We all have at some point of time heard a lot of the Gateway of India, the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Marine Drive and the twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala, when talking about Mumbai. But ever considered to go off the track and explore what lies a bit beneath the city’s limits? Mumbai has a host of some to-die-for places around its territory that haven’t as such caught the general traveller’s eye, but are definitely worth a tour. See how many of these have you covered, or at least know about.
For travellers, exploring new avenues always calls for a great deal of excitement and happiness. So here’s a list of some of the lesser known and offbeat places around Mumbai which you can consider for your next amazing holiday. If coming from Hyderabad, then there are fast, and efficient Hyderabad to Mumbai flights available.
Kanheri Caves – These caves definitely look like one of the sets used in the epic Game of Thrones. Excited? Head to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali, to find these quaint ancient caves that date back to 1st century BC. Witness the 34 unfinished paintings of Buddha and ancient architecture here amidst the cascading hill slopes, and well landscaped surroundings of this place.
Amboli – A treat for wildlife lovers, Amboli is a scenic spot, some 6 hours from Mumbai by road. The place is an abode of azure blue skies, lush greens, and a blanket of clouds that add to the visual delight for any traveller. It is a perfect spot for restoration.
Sandhan Valley – Sandhan Valley is one of the best trekking spots you could ask for. A gulch in its own privilege, close to Bhandardara, it bears the rush of slipping into the “Valley of Shadows” any trekker would pass on for. It is a standout amongst the most pure unique weekend getaways from Mumbai.
Kolad – A perfect adventure spot, Kolad hosts the best water rafting activity in the whole Maharashtra. One can choose to either raft in the white waters of the Kundalika river, visit the Tamhini waterfalls, or simply pick your trek from simple to the most difficult. Kolad is some 183 km from Mumbai.
- Kamshet – Barely 3 hours from Mumbai, Kamshet is a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Better known as the Paraglider’s paradise, the little town of Kamshet is popular for its scenic beauty, and the rustic charm lent by the mud thatched houses here. This place is an excellent offbeat spot for an adventurous experience in Mumbai.
Saputara – Saputara is a hillstation cozily roosted on the second most astounding level in the Sahyadris in the Dang backwoods range. At an elevation of 1000 m, it is known for its amazing perspectives of the slopes and timberlands and charming, nippy atmosphere all the year through. This is one of the best unique weekend getaways from Mumbai.
So for your next Mumbai trip, try and go an extra mile to venture into one of these charms around the city popular. There are more than eight Delhi to Mumbai flights operating regularly from Delhi, and since both these cities are the major metros of India, connectivity isn’t an issue. Happy exploring!