Bored Of Lonavala? Try This New Monsoon Getaway!
We city-dwellers just need an excuse to escape the mayhem of everyday life. And what better reason than the monsoons? Over the years, Lonavala has become an obvious choice for a short trip away from the hustle of the city. But there’s another great option that’s not thronged by hoards of people and untouched by technology. If we’ve caught your interest already, then read on and get ready to explore Tamhini Ghatas, your monsoon getaway for this year!
Why Tamhini Ghat?
Nestled in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, this place has everything going for it – a serene environment with picturesque landscapes, along with adrenaline-pumped adventure activities. It is easily accessible from both Mumbai as well as Pune. Ribbon-like roads cut through lush green grass, while open waterfalls add to the monsoon charm here. An isolated spot, this place is perfect if you don’t want to share the rains with too many people.
Makes for an excellent monsoon getaway, don’t you think?
Top Things To Try At Tamhini Ghat
Garudmaachi High Places (outbound management training company) offers some great options for hikes and adventure. It also offers various on-site activities, which includes a specially-built stone tower that lets you make your way down a steep slope while being suspended by ropes. The staircase which leads to the top of the tower is quite interesting, and filled with inspiring quotes from mountaineers and adventurers.
Not an adventure enthusiast? Then simply climb up the tower for mesmerising views of the Sahyadri Range. Garudmaachi also arranges hikes that take you around the region’s waterfalls, streams, and promise panoramic vistas of the valley.
#2 Rafting & Kayaking
The Mulshi Dam, located just 32 kms away from Tamhini Ghat, is perfect for those looking for an adrenaline rush. Every morning, the dam releases water into the Kundalika River creating Grade II and Grade III rapids that are suitable for rafting and kayaking. Try it once, you won’t be disappointed!
Also read: 5 waterfalls to visit this monsoon!
#3 Bird Watching
If birds interest you, then the area around Mulshi Dam will be a visual treat. Home to 17 vulture families and quite a few bird species, this is a great spot to admire nature’s beauty. So, if you do decide to head to Mulshi Dam, don’t forget to carry your binoculars.
#4 Explore The Ghat
After you’ve had your fill of adventure, take a walk around the quaint villages around the ghat. During monsoon, the play of lightning and thunder casts a magical spell on the entire landscape. To warm yourself, a cup of hot chai and spicy misal pav is highly recommended. This delicious food combination is available in several tiny shacks near the villages.
PS: Post the chai and misal pav, there’s a good chance you’ll probably find yourself dancing in the rains on the damp soft grass!
Also read: Monsoon in the mountains!
- Pune (around 75 km)
- Mumbai (around 140 km)
How To Travel Around Tamhini Ghat?
- It is advisable to hire a car as rickshaws and taxis are not available here.
Essentials To Carry
- Do not leave behind your mosquito repellent, rain gear, torch with extra batteries, and motion sickness medicines.
The monsoon is in its best mood right now, and Tamhini Ghat is the ideal place to meet that mood. So, get into the car and drive off towards your perfect monsoon getaway this year!
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