Prerna Pandey takes us on a mesmerising ride to these monsoon escapades nestled amidst the lap of nature.
Going on a vacation is always nice way to unwind and get from your busy lifestyle. But, going on a vacation at any time is nothing like taking one in the monsoons. Holidaying in the rains has somehow a special charm to it. The rains transform most of the places into something naturally beautiful and result in breath- taking views and a host of amazing experiences. Since the monsoons are here already, its time for you to go exploring the few places around Mumbai.
Silvasa- Unexplored natural beauty. There is something about nature and the rains; the beauty lush greenery, rivers, waterfalls and historic ruins and such in the monsoon, which Silvassa offers. Located amidst Sahyadris, Silvassa is a small, quaint township and a place that lures tourists and travellers with its beauty. The city is the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Silvassa is located on the Gujarat and Maharashtra border and one of the sought- after vacation destinations especially during rains. It is around 170 km away from Mumbai and takes around two and a half hour to reach there by road.
Visiting Silvassa in the rains has its benefits and one can participate in the Monsoon Magic Festival and other monsoon related activities like rain dance, and musicals that are celebrated here. There is a century old Our Lady of Piety Church, one of the most visited places in Silvassa. Then there is the ruins of Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple and many other historical ruins with intricate carvings will have you exploring the place for hours. In short, the place is history lovers’delight with so much to explore and learn.
Other than the historical aspect, Silvassa is the perfect example of ‘nature at its best,’especially during the monsoon. The cascading waterfall, the greenery and everything about this place is beautiful.
Housing more than 70- odd villages with huts and the other tribal habitat that only add to the charm of the place, the place has rare flora and fauna. The sanctuaries and gardens too look great at this time of the year.
One can learn all about the culture and the history of the tribes in this place at a museum in Silvassa that has huge collection of tribal artefacts on display.
The lifestyle of the tribals in Silvassa is depicted with clay and plaster s.
Saputara- Bordering Delight Saputara is a hill station in Dangs district in Gujarat. Around 260 kms from Mumbai by road ( via Nashik), Saputara is like a sanctuary for a tired mind in the rains. The monsoons make the place so fresh and lively that you never get bored of looking at the lovely scenery.
This time of the year, the place has a mystic look to it with the clouds so low, the fog almost within reach and the greenery lending a cosy feel to the place. Watching the rainwater gush down from steep hillsides is something you won’t be able to forget for long. The climate too is cool and pleasant making the vacation all the more enjoyable. Its a ‘complete package’place where you can explore everything from wildlife to historic monuments, temples, culture, adventure sports etc.
Daman- Fortified vacation Daman is basically a place to go when you want to go away from the crowded and polluted city. Travellers, mostly from Mumbai, find this place very ‘clean and fresh’especially in rains when the city gets congested and mucky, because of traffic jam, water logging etc.
Apart from the pleasant weather in rains, Daman has a lot of historical places to explore. The amusement parks like Daman Ganga Tourist Complex, Mirasol Water Park, Kadaiya Lake Garden and Jetty Garden add to Damans list of attractions.
Daman is particularly famous for two forts – The Fort of Moti Daman and The Fort of Nani Daman – holding lure for most vacationers. Nani Daman is thronged by tourists to see the Gandhi Park located near Nani Daman jetty.
There is church inside the fort that travellers line up to see.
The Fort of Moti Daman is the most soughtafter place in Daman. Built in 1559 A. D. additions were made to the fort in 1581 A. D. Although the fort was inhibited by an aristocrat Portuguese family, Mughals had later invaded the fort during Akbars kingdom and made the additional changes in the fort.
Lonavala- Mumbaikars favourite It is the city vacationers hottest weekend destination, especially in monsoon.
Apart from the destination itself, the road from Mumbai, up the hilly roads is just amazing. The view is simply brilliant and everything around so clean and green that it is hard to even blink in fear of missing some beautiful view.
Bushi Dam! It is that one thing that people go to see in Lonavala and the best time to see the place in the monsoons. The waterfall is at its best in this season and you get to enjoy the maximum during the rains.
Destination Kolad Nestled around outskirts of the city, this tiny village is famous for its water, which comes alive in monsoon. This place is a hit among adventure sports lovers what with the options of river rafting, trekking, river crossing available to revellers. All this, with the image- like scenery of the place makes your trip over to Kolad worthwhile.
The biggest draw of Kolad is the Kundalika River, which is among the fastest- flowing rivers in South India. Water coming from the dam around makes the river even more fun to go river rafting in. Apart from river rafting, this river offers other excellent ventures like kayaking, paragliding etc.