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Best Weekend Gateways from Mumbai


Mumbai is one of the most enchanting, sensational and happening cites of India. A multi-ethnic city in its real sense, Mumbai is a huge pot of entertainment for travelers and tourists from a variety of traditions and diverse walks of life. It also known as the ‘Entertainment Center of India’.

Mumbai is absolutely a place that you can’t afford to miss. This colorful city offers  countless activities which compete each other in term of offering funs and pleasure. A ‘city that never sleeps’, is also engrossed in the tranquil and rustic beauty.

There are numerous locations of tourist interests near Mumbai where one can take a holiday and get away from the chaos of the daily city life. After touring to these places, it is definite that travelers would understand that the ‘financial center of India’ (Mumbai) is still untouched by the worldly charisma.

Tourists can enjoy this magnificent journey where hills stations would invigorate them with their rock-cut temples and cooling effect, in the appearance of caves, would provide an insight of antique structural design.

People of Mumbai can go to number of nearby places so that they can relax and enjoy from the stressful and hectic schedule. There are many lovely hill-stations around Mumbai which known as an ideal destinations for a weekend break. From religious places to charming beach cities and hilly areas there are a number of variations for weekend getaway near this sticking city.

Some awesome Weekend Getaways or tourist attractions from Mumbai are-

Khandala

Khandala

Khandala is a must watch location situated in Western Ghats. It is hardly 101 km from Mumbai. It is definitely an exotic location with unlimited amount of beauty, greenery and splendor. Most Mumbai based people do consider it the perfect place to unwind after a hectic week.

Khandala is also known as Mother Nature as the scenic beauty reminds you to question the different facets of nature. This is the perfect location for people who want to learn yoga or meditation, walking and hiking, various sports activities. It is the perfect spot to view the steep panoramic view of beautiful valleys and woods, lakes and waterfalls.

Place of Interest: Bedsa Caves, Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves, Kune Falls  etc.

Lonavala

Vinchukata Fortification, Lohagarh Fort

Vinchukata Fortification, Lohagarh Fort

Lohagarh Fort

Lohagarh Fort

Lonavala is a wonderful and extremely charming slope place situated around 82 km from Mumbai. It offers a breathtaking view of its surroundings which is flanked by lush greeneries dominating the entire landscape, cascading waterfalls, mountains stealing a glimpse from the thick cloud cover and much more.
This hill station also referred as ‘jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains’. It is the smallest hill station in Maharashtra but there is no shortage but pristine natural surroundings, which appear to be a piece of heaven in the placid region.

Place of Interest: Pawna Lake, Karla Caves, Lonavala Lake, Lohagarh Fort and Duke’s Nose etc.

Shirdi

Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi

Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi

The town of Shirdi is a popular pilgrimage in the state of Maharashtra that is best known for Sai Baba, the great saint of modern India. It is situated around 3oo kilometers from Mumbai. Sai Baba shows us the path of love, forgiveness and truth. At this place Sai Baba spent most of his life, and taught his devotees.

At Shirdi Baba’s devotees built up a temple on his Samadhi. One can explore the several holy sacred shrines and temples related to the revered sage’s lifespan.

Place of Interest: Adul Baba Cottage, Dixit Wada Museum, Gurusthan, Samadhi Mandir

Mahabaleshwar

Arthur's Seat Point, Mahabaleshwar

Arthur’s Seat Point, Mahabaleshwar

Garlanded with exotic environs and mesmerizing landscapes, Mahabaleshwar is one of the must see places in India. It is located around 268 kms from Mumbai. Experience the awesome beauty of this place where one of the evergreen forests of the world is located.

It is a very popular place as it is a pilgrimage centre and the temple of Mahabaleshwar. Legend has it that a spout from the mouth of a cow is the spring from which water wells out to form four tributaries which meld together downstream to form the river Krishna.

Place of Interest: Mahabaleshwar temple, The Carnac Point, Babbington Point, Bombay Point, Connaught Peak etc.

Matheran

Louisa Point, Matheran

The luxuriant vegetation and the scenic landscapes are the ones that make Matheran a perfect holiday destination. It is located around 85 kms from Mumbai.

Architectural wonders add up to the charm of the place and there are so many places from where you can admire the view that you won’t even know which one is the best. Thus quaint and quiet, Matheran is for everyone who desires to breathe some fresh air on a weekend break.

Place of Interest: Charlotte Lake, Hart Point, Echo Point, Porcupine Point etc.

Panchgani

View of Panchgani Hills

View of Panchgani Hills

Panchgani enclosed by five hills is a popular hill station which is situated around  250 km from Mumbai. Panoramic view of dazzling rivers, exotic flora and fauna makes the land a showpiece of nature.

Giggling streams of river Krishna passing through valley presents a feast for visitor’s ears.

Place of Interest: Sydney Point, Rajpuri caves, Lingmala Falls etc. Also enjoy adventure sports like rock climbing, boating, trekking, River rafting etc.

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Island is situated around 10 km away from Mumbai. The caves are known as Elephanta due to the Elephant-shaped rock structure located on the island. The temples situated inside the caves are declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are two groups of cave i.e Hindu caves and Budish caves. Elephanta caves are known for their wonderful rock cut architecture.

Place of Interest: Ancient cave temples, view of the Mumbai skyline, three-headed Shiva sculpture.

Goa

Anjuna Beach, Goa

Anjuna Beach, Goa

The land of sun, sand and surf, Goa is situated around 600km away from Mumbai. This zesty town of Goa is well known across borders for its mesmerizing golden beaches, dazzling nightlife, fashion, fiestas, churches and lip-smacking cuisines.

Place of interest: Peppy Flee Markets, Enthralling Water Sports beaches, church and Cathedrals, etc. There is a lot to visit and for a perfect and revitalizing weekend around Mumbai form of water resorts, hill stations, bird sanctuaries, forts and beautiful landscapes.

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A glance of paradise – Simhasth Kumbh Mela 2016


Ujjain! As soon as we hear the name, a sense of spirituality raises its head inside our mind. This city is reputed for the grandeur associated with the Kumbh Mela celebrated here after every 12 years. Ujjain is situated at the centre of India, on the banks of river Kshipra, where bathing for purification from sin takes places. Over the years Ujjain has witnessed this Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv. The next Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is going to be held in 2016.

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Pilgrims Bathing In Sacred Shipra River, Kumbh Mela Ujjain

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Naga Sadhus Bathing In Sacred Shipra River, Kumbh Mela Ujjain

Kumbh fair is a gathering of Hindu mass celebrated at the river Kshipra. It is believed that all the sins of the peoples will be washed away if you take a holy dip in this holy river during the Kumbh Mela.

Kumbh mela is the most sacred of all the pilgrimage of Hindus. The most important event of the Kumbh mela is religious bathing in the river in which ever city it is being held. Naked saints or Sadhus can be seen during Kumbh mela other activities include religious gathering of holy men and women, religious discussion and devotional singing.

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Naga Sadhus – Simhasth Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

There are two types of Kumbh Mela celebrated in India, The Ardh (half) Kumbh and Purna (Complete) Kumbh. The Ardh Kumbh is celebrated every six years while Purna Kumbh is celebrated every twelve years. The Ardh Kumbh takes place in Haridwar and Allahabad where Purna Kumbh takes place in four places Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik.

Naga Sadhus – Simhasth Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv event is completely depends on planetary motion of planet Jupiter and the Sun. When Jupiter and the sun both fall in zodiac Scorpio the fair is held in Ujjain. Their auspicious dates for bathing in every Kumbh are calculated well before according to a special astrological combination of sun, moon and Jupiter.

In this year 2016 Ujjain is going to host the Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv. So do not miss the opportunity to purify your soul and remove all your sins.

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Yogi Babas during Ujjain Kumbh Mela

According to the history Kumbh mela is originated from the story of Samudra Manthan or Churning of ocean of Milk, between Gods and demons. During churning when Kumbh of nectar appeared, the flight between Gods and demons had begun in the sky for twelve days and twelve nights. During the battle, Lord Vishnu incarnates as Mohini-Murthi appeared and tooka way the Kumbh of nectar. While running away with the Kumbh of nectar pouring drops of amrita at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. That show Kumbh mela is celebrated in four places.

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Sadhu performing Yoga during in Ujjain Kumbh Mela

Simhastha 2016 will begin on 22nd of April and will continue till 21st of May. People come from all over the world to join the Kumbh fair to see the rituals.

Ujjain (Simhastha) Mahakumbh 2016 Schedule

Mahakumbh ommence 22nd April 2016 (Friday)

Pancheshani Yatra during 01st to 05th May 2016

Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya 06th May 2016 (Friday)

Shukla Tritiya 09th May 2016 (Monday)

Shukla Panchami 11th May 2016 (Wednesday)

Mohini Ekadashi 17th May 2016 (Tuesday)

Pradosh 19th May 2016 (Thursday)

Poornima 21st May 2016 (Saturday)

So come and dipped your soul in the holy water of the river Shipra.

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