Interwoven with folklore and mesmerising beauty, Maharashtra is full of enthusiasm and colour. In the present times, the fast life and chaotic day to day struggle push you into the grind which takes a toll on not just your health but also your family life. To make a break from the hectic schedule, Maharashtra offers many places which are less explored and remain quite destinations. Several hidden gems lie near Mumbai and Pune which are just a car drive away for a relaxing weekend. A list of weekend getaways is available, which will rejuvenate you and also be light on your pocket. To experience the perfect weekend getaway, you can visit these places which are less crowded.
A lesser-known weekend getaway, Murbad is situated in a depression of the Sahyadri hills. With sprawling farms and heart-warming view of the Western Ghats, Murbad lies just two hours away from Mumbai. Driving to Murbad can be refreshing as the road leading there are smooth and the view scenic. Travellers can ditch the crowded weekend getaway like Lonavala and Khandala. This will make their stay memorable and one of a kind in a quiet farmhouse, bungalow or a villa at Murbad which are readily available overlooking the beautiful countryside of Maharashtra. A quiet evening walk or a bicycle ride is an ideal way to view the place. Also, the view of the majestic hills can make for a perfect backdrop for your family photos.
For all the wine lovers, the wine capital of India, Nashik Vineyards are a flawless way to spend their December weekend. Tasting the most exquisite wine made in India will make your trip worthwhile in your perfect weekend getaway. About a distance of four hours from Mumbai, Nashik has about 30 functional wineries, many of which have tasting rooms and staying options inside the splendid Vineyards. The best time to visit Nashik is between September and February when the grapes are ripe, and the weather is cold and perfect for a long walk in the Vineyards of Sula, Soma, and York which are easily accessible and most popular. Apart from the splendid experience of wining and dining, travellers also head to the Pandavleni Caves near Nashik which are one of a kind weekend getaway. The caves which are a group of 24 stone cut structures were said to be visited by the Pandavas during their 13th year agyatwaas exile period in the Mahabharat era. Scattered across the city are numerous forts and majestic temples which can ensure serenity to travellers. Nashik is also known as an old holy city of Maharashtra with the most visited Hindu pilgrimage site of ‘Shirdi’ which was the residence of Saibaba.
The quaint district of Palghar is just three hours away from Mumbai city en route NH8 towards Gujarat. Located near the shores of the Arabian sea, the Palghar belt has several serene and unexplored beaches. A fresh catch of seafood is the speciality of this place which can be bought directly from fishers on the seaside. The calm Waters make the beaches in Palghar ideal for taking Long Walks, Swimming or Enjoying the Spectacular Sunsets. Another speciality of Palghar is its vast Chikoo farms and orchards which are a legacy of the Irani community here. The chikoo festival makes it a perfect weekend getaway in December and January. The festival showcases the local culture and cuisine with a peek into the lives of the famous Warli tribe in Gholvad. Exclusive farmhouses and resorts on the beachside add to your idea of the relaxed weekend getaways. A mecca for the Zoroastrians, Dahanu houses the sacred fire temple which is popular.
Just a drive away from Mumbai or Pune, lie a stretch hill of Karjat, also a favourite weekend getaway for many Bollywood stars as well. The small town in Raigad district boasts of having sprawling farmhouses owned by several celebrities including Salman Khan. The location is famous for its picturesque mountains and River Ulhas, which founds its origin in Karjat making it a paradise for trekkers and adventure lovers. The town connects the cities of Mumbai and Pune which makes it a popular weekend getaway destination. Apart for adventure, Karjat also offers the travellers, a touch of the historical significance of the caves at the Kondana village which is just 15 minutes away from the main Karjat market. The stone-cut caves give the tourists an experience of serenity and a glance of the simple lifestyle of the Buddhist monks. The waterfalls near the caves enhance its beauty and increase its charm. The resorts and hotels which are affordable are available quickly and can be booked in advance. Karjat is appropriate for a bachelor party or a quiet weekend getaway.
Mumbai has many holiday destinations for the perfect weekend getaway right from sandy beaches to hill stations. If you are going on a solo trip or a family vacation, getaways near Mumbai can offer you the perfect experience. A weekend getaway on spectacular and clear beaches in Alibaug and Murud is the fantasy you always dreamed of. Situated near Mumbai, Alibaug is accessible and yet free of a crowd of tourists. Just a car drive or a ferry ride away from Mumbai, Alibaug offers you the serenity that you have been looking for after a long year. The sunny beaches of Alibaug are the best escape this January if you want to spend some time by yourself. Resorts of Murud give you the experience of a variety of water sports. Apart from the beaches, travellers can also explore the fort ruins and lighthouses which would make your visit even more memorable. A picturesque place not far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Alibaug reminds you of the simple ways of life. The locals welcome travellers with open arms and their spicy coastal cuisine. For stay options, you have an entire list of luxurious resort right on the beach or cottage which are easy on your pocket.