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Top 3 Weekend Breaks From Mumbai – Getaway Destinations For Short Trips

Monday, May 16th, 2016

1. Sula Vineyards, Nashik

Claim to fame: vineyards and wine tastings 

Destination for weekend break/ day trip / road trip from Mumbai (formerly called Bombay).

Distance from Mumbai: 180kms

How to get there: By car – 4hrs; By train – 3 hrs or less; By Bus – Roughly 4hrs.

Top 3 Weekend breaks from Bombay - Getaway destinations for short trips

Image: http://sulawines.com/

What to see:

The vineyard is an experience where you participate and not merely observe. It is among the luxury weekend breaks from Mumbai.

  • Wine tasting in the picturesque Sula vineyard costs a nominal amount of ~Rs.250.
  • The restaurants offer lip-smacking delicacies ranging from local sea fare to carefully flavoured, saffron risottos – especially at the Soleil by La Plage.
  • If you are lucky enough to be there in February do visit the annual Sula Fest where you can enjoy a variety of entertainment including stomping on table grapes.

 

What to buy around Sula vineyard:

The property has a souvenir shop that sells mugs, t-shirts and other souvenirs from the vineyard. They also have a wine shop where one can purchase Sula wines below the market price.

 

2. Lonavala (pronounced Lonavla)

Claim to fame: hill station with interesting forts and dams

Destination for weekend break / day trip / road trip from Mumbai (formerly called Bombay).

Distance from Mumbai: 96 kms

How to get there:  By car: under 2 hours; By train – 2 hrs 10min;  By Bus -  about 3 hours

Lonavla Top 3 Weekend breaks from Bombay - Getaway destinations for short trips

View of Rajmachi Point, Lonavla

Image by : Ravinder Singh Gill 

What to see:

It is best for quick and relaxed weekend breaks from Mumbai. Doesn’t need much planning given the relatively short distance from Mumbai. For example, if you are in Mumbai for a business trip and one of the days your schedule suddenly becomes free – this is the getaway for you.

  • Lohagad or the iron fort is one of the many hill forts of Maharashtra and is situated close to the hill station. A part of the Western ghats, this fort is steeped in history and offers breathtaking views of the surroundings especially during monsoons.
  • The Bhushi Dam, a masonry dam on the Indrayani River in Lonavala, built in the 1860s it is a breathtaking beauty, but can be a safety hazard if not careful.
  • The Karla Caves or Karla Cells is another historic marvel in today’s world. The cells are a complex of ancient Indian Buddhist rock-cut cave shrines located in and were developed over the period – from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD. The oldest of the cave shrines is supposed to date back to 160 BC.

 

What to buy around Lonavala:

The best product to acquire from Lonavala bazaars are their Chikkis. The sweet, candied brittles made with sesame, peanut etc. are wonderful and delectable treats.

3. Daman

Claim to fame: An ex-Portuguese enclave with historic cultural remnants + interesting beaches.

Destination for weekend break / day trip / road trip from Mumbai (formerly called Bombay).

Distance from Mumbai: 180kms

How to get there: By car – 3hrs 17min;  By train – 3 hrs 38min;  By Bus – 4hrs 34min.

Top 3 Weekend breaks from Bombay - Getaway destinations for short trips

Entrance of fort at Nani Daman

Image by : Pradeep 

What to see:

  • The Daman Ganga River with its silent waters and the clattering fishing boats and fishermen around.
  • The Sao Jeronimo Fort with its impressive fortifications in Nani Daman is an impressive sight.
  • The quaint little township of Moti Daman Fort with a handful of Portuguese houses and Bom Jesus Church of 1603 AD, are a must visit as well.

 

What to buy around Daman:

The main market area is near the bus stand in Nani Daman sell mostly imports, however the beach stalls sell souvenirs made from objects found at sea.

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