Tired of going to malls and killing time every weekend? Buck up for these exciting trekking and adventure experiences which will make you look forward to weekends!
Mumbai is a city that never sleeps. While it has a plethora of activities and socialization opportunities to offer, it lacks the connect with nature. However, we Mumbaikars are blessed with a good transportation system that enables us to pack our bags and shoot off! Why not take full advantage of this boon? Small Steps Adventures shares their top 6 ideas to utilize your upcoming weekend justly and make it worthwhile.
1. Pawana Lakeside Camping
Pawana Lake is a man-made lake located near Lonavala. The surrounding is picturesque and peaceful and this makes it an ideal destination for camping. If you are not in a mood for a trek, then you can register yourself for an overnight camp at Pawana Lake. Enjoy your stay with a delicious BBQ spread in the evening. Wake up to witness a beautiful sunrise and indulge in some water sports or simply have a lazy swim in the lake if you wish to unwind.
2. River Rafting and Camping at Kolad
The tiny village of Kolad is on the list of all as it is gaining importance as an adventure sports destination providing facilities for river rafting, kayaking, and rappelling. It is home to the River Kundalika which provides excellent opportunities for white water rafting. One can participate in additional adventure activities available and welcome the night with a campfire and memories in making!
3. Camping at Rajmachi
One of the most sought after trekking locations, it is considered to be one of the most fascinating treks near Mumbai. There are various routes to approach Rajmachi but the easiest one is the hike from Lonavala which is at a distance of 15 km. Rajmachi is known for its two forts – the Shrivardhan Fort and the Manoranjan Fort constructed by Shivaji Maharaj. This is a camp where campers enjoy a lot as they learn to pitch tents, play recreational games and indulge in star gazing. The next morning is usually spent by taking a short hike in the vicinity and witnessing the jaw-dropping surroundings of the mountains and the valleys.
4. Overnight stay at Lohagad
There are many options for weekend treks from Mumbai, but Lohagad is the best for beginners. It is very easy to go for Lohagad trek from Mumbai due to the availability of transportation. The fort is well preserved and offers an excellent view of the surrounding areas. Considered as the twin fort of the adjoining fort of Visapur, Lohagad is very easy to scale due to the presence of well-maintained steps. Hence, it is an excellent option for people who cannot manage to go on physically exerting treks. Today, the fort still houses the five gates and the high walls that kept intruders at bay. An interesting feature of the fort is the Vinchu kata (scorpion’s tail). Though a part of it is damaged, it is still considered safe for trekkers to tread there.
5. Weekend trek to Prabalgad
Situated between Panvel and Matheran, Prabalgad is a rocky plateau. This place is perfect for those who enjoy their periodic dose of adventure. PrabalMachi is the base village for commencing the Prabalgad fort trek and it is preferred to reach there during the previous evening. Once there, the campers are served a piping hot dinner post which they learn to set –up tents. One can amble near the edge of PrabalMachi to see the electric lights buzzing over urban towns located far away yet still visible!
6. Beachside Camping near Kashid
Although Alibaug is a popular weekend getaway among Mumbaikars, they do not get to enjoy a camping experience near the beach! If you are looking to make your stay memorable, head out to Kashid which is located close to Alibaug and is an equally beautiful place with a serene beach. Enjoy a boat ride and have a sumptuous dinner by the beach with numerous opportunities to click landscape photographs and the much popular selfies with your family!
Written by Varsha Mewada