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7 Best Places to Explore in Maharashtra, India besides Mumbai

There is no doubt that Maharashtra is best known for its capital, Mumbai, which is often called the city of dreams and is globally famous as a business and tourist destination. However, apart from this world-renowned tourist spot, there is much more to this state of varying lifestyles and cultures, making it a delight to visit in India.

Read on to know about the best places to see and explore in Maharashtra besides Mumbai:


Nestled in the country’s forested Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is a hill station famed for its picturesque beauty and mesmerising strawberry farms. It is one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai. Often referred as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra, it is a place with a fine collection of rivers and magnificent peaks. Besides, tourists would love to explore some thrilling trekking spots and beautiful waterfalls in the town. Pratapgad, Venna Lake and Lingmala Waterfall are some of the prominent tourist attractions here.


Surrounded by many historical monuments including Ellora Caves and Ajanta Caves, the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, Aurangabad is a city tempting a large number of tourists each year. It is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and reflects a culture influenced by Aurangabadthe Mughal and Muslim culture of Hyderabad. The major draw of the city is the 17th-century marble Bibi ka Maqbara shrine which is styled on the Taj Mahal and its nearby Shivaji Maharaj Museum which captures the attention with war weapons and a coin collection. Besides, Aurangabad caves, Chand Minar and Daulatabad Fort are some other interesting places to explore here.


A historic city, Kolhapur is situated at an elevation of 559 metres above sea level. It lies on the banks of the Panchganga River and is known to be the heart of the Maratha Empire. With a pleasant climate all year round and heavy rainfalls during the monsoons, Kolhapur makes for Kolhapuran ideal tourist destination in Maharashtra. People visit the city to explore its many historical monuments and the Marathi heritage. While Mahalakshmi Temple, Rankala Lake and Jyotiba are some major tourist attractions in the city, the special Kolhapuri slippers and Kolhapur cuisines are not be missed here.


A secluded and charming hill station near Mumbai, Matheran attracts tourists with its mild climate and well-preserved colonial architecture. Situated on the Western Ghat mountain range at a height of 2636 feet above the sea level, it is the smallest hill station in India but is quite popular for a short trip or a quick weekend getaway. The lush greenery, waterfalls and the lakes in the town are a sight to behold for nature lovers. While the entire town in itself is a delight to explore, Hart Point, Malet Spring, Mount Berry and Luisa Point are some of the most prominent tourist attractions not to be missed.


Famed for being one of the Hindu pilgrimage sites in India, Nashik is an ancient city lying on the banks of the river Godavari. This place is quite popular for being one of the cities hosting the Kumbha Mela once every 12 years. With a wonderful collection of museums, gardens and an Nashikarray of ancient Hindu temples, Nashik is one of the world’s holiest cities. Besides, housing half of India’s vineyards and wineries, the city is also known as “the wine capital of India”. Pandavleni Caves, Muktidham, Kalaram Temple and Shri Someshwar Mahadev Temple are some of the beautiful wonders of the city.


Famed as the sister hill station of Khandala, Lonavala is one of the major hill stations in Maharashtra, lying at an altitude of 622 metres in the Sahyadri Ranges. The pleasant weather, scenic splendour and lush velvet meadows make it a beautiful spot for nature lovers. En route from Mumbai to Pune, Lonavala is surrounded by green valleys and attracts with its two Buddhist shines carved out of rock, namely, the Karla Caves and the Bhaja Caves. The major draw of the town is a type of candy which is called “Chikki” and is loved by tourists. Besides, Tiger’s Leap, Bushi Dam, Lonavala Lake and Imagica Adlabs are some of the must-visits of the town.


Situated on the south east edge of Maharashtra, Solapur is one of the top monsoon destinations in the state. The city lies at the Deccan plateau, on the Karnataka state border. Home to a significant number of monasteries, Solapur used to be the spiritual centre in the ancient India for the followers of Jainism. With its beautiful collection of the ancient temples and lakes, the city is an ideal holiday destination for families and makes for a perfect weekend getaway for the residents of Bangalore and Maharashtra. Solapur Bhuikot Fort, Killa Bag and Siddheshwar temple are the city’s prominent places to explore.

8 of the Most Popular Coastal Cities in India

India has a long coastline – one of the longest in the world and it is natural that this ancient country has some terrific coastal towns that remain popular with tourists coming in from all parts of the world. Most of these coastal towns and cities are located along the south-west coast of India and all these below mentioned towns, with perhaps the exception of mega Mumbai, promise a peaceful, calm journey through the country’s unrivalled natural riches.


Mumbai, the financial powerhouse of India, is the most cosmopolitan city in the country. Located on the coast of Arabian Sea, this fascinating city is famed for its architectural wonders, busy beaches, and being home to India’s Hindi film industry.


Gateway of India, Kanheri Caves, Siddhivinayak Temple, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Nehru Science Centre and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya are the top attractions in the city. Aksa, Juhu, Girgaum Chowpatty, Versova and Marve are some of the popular beaches in the city where you can enjoy great street food.



‘The Gateway to Kerala’, Kochi is one of the most stunning coastal cities in South India. A famous port city, this lovely seaside paradise is home to ancient forts and buildings, synagogues, basilicas and palaces and is an ideal place to indulge in numerous interesting water sports such as snorkelling and kitesurfing. Fort Kochi, Kerala Folklore Museum, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Paradesi Synagogue, St Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica, Hill Palace and Museum of Kerala History are among the must visit attractions here.


Famed for its old world charm as well as its modern-day elegance, Pondicherry is another beautiful coastal city in South India. It is locally known as ‘Pondy’ and as a former French colony, this wonderful city is famous for its rich culture and colonial architectural wonders and pristine beaches, forts, basilicas and palaces dating back to the pre-colonial era.


Auroville Beach, Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach, Mahe Beach and Karaikal Beach are some of the best spots to enjoy waterside frolics and to take part in water sports. Puducherry Museum, Old Light House, Notre Dame Des Anges, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Sri Aurobindo Centre and Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple are the top tourist spots here.


Located on the southern end of India, Kanyakumari is one of the most culturally rich coastal cities in the Indian subcontinent. Famous for its ancient temples, religious sites, memorials, forts, and museums, the city surely has a lot to offer to the guests visiting it. Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Thanumalayan Temple, Vattakottai Fort, Government Museum and the Wandering Monk Museum are some of the top attractions in the city, visited by millions of travellers each year. Muttom, Sanguthurai and Sothavilai are terrific seaside spots where people can have a great time.


Famous for its beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna remains a well-known holiday spot in the southern part of India. Located on the coast of Karwar in the state of Karnataka, this amazing city is an ideal place to enjoy the best of sun and sand as well as having tantalizing dishes and refreshing drinks. Om Beach, Mahabaleshwara Temple, Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Paradise Beach and Koti Tirtha are the places where tourist inflow is the highest.


Kerala is teeming with dreamy coastal towns and Kovalam is one more of them. Famed for its calm beaches, stunning landscapes and architectural wonders, Kovalam impresses with its fine amalgamation of sun, sand and sea. The city’s most popular beaches, such as Hawa, Lighthouse, Samudra and Grove, attract a lot of tourists all throughout the year, considering the fact that the weather in this part of the country is pleasant for most parts of the year. Don’t miss to visit the Halcyon Castle and Aazhimala Siva Temple as well. The famous Malabari cuisine is a must try in Kovalam. The Great Elephant Festival, held in the month of January, is another major draw to the city.


Surrounded by the Western Ghats on one side and Arabian Sea on the other, Udupi, in the state of Karnataka, stuns everyone with its ethereal beauty. Well-known for its tradition, culture and cuisine, the city is home to numerous ancient temples, architectural marvels, pristine beaches, unexplored forests and several other interesting sites. Udupi Sri Krishna Matha, St Mary’s Island, Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village, Museum of Anatomy & Pathology, Kaup Beach, Malpe Beach, Ottinane Beach and Murdeshwar Beach are Udupi’s top tourist traps. Bisi bele bath (a spicy preparation of rice) and Pelakai Halwa (Jackfruit pudding) are the two must try dishes here.


Infused with Portuguese heritage and flaunting a vibrant culture, Diu is a former fishing town nestled on the eastern end of the Diu Island. This tiny district is famed for its fortresses and peaceful beaches. Nagao and Jallandhar are the most popular beaches here, ideal to enjoy water sports and other adventure activities. Diu fort, St. Thomas Church, Diu Museum and Naida Caves are among the must visit attractions in the town.

The World’s Most Popular Festivals in September 2016

Festivals, especially the ones involving merrymaking, enthuse one with happiness! Some of them witness a gathering of millions, while others get a crowd of thousands or hundreds.


Whatever the size, such events win over participants and onlookers alike. We have shortlisted certain popular festivals, which will be celebrated this September.

Joust of the Saracen

The Joust of the Saracen is one of the oldest and most prominent traditions of Arezzo – a city and comune in Italy. Celebrated twice a year, it sees city people in primitive costumes excitedly re-creating the atmosphere of medieval Arezzo. Different quarters contend against each other in a joust to win the Golden Lance. Currently, there are 8 knights for 4 quarters of the city.

Date: 4th September

Ganesh Chaturthi

Also known as Vināyaka Caturthi, the Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival commemorated in the honour of Lord Ganesha – The Remover of Obstacles. Colourful pandals are set up almost everywhere in India and the God is worshipped for a period of 10 days. Held throughout the country, the grandest form of commemoration takes place in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Telangana. It is celebrated overseas as well by the Hindu diaspora.

Date: 5th September

The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance is an annual fest, which is held in a small village of the English Midlands. The participants accept six sets of deer antlers from the church. These antiques are nearly 1000 years old and weigh 7 to 11 kilograms. For the next 12 hours, the objects are handled by the ‘deer men’. Individuals dressed as fictional characters cover a distance of 16 kilometres and stop frequently to dance to music created by a melodeon and triangle player.

Date: 12th September

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is observed on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. The Chinese people spend this day with their families. In fact, many of the Chinese living in a foreign land also fly back to their nation meet their families. The Chinese believe that full moon is a symbol of peace, opulence, and family reunion. On Mid-Autumn night, the harvest moon is supposed to be the brightest and the fullest of the year, hence it is termed as the ‘Moon festival’.

Date: 15th September

Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival

Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival is the oldest oyster festival in the world. It is also one of Europe’s longest-running food extravaganzas. Events like seafood trails, oyster opening championships, and foodie talks are conducted. Important personalities such as John Huston (Director), Bob Hope (Actor), Christy O’Connor JR (Golfer), and Richard Corrigan (Chef) have been a part of Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival.

Date- 23rd to 25th September

Colonial v/s Contemporary – Must Visit Architectural Lures in Mumbai

One of the fastest growing cities in India, Mumbai casts a spell over millions of travellers who visit the metropolis for various reasons. Featuring a striking contrast between old and new, swanky and shabby, serenity and chaos; the city exudes a unique enigmatic appeal hard to find anywhere else in the world. Whether you visit for business or leisure, make sure that you include a tour of the beautiful architectural monuments dotting the city in your itinerary. Many of these structures were built in the colonial period, by the British and the Portuguese. Several buildings strongly represent a contemporary architectural style. Here, take a short trip down Mumbai’s memory lane!

Gateway of India

Gateway-of-IndiaSpeaking of monuments, the “Gateway of India” remains one of the most prominent landmarks in Mumbai. An incredible example of the Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the monument was built to honour the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city during the days of the “Raj”. Located majestically on the coast of the Arabian Sea, the structure boasts four beautifully adorned minarets. This brilliant architectural marvel is the key getaway to the Elephanta Caves. An interesting slice of history here; the last of the British troops passed through the Gateway of India on their way out of India, thus symbolising the country’s independence.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

taj-hotel“The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel” is a prominent example of contemporary architectural style. The hotel has long been the favourite pick of well heeled guests looking for ultimate luxury and comfort during their stay in Mumbai.  Besides boasting a highly opulent charisma, the hotel catches the eye with its intriguing architecture. With elaborate arches, stairways and domes, the hotel looks like a palace.

Mumbai University

Mumbai is often called the “Miami of India” as many of the structures here display an art-deco style of architecture. Culture-vultures sniffing around for this genre would do well to snoop down upon Mumbai University, which is perhaps the most dazzling example of this particular style of architecture. Especially, eye catching is the elaborately carved Rajabai Clock Tower. It was modelled on London’s Big Ben clock tower.

Join the Fun at India’s Enchanted Valley Carnival 2014: Music, Adventure & Camping!


Booking tickets to Maharashtra, India’s western coastal province, in the month of December? If you are a music lover, you might want to know about the Enchanted Valley Carnival. It is a unique music festival that offers incredible music performances combined with camping and a myriad of adventurous things to do. A large number of artists, international as well as local, spellbind the crowd with their breathtaking performances. The genres include Techno, Rock, Trance, D&B (Drum and Bass), Pop, Fusion, Folk, Dubstep and much more. But it is not just music that captivates the crowd; Enchanted Valley Carnival is a 3-day festival of sheer fun, immersed in music, camping and loads of fun activities. Holidaymakers, who are booking tickets on flights to Mumbai for a December holiday and are ready for a new experience, should certainly check this event out!

A little about the Line-Up 2014

The line-up of India’s Enchanted Valley Carnival is quite impressive. Highlight of it, is of course, the king of genre-busting hits: David Guetta! Fans will be delighted to know that he will be hypnotizing the crowd on 20th December. This two-time Grammy winner does not need an introduction, his music speaks for itself. Apart from Guetta, New World Punx, Aly & Fila and Solarstone are some of the hottest performers in the line-up 2014. There are a number of local talents as well that are sure to win your heart.

A dash of Fun Activities

After partying insane, should you choose to do some sightseeing or participating in some adventurous activities, there are a plenty of options to choose from. Quad-biking, jungle safari, bungee ejection, rappelling and zorbing are some of the popular adventurous activities here. Visitors can also indulge in water sports like jet skiing, kayaking and much more.

Camping in the Enchanted Village

When it comes to camping, there are three options available – Classic (for maximum two people), Club (maximum four) and BYOT (you can bring your own tent). Those who come with their own tents have the option to rent or purchase the sleeping bags, mattresses etc. Sanitation facilities are decent. Visitors can enjoy bonfire, jamming sessions, yoga sessions and many other entertainment activities here.

A Brief Guide to Popular Museums and Art Galleries in Mumbai


Mumbai, the magical city of the Indian Subcontinent is packed with a wide array of appealing lures that pleasantly surprise its every visitor. However, what adds to the popularity of tickets aboard flights bound for the metropolis is the impressive parade of thought-provoking museums and galleries. Let’s take a quick trip of some of the renowned museums and galleries that promise a wonderful holiday to the culture enthusiasts who spend money on Mumbai flights.

National Gallery of Modern Art

One of the compelling stops for culturally inclined tourists arriving on flights at Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art offers an opportunity to feast eyes on a diverse range of art-pieces. From the fantastic paintings of Pablo Picasso to incredible mummy statues from Egypt – here you’ll find some of the aesthetic masterpieces. Moreover, the repository boasts miniature works and artworks by Rabindra Nath Tagore, Amrita Sher-Gil as well as Thomas Daniell.

Nehru Planetarium

Outstandingly designed, Nehru Planetarium is the iconic architectural example in Mumbai. With its panoply of lures for those having an interest in astronomy as well as cosmic world the planetarium shines bright on the travel plan of many holidaymakers who reserve seats on flights to this city. Visitors get a chance to witness the impressive models of tram coaches, steam lorry, railway engines and many other engaging displays.

Prince of Wales Museum

Located at Kala Ghodha, Prince of Wales Museum is another attention grabber that demands a visit. Many holidaymakers disembarking flights at Mumbai often head to this place to go back to the bygone era when Mumbai was born. The manifestation of wonderful sculptures from the very famous Elephanta Cave as well as miniature artistic pieces made on papers, fabrics and metals actually leave visitors gloating over the decision of booking seats aboard Mumbai flights.

Jehangir Art Gallery

Another majestic structure, standing proudly at the heart of Mumbai, the Jehangir Art Gallery conducts various exhibitions of artistic works done by renowned contemporary Indian artists. Inaugurated in mid 90’s, this place is a meeting point for artists and art lovers. Most culture vultures boarding Mumbai flights head to this gallery for exploring its astounding collection of artwork.

Most Popular Streets to Take a Walk in Mumbai, India

Mumbai is India’s financial epicentre and lots of business travellers plan their holiday tour to the city keeping in mind their commercial interests. The city is even more alluring for leisure vacationers and compels them to board flights and discover its myriad cultural and historical facets. While there are lots of options and ways for people to explore these many charms, perhaps a street walk is the best choice to ensure that none of Mumbai’s main lures are left out. Of course, not everyone can negotiate the maddening traffic and crowd that this city is so famous for, but those who dare will be treated to boundless treasures. Take a look at few venues and areas where people can enjoy a street stroll and can also take in the many sightseeing gems after boarding city bound flights. It is best to wear comfortable shoes and modest clothes before venturing out.


Crawford Market is one of the most popular choices for street walkers who wish to take in the local milieu of the place after putting in money and time in procuring seats on flights to the city. The bazaar is very old and is a great option for travelers who are looking for a wide variety of items. From household stuff to vegetables, everything is available for travelers who opt for a trip to the venue.

Up north along the Sheikh Memon Street is the Mumbadevi Temple. It will be a very crowded place, filled with Hindu devotees. People who have booked air tickets on flights to Mumbai would love to see the temple that is dedicated to the goddess from whom the city is said to have derived its name.

Further north, people will able to bump into the Bhuleshwar Market, at the corner of Kalbadevi Road. The place features a string of stalls that sell a wide array of products from food items to accessories.

Yadnik Chowk is further north and is surely a place to check out the verve of Mumbai. People will find several tradesmen sitting waiting for customers.

Street tours are certainly the best ways to enjoy a fulfilling holiday in Mumbai, India, and people can opt for the same.


A Brief Airport Guide for First-Time Visitors to Mumbai

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA: BOM) is one of the India’s premium gateways to the world. The airport greets passengers on long-haul flights bound for India’s Entertainment Capital, Mumbai. The aerodrome is one of the India’s busiest and South Asia’s second busiest aerodrome and is highly acclaimed for its modish set of passenger facilities. In fact, owing to its service excellence, it has been conferred with several awards and accolades. Here’s a little smattering on the exuberant set of facilities and services available at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport intended for first-time visitors on long-haul flights to the metropolis.

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The airport features several lavish lounges loaded with superb set of business and leisure facilities including snacks/beverages, TV screens and much more to please passengers reserving flights to fly in and out of India’s Bollywood City. Some of the most prestigious lounges include Air India Maharaja Lounge, British Airways Lounge, Emirates Lounge and Lufthansa Lounge.


The airport features several cafés, eateries and speciality restaurants to enable epicureans to treat their taste buds to some of the most tantalizing regional and global flavours. Barista Lavazza, KFC, Martini Bar, Noir Bar, Noodle Work, Spice Bazaar and Curry Kitchen are some of the many speciality restaurants that serve a variety of delicious food, snacks and beverages to please any sort of appetite.


With innumerable retail shops strewn across the complex, shopping here is sure to leave shoppers flabbergasted and craving for more. Passengers booking tickets on both full service and cheap flights to Mumbai arriving in the metropolis must do well to catch up on the duty-free shopping and shop for books, haute couture, jewellery, souvenirs and much more.

Location & Connectivity

This popular aerodrome in India is located at a distance of around 28km from city centre and is well-connected to the rest of the metropolis with efficient means of transport options. Public buses and Taxicabs are just some of the many preferred transport means available to easily navigate to different city points from the terminal complex.

Best Airlines to Book Tickets to Mumbai from the UK

Tickets to MumbaiIndia’s Heart of Economy, Mumbai is a fantabulous pot boiler in which thousands of people pour in everyday from all over the globe, especially from the UK. With the ever increasing popularity of India’s Entertainment Powerhouse amongst Britons, it’s not very surprising that several international airlines offer air tickets on Mumbai aboard direct/indirect flights from the UK! Here is a little smattering on some of the most popular airlines that operate scheduled Mumbai flights from the UK.

Air India

India’s flag carrier, Air India is one of the oldest and the largest airlines in the country. With its primary hub at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Air India remains the best bet for grabbing tickets on direct London to Mumbai flights. In addition, the state-run airline is renowned for its service excellence and has won several awards worldwide including the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Award. Furthermore, the airline pampers guests aboard its long-haul flights bound for the city with spacious and comfortable seating, superb in-flight entertainment, elaborate dining and amazing duty-free shopping.

Jet Airways

Based at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, India’s premier private carrier, Jet Airways is yet another popular airline to grab seats aboard direct flights to India’s Bollywood City from the UK. With its timely schedule and passenger-friendly services across all its travel classes, the airline has earned several accolades including Best Business Class & Best Economy Class at Business Traveller Awards and Best Overall in Entertainment at the Avion Awards. Jet Airways’ award-winning in-flight experiences widely range from superb onboard entertainment to toothsome in-flight dinning and peerless hospitality offered by carrier’s multi-lingual flight crew.

British Airways

The United Kingdom’s flag carrier, British Airways is another popular choice for netting air tickets to Mumbai aboard direct flights. With its hub at London Heathrow Airport, the airline ranks amongst some of the world’s premier carriers. The airline is quite popular amongst travellers for offering fantastic set of services and facilities, both in air and on ground. Aboard its long-haul flights to Mumbai, the airline delights its guests and patrons with elaborate onboard dining, pleasing duty-free shopping and peerless hospitality.

Monsoon Day-Tour for Travellers Booking Tickets to Mumbai

Time-pressed leisure travelers who book tickets to Mumbai find it difficult to resist the temptation to accommodate another quick day-tour of the city to their itineraries. Many business travelers who book flight tickets to Mumbai for work related reasons are often found to take up day tours to explore the best that the city has to offer. Let’s take a look at how those arriving on Mumbai bound flights during Monsoon months of July and August can accommodate a rewarding day tour of the city’s irresistible lures.

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Juhu and Chowpatty are two beaches of Mumbai that need no introduction. In fact, most travellers booking tickets aboard flights for holidays in the city have these on their hit list. The beaches are perfect to enjoy cool breeze and rain by the Arabian Sea. Taste some yummy Pav Bhaji, a speciality dish of Mumbai, and countless other local cuisines at some of the most popular eateries and stalls around.

Choices are simply countless within the city when it comes to quick day tours of Mumbai during monsoon; head to the spectacular Haji Ali Mosque to capture interesting sights; take a leisurely stroll at the Marine Drive or simply gaze in awe at the stunning Gateway of India. Bandra Banstand is another hot spot to be in the rain and take in the views of the Arabian Sea or gorge on savoury snacks at the stalls.

Those arriving on flights to Mumbai and seeking stunning natural pursuits can head to Sanjay Gandhi National Park famous for its rich flora and fauna. Shilonda and Nagla Block are highly popular nature trails in or around the park that can be covered on a day tour. While here, do check out the popular 2400 years old Kanheri Caves.

Time pressed business travellers who book air tickets to Mumbai with less time on hand can visit Khandala or Lonavla before they board their flights back home. These places are perfect gateways for a quick day-tour and are located not far from the city.

If nothing is possible, just step out and go for a road trip! During monsoon, you can find locals who simply love to top up the fuel tank and drive through the express highway listening to great music! If you don’t want to go far, just drive across the popular Bandra-Worli Sea link and enjoy your time in the rain.