5 Of The Best Weekend Trips To Take From Mumbai During Covid
If you’re a Mumbaikar who’s been feeling cooped up being in your house all day, there are some places where you can just unwind for the weekend out of the city limits. Mind you, we don’t encourage travel just yet – not with the threat of Covid still looming large and the travel restrictions that are still in place. But if you absolutely must have a weekend getaway and taking all the precautions, here are where you can go on weekend trips from Mumbai during Covid.
Sula Vineyards, Nashik
Whether you’re a connoisseur of wine or would just like a sip to enjoy your weekend, Sula Vineyards in Nashik is the answer to your perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai. It is a four-hour drive from Mumbai. So if you have your own car or motorcycle (we’d prefer that you travel in your personal vehicle instead of opting for public transport to reduce the risk of infection), it’ll make for an awesome ride through the scenic Western Ghats.
Once you reach the vineyards, you can explore the place to your heart’s content and experience what it takes to make wine – provided that you follow the safety standards.
Sula Vineyards is serious about the Covid restrictions and guidelines to ensure the safety of both its staff and guests. This includes regular disinfecting and sanitizing of the rooms and common touchpoints (door handles, knobs, etc), and even your luggage. There will be regular temperature checks for the staff and those handling food are to sanitize their hands regularly.
With reduced places for seating in public areas and hotels/bars, social distancing norms are kept in place and your interaction with the staff will be kept to a bare minimum. Just remember to have your mask on and have the updated Aarogya Setu app installed on your phone.
Distance: 170 km from Mumbai
Nearest Railway Station: Nashik Road
This is the average Mumbaikar’s quintessential weekend getaway location. It would take you just about two hours to get there and is thus an ideal backyard tourist destination.
This hill station is most popular during the monsoons, but going there any time of the year would be fun. If you’re a trekking enthusiast, you’ve got Rajmachi Fort and Tiger’s Leap. If what you want is to chill out by serene waters sipping on a cup of tea with a loved one, you can camp at the nearby Pawna Lake. A history nerd would enjoy exploring the mysterious Bhaja and Karla Caves. If you’d like to dedicate one whole day to thrilling rides and roller coasters, Imagicaa is the place to be.
If what you crave is golden sands between your toes and a salty breeze through your hair, Alibaug is for you. This coastal town has also earned the moniker of ‘Mini-Goa’, so those who’d planned that Goa trip can go to Alibaug! As social distancing is a priority, you’d want quiet places to explore. The serene Akshi Beach and the Kolaba Fort are ideal for just that. But if you’d like to get in touch with your adventurous side, you can hop onto a jet ski and blaze through the waters. Maybe you’d want to take to the skies over the water by parasailing.
You can have all the fun you want in Alibaug, but keep in mind the travel restrictions and regulations that are in place when you’re traveling. But a consistent rule would be to always wear your masks and follow social distancing in public places. And once you get back home, it’s recommended that you isolate yourself to reduce the risk of infection. It’s a small price to pay for your much-needed getaway, really. But it’s all in the best interest of your health and that of the people around you.
Distance: 94 km from Mumbai (Alternatively, you can just sit in your car and drive it onto a ferry in Bhaucha Dhakka and reach Alibaug in 60 minutes!)
Nearest Railway Station: Pen
Nestled between five hills that give its namesake, Panchgani is a hill station in Satara. It’s also close to the town of Mahabaleshwar, which is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in Maharashtra. What’s even better for the weekender is that they’ll get sanitized rooms with trained hotel staff in Panchgani.
If you’re a lover of chocolates and candy, Mapro Garden is a must-visit place. Want to look out towards the valley as the glorious sunsets? We’re sure we’ll find you relaxing at Sydney Point. If you’re up for it, a short hike up towards Lingmala Falls would be definitely worth it. For the thrill-seekers, Harrison’s Folly offers paragliding activities too, but if it’s closed due to Covid, you still get to experience a nice view of the valley.
Distance: 244 km from Mumbai
Nearest Railway Station: Satara
Chances are that you’ve not heard of this place, and in this scenario, that’s good! Jawhar is a hill station close to the Maharashtra-Gujarat border. This city is perfect for the weekender who’d love to visit cascading waterfalls and a place rich with Warli tribal heritage. The prominent landmarks here are the imposing Jai Vilas Palace, which was featured as haunted places in movies and web series. If you want to, you can visit the perennial Dabhosa Falls and get in touch with nature.
You’ve been in your house for way too long, and we get the mental toll it can have on you. So we understand your need for a refreshing change of scene. Fortunately, Jawhar being a destination that goes under the radar also makes it one that’s safer than most to visit during the pandemic. Fewer people means social distancing becomes that much easier. Sure, you should keep in mind the social distancing norms and all the necessary precautions at all times.
Distance: 129 km from Mumbai
Nearest Railway Station: Igatpuri/Palghar
Covid Precautions When Traveling
As of 11 May 2021, traveling in Maharashtra is allowed only for emergencies. That means you’ll have to postpone your getaways. Even when the rules are relaxed, the risk of infection remains considerably high. So we’d like to impress upon you that it’s best you avoid any unnecessary travel. But if you’re set on having that weekend getaway, here are the things to bear in mind:
Follow social distancing norms at all times, everywhere you go.
Wear your mask at all times and keep sanitizer with you.
Travel with the least number of people.
Avoid interacting with too many people.
Use your private vehicle to reduce the risk of infection.
Have your coronavirus self-declaration form available with you.
Use online payments in order to reduce risk of infection.
Look for hotels and locations that adhere to the safety guidelines.
Ensure that you call up your destination to know that the places are open – subject to Covid safety guidelines. You don’t want to reach your destination and realize that your place of interest isn’t open to the public yet.
If you start developing symptoms, seek help immediately.
Lastly, wherever you go, try your best to make your weekend trip happy and safe for yourself and those around you.
Where Can I Go For Weekend In Mumbai?
Gorai Beach – This beach is just on the outskirts of Mumbai and you can reach here either by taking a ferry from Marve or by taking the road through Uttan.
Kamshet – This village near Lonavala is the place to be if you want to try your hand at paragliding.
Igatpuri – This hill station near Kasara is home to a Vipassana Center and also surrounded by natural beauty.
How Can I Cover Mumbai In 3 Days?
Day 1 – Explore the major attractions and heritage structures of South Mumbai including the Gateway of India, CST Railway Station, Flora Fountain, and Khotachiwadi. Visit the Mahalaxmi Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, and spend the evening at Girgaum Chowpatty and indulge in the street food!
Day 2 – Take a ferry from Gateway of India to the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After returning, you can go shopping at Colaba Causeway Explore the Chor Bazaar and if you get hungry, we highly recommend meat lovers to visit Mohammed Ali Road for the best non-veg food.
Day 3 – Set out to explore Bandra Promenade and go shopping at fashion street. You can also go to the suburban areas of Mumbai and visit the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the green lung of the city. If you’re up for it, rent a bicycle and pedal your way to the Kanheri Caves.
Where Can I Go On A Sunday In Mumbai?
Marine Drive – This promenade is among the most popular places in Mumbai. Just gazing upon the waves of the Arabian Sea and the panoramic views of the city is a mesmerizing experience.
Aarey Colony – It might be hard to imagine acres of green space within Mumbai. But exploring or cycling in Aarey Colony would be a rejuvenating experience.
Colaba Causeway – For all your thrift shopping needs, this is the place to be.
Elephanta Caves – About an hour’s boat ride away from the Gateway of India, this UNESCO Heritage Site is sure to excite the history geek in you.
How Many Days Are Enough In Mumbai?
If you’re planning on visiting Mumbai, keep aside at least 3 days to experience the city to its fullest.
Are Trains Open In Mumbai?
As of writing this article, train services are running in Mumbai but you won’t be allowed to travel without a valid reason. Only essential workers as designated by the government, people traveling for emergencies, and for vaccinations are allowed to travel.
Are Buses Working In Mumbai?
Yes, bus services are running in Mumbai, but it’s not open to the general public. The service is only open to those who are designated essential workers by the government. For interstate travel, private buses will operate at 50% capacity and are to comply with other Covid regulations.
Is Delhi In Lockdown?
Yes. As of writing this article the lockdown in Delhi has been extended to 17 May 2021.
How Can I Help A Family Member With Covid-19 At Home?
In case one of your loved ones have become infected with Covid, here’s what you can do:
Isolate the person: Social distancing becomes a lot more difficult when within the confines of a house. The person should be moved to a different room, and if that isn’t possible, everyone in proximity to them must wear a mask.
No Visitors: To reduce the risk of transmission, don’t let anyone visit your house. Also, dedicate only one person to the care of the patient, preferably one without any medical conditions. This caretaker must wear a mask and must wash their hands after.
Regular Sanitation: The infected person must have their own utensils and linens. These must be kept separate from others and must be sanitized regularly.
Keeping A Sanitized House: Not just the infected person, everyone in the household must wash their hands regularly especially after coughing or sneezing and before eating.
Are Small Gatherings Safe During Covid-19 Pandemic?
The rule of thumb when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic is that the more people you meet, the greater the risk of infection. So social distancing and self-isolation are the two things that you must live by.
Can Covid-19 Enter Into The Body By The Hands?
Yes, your hands touch many surfaces that may be contaminated by the virus. Touching your eyes/nose/mouth with thus unwashed hands can increase the risk of you getting infected. That’s why it’s important to wash your hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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