Thursday, April 27, 2017

Maharashtra Day: Seven diverse places to travel in the state

Illustration/Uday Mohite
Illustration/Uday Mohite

For trekkers: Kalsubai
Feel your stress ebb away as you soak in a breathtaking view of the sunrise from 5,400 feet above sea level, standing on Kalsubai, the tallest peak of Maharashtra. You might also get to spot a million fireflies glow around you as you walk through the forested terrain after dark. This pre-monsoon, medium-level midnight trek has been organised by Carvan Trips.
FROM: May 27 (10 pm) to 28
CALL: 8976949403
COST: Rs 1,500

For bikers: Revdanda
Watch the city shrink away in your bike's rear-view mirror as you zip past green-carpeted terrain to reach Revdanda, a beachside hamlet, 17 kms ahead of Alibaug. Stroll on the beach or play volleyball, enjoy fare grilled over a barbecue, and spend the night in a tent. The organisers, We Banjare, have arranged for a bus to accompany the entourage.
FROM: April 30 (6 am) to May 1
CALL: 9699844501
COST: Rs 3,000

For aam lovers: Ratnagiri
What better way to celebrate summer than by visiting a region known for its luscious mangoes? Head to a mango festival at Ganpatipule in Ratnagiri with Mumbai Rangers. Stroll through a mango farm, relish freshly plucked fruit and even play mango-themed games.
FROM: May 5 to 7
CALL: 9819299164
COST: Rs 3,750

For history buffs: Ajanta-Ellora
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, located close to Aurangabad, through an eight-day train journey in the exotic Deccan Odyssey. The luxurious train chugs through the central region of the state, also offering you a chance to check out the lofty Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a tomb that's a replica of Agra's Taj Mahal, and a weaving centre in Aurangabad specialising in the Himroo weave, associated with the city's royalty since the 14th century.
ON: May 6 and 13 starts from CST
CoST: Rs 4,27,000

For aam lovers: Ratnagiri
Let your pre-teen discover the beauty of rustic living at a six-day camp in Tapola, near Mahabaleshwar. Organised by Kshitij World, it's open to kids from eight to
14 years. The itinerary includes activities like kayaking, archery and rappelling as well as cookouts and exploring local culture of the famed destination, known as the mini Kashmir of Maharashtra.
FROM: May 4 to 9
CALL: 9322181849
COST: Rs 9,500

For water babies: Tarkarli
Who said you need to fly all the way to the Andamans to fulfill your dive-in-the-deep-sea fantasy? Sign up with Adventure Geek to scuba dive in the turquoise blue waters of Tarkarli, a beach village in south Konkan. You can also enjoy water sports such as jet ski and banana rides, visit Sindhudurg fort and relish Malvani cuisine around a campfire.
FROM: April 29 to May 1; May 19 to 21
CALL: 9004675388
COST: Rs 5,950 (includes travel by bus, accommodation, meals)

For nature lovers: Tadoba
Escape the concrete jungle of Mumbai for an experience in the wilderness at Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, also known as the Jewel of Vidarbha, in the Chandrapur district. The name Tadoba is derived from god Taru, worshipped by the tribals, while Andhari refers to the Andhari river that meanders through the park. The three-day trip, organised by Mumbai Travellers, offers you a chance to spot wild cats roaming freely, track their pug marks and even venture into the core forest zone.
FROM: June 9 to 11; June 16 to 18
CALL: 8692086927
COST: Rs 15,800 (inclusive of travel from Nagpur, accommodation, meals and safaris)

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