Weekend getaways from Vadodara
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Vadodara, Gujarat's third largest city, is considered the state's cultural capital. Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayajirao Gaekwad III who had envisioned a dream to make this Big City an educational, industrial and commercial centre. Pavagadh Hill, graced with a combination of Hindu and Jain shrines, towers over Champaner, the 15th c. pre-Mughal Islamic fort. Together they represent the diversity of religious influences that have pervaded Gujarat. Vadodara has some interesting city sights, but the main reason for coming here is the stunning Unesco World Heritage Site of Champaner & Pavagadh nearby. With a prominent part of it being occupied by the Gujaratis, this place is the most sought after during the nine days of the Navratri festival. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and exuberance as Vadodara does. It houses one of the premier universities of India- the Maharaja Sayajirao University, one of the most lavish palaces in India- the Lakshmi Vilas Palace and plenty more legendary monuments.
The elevated hills and the beautiful lakes make a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city. Udaipur is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the World and subsequently, also known as the 'Kashmir of Rajasthan'. The lakes acting as oasis under the scorching sun propels a sense of calm along with reminding you at once of the city of Venice. The festivals, altogether colourful and lively, with their frenzies and huge scope cast a spell worthy enough to keep you too in spirit for days to come whereas the serene gardens.
Mumbai is in all ways a mega-city driven by power, wealth, glamour and fame which attracts people to give shape to their dreams and aspirations. But it is also a city with strong historical links, wonderful British architecture, museums, beaches, places of worship, and above all, a true galaxy of stars where Bollywood reigns supreme.
#3Mount Abu -
Oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan and posses the honor of being the only hill-station in Rajasthan as well as north-west India, The world famous tourist destination is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan, home to lakes, waterfalls and green forests, the hill retreat, has a very cool and soothing climate thanks to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. Be mindful that if you arrive during Diwali (October or November), or the following two weeks, prices soar and the place is packed. Mt Abu also gets pretty busy from mid-May to mid-June, before the monsoon.
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.
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
Kutch, India’s wild west, is a geographic phenomenon. The flat, tortoise-shaped land (kachbo means tortoise in Gujarati), edged by the Gulf of Kachchh and Great and Little Ranns, is a seasonal island. Only on scattered ‘islands’ above the salt level is coarse grass which provides fodder for the region’s wildlife. With its notable mud architecture, a medley of craft traditions and exquisite apparel, this eminently colorful and culturally rich land has a wonderful handcrafted feel.
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.
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.
Palanpur city is circled by hillocks in the close vicinity of Aravali Mountains. It derives its name from Palani Chauhans who inhabited the city in 14th century. Ambaji is an important temple town with millions of devotees visiting the Ambaji temple every year in banaskantha district. There is a Kirti Stambh and a Rajmahal, the old palace of the Nawab, now used for govt. offices. Outside Mira Gate, there are two Dargahs, one of the poet Anwar Kazi and the other of Saint Murshid, worshipped by Muslims. An ancient stepwell `Mithi Vav' is the best-preserved architectural monument with seven galleries on the wall on either side. The most amazing and adventurous thing to do if u visit palanpur is Sky Diving. It not in palanpur it is in Deesa around 25 kms from palanpur.
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.
Ujjain is a historical city of India, located on the banks of Shipra river in Madhya Pradesh. It is the only city in the world which houses one of the Lord Shiva jyotirlingas , is among the Sapta Puris (Seven Sacred Hindus Cities which grants Moksha) and is one of four cities where Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. According to Hindu scriptures, it was originally called Avantika. It is also called city of temples and lot of mythological as well as historical legends are associated with it. There are thousands of Lord Shiva Temples in Ujjain but there are 84 specific ancient temples of Lord Shiva whose yatra is done specifically in Hindu month of Shravan. Tropic of Cancer passes through Ujjain and it is called Greenwich of India.
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.
Kumbhalgarh, known for its second longest wall in the world, is a citadel on the foot of Aravalli hills. This place is accredited to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. Kumbhalgarh is a marvel of Rajputa Architecture and truly represents, its Mewar culture. Journey to fort leads to zigzag ride, which add fun when doing a roadtrip. Kumbhalgarh also has a wildlife sanctuary which is home of some of endangered species. Wildlife of sanctuary includes lion, leopards, panthers, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and chinkara etc.