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Mumbai & Beyond Weekend Escapes

MONTERIA VILLAGE – THE PERFECT WEEKEND BREAK NEAR MUMBAI

Is picnic on your mind? Do you want to give yourself a unique experience mix of fun, learning, entertainment and adventure? On the outskirts of Mumbai and Pune, Monteria Village – an agro tourism venture offers the city travellers of all age groups a comprehensive experience of daily village life, culture, cuisine, art and heritage. Every path in the village, …

Moments With Nature Mumbai & Beyond

FIRST BIRD-WATCHING EXPERIENCE IN THE FOREST WITH BIRD ENTHUSIASTS

I have loved reading about birds. Whenever I come across an article on birds in the natural history books or magazines, I get delighted. Birds have fascinated me from childhood. I always observed the sparrows making a nest in the wall crevices of our neighbor’s house. I still do. The sparrows are still here. Their generations have changed. They are …

Mumbai & Beyond Road Trips Weekend Escapes

A QUICK WEEKEND BREAK – BEAUTIFUL SCENIC RIDE NEAR MUMBAI

The waves came in slowly over the gentle slope of the beach and retreated even more leisurely. I walked on the black sand and reveled in the emptiness of the vast coastline. A flag kept fluttering on a moored lonely boat. Sampada, my wife and travel buddy for this trip, was talking to a fisherwoman who was sorting out the …

Moments With Nature Mumbai & Beyond

BIRDWATCHING IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE OF MUMBAI

Mumbai is known for its astonishing biodiversity ranging from forests, grasslands, hills & scrubs, the coast, freshwater, wetlands & mangroves. It has everything for a nature enthusiast keen to experience and learn from the vast thesis of nature study. And to do so one need not always travel far. There is so much to discover in and around our own …

Road Trips Weekend Escapes

A ROAD JOURNEY INTO THE HINTERLAND OF RURAL MAHARASHTRA

Mumbai had been recording poor air quality for the past few days with a blanket of smog enveloping the shining city. A breath of fresh air is all that we needed. An air free of pollution where the breeze carried the scent of a rural landscape. We made a last minute plan and decided to go on a road trip …

Moments With Nature

A SHORT NATURE WALK IN THE FOREST OF AAREY COLONY

AAREY MILK COLONY – also known as the green lungs of Mumbai, is known for its lush greenery, tall trees, grasslands and rocky hills and various species of plants, birds, insects, butterflies and moths. It becomes a paradise in the monsoon with free flowing water streams, blooming biodiversity and enchanting woods with rare flora and fauna right in the middle …

Mumbai & Beyond Weekend Escapes

VIKRAMGAD: A QUAINT LITTLE TOWN – A SHORT PHOTO ESSAY

If you are looking for a quick refreshing escape near Mumbai, then we have found one to add in your travel bucket. The region northeast of Mumbai is one of the most forgotten remote areas which makes for a rustic rural experience. A typical open countryside – VIKRAMGAD is the perfect quaint little town near Mumbai for a quick getaway. …

Moments With Nature

MY LITTLE MOMENT OF HAPPINESS WITH NATURE

The rain is back again in Mumbai after a dry spell of over a month. And everything is full of life again. The Mumbai region endowed with rich biodiversity has an exciting mix of habitats that range from forests, grass, hills and lakes, beaches, mangroves and creeks. The forest cover of Sanjay Gandhi National Park has always been my treasured …

Mumbai & Beyond Treks in the Sahaydris Weekend Escapes

A MISTY VOYAGE – RAIN IN THE MOUNTAINS

A rainy day relaxes and soothes our souls. And if you are at an altitude where clouds hang over the mountains, thickening mists envelop the trees, and melodious birds drift you away in the aroma of their song, you have experienced nothing less than ecstasy. We experienced one such ecstatic moment while hiking to the Panorama Point in Matheran. It …