi), once the empire of Chand Kings of 7th century, Binsar today has a beautiful forest and bird sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise and boasts over 200 species of birds along with various reptiles, you can enjoy a complete 360 degree view of the Nanda Debi, Kedarnath, Shivling and Trishul peaks from the heart of the sanctuary.
Jay Kantawala, Founder of WIYO travel said, today weekend traveller’s in metro cities are increasing day by day and regular weekend places are getting extremely crowded, we suggest that one visits the lesser known getaways rather then regular weekend places to have a better weekend experience.