Weekend escapes from Surat

Looking up at the calendar, I realised August is the month of long weekends and several holidays. (Excited me starts planning for a trip already!) What better way to utilise the long weekends other that going for little escapes in this amazing weather?!?!!! If you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them. If not, why don’t you check out this list I have compiled for you all to make your long weekends more happening and fun!

Just a random pit stop on the way to a great weekend.
This is actually a stone quarry that gets filled with turquoise waters in monsoon!

An adrenaline junkie, or a natural chiller, this list has something for everyone. Also, my highly opinionated gut won’t let me put random places or activities just for the sake of it. So most of the listed destinations are from my own excursions and first hand experiences.

Sharing them with you all.

Udwada

We Surtis are pretty familiar with visiting Daman on weekends to fill our greedy bellies with cheap alcohol. Why not take an unconventional approach to avoid all the crowd and still have a relaxing, unwinding weekend? I am sure by now you all know how I find creative ways of running away from too many people in a place and finding my slice of heaven that I enjoy the most. And this is the precise reason why I suggest visiting Udwada instead of Daman! Try it for yourself.

The quaint coastal town: Udwada

Udwada has plenty of accommodation options right from heritage hotels and hostels to vintage homestays. You can take a comfortable two-hour ride to reach the place and can spend your time relaxing by the beach and gawking at the heritage houses in the town. Scrumptious Parsi food and alcohol from neighbouring UT always go by the side.

You can read a detailed article on Udwada here:
http://decorpentry.com/2019/03/25/the-parsi-town-udwada/

Dang

Every year in monsoon, Dang attracts a large number of nature and photography enthusiasts as well as adventure junkies. A place covered with thick forest belt is one of the popular weekend destinations in South Gujarat and offers a plethora of activities and experiences for the weekenders. Saputara is one of the famous spots in the Sahyadri Mountains and has the most pleasant weather to offer. For more offbeat experiences, Dang is one of the finest places to go trekking and camping in the hills discovering the rich wildlife of the bamboo growing region.

En-route Saputara

Saputara can be called an epi-centre of the Dang region and has plenty of accommodation options to suit all budget groups. Situated at a distance of some 3.5 to 4 hours from Surat, the ride to the destination itself can be a wonderful experience. Visit the lesser popular hamlets of Dang like Mahal, Don and Ahwa to have a taste of the tribal slice of Gujarat.

I have written a separate post on Saputara just a couple of days ago that includes all details. Please read about it here:
http://decorpentry.com/2019/07/30/the-little-known-hamlet-of-dang-gujarat/

Wineyards in Nashik

Being very popular among the youth, the few wineyards (Sula, Somiba, Grover’s, Fratelli) are quickly picking up as the happening weekend getaway destinations for South Gujaratis. One can check out the different vineyards on internet (they all have their official websites) and book the accommodation and tours and tastings accordingly. These vineyards are one of its kinds and have lush green landscapes to offer. The in-house cottages and villas are a great way to relax and unwind with your loved one or with a crazy bunch of friends. Also, one must take a vineyard tour and tasting session to learn and understand more about different wines and how they make it!

Accommodations can be pre-booked on their websites (only Sula and Fratelli have available rooms for stay) to get better rates and to avoid last minute hassle as they are generally occupied. AirBnB also has some amazing private houses and cozy cottages listed around that region (if that suits your style). Or else, the hotels in Nashik city wont disappoint you either.

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Hail long weekends! As a kid I wanted to design my life where I don’t have to work my ass for the whole week only to arrive to a weekend where all your expectations are crushed and chilling plans are postponed cos someone will always not make it.. “We are adults and we have the luxury of designing our own life” rightly said @___sara_jessica_parker once. And this me is taking it too seriously even now. The luxury of designing a life where I can go and spend a rainy Monday in a vineyard surrounded by lush green grape vines and some boutique wines to drink is what we are talking about. Writing a blog on my vineyard shenanigans soon! Stay tuned.. #vineyard #vineyardshenanigans #rainymonday #greensforever #weekendvibes #weekendgetaway #familytime #wineenthusiast #winederlust #wineandwander

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A drive of about 5-6 hours through beautiful landscape, a bag full of relaxed jumpers and a playlist full of some amazing Jazz music is all it takes to set the right mood for the vineyard escape. And don’t forget to pick a lot of wine bottles (as they are sold at a cheaper price in the vineyard store) and grape seed oil (I personally love the oil) on your way back.

Rajpipla

This little royal kingdom near Bharuch never got the attention that it’s worthy of! Only 3 hours away from Surat, this town once served as the home to the Singh royal family that ruled the region in the late 19th century. Rajpipla can be a quiet and serene getaway from your regular city life with a side of heritage and royal feels. For accommodation, I suggest you to definitely stay at Rajwant Palace Resort or Vijayraj Palace Homestay and taste the royal life up close. They have different categories of rooms suiting all budget groups. Visit the site here: http://www.rajvantpalace.com/

You can spend your day lazing around in the palatial resort or by taking a ride out to visit some important sites around. Statue of Unity, one of the engineering marvels of the country is just 30 min away from Rajpipla. Talking about engineering marvels, Kevadiya colony of the Sardar Sarovar project (the dam across Narmada river) also stand a close chance for visit. For people planning a longer trip to this place, they can include visiting Kabirvad, Pavagadh and even Champaner.

Taking off for the weekend already!

I hope this helps you sort out your long weekends better. Reach out to me if you have any questions regarding any place or activity. I would be more than happy to help.
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