Sakal Times
Saturday, 29 June 2019

From forts and dams to scenic waterfalls and wellness resorts, Maharashtra has got it all. Monsoon is the perfect time to explore these gems

Monsoon in  Maharashtra is all about lush green hills and gorgeous water bodies. In the stunning rolling hills of the Western Ghats are some of the hidden gems waiting to be explored in the rainy season. Here are the season’s hottest picks to help you plan your weekend monsoon escapades:

Takwe Village: With its quaint countryside life and friendly locals who are always happy to help, Takwe is one of Maharashtra’s best kept secrets, it is very close to Lonavala, making it easily accessible from both Pune and Mumbai. In its idyllic environs, free your mind as you breathe in fresh air, gorge on fresh local food and admire the endless horizon of plush foliage.

Fazlani Nature’s Nest: A spanking new wellness resort and spa, Fazlani Nature’s Nest is nestled between Mumbai and Pune. The property overlooks the azure waters of the Mawal Taluka. It’s home to luxurious rooms, a Stallion Castle, a farm-to-fork restaurant and burgeoning orchards. You can also pick your own fruits and vegetables to whip up your own salad. Their unique nature therapies are great stress-busters. 

Konkankada: One of the most notable peaks in Harishchandragad, Konkankada is a monsoon marvel. For trekkers who make the ascent, mesmerising sunsets and beautiful rainbows are some of the treats. For the truly adventurous, the trek can be made into an exciting albeit unorganised night stay in the caves.

Mulshi Dam: Mulshi Dam never loses its charm as it offers a great monsoon experience with its overflowing waters, stunning scenery and tons of great eating places around, many of which offer unparalleled views that can be enjoyed only in monsoon.

Irshalgad: A popular fortress located between Matheran and Panvel, Irshalgad offers magnificent views of the surrounding vistas. Visit the Irshalkarni Devi temple close to the fortress.

Tikona Fort: Also known as Vitandgad, is one of the most prominent forts in the Maval region. Located at 3,500 ft, it is said to date back to the 7th century. The breathtaking trek may be challenging but is worth the effort!

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