5 Budget friendly destinations to explore for students from Mumbai

Mumbai or the city of dreams as they may call it holds a bit of a surprise for everyone.People come here to pursue their dreams for you can be whatever you dream off. It’s the place people come to looking for success. So as it happens, a number of students flock here from different parts of the country. But, what holds an all enthusiastic student back from exploring the city and its vicinity? His/Her pocket!

With this article, we at Aapka Times are starting off with a series of articles to help students have short pocket friendly trips.

Given below are some trips that anyone can who is low on budget can opt from Mumbai.

1. Matheran

Situated at an elevation of 2625 feet above the mean sea level, Matheran is an eco-sensitive zone. The uniqueness of this hill station lies in the mode of transport that is used to reach it. There are no automobiles allowed here so one is left only with the option of riding on  horseback. Louisa Point, Prabal Fort, Charlotte Lake and Shivaji’s Ladder are some of tourists attractions  here. By the means of local train, one can reach  the base of Matheran and from there horses can be used.

Distance from Mumbai- 83 kilometres

2. Alibaug

Alibaug is a coastal town that is just south of Mumbai. It is famous for its beaches and forts.  The island has historic Kolaba Fort and the Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple with its 54-feet statue of Lord Shiva. Alibaug can be reached easily by boarding a ferry from Gateway Of India to Mandwa Jetty. From there, one by ride in an auto to reach alibaug.

It can also be reached via road but it is costly as well as time consuming.

Distance from Mumbai- 92 kilometres

3. Karjat

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Situated at the banks of Ulhas river, this the best weekend getaway if you are a nature lover. Most people come to Karjat for trekking. The best time to visit this place is during monsoons when it is lush green with waterfalls in their full flow.  It reminds one of the historic past as well by the means of old caves and temples. One can travel to Karjat by the means of trains, buses and private cars.

Distance from Mumbai- 62 kilometres

4. Karnala

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Karnala is the home to Karnala Bird Sanctuary that is spread over 12 square kilometres. It is great place to visit if you are a birding enthusiast. Rare birds like the three-toed kingfisher, Malabar trogon and ashy minivet can be spotted there by bearing patience. Karnala fort is also is a major tourist attraction that is situated atop the bird sanctuary and it dates back to early 1400s.

Distance from Mumbai- 48 kilometres

5. Bhandardara

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It is one of the prominent places selected by campers and trekkers. The presence of Bhandardara lake and Randha fall make it more attractive to nature lovers. Also, the proximity to Sandhan valley makes it an attraction during monsoon. It can be reached easily by means of local trains upto a certain point and public transport thereafter.

Distance from Mumbai- 165 kilometres

These places hold bits of History as well as bits of nature. Sometimes these trips may prove as a source of refreshment from our daily monotonous lives. So this weekend treat your eyes, your mind and body with a soulful experience.

Hope to see your travel experiences in the comment section below.