Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is a commercial hotspot, full of life and extravagance. From beaches to glitzy glamour of the Bollywood film industry, to colorful festivals, Mumbai is a paradox of chaos and magic weaved together to create the ‘City Of Dreams’.
Get away from the hustle bustle of the Maximum City and opt for the road less traveled for a break in the lap of nature. Book an outstation taxi in Mumbai to visit some of these lesser-known jewels of Maharastra.
The Konkan coast is dotted with fortifications that have a strong link to the Maratha history and the maritime prowess of the naval forces of Indian kingdoms. Murud Janjira or Janjira Jal Durg is the most famous marine fort to have ever been built in peninsular India. Built in an oval shape, the giant cannon Kalal Bangadi on this fortified island was famous for the range and outlasted raids, attacks by the Marathas, the Portuguese and the British. The fort is accessed from Rajapuri jetty of the port town of Murud, 165 km from Mumbai. Originally built by a Fisherman to save his community from pirate raids, the current fort was built by the Abyssinian Siddis owing allegiance to Ahmednagar and later to Adilshah and the Mughals. The Janjira state ended with the independence of India in 1947. Ruins of palace, mosques, screened bathing areas and manmade lakes and deep wells for sweet water are going to greet you inside the fort walls. On the ramparts, you will find the rusting canons still in position, as if waiting to push back the invaders again.
Moving further down south on the coast, you will reach Vijaydurg, another of the strongest marine forts of India. The fort is 436 km from Mumbai and connected by the Mumbai-Goa NH17 and is part of the Sindhudurg district. Chhatrapati Shivaji conquered the colossal fortress, also called Eastern Gibraltar from the Bijapur Sultans and expanded and fortified further. Its triple-layer rampart and the surrounding shallow creek made this fort difficult to attack. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea from three sides, the fort is also protected by an underwater sea wall that protected it from strong currents and damaged enemy ships. The Vijaydurg and Sindhudurg forts offered protection to the coastline. Spread over 27 acres and surrounded by 10-meter high walls of laterite walls, the fort is an awe-inspiring sight and provides a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea. Traveling here in larger groups is highly recommended, and you can book a convenient Innova cab service in Mumbai to reach Vijaydurg.
To the west of Mumbai, at a distance of 172 km is the beautiful hill station of Bhandardara. The place is a blend of history, bounty of nature with waterfalls, greenery, and pristine hills. For trekking enthusiasts, this is an excellent place. There are a number of small treks near about the town. The most popular one will take you to the favorite fort of Chatrapati Shivaji, the Ratangad fort. The Umbrella Falls is an absolute gem of nature and its beauty during the monsoon months can be mesmerizing. The Arthur Lake, Randha Waterfalls and the Wilson Dam are some of the other notable places to visit here. The old Amruteshwar Temple and Kalsibai, the tallest peak in Maharastra and the fireflies’ camp in the Purushwadi area, are other famous attractions of Bhandardara.