Readers Write: My Favourite Weekend Getaways Around Mumbai

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This post of Reader’s Write is by MumbaiMag reader Bidisha Mukherjee, who is credited with starting off this column! This time she shares some lesser known yet fun weekend getaways not too far from Mumbai. She writes…

Mumbai is a demanding  city and can take a toll on many a rugged people. While it is not easy to pack thy bags and take off for vacations now and then, there are excellent weekend getaways around the city that offer the tired city dwellers a quiet weekend away from the hustle bustle.  We give you five best known ‘hidden’ getaways near Mumbai, which you can enjoy without worrying about missing any leaves.

 

Hideout
Hideout

Hide Out
Hide-Out could possibly be the city’s worst kept secret hide-out and one of the best getaways for people who reside in Mumbai. Founded by Hemant anad Sangeeta Chhabra, Hide-out promotes Simple Living and being close to mother earth. Set in a tribal hamlet, this organic farm is just 2 hour drive away from the city and offers both one day trips and stay options. However, do note that smoking and alcohol are not permitted in the farm. But then, what is it to get away to be close to mother nature,  if one has to clutch on the vices.   

 

 

Big Red Tent
Big Red Tent

Big Red Tent
Rahil Mehta gave up a lucrative career to start Big Red Tent with wife Janki, when camping was still not popular as a holiday option. However, now and then are two different stories. Currently three campsites are active under the banner, with the closest being Khopoli. Tents, barbeque, a small lake and time that never seems to move ahead, the big red tent weekend might be the perfect stress buster you were looking for after a hectic week. Tried and tested by us, just call up Rahil or Janki and they will give you a full lowdown on what to do and how to get there, and if you sound super interesting like us, Rahil might just give you a ride to the campsite, well just kidding!
PS. Rahil is a super sweet person and he did offer us a ride to BRT’s Khopoli campsite.

 

 

Lets camp out
Lets camp out

LetsCampOut
Another camping option, their closest campout near mumbai is at Lonavla. The Letscampout campsite at Tungarli is ideal for people who want to mix tranquility with a dash of adventure.  Apart from barbeques and campfires, rappeling, night treks and river crossings are also a part of the camping package.  Apart from the regular camping at Tungarli, Letscampout also offers monsoon camping in Lonavla at their Phansarai campsite. A small trek takes you to the camp site which is notable experience in itself, but if you do not like to huf and puf , worry not, Letscampout can arrange for pick up and drop facility between Lonavla and Phansara.i. Weather proof tents assure that you get drenched only when you want to and the fresh rain smell, the gushing river and lush greens are enough to make one feel relax and achieve zen.

 

 

Hidden Village
Hidden Village

Hidden Village
A two hour drive from Mumbai, Hidden village is a small resort between Mumbai and Pune and perfect for patrons from both the cities looking at eloping from the maddening traffic and the hectic daily schedule. Known as a rustic rural retreat, it is ideal if you want to relax and rejuvinate yourself to come back and take on the daily rigours afresh. Located on the brim of Tansa forest, the retreat was designed to give a sneak peak into a time when man may have actually lived in harmony with nature, and how nature in return in its fullest splendour embraces man with serenity and tranquillity, as says the official website.  Visitors can opt for day visits or can stay overnight, and might be surprised to see all the luxuries of modern life present in such natural surroundings as rooms are equipped with all modern amenities.

 

 

Native Place
Native Place

The Native Place
Located a mere 2.5 hours away from Mumbai, in Kamshet,  it is astonishing such peace prevails so close. The Native Place is a guesthouse overlooking the Vadivali lake and is an isolated retreat which promises their guests a relaxing weekend away from the hustle bustle of everyday life. Depending on your preference, one can take up a room, bunk or camp-out, but no matter what you choose, do not expect amenities like AC, TV, phones, room service or even newspapers. When you come to The Native Place, you switch off from the world in order to understand yourself. If you are not like me and would prefer not to laze around, then you can either indulge in unlimited sunbathing, as the website cheekily proclaims, or can partake in variety of activities as listed on the website, like paragliding, village visits, waterfall treks and even eating, which amused me and made me happy at the same time.

So sneak out with your speacial weekend duffel bag and do tell us how was your experience in any or all of the above mentioned places. Also, if you have any more places or to do(s) to add to our list, we love to hear from you!

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