Think of Mumbai and the top places that you think of visiting are Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Nariman Point, etc. Unless you are a first-time visitor to Mumbai, at some point you may want to explore new places and things to do in and around Mumbai. Keeping that in mind, GoPo brings to you some of the offbeat places to explore in and around Mumbai; these have been handpicked by one of our Experts:Kanheri Caves
Located in the north of Borivali in the forests of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Kanheri caves are known for Buddhist Sculptures and Paintings that date back to 1st century BC. The over 100 Caves in the idyllic environs of the forest make it a must visit place. The caves are about 7 kms from the park’s entrance and one would need to either arrange for transportation from the gate or just walk up. The place is best enjoyed with the help of a guide to explain the sculptures, paintings, etc.
Lonar Crater Lake
Once upon a time – well in-fact, over more than 52,000 years ago – a meteor hit earth, creating one of the world’s largest craters and the only hyper velocity impact crater. Guess what, it's in the state of Maharashtra - about 475 KMs from Mumbai and a 9 hour drive by car. There are several temples such as Daitya Sudan Temple, Kamalja Devi Temple, Gomukh Temple, etc., that surround the lake. Most of these temples, perfect examples of Hindu Architecture, are in ruins - the only exception being the Daitya Sudan temple. You would also find lots of peafowls and migratory birds in the region. Approaching the lake may feel like a trek and it is advisable that you carry water, snacks, etc., as you would find limited outlets for the same in the area.
India’s own Grand Canyon, the descent to the peak and into the Sandhan Valley is a paradise for trekkers and rappelling enthusiasts. The place is also popular for camping enthusiasts. Also known as the ‘Valley of Shadows,’ the valley is around 180 odd kilometers from Mumbai. The valley is a water carved valley that is about 200 feet deep and is located near the scenic Bhandardara region. The region is surrounded by mountain ranges like the Alang, Madan and the Kulang mountains.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaas Plateau or the Kaas Pathar is home to around 850 wild species of flowers including species of Orchids, Karvy, Drosera Indica, Mickey-mouse flowers (Smithia Hirsuta-Kawla), Utricularia Arcuata, Mrudannia Ianuginosa, Ziniger Neesanum and Lamprachaenium Micricephalum, among others. The best seasons to visit are during and post the monsoons when the flowers are in full bloom and the plateau is covered by a thick carpet of the pink Terda (Impatiens Balsamina). A kilometer away from the plateau is the fog covered Kamudini Pond with thousands of Kamudini flowers (a cross between a lotus and a waterlily) floating on it. Kaas Plateau is approximately 30 kilometers from Satara.
A paraglider’s paradise, Kamshet boasts of unmatched scenic beauty and quaint rural vistas. The place even has paragliding options for beginners. Apart from paragliding, one can also indulge in a range of treks of varying degrees of difficulty and this is a great place for caving enthusiasts. Caves in the region like the Bedsa Caves, Karla Caves and Bhaja caves are said to date back to the 1st and 3rd centuries. Kamshet, which is closer to Lonavala and Khandala , can also be directly reached by a train from Mumbai.
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