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When the hectic city life wears you out, the best part of the week a.k.a the weekend comes to your rescue! Now if you’re wondering which direction you should head on to escape the crowd and immerse yourself in nature, we’ve got you covered!

We have created a series of blogs called ‘Weekend Escapes’ where we tell you about 5 of our most loved destinations near you that would be perfect for a weekend getaway!

So read on to find out more about places that are not too far away from Mumbai for that much needed weekend escape!

1. Igatpuri and Bhandardara Lake Camping

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If you’re looking for a weekend getaway during the Mumbai monsoon months or during the colder months, head over to Igatpuri, which is a hill station about 120 km away from Mumbai. Since it is a small town, you can walk your way to Myanmar Gate and Dhamma Giri Vipassana Kendra and in the evening hire a rickshaw and visit the beautiful Bhavali Dam and waterfall for sunset.

On the following day book a camping trip to the breathtakingly serene Bhandardara Lake. You could take a dip in the lake or enjoy a boat ride as the sun casts its golden light making the lake shimmer and later sit around the bonfire humming your favorite tunes! Rise up early in the morning to watch the beautiful sunrise from your tents pitched right next to this crystal clear lake!

2.     Malshej Ghat

Beautiful view of the hills under a cloudy sky
Photo by Sonika Agarwal / Unsplash

If your ideal weekend getaway includes taking long drives to reach a beautiful destination which also has a weak cellphone reception- Malshej Ghat checks all the boxes! A 126 km drive from Mumbai, through the winding Western Ghats, covered with lush greenery and about a 100 waterfalls, brings you to Malshej Ghat. Here you get to see mist rising up from the deep green valleys below and rain clouds hanging so low that it feels like you could touch it! When it comes to activities, you could shower in one of the many waterfalls in the area or trek up the verdant trails to Harishchandragadh Fort, Ajoba Hill Fort, Darkoba Peak or Nane Ghat!

3.     Kolad

Kolad is a tiny yet thriving village that lies along the bank of River Kundalika. A 113 km drive from Mumbai will get you to Kolad which is most famously known for its white water rafting and numerous beautiful cascading waterfalls! If you’re looking for an adventurous weekend getaway- Kolad is definitely to place to be as you can trek, raft, paraglide and camp out in the nature! A beautiful location with picturesque views of green meadows and waterfalls definitely tops our list of best weekend getaways!

4.     Alibaug

Selfie in the Ocean
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About 102 km from Mumbai, Alibaug is a coastal town which is a popular beach destination that can be visited for unwinding over the weekend! You can get here either by taking the ferry or by road. Alibaug has a number of ancient forts and numerous clean, white sand beaches with resorts along its shore that you can book your stay in. Lounge on the shore in a hammock or take a dip in the pool of your hotel, either way Alibaug is a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai!

5.     Matheran

The Painted Forest
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Matheran is an ideal monsoon getaway destination which is only 94 km from Mumbai. It is a small hill station in Maharashtra, with windy roads running up the hill through the lush forests. You can book your stay in one of the many resorts that suits all budgets and enjoy a relaxing weekend at this pleasant weathered hill station. When it comes to site seeing, there are a number of sunset and sunrise viewing points where you can reach either by walking or you can opt for a horseback ride!

There are 2 things that every person leading a busy city life needs- weekend getaways and good photos! You’re all caught up with the destination ideas; now simply hire a travel and vacation photographer from Travographer to make sure you get those good pictures as well!