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    Change is the spice of life and monotony a bane!! Who can understand this better than the avid traveller? Once the travel bug has bitten you, there is no respite. With monsoons round the corner, it’s time to plan offbeat holidays near Mumbai. You just have to hunt out spots which are least frequented, maybe even unexplored. The urge to put your footprint on such a piece of land is unstoppable.

    We understand this perfectly and so we present to you some exciting offbeat destinations near Mumbai.

    1. Kamshet (110 Km from Mumbai)

    Tourists paragliding at one of the most serene offbeat weekend getaways near Mumbai - Kamshet

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    Although known as paraglider’s paradise, Kamshet has much more to offer. Just a short distance away (16 Km) from Lonavala and Khandala, Kamshet boasts of superb scenic beauty. Quaint villages with mud thatched houses add to its rustic charm and make it one of the best offbeat places near Mumbai.
    Known for: Paragliding and Trekking
    How to Reach: By rail , Kamshet has its own railway station
    By Road: driving down from Mumbai or by private and State transport A/c and Non A/c buses
    Look forward to:

    • Paragliding for beginners as well as the experienced.
    • Trekking from Jamboli to Kondeshwar temple for beginners and further through the ghats for the ardent trekker
    • Explore 1st and 3rd century caves (Bedsa caves, Karla caves, Bhaja caves)

    Note: Not too many staying options at Kamshet but Lonavala and Khandala amply compensate for that.

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    2. Kolad (117 Km from Mumbai)

    Tourists rafting in the waters of Kundalika river in Kolad

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    A small village in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on the banks of Kundalika river, Kolad is an unspoilt offbeat destination near Mumbai for the adventurous sorts.

    Known for: White water rafting
    How to Reach:
    By Rail: Kolad has its own railway station
    By Road: Drive down or take a Sate Transport or Private Bus
    Look forward to:

    • White water rafting on the Kundalika river
    • Visit the Tamhini waterfalls amidst cool green hills
    • Pick your trek- from simple to extremely difficult

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    3. Jawhar (180 Kms from Mumbai)

    Dhabosa waterfall in the serene Sahyadris is amongst the best offbeat places near Mumbai

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    In the lap of the Sahyadris, Jawhar is amongst the best offbeat destinations near Mumbai perfect for a quick break. An erstwhile tribal kingdom, it still retains much of its rustic allure.

    Known for: Beauty of the hills and Warli Art
    How to Reach:
    By Rail: 61 Kms from Igatpuri, or 80 Kms from Nasik
    By Road: Drive down or take a Sate Transport Bus: Mumbai-Jawhar, 180 Kms via Kasara-Khodala
    Look forward to:

    • Spectacular Dhabosa Water fall, Lush Greenery, the architecture of Shirpamal palace, Experience tribal culture and witness the famous Warli art being created.

    4. Sandhan Valley (183 Km from Mumbai)

    Trek to the majestic Sindola fort during monsoon for gorgeous views

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    Sandhan Valley is one of the best trekking spots you could ask for. A canyon in its own right, near Bhandardara, it affords the thrill of descending into the “Valley of Shadows” any trekker would die for. It is one of the most idyllic offbeat weekend getaways from Mumbai.

    Go for an adventurous nightout as your camp hanging from the cliff in Sandhan Valley

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    Known for: Trekking and cliff camping
    How to Reach: Take the rail or road route to Kasara, regular jeeps ply between Kasara to Samrad Village (80 Km) from where the trek begins.
    Look forward to:

    • The descent into Sandhan Valley
    • Exciting “Hanging Camps”
    • Rappelling
    • Moonlight camping

    5. Diveagar-Srivardhan- Harihareshwar (Dakshin Kashi) (190 Km from Mumbai)

    Soft sandy beaches of Diveagar

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    Coastal Konkan at its best, Srivardhan, Diveagar and Harihareshwar are offbeat places around Mumbai for those who love beaches but not the kinds littered with people and debris. Srivardhan is steeped in Peshwa history, Diveagar is known for its soft sandy beach and Harihareshwar for its Shiva temple.

    Known for: Beaches and Seafood
    How to Reach:
    By Rail: Mangao is the nearest railway station to Diveagar (40 Kms)
    By Road: Drive down or take State Transport or private buses directly to Diveagar. Diveagar to Srivardhan- 23 Km , take the coastal road for the sheer scenic beauty. Diveagar to Harihareshwar- 37 Km
    Look forward to:

    • Pristine beaches of Srivardhan and Diveagar
    • Ancient Shiva Temple and the spectacular “pradakshina” route around it through the rocks at Harihareshwar
    • Spot Dolphins and turtles here too!

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    6. Harnai-Anjarle ( 238 Km from Mumbai)

    Relax at this secluded getaway and spot a dolphin or two in Harnai-Anjarle

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    One of the offbeat places near Mumbai, literally no one talks about are the serene beaches of Harnai-Anjarle. Relax at the quiet beaches & be alone with the sea, away from the crazy crowd. A sea-fort, an ancient Ganesh temple and plenty of mouth-watering seafood- makes the most of your holiday!

    Known for: Coconut and betel nut palm-fringed unspoilt beaches
    How to reach:
    By Road: via Dapoli
    By Rail: Nearest railhead is Khed around 35Km from Harnai Anjarle can be reached by crossing the Jog river estuary
    Look forward to:

    • Peaceful and relaxed beach-time
    • Dolphin spotting
    • Witness the fish auctions here

    7. Saputara (262 Km from Mumbai)

    Ride on the winding roads of Saputara from Mumbai

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    Technically in Gujarat, Saputara is a hillstation snugly perched on the second highest plateau in the Sahyadris in the Dang forest area. At an altitude of 1000 m, it is known for its breathtaking views of the hills and forests and pleasant, almost chilly climate all the year through. This is one of the best offbeat weekend getaways from Mumbai.

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    Waterfalls in Saputara during monsoons

    Known for: “Chilling out”, treks, adventure sports
    How to Reach:
    By Rail: Waghai is the closest railway station (50 km from Saputara)
    By Road: Drive down via Nasik or via Valsad , plenty of private A/c and non-A/c buses available from Mumbai
    Look forward to:

    • Treks to Rajat Pratap, Tridhara, Sangam, Sunder Kund and many more
    • Go camping at Vansda National Park
    • Experience the ropeway to Sunset Point
    • Para-glide and mountain bike at the Governor’s Hill

    8. Lonar (600 km from Mumbai)

    The picturesque views of Lonar Lake - one of the most pristine offbeat getaways near Mumbai

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    Add mystique to your travel, visit world’s third largest crater in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra. The crater is said to have been formed by the impact of a meteorite 50,000 years ago.

    Known for: The amazing mystical Lonar Lake in the crater
    How to Reach:
    Travel to Aurangabad by Air, Rail and Road. Aurangabad to Lonar by road is 145 Km.
    Look Forward to:

    • Trek down to the Lonar lake
    • Solve the mystery of the perennially full lake in the dry Buldhana and the two distinct regions of the lake that don’t mix.

    So, get over the Lonavalas, Mahabaleshwars and Matherans. It’s time to set your sights on more “exotic” pastures . So, time to get started on your wish-list.. which one is your pick fromt he list of best offbeat places near Mumbai? Tell us in the comments below:

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