Pakodas and chai are great during the monsoons, but if a little more to make the most of the rainy season, here are five destinations near the city that are certain to sweep you off your feet:
Located a little over 150 kilometres from Mumbai, Malshej Ghat is perfect for bird watching, treks, rock climbing and basking in the beauty of nature. The hill station boasts the sort of flora and fauna that were created just to take your breath away. A ride on your motorbike itself will offer plenty of scenic views of serene lakes and beautiful valleys. One of the most attractive sights during the monsoons in Malshej Ghat are the flamingos that migrate from Europe. If you are all about the outdoors, Malshej Ghat won’t disappoint.
A mere 64 kilometres from Mumbai, Durshet has plenty of sights and adventure for different kinds of riders. If the jungle safari doesn’t introduce your eyes to the local animals, you can count on the Uddhar Hot Springs to deliver a majestic experience. Water sports are common in these parts, and religious travellers can make the most of a divine darshan at the Shri Varad Vinayak and Shri Ballaleshwar Ashtavinayaka temples. Other activities to indulge in at Durshet include river rafting, rock climbing, trekking, trudging and rappelling.
The grass is always greener on the hills encompassing Mulshi Dam. Located around 125 kilometres from Mumbai, Mulshi Dam is a perfect place for a short weekend getaway from the hustles and bustles of city life. The glistening blue water of the Pawana Lake to add to such glorious sights of the Korigad Fort, the Tikona Fort, the Tung Fort and the Temghar Dam are some of the captivating attractions around these parts. Add to it the Tamhini Ghats and Vinzai Mata Temple and the dam, which was built on the Mula River, is certainly worth a visit.
Thoseghar Falls is located around 230 kilometres from Mumbai, making it an ideal destination for those who enjoy long rides. Satara’s Thoseghar Village is home to several waterfalls, whose heights vary from a mere 20 metres to a stunning 500 metres. When the Thoseghar Falls and the Paabal Waterfalls have finished blowing your mind, you can always explore the Ram Mandir or the Sajjangad Fort. For some quiet time in nature, the Kaas Plateau works perfectly, while the Konya Wildlife Sanctuary will certainly help you find bliss and a peace of mind.
Vihigaon Waterfalls is located around 115.2 kilometres from Mumbai and is surrounded by lush greenery. Apart from the charming and scenic waterfalls, travellers can also engage in waterfall rappelling to get an experience of a lifetime. The hypnotising landscape around Vihigaon Waterfalls also contains the Bhandardhara Dam in addition to the Tribal King’s palace at Jawahar. The region is also home to Maharashtra’s highest peak – Kalsubai, while igatpuri is another nearby getaway to marvel at nature and all it has to offer.
If the rains get to you at any time, these five destinations are sure to rejuvenate you.