Miss going out with friends on weekends? That Saturday booze, lavish dining and once in a year international trip: altogether have been giving us anything but endless nostalgia. Well, with the second wave in action, citizens across nations are being constantly made aware of the severity of the pandemic. Time and again, we are advised to abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines laid down by the concerned authorities of state and country in pursuit of public welfare.
Maharashtra has witnessed a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases and was one of the most hit Indian states during the second wave of coronavirus. But with consistent efforts by government and natives including complete lockdown, the state has been under control in the past couple of weeks. As Mumbai is already famous for its Bollywood centric culture and marine drive, travel buffs in Mumbai have explored the city to its core and planned their trips away from the hustle and bustle into the hidden scenes of Mumbai.
These five travel destinations not only ensure an enthralling experience but also lookout for your safety in such crucial times taking you away from urban crowds.
This 107 metres high waterfall sits in the suburbs of Navi Mumbai. Capturing the attention of adventure enthusiasts, Pandavkada waterfalls is a perfect weekend getaway into the lush greens which is a rare view in the densely populated city of Mumbai. Trek with friends or solo trip, you will never miss a minute without the scenic beauty of the waterfall. Youngsters especially visit to have a refreshing bath in the blues of the waterfall surrounded by rocky mountains. Historical significance of the place lies in the mythology which states that Pandavas visited the Pandavkada waterfalls while they were exiled into the forests. However, the waters are risky as stated by the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO).
Location: Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Evidently showcasing the Portugeese rule of 16th and 17th century, Vasai Fort is situated 37 miles to the north of Mumbai. It was the renowned Portugeese military and commercial base. The fort offers spectacular sunsets and cool sea breeze to the tourists. The Holy Name of Jesus Church (also known as the Jesuit Church), Saint Joseph's Church, and the Franciscan Church of Saint Anthony are the main attractions of the Fort. The stone builts are overgrown by flora and fauna. The fort promises a historical vibe to the visitors and is “the” travel destination for travel geeks to rejoice the Portugeese aroma on a good sunny day with a splendid sea view.
Location: Killa Rd, Vasai West, Maharashtra
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Amidst the sterling nature trails and dense green serenity lies Maharashtra's very own Niagara falls. The Dabhosa Waterfalls is formed over Lendi River and cascades down from a height of around 300 feet. The waterfall is more enthralling in the monsoon season with streams in full force and the surrounding flora. It is an amazing adventure spot with Kayaking, Valley Crossing, Zip Line, Rappelling and laddering, Trekking and fishing (trawell.in). It is one of the highest waterfalls near Mumbai. The lake waters that rest at the bottom Dabhosa Waterfalls are a rare spectacle. The waterfall also invites nature lovers and adventure geeks for camping and jungle cooking.
Location: Vill-Dabhosa, Jawhar Tehsil, Palghar district, Maharashtra
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Located alongside the Yamuna riverbed, Majnu ka Tila is known for its hustle and bustle free lifCaptivating the heritage aroma of the mesozoic era, Gilbert Hill is black basalt rock which is 200 ft high. The hilltop offers a 360 degree view of suburban Andheri West which is quite extravagant in itself. Atop of the hills encapsulates the holy shrines of Gaondevi and the Durga Mata serving as the main attractions for the hill. A trekk weekend away with friends in the lush greens and unparalleled beauty of the scenic trails will create an unique experience for you to cherish ever after. A visit to Gilbert Hill is quite an easy one and does not require any extensive travel planning. Just put on your comforts, favourite trekk-suited shoes and grab a backpack of light refreshments and that’s all, you are all set to go!
Location: Gilbert Hill, Sagar City, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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The largest and earliest cave temple of India, Jogeshwari Caves dates back to the Mahayana Buddhist Architecture (says historian and scholar Walter Spink) imbibing the authentic vibe of ancient and divine hindu culture.The caves are named after goddess Jogeshwari. There are temples of Lord Hanuman, Shiva and Ganesha within the caves and the walls showcase sculptures of Hindu deities alongside goddess Jogeshwari’s footprints. Architecture enthusiasts fall deeply for insights of the caves. The historical significance embarks the tourism of Jogeshwari Caves every year during the months of October to mid April as summers around the area can be scorching hot. If you are looking for an isolated getaway and have an eye for ancient history and Hindu mythology, this is a "must visit" for you.
Location: Gupha Tekdi, Jogeshwari West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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These "worth your while" travel destinations not only bring you an escape into serenity but also make you dive into seamlessly neverending scents of nature and heritage. Mumbai, being the financial capital of India, garners hordes of tourists every year. However, during such risky times, how about we explore these hidden gems and expand our intellectual horizons with respect to national travel and tourism. These are definitely the best you got and will send you back with the most joyful recreations for you to add into your travelogue. So pick a day and book a stay!