Mumbaikars! Pack a light lunch, put on a trench coat and head on a monsoon hike – it’s the best
way to welcome the rains.

Try the trek from Vasai to the waterfall in Tungareshwar. The flattish path lies between thick woods and is a great way of being close to nature without being too far from the city.

The adventurous can either consider Chanderi for a difficult but worthwhile two-day hike or embark on the gradual climb to Kalsubai, Sahyadri’s highest peak.

Going to the hill station of Matheran this season? Skip the toy train or road and trek through the Garbett Plateau instead. You’ll be rewarded with great views as soon as you begin.

You can cycle towards Vasai to the beachfront of Arnala or you could take the route from Alibaug to Murud Janjira that goes through Korlai fort and small hospitable villages.

Another activity that is best enjoyed in the monsoons, especially in Mahrashtra, is
Waterfall Rappelling. Kune waterfall near Lonavla can be accessed after a two-hour
long trek and once there, through a certified agency and guide, one can start rappelling
at a height of 75-80 feet.

Kondana caves near Karjat are a good spot too. For those interested, rain-fed rivers like Kundalika and Pej offer opportunities of rafting.

 

– Aloke Bajpai, founder of The Explorers India, spoke to TS Correspondent Sarita Santoshini (Excerpted from our archives)