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Away from the din of Mumbai, THESE 5 activities in Lonavala are what you deserve this weekend

Tired of your usual 'Netflix & Chill' weekends? If yes, you must check out this mesmerising place, located at a small distance of 82 km from Mumbai. Touted as one of the favourite spots of Mumbaikars, Lonavala will let you explore the kid in you amid the serene setting of mountain ranges. This twin of Khandala on the old Mumbai-Pune highway aggregates an endless list of alluring adventures. So if you are already enticed for a quick trip anytime soon, here are the 5 things that you can't miss when in Lonavala!

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​THIS ancient stone-walled fort in Mumbai is where history meets Bollywood!

Built by the Portuguese in 1640 as a watchtower overlooking Mahim Bay, the Arabian Sea and the southern island of Mahim, Castella de Aguada is a fort seated at the land's end in Bandra. The fort lies at an altitude of 24 metres from sea level, providing a panoramic view of its surroundings. Interestingly, the name 'Aguada' comes from a freshwater spring in the vicinity, that supplied potable water to passing ships during the initial Portuguese period.

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Hazardous tarballs surface on beaches of Mumbai & Goa yet again

The speedy monsoon winds have washed ashore the hazardous blobs of black oils as tarballs across the Mumbai and Goa coastal periphary. Several beaches in Goa, including those popular among tourists like Anjuna, have formed a black sticky carpet of tarballs raising concerns across. Reportedly, a similar phenomenon has been witnessed across some of the most prominent beaches of Mumbai as well. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has excavated more than 20,000 kg of tarballs from Juhu and Versova beaches in Mumbai this month.

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A trove of legends, THIS temple is an abode of the 'guardian deity' of Mumbai!

Surrounded by various flower shops, one can catch a glimpse of the Mumba Devi Temple within the congested Zaveri Bazaar. Said to be built first in 1675, this temple was initially located at the Bori Bunder creek against the north wall of Fort St. George. With various legends and myths around its destruction, the actual facts remain unknown to this day. The temple was reconstructed at its present location in Bhuleshwar in the year 1737, dedicated to the Goddess Mumba, who is regarded as the guardian of this region by its inhabitants.

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Mumbai & Jaipur amid top 10 most searched domestic destinations in India, says survey

The travel and tourism industry has fallen prey to the pandemic-induced lockdowns and curfews in the entire country. But with the passing of time, people are settling with the 'new normal' and moving towards travelling domestically as well as abroad. According to a research by Booking.com, Maharashtra's Mumbai and Lonavala alongside Rajasthan's Jaipur and Udaipur, are among the top 10 most searched domestic vacation destinations in India.

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