Best Weekend Gataways you should explore this winter around Mumbai.
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Best Weekend Gataways you should explore this winter around Mumbai.

KarjatLong weekends are more special than the regular once as they give you one extra day which makes more places accessible.As now the holiday season and chiily weather of winter is arriving dont give any excuses, just pack your bag and get out of the comfort of your homes and make the most of this festive season and winter holidays.So without further ado, here are the places near Mumbai to visit in winter.


Pawna Lake:Pawana lake is located near Kamshet. This spot is gaining more popularity among locals who wants quick weekend gataway. You will find the forts of Lohgad, Tikona and Tungi ostensibly visible from the lake.
Best time to visit: June to September
Distance from Mumbai: 109 kms, 3 hour ride by road.



Shirota Lake: Located near Kamshet, this location is the perfect trekking-camping combo. You can also indulge in some bird-watching at the break of dawn. Temperature is a pleasant 18 to 20 degrees in the day and a dip to 12 to 15 degrees in the night. The Rajmachi Fort is located close-by for an adventurous trek too.
Best time to visit: November to May
Distance from Mumbai: 94 kms, 2 hour ride by road.

 

Tikona: Another spot in Kamshet, the area has a fort which is meant for camping is a trekking destination noted for the large doors, the temple of ‘Trimbakeshwar Mahadev’, seven water tanks and some Satvahan caves. Pawna Lake is at the summit and the surrounding view has Tung, Lohagad and Visapur forts.
Best time to visit: June to September
Distance from Mumbai: 121 kms, 2.5 hours ride by road

Sandhan Valley: located in the Igatpuri district in Nasik, Sandhan Valley is a highly popular campsite and a rappelling, trekking spot as well. Surrounded by the beautiful Sahyadri range and the ‘Konkan Kada’ one can camp here and also trek the surrounding forts, namely, Alang, Malang, Kulang, Kalsubai, Ratangad, Harishchandragad, and Ajoba.
Best time to visit: November to February.
Distance from Mumbai: 183 kms, 4 hours ride by road.

Tringalwadi: Located in Igatpuri, this area is a small village with a lake and a fort located within the terrain. The spot has the ‘pandav leni’ caves with beautiful sculptures, inscriptions and a statue of Gautam Buddha. One can camp near the lake or at the fort, both of which are scenic options.

Kolad: A quaint village in the Raigad district on the banks of the River Kundalika, Kolad is near the Mumbai-Goa highway and is known for river rafting and other adventure sports as also camping. Kolad is renowned for being the adventure hub of Maharashtra and white water rafting here is the only facility of its Kind in India that operates round the year.
Best time to visit: June to March

Vasind: Actually a station on the Central Railway line on the Kasara route, head to the River Bhatsa in Vasind for a camping experience coupled with trekking, fishing and kayakaying. There are adventure sites here offering you an afternoon of lazing in hammocks as well. Lush green farms and hills offer you time away from city madness that you need.
Best time to visit: November to February
Distance from Mumbai: 63 kms, 1.5 hour ride by road

Karnala: Located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, you can head to Karnala and visit the bird sanctuary and the fort that lies in the vicinity. With ruins and a temple inside, there are panoramic views at the disposal of one who camps here. It is also the easiest trek for first-time trekkers.
Best time to visit: June to September
Distance from Mumbai: 47.9 kms, 1 hour ride by road

Mahuli: Mahuli is the highest point in Thane district, Mahuli has been declared as a sanctuary and houses the Mahuli fort which is a paradise for rock climbers. Besides an open Shiva temple there is a small perennial drinking water cistern on top, and three caves of which the larger can be used as overnight shelter. There is camping facility which one can use at the base of the fort as well.
Best time to visit: June to December.
Distance from Mumbai: 133 kms, 3 hour ride by road.

Alibaug:

Alibag is another one of Mumbai’s famous getaway with beautiful beaches and ancient fort ruins, it makes for quite a respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. You can spend a day at the Kashid beach enjoying the sea and water along with some water sporting activities. A little further in from Alibag is the ruins of Korlai Fort; trekking enthusiasts can take a day’s trip here.

Diu : For the solitude seekers, it doesn’t get better than this, more so during the winter. Diu have lots to explore be. It was recently promoted as a great beach destination by the viral campaign in which it was difficult to point out that the beach in located in India itself. Diu, unlike Daman is beautiful, offbeat and have amazing beaches. Diu, blessed with incredible and pristine beaches, that takes care of your solitude needs when you’re tired from regular monotonous life in Mumbai.

Little Rann of Kutch Serene and spiritual sojourn near Mumbai:
This is another great option for winter trip near Mumbai. Arrive at Ahmedabad a night prior to start your day at Little Rann of Kutch early. Spend the day exploring the desert by an open jeep where you can spot a wide variety of animals, overnight stay at the dessert should not be missed.


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