DAY TRIPS AROUND MUMBAI, Mumbai
Visit Matheran. It is a hill station around three-four hours from Mumbai. No vehicles are allowed inside Matheran town. this has been done to preserve the fragile environment. the town, a very small one indeed, is surrounded by woods and is situated on a plateau. there are many famous 'points' here, which are basically cliffs with fantastic views. some of the more famous ones are monkey point, echo point, three tree hill point and suicide point. the best way to go around town is on horses. they can be hired, along with a guide for a reasonable amount. hotels and hostels are easily available and cater to all tastes. matheran will be a breath of fresh air after mumbai. enjoy the treks and for the romatic, the monsoons are the best time to visit. the best way to reach Matheran from mumbai is to take a local train from mumbai (Dadar Station) to Neral and then take the Narrow gauge train. see the photo of the narrow gauge train.
The Elephanta Caves & the kanheri Caves are great places to visit. The Elephanta Caves, dating back to 600 A.D., can be reached by a ferry rideof about 1 hour from the Gateway of India. The kanheri caves were buddhist places of practicing their austerities around the first century A.D. They are situated in Bombay's National Park. Adjoining pic : Elephanta Caves
If you are in Bombay during the pleasant winter months of Jan to March, please make it a point to take the ferry across the harbour to the mainland near Alibag. Enjoy some spectacular beaches that are dotted with historical naval fortresses of bygone figures - mostly the Portuguese and other conquerors.
The ferry ride starts from the Gateway of India is only about an hour and you can hire a three-wheeler to take you around at the other side and also bring you back at an appropriate time for the ride home.
Take time to visit the beaches of Kihim, Alibag, Nagaon, Kashid and Murud Janjira.
Our cab driver, one morning in Bombay, suggested that we visit the Keneri Caves, about an hour north from Juhu Beach. This is a series of caves, carved out of a rock hillside by monks, centuries ago. The cab driver suggested that we might have lunch with the guru who now lives there. Well, we couldn't pass up having lunch with the guru! :)
The caves were well worth the visit, and we were pleased to be the only westerners there. It wasn't very crowded, but what visitors there were, were Indian. We didn't find the guru, but that was fine -- we had a good time without him.
Just outside Lonavala on off the Mumbai- Pune expressway are the ancient Bhuddist Carla Caves. It is a vigorous climb up steep steps to reach the cave.
This beautiful mosque is located off the coast at worli, jutting into the arabian sea.
it can be reached only during low tide through a narrow causeway.
If you find yourself in Bombay and looking for something different to do. Head to the Hill Station of Matheran. For more details look at the Matheran Travelogue.
More carvings at the Keneri Caves. This little girl was trying to pose like the statue maidens. Cute little girl, isn't she?
The ruins of the vasai fort are exciting and tell a story of violence and bloodshed. They are in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.