10 short-trips from Mumbai for the Independence Day Weekend

With the Independence Day weekend coming up and the monsoon is spreading its charm; it’s time to give yourself a break from the mundane cycle, head to a place away from Mumbai’s chaotic lifestyle and seek some fun, calm and peace amidst the nature. Whether you want to explore places, jump into the sea or just unwind on a beach or lakeside, we’ve got it covered. A long weekend of happiness awaits you, all you need to do is go through the list of these exciting destinations below and holiday your weekend!

1. Murud – Janjira

Jangira Fort, weekend getaways from mumbai

Jangira Fort, weekend getaways from mumbai

Swaying palm trees welcome you as you arrive at this picturesque destination, situated about 150km from Mumbai. Murud- Janjira has beaches, old ruins of forts rich in history, lush hills and dams to keep occupied for the weekend. The Garambi Dam dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria will be in its prime in the monsoon, the Kasa Fort ruins surrounded by the sea is a major sea port in India while the majestic Janjira Fort and the Ahmedganj Palace, a palatial mansion offers much to explore; housing some ancient documents, tombs of previous rulers and a beautiful mosque. Continue reading


Places to Visit Near Pune for a Weekend Getaway

While there’s much and more to be seen and done in Pune, sometimes the city limits just don’t cut it. You just have to get out. Luckily for Pune dwellers, there’s a host of destinations near Pune that are just begging to be visited every odd weekend. So here we bring you 7 places to visit near Pune.


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At about 50 kilometres from the main city, Kamshet is a convenient one-hour-drive away. The hilly terrain is sprawling with lakes and dense forests, making for a very picturesque getaway. If you’re an adventure junkie, there’s plenty to keep you occupied, from paragliding and cave tours to boating trips. Kamshet is dotted with historical sites and temples too, so there’s plenty of sightseeing to be done here.

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Mountain passes we crossed in the Himalayas

In our three months in North India, we spent most of our time in the Kashmir valley, Zanskar valley and the ever so stunning Ladakh.It was a time when we called the Himalayas our home and the navigating the mountain passes was our daily commute!

This is a photo essay of the high altitude mountain passes that we experienced.

Sinthan Pass

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

“Sinthan Top, Kashmir, India”

Perennial snow cover is the main attraction of this pass. On the right of this photo, the zigzags of this road are seen.

Zoji la

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

“Zojilla Pass, India”

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Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Bike Touring!

Hello and welcome to Bicycle Touring Pro, the world’s most popular how-to bicycle touring blog/website and information source… with more than 675,000+ people from all around the world visiting the site each and ever year! You’ve come to the right place if want to learn how to conduct your own guided, self-guided or self-supported bicycle touring adventures.


“Bicycle touring” is the act of riding a bicycle for days, weeks, months or even years on end as you travel long distances across cities, states and countries. Thousands of people of all ages, incomes and demographics are traveling by bike… and you can be one of them!

In fact, my goal here at Bicycle Touring Pro is to not only inspire you with my own bicycle touring adventures, but to teach YOU how to travel by bike, remain comfortable while out on the road and have fun along the way! In other words, Bicycle Touring Pro is here to give you the inspiration, confidence and resources you need, so that you too can conduct the bicycle tour of your dreams!

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