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Sight of that Nashik Weekend..!!

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When the days were normal without the covid fears. During the time of easy and stress removing trips, instead of stress giver. When the road trips were a usual weekend thing. Also, when I followed my happy times everywhere I went. During such a magical moment, I had one sudden weekend break in Nashik which added a magical spark to my life. Nashik turned out absolutely stunning and more than I could imagine.

Skies can be pink

Nashik was my one little pitstop on my long Maharashtra tour. Known for the city of Jyotirlinga and Kumbh for the pilgrims and the ‘wine factory’ for the young party lovers. This city has all. I sensed a ‘mini Bombay effects’ too!!

The Spiritual Morning in Nashik

Triyambakeshwar Mahadev

The reason I admired Nashik way too much could be the kings of weather- monsoon. It beautified the littles lanes of greens. We had a morning start with the darshan (visit) at the ‘Triyambakeshwar Mahadev’, one from the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’. Jyotirlingas are the most auspicious Shiva temple which is highly visited by Hindu pilgrims. The aura of the temple was magical enough to dive into the positive energies. Though the ‘darshan’ at such auspicious Shiva temple in the holy month of Sawan (month according to the Hindu calendar) is a challenging task. But Shiva gave us that lucky sighting and we could pray in front of the ‘Shivlinga’ without much difficulty. I can still have that incredible sight of the temple in my heart. For me, the energies of the temple holds are more important but we can not ignore the beauty of this temple. It was a beautiful structure standing strong amidst the hills of Western Ghats and neighboring the source of the holy river Godavari. No doubt, the monsoon made the views extraordinary.

Day Drives

Rainy drive scenes

The magic of such pretty weather could be best explored through driving by the lanes surrounding the beauty of Western Ghats. The natural waterfalls all through the way prove the real beauty of nature. The greens not only brightened my eyes but also freshened my soul which still retains in my heart. I have seen many pretty mountains and hills but that Nashik drives make me feel awestruck. I know it was all the magic of the weather. Chai and pakoras added spice to my plate of happiness!

Vineyards Evening at Sula

My love for those pretty bottle decor

Sula Vineyards is the primary visit in Nashik if you love wines. Though the place demanded time of at least a day to see it all, I just had an evening to spend. Only I could feel, what all I missed at this place. So, I would suggest either a full day or a night-stay reserved for it. If you are a party animal, somewhat like me, then the Sula Festival is perfectly our choice for once. Though parties are always ‘on’ there if you have a great group to celebrate on the shots of wine and a lot many different drinks on trials. Other than the bottles of wine, the vineyards are the perfect example of how we grow amidst nature. Place confidently celebrates and presents itself with all the interior telling you about wines and history. Learn to drink in a better way here! Also, don’t forget to shop for some souvenirs for your favorite people. It could be the perfect gift, I assure you.

Sum-up of my one good day!

Though it was short Nashik for me but more than I could expect. I cannot deny the fact that the city was way more perfect than I thought it to be. Maybe the reason was the perfect company I got to take me along their hometown with such enthusiasm. Also, the fun-loving people, I could cherish all my life.

With those Nashik wale

Nashik had a blend of all. Be it the motivation, we require to start our day better. Or the loudest nights to end it on the best beats of music.

Happy Traveling!!

Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai: 10 wildly beautiful unexplored places nearby

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Panaromic view of nashik, maharashtra

Have friends in Mumbai Pune and want to spend time together or want to have a perfect relaxing weekend with your family? But aren’t we all tired of taking the weekend trip to the same old Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar? So if you are young at heart and do not look behind easily on the paths less traveled, so here is a list of,

10 untrodden locations/places to visit near Mumbai-Pune.

Valley of Flowers: Kaas plateau

Serenic view of plateau during monsoon at valley of flowers
Serenic view of plateau during monsoon

A UNESCO world heritage site, Kaas has colorful wildflowers from purple to white to green to yellow, stretching over a 1000 hectare area. The serene landscape and picturesque greenery are overlooked by a 16th-century Ajinkyatara fort from a height of 3300m. Approximately 01 km away from the plateau is Kamudini Pond dipped in fog, covered with thousand of Kamudini Flower floating on it and lots of cactuses at the edges. One can also visit Bamnoli lake; 10 km away from Kaas Plateau.

Best season to visitDuring and after Monsoon
Distance from Pune137
Distance from Mumbai267
Things to doPhotography, outdoor camping, trekking and caving

Crocodile and Dolphin Safari at Dapoli

Rare close view of crocodile at crocodile and dolphin safari at dapoli
Rare close view of crocodile

Want to see dolphins and crocodiles closely but never got the chance? Want to enjoy a weekend leisurely? A weekend to Dapoli not only offers you tranquil waves crashing on to sand but also amazes you with adventurous water sports activities. “Crocodile Safari” in Maldoli backwaters of Vashishth River gives you an opportunity to spot crocodiles basking on the bank of backwaters. Whereas a boat ride from Karde beach to deep sea offers you early morning Safari, sighting Dolphin Pods. Unhavare about 20 km from Dapoli is known for hot sulfur springs believed to have medicinal value. Enjoy a dip in the hot spring if you are on a long holiday in Dapoli.

Best season to visitSeptember to February
Distance from Pune184
Distance from Mumbai267
Things to doSightseeing, safari, dip in hot spring, water sports, Konkani cuisine

Cherapunji of Maharashtra: Amboli

Flabbergasting Falls at amboli
Flabbergasting Falls

Amboli lies in the Sahyadri hills of Western India, one of the world’s “Eco Hot-Spots”. It’s a paradise for Amphibian and Reptiles lover. You may have heard experts saying that “Forest gets Alive at night.” It’s time to come and feel it in Amboli, during exclusive “Night Trails”. And even if snakes and amphibians is not your calling, Amboli is enchantingly beautiful just after the monsoons, when the entire region is covered in a lush green carpet, with flowers blooming everywhere! Mist shrouded jungle paths and huge waterfalls are some of Amboli’s magical sights.

Best season to visitAugust to March
Distance from Pune348
Distance from Mumbai489
Things to doSightseeing, safari, photography, Konkani cuisine

Troplical Paradise: Maachli Farmstay

4. Life amidst nature at maachli farmstay
Life amidst nature

Situated in beautiful village Parule, on Konkan coast and in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Maachli offers tropical paradise away from all the hustle bustle of the cities. The Cottages are conceptualized as Maachli which is a regional term for the huts made to protect the crop. The cottages are tucked away in a very dense plantation, thus offer abundant, rich, pollution free and healthy environment for the Nature lovers. A 15-minute drive from the property enables you to be amidst the near-white beaches along the seas. The host’s mother herself strives to provide Saraswat cuisine to the guests. It’s a treat for food lovers.

Best season to visitAll Year Long
Distance from Pune412
Distance from Mumbai555
Things to doHikes, pottery, sightseeing, boat ride

Dual City: Nashik

Panoramic view of Nashik
Panoramic view of Nashik

Famous for its numerous temples, the city is also much famed for its numerous vineyards and wine tasting tours. Sula Vineyard is popular all across the nation for being the finest place in the country to produce wines. Then, what can be better than packing your bags for a tour to these vineyards and getting a chance to taste the wines relaxing in the vineyards itself? Offering many thrilling activities as well for the travellers to indulge in, Nashik is a good option for a driveable vacation.

Best season to visitOctober to March
Distance from Pune211
Distance from Mumbai182
Things to doHikes, caving, wine tasting, adventure sports, pilgrimage, sightseeing, shopping

Turtle Festival: Velas

The turtle beaches
The turtle beaches

Velas is a small eco-village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is well known for its beaches which reflect nature in its best preserved and pristine form. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra and the villagers committee has taken the initiative to conserve Olive Ridley Turtles by providing protection to their eggs till they hatch. It’s indeed a magical moment to see a baby turtle coming out of the egg and then finding its way to the sea by taking those little baby steps. Besides Velas beach, there are several other tourist attractions like the Bankot Fort and the Harihareshwar Temple.

Best season to visitFebruary to April
Distance from Pune194
Distance from Mumbai224
Things to doBird watching, ferry rides, sightseeing

Blessed with all: Bhandardara

Image of camps at Bhandardara

Bhandardara, in the Sahyadri ranges, is bestowed with all the nature’s blessings. From lush greenery to waterfalls to the mountains in the backdrop, it becomes a perfect weekend gateway for city dwellers. Apart from its scenic beauty, Bhandardara has its share of historical places too. If you are a history buff, make sure you visit Ratangad Fort. Amruteshwar Temple and Kalsubai Temple are the known temples in this hill town. The place also hosts fireflies’ festival in the pre-monsoon season.

Best season to visitAll Year Long
Distance from Pune172
Distance from Mumbai163
Things to doCamping, trekking, bike and cycle rides, ecotours, caving

Abode of peacocks: Morachi Chincholi

Dance your soul with peacocks at Morachi Chincholi
Dance your soul with peacocks.

A village with more peacocks than people, Morachi Chincholi is actually an unofficial peacock sanctuary. It’s a great weekend getaway for natural rejuvenation. The mango farms, the tractor ride, the bullock cart ride and the peacock dances give a glimpse of rural life. One can also visit Nighoj village around which is famous for the potholes of river Kukadi & hub of other birds.

Best season to visitJune to January
Distance from Pune55
Distance from Mumbai188
Things to doBird watching, star gazing, magic and puppet shows

Durshet

Scenic beauty of durshet
Scenic beauty of durshet

Set against the stunning Sahyadri ranges, Durshet is situated between two Ganesh temples of Pali and Mahad and is just off the highway near the village of Khopoli. Nestled amidst a pictorial landscape, resorts in Durshet are ideal to rejuvenate your mind and put your soul at ease. It offers a plethora of activities such as butterfly trails, nature trails, waterfalls exploration to name a few. The proximity of this place with famous attractions like Sidi Ashtavnayak Temples at Pali and IMAGICA Park are some other added perks that make this escapade worth visiting.

Best season to visitSeptember To February
Distance from Pune98
Distance from Mumbai76
Things to doBird watching, star gazing, magic and puppet shows

BhimaShankar

En-route bhimashankar
En-route Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar is a popular temple town. It is among one of the twelve traditional ‘Jyotirlingam’ shrines in India. For people having a great interest in nature and trekking, Bhimashankar is an ideal destination to visit. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary has rich fauna and numerous sacred groves, making it a beautiful place to visit especially during the offset of the monsoon season. Lush greenery and calm surrounding make it the best picnic spots near Mumbai and Pune.

Best season to visitOctober to March
Distance from Pune127
Distance from Mumbai213
Things to doTrekking, pilgrimage, wildlife safari
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Professional Travel Blogger and founder of The Ghumakkads. Bhawna Mohinani is graduate in Mass Communication & Postgraduate in Travel and Tourism Management.

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