Places To Visit Near Mumbai For An Excellent Day Trip
What you do on vacation is all set to change. Picnics and day trips to the countryside will replace museums and tourist attractions for months to come. Workcations will likely replace vacations.
Feeling bored at home? Here is How I Went on a Road Trip While Maintaining Social Distancing and 15 Things to do When Bored. I am sharing the itinerary of two excellent road trip from Mumbai. We found them both absolutely amazing places to visit near Mumbai for 1 day trip in lockdown and it was feasible to do it 100% contactless !
But, why you must consider going on a day trip in today’s world?
- A vacation lowers your stress level.
- You drift away from gadgets subconsciously.
- You create some ever-lasting memories despite these tough times.
- While a day long trip is not very expensive in itself, packing some of the road trip essentials may run up the cost.
- Finding a perfect day trip itinerary that can be made possible contactless can be a challenge.
So, how to make your one day road trip in lockdown work?
Rule #1 Plan atleast a couple of days in advance.
Rule #2 Pack in all the santizer kit essentials.
Rule #3 Avoid touristy places like parks, resorts and opt for open spaces such as lakes or hills
Rule #4 Pump up your energy levels and drive out with low expectations.
Now, I am taking you through a couple of breath-taking road trip options near Mumbai through this picture essay. I have explored both these routes and they were made completely contactless.
Places To Visit Near Mumbai For An Excellent Day Trip in Lockdown
Mumbai to Asangaon Trip
Distance: 80km Time duration: 2 hours
Stopovers on the way
Starbucks & McDonalds on the way in and Burger King on way back. Both are excellent options for picking up contactless brunch as well as restroom breaks. We also carry a toilet seat disinfectant spray as an extra precaution.
Things to do at Asangaon
The Mahuli Fort is closed right now. There are two stunning hidden spots around here. At about 50 meters trail to the right of the base camp is a waterfall and 50 meters uphill to the left is a river stream which is practically untouched. You can choose to spend the day here, in the water steam, driving around the scenic routes or just roll a mat in an open space for a day picnic.
Mumbai to Matheran Trip
Distance: 100 km Time duration: 2 hours
How to go to Matheran
Drive on the Eastern Expressway road to reach Neral, Matheran is about 30 min from Neral on the scenic Mumbai Karjat route.
Stopovers on the way
There are plenty of vantage points along the way. Our first stop was at the ND Studio which is the set of Big Boss and many popular Bollywood films. We also loaded the brunch supplies at the Panvel McDonalds drive thru, completely contact less. The washrooms were operational here with strict social distancing protocol.
Things to do at Matheran
We took a short mountain trail, made a pit stop at a waterfall and went walking along the railway tracks which was super fun. The western ghats are lush green and there are half a dozen vantage points along the route where you can park your car, pull out the foldable chairs and enjoy a meal with view.
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