Nature is often one of the biggest escapes, from the hectic life. Lush greenery and beautiful sights work as balm to the soul and it is often that we find our thoughts wandering towards an escaping into the lap of nature away from our tiresome schedule. Yet, not all of us have the luxury of wasting a few days to simply ‘chill’, we have busy schedules, responsibilities and often just a Sunday where we can unwind.
If all you have is one Sunday and you’re looking for the perfect escape, this trek to Andharban forest has your name written all over it!
About the Trek
For those of us who only have a day to spare, this trek from Mumbai to Andharban is all that we could ask for. The trek takes you to the eerily peaceful forest alive with rusting leaves and babbling brooks. The small streams, the stunning hills and the view is something that is worth getting up at 6 am in the morning and walking all day.
The beauty and the splendor of the place is simply unmatched and it would be difficult to find a better use of your Sunday!
‘Bhatakna’ is a group of people who have been organizing treks and quick getaways from Mumbai and the peeps know how to time everything so that you don’t have to worry about wasting even a minute. Your adventure will start at 11 pm at Pritam Hotel Near Dadar station, where you’ll be meeting the bus and the group. From there after hitting two pickup points the tour bus will head straight to Panvel McDonalds at 1am where you can get your refreshments and prepare to rest till 6 am in the morning. Here you’ll have a few refreshments and get ready to start the trek.
At 7 am the group will start its trek towards the heavenly Andharban, beginning from Pimpiri dam and moving towards several streams. There you can let the forest and its sounds surround you while you lay your eyes on everything that is stunning around you. Breathe in the fresh air and let all the toxicities of the city wash away and let nature balm your soul.
From there you’ll have a chill lunch at 1 pm in an open Paddy field following which you’ll start the descend. After reaching the trek end-point at around 4:30-5:00 pm you’ll leave from Andharban and start towards Mumbai.
This trek is the perfect thing for those looking for a quick escape which doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket and is still enough fun. We would highly recommend the trek as it just costs ₹1500 and is a great option for groups, individuals as well as couples. Plus the view and the natural beauty is an experience worth having.
Trek starts: August, 24 & 31
Registration Price: ₹1500 | Register here
Meeting Point: Pritam Hotel, Mumbai | Pickups from- 11:45 PM Yogi Hotel, Diamond Garden, Chembur and 12:30 am Vashi Plaza below Main Bridge.
Do carry an umbrella, raincoat, warm clothes, an extra pair of dry clothes, torch and spare batteries.