Weekend getaways from Nashik
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Located in the foothills of the Western Ghats mountains on the banks of the river Godavari, Nashik is one of the most popular destinations for the pious Hindus, Jains and Buddhists and also known for the epic ‘Ramayana’. Nasik not only has an ethereal and spiritual quality about it but is also a touch point for tourists who wish to explore its interesting forts and a unique centre that offers courses in ‘vipassana’. Having many temples and pilgrimage sites makes Nashik a holy place for everyone.
Globally famous tourist destination because of its proximity to the Ajanta and Ellora caves, Aurangabad. As a city, Aurangabad fascinates with its culture and lifestyle, offering discerning tourists a wide gamut of hospitality. Recently declared the ‘Tourism Capital of Maharashtra’, Aurangabad is an important hub in the state’s tourism sector with its close connection to such significant tourist destinations as caves of Ajanta and Ellora which have been declared ‘World Heritage Sites’ by UNESCO as well as the famous Mughal monument Bibi ka Maqbara and Panchakki. Aurangabad, is also said to be a City of Gates and the strong presence of these can be felt as one drives through the city. Apart from Ajanta and Ellora other popular places to visit are Grishneshwar, Jayakwadi Dam, Naukhanda Palace, Khuldabad etc.
Pune, a sprawling city in the Indian state of Maharashtra, was once the base of the peshwas (prime ministers) of the Maratha Empire. It's known for the grand Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892 and now a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, whose ashes are preserved in the garden.
Panchgani is nestled in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges and amidst five villages known as Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral and Taighat. The Krishna River flows nearby which is what has created the lake of Dhom Dam. Located 285 kilometers from Mumbai and 100 kilometers from Pune, it is the pleasant climate of Panchgani that attracts tourists, not to forget the scenic views one gets from its points. The five hills surrounding Panchgani are topped by a volcanic plateau, which is the second highest in Asia after the Tibetan Plateau. This plateau, alternatively known as ‘table land’, is a part of the Deccan Plateau. Some of the points that you must visit are Sydney Point from where you can see the waters of the Dhom Dam, Parsi Point that overlooks the Krishna valley and Devil’s Kitchen which has a mythological legend associated with it.
Winding roads, a cool breeze at all times, vantage points offering breathtaking views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and a main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks. Doesn’t it sound exciting? Well, that’s Mahabaleshwar for you a wonderful holiday or even just a weekend getaway. With one of the few evergreen forests of India. Today, Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. During the monsoon, waterfalls such as Lingmala Falls and Dhobi Falls come alive, adding to the scenic splendour of the place.
Lavasa is a private, planned city being built near Pune. It is stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino, with a street and several buildings bearing the name of that town. Planned sports facilities include a Nick Faldo-designed golf course and a Manchester City-branded football academy. However, the Nick Faldo website no longer touts the golf course, and a 2010 press release is the sole communication Manchester City has made in reference to a football academy. A theme park of over 65 acres (0.26 km2) in size is planned.
Besides Africa, Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. ir is the only natural habitat of world popular Asiatic Lions. Gir Interpretation Zone, Devaliya: Devaliya Safari Park is the enclosed area of the Sanctuary that offers a good opportunity for visitors to experience a rustic beauty and wilderness of the area. The safari tour is conducted in a mini bus that takes visitors to another cross section of the Gir.
Few places offer you the chance to probe the earth and the heavens, the human and the wild, as Junagadh does. Towering over the city is Mt. Girnar, a holy site for Jains and Hindu that is climbed by a 9999-step staircase along peaks studded by temples that reach for the sky and look out across the plains. Walking up these stairs in pilgrimage is a unique experience of striving towards the heavens. Back at the base of the mountain, however, deep in the heart of the oldest quarter of the city, you can walk down into the depths of the earth in a pair of ancient stepwells that were not built, but hewn out of solid rock
Diu was under the control of the Portuguese for a period of 450 years. The massive forts, magnificent cathedrals, and other impressive monuments of Diu exude the subtle old world charm of its colonial era. Diu is renowned for its natural splendour. The white sandy secluded beaches are quite inviting and offer many opportunities for water sports. Owing to its favorable climate, scenic location and serene surroundings, Diu is the most popular weekend gateway for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
Lonar is a World famous place for the Salt water lake of size of 1.8 km diameter, created by the impact of meteor some 50000 years ago. Lonar town gets its name from this lake. The Lonar crater is the world's only salt water lake in basaltic rock, believed to have been caused by a meteorite hitting Earth around 52,000 years ago. It is surrounded by forests with a large variety of birds, particularly peacocks, owls, red-wattled lapwings and ducks. The Daitya Sudan temple is carved in a style similar to Khajurao temples. It has an idol that is composed of a stone-like ore with a high metal content.
Daman is a very cool place for tourists and is very beautiful. It has a lot of things like camels, horses, small local transport and many other things that are very attractive and fun. Daman has a humid subtropical climate according to the Köppen climate classification. Temperature ranges from 23-42 in summer, 19-36 in monsoon, 15-30 in spring and autumn and 10-24 in winter. It has heavy monsoons with lots of rain. The place is best to visit in winter. Indian Coast Guard Air Station, Daman is the premier air station of the Coast Guard and with all the airfield facilities, air traffic control and other allied air traffic services.
With being Asia's only automobile-free and also holds the tag for being the smallest hill station in India this little hamlet lies on the Western Ghats. There are around 38 designated look-out points in Matheran, including the Panorama Point that provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and also the Neral town. From this point, the view of sunset and sunrise is dramatic. There are many "points" (viewpoints) in Matheran which give a panoramic view of the plains below.
Saputara is a hill station municipality in the Dang district of Gujarat state in India. This hill station is on a plateau in the Dang forest area of Western Ghats (Sahyadri) range at an altitude of about 1,000 metres. Saputara means the 'Abode of Serpents' and a snake image on the banks of the river Sarpagana is worshiped by the Adivasis on Holi. Saputara has been developed as a planned hill resort with amenities like hotels, parks, swimming pools, boat club, theaters, ropeways and a museum. The Maharashtra state border is 4 km from Saputara. Excursions from Saputara can be made to the wild life sanctuary in the Mahal Bardipara forest, 60 km. and to Gira Waterfalls 52 km away.
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Aamby Valley City is a township developed by the Sahara India Pariwar in Pune district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is about 87 km from the city of Pune. The township is connected by road from Lonavala. The township is also connected by air from Mumbai and is equipped with its own airstrip. The city is spread over 10,600 acres (4,300 ha) of hilly terrain. It is one of India's best planned city and has been a trendsetter in urban planning and environmental and landscape design. Three large man made lakes have been created by constructing dams. The largest lake is 1.5 km in length. It also boasts of a PGA 18 hole golf course.
Kolad is a village, in Raigad district, Maharashtra State, India. Among the best white water rafting destinations in Maharashtra, Kolad is to Maharashtra. Known for its waterfalls and adventure activities. A sleepy hamlet, Kolad is fast gaining recognition due to resorts which provide river rafting opportunities on the Kundalika River. It has a rugged topography, the trekking trails in Kolad offer varying degrees of difficulty levels. Trekking in Kolad during the monsoon season adds a special charm as the landscape remains covered under a green carpet Kolad has a varied climate; spring (March to May) is hot and sultry, while the monsoon season (June to September) is accompanied by heavy rainfalls. Winters are during November and February and are characterized by medium level of humidity and cool weather. The best time to visit here is from June to March.
Karjat, Famous as one of the most beautiful, attractive and closest getaways from Mumbai, Located in the close proximate to Ulhas River, Karjat is well known for its scenic natural panoramas, huge mountains, ancient caves, temples and forts. It is a serene and clean place that makes it a popular destinations for travelers. The cool climate and scenic splendor make Karjat a place where people can relish their outings with great satisfaction and enjoyment. Karjat is also known for various adventurous sporting activities like waterfall climbing, rappelling, trekking and river rafting. People from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Pune almost regularly celebrate festivals, new year parties, or weekend bash here.
Mandu or Mandavgad is a ruined city in Madhya Pradesh, India. Perched along the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defenses, was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. A complete nature paradise, surrounded with historical impact. Each of Mandu's structures is an architectural gem some are outstanding like the massive Jami Masjid and Hoshang Shah's tomb, which provided inspiration to the master builders of the Taj Mahal centuries later. The area is littered with UNESCO World Heritage Site declared palaces, tombs, monuments and mosques.
Kamshet is a small township located off the old Mumbai at about 2200 ft above sea level. Kamshet is surrounded by immense scenic beauty, and is home to small villages that are built in the traditional style (with mud, thatch and reeds). With luscious green cover, placid lakes and undulating hilly terrains make it a perfect travel destination. The hills around are dotted with ancient cave temples of the Buddhist monks, medieval hill fortresses of the brave warriors and colonial hill stations that often double up as flying sites. The world-class paragliding facilities attract a large number of flying sport aficionados to Kamshet. Apart from paragliding, you can also visit the Kondeshwar Temple, Bhairi Caves and Bhandar Dongar.
Bhandardara is a small hill station village on the western ghat of India. At 185 kilometers from Mumbai, Bhandardara is located to the north of Ahmednagar district and is considered a trekker’s paradise. Overwhelmed with landscape of a roaring waterfall, gushing waters from a dam, towering hills in the background and greenery all around may seems to be in movies only. Not really! All this comes true at Bhandardara where green paddy fields create a colourful symphony with the bright blue skies and the waterfall provides a musical rhythm while you soak in the beauty of nature at its best. The Bhandardara Lake, Randha falls and the Wilson Dam are the most popular tourist attractions here. The famous Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra, is a delight among all trekkers. 200 year old Ratangad Fort is also famous as is the trek to 6th century Harishchandragad Fort.
The city of Junnar is well known for its host of religious, historical and mythological attractions ranging from ancient temples to architecturally brilliant caves and forts. Situated in the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges. The most popular one is Junnar Caves reason behind Junnar’s popularity as an architect’s hub. There are three cave groups under it – the Manmodi Hill Group, the Ganesh Lena Group and the Tulija Lena Group. All of them constitute of beautiful stone sculptures. The best season or months to visit places in Junnar are December to February.
A pristine natural environment with hills, waterfalls and forests, a wildlife sanctuary and an ancient temple! Bhimashankar offers the ideal setting to find spirituality. Nestled in dense forests, the Shiva temple in Bhimashankar is the sixth jyotirlinga of the twelve Holy Jyotirlinga shrines found in India and one of the most popular places for the worship of Lord Shiva. The exterior walls of the present temple sanctum (garbhagriha) are adorned with scenes from the Ramayana, Krishna Leela, Shiv Leela and Dasavataras. Bhimashankar is also famous among adventure enthusiasts. The mountain in and around Bhimashankar is popular for trekking, hiking and rock climbing. Lots of adventure enthusiasts head to the jungles especially during monsoon to have their rush of adrenaline. Monsoon is a good season to enjoy the region’s stunning natural beauty. Apart from everything this is the place where you can find the shekru the giant flying squirrel which is also the state animal of Maharashtra.