We all crave for the Weekend. We wait to pack our bags and hit the road, to escape the city din and the bustling crowds. Come a long weekend, and we plan to make the most of it. This long weekend, try some of these less frequented destinations for a peaceful break from the city.
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Tucked in Karjat, and nestled along the banks of river Ulhas, the region has much to offer for all, trekkers, history buffs and nature lovers. You can trek up the Peth Fort, or visit the ancient Kondana caves. The chaitya caves with Buddhist and Jain viharas and sculptures afford a chance to time travel over a weekend.
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Set amid the picturesque views of the Western Ghats, Igatpuri is one of the most romantic getaways from Mumbai. The place is also ideal for quenching your thirst of trekking with amazing trails that ranges from moderate to fairly arduous. Igatpuri is also famed for the Vipassana meditation centre, where people from all corners of the country throngs to learn the art of meditation.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary
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Situated on the Mumbai-Goa highway, Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a lovely weekend getaway for the Mumbaikars. Perched over the breathtaking Sahyadri ranges, it’s is dense forest sprawled over an area of 4.8 sq km. More than 150 resident bird species and 37 types of avian migrants are seen here. It’s a charming picnic spot and ideal for trekking. So, pack your lenses, and enjoy some avid birding this weekend.
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With the gushing Kundalika River flowing by this little village, it offers a range of water sports. Its scenic landscape along with several waterfalls emerging from the surrounding mountains is idyllic for trekking and camping. So while Hrishikesh may be too distant for rafting over a weekend, this place is your salvation.
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The adventure seekers can head to this destination near the twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala. There are numerous paragliding points that offers the perfect conditions for thermal paragliding and soaring.The view from the peak is mesmerising as it overlooks the valleys of Sahyadri and the block mountain sides.
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Jawhar is a quaint little village near Mumbai that has deep-rooted cultural background and is home to the famous Warli tribes. Warli paintings, traditional art and craft has gained fame for its unique designs and illustrations. Apart from the rich heritage, the village is set amidst idyllic countryside with panoramic views and simple lifestyle.
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Besides the revered jyotirlinga temple, Bhimashankar has a thriving wildlife reserve. It is a perfect getaway with lush green landscapes and calm surrounding. The giant squirrels abounding in the region make stay more enjoyable.
These destinations afford a great escape for all kinds of travellers over a weekend.
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