Mumbai enjoys a maritime climate around the year. However, this year, Mumbaikars are experiencing a drop of several degrees in temperature. Since December, January and February are peak winter months, the weather is likely to get colder in the next few weeks.
If you are looking for an escape from the cold of Mumbai, here are some wonderful vacation ideas to explore.
A trip to the popular beach destination of India with its gorgeous accommodations, delectable cuisine and Portuguese-inspired culture can never go wrong! You can just enjoy a laid-back holiday in a resort or bask under the glory of the sun on the lounge chairs at the beach. You can also try water sports activities or visit the local markets to indulge in shopping.
A road trip from Mumbai to Goa is the best travel option for scenic views en route. You can consider the option of hiring a tempo traveller in case you are travelling in a large group.
Maharashtra state becomes winter home to beautiful species of migratory birds. These birds create a splendid vision for the visitors. The bird sanctuaries usually allow group tours. So, if you are travelling by road in a group, it is advisable to find a bus on rent for the trip.
The most popular bird-watching destination around Mumbai is Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary located in Baramati. The main attractions here are pink flamingos and Brahmani ducks. Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary in Gujarat and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kerala are also great options.
Come winter season and Mumbai foodies start flocking to ‘Hurda’ destinations in Maharashtra. For the uninitiated, ‘Hurda’ is a tender ‘jowar’ millet (Sorghum) delicacy harvested only during winter. It is made in the form of spicy sweet ‘chaat’.
Some of the farmhouses in Maharashtra that throw ‘Hurda’ parties are:
You can also enjoy farm tours to experience rural life at these places.
The stunning white desert of Gujarat is a breathtakingly beautiful sight in the winter due to the pleasant weather. The world-famous ‘Rann Utsav’ is also held around this time.
You can experience the local culture, enjoy camel rides on the white sands, trek to ‘Kala Dungar’ – the highest point in the Kutch region and visit Vijay Vilas Palace where several Bollywood movies have been filmed.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular winter vacation destination due to its warm climate. Hampi tells the story of the royals of the Vijayanagar Empire through its brilliant architectural monuments.
You can visit Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple and other historical ruins. You can also enjoy a coracle (round boat) ride, climb the rocks, go cliff jumping or experience nomadic life vibes at Hippie Island.
All these winter destinations are easily accessible from Mumbai. You can skip the crowded airports, railway stations and bus stations to travel by road via a hired personal vehicle for a group holiday.
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