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Peaceful week-end get-away for Mumbaikars

January 18, 2008

There is a resort just a couple of hours drive (about 90 kms) from Mumbai, at Vikramgadh, western Maharashtra, about 80 kms northeast from Mumbai. It’s called the Divekarwadi resort and it’s one of a kind. In the sense that it’s great for a day or two, if you love nature and want a bit of peace and quiet. But don’t expect anything fancy. The beds are hard, there is no TV and no air-conditioning. No room service either, although they will deliver a thermos flask full of tea outside your door at 6:30 in the morning. The bathrooms are clean though and so is the resort.
There are no telephones but that’s no problem as mobile signals are fairly strong.
The place attracts a decent middle-class crowd. Naturally, as it’s inexpensive and a double room is available for as little as Rs 2000/- including meals and tea.There is a dormitory for large groups at a reasonable price, great for students. A good place to go with friends particularly if you are interested in the outdoors.

One can wander around identifying trees, the names of which are written on the trees. There are over 500 species of trees and shrubs.
Adventure sports like Rappelling happen here too and there is boating as well. There is a well-stocked nursery. There is a pool (more like a large pond!) which is okay for kids. The waterfall is an artificial one.
One can go for long walks here, either towards the Khand Dam, Palusa Waterfall or Tiger Caves or just chill out on the hammocks, reading, but no, you can’t drink beer. At least not in public. Alcohol is not allowed.

The service is average. The staff is homely and not trained to be customer friendly. Efficiency is not the name of the game here. Meals are served late, and lunch can served as late as late as 2 p.m.

The only thing we didn’t like about the Diwekar resort was the food. It was too spicy for our taste and extraordinary oily. A big drawback for families who come with children and want to feed their kids something substantial. We had a far better experience when we went to the resort in Durshet (run by the same people) where the food and service was good.

The slide show below will give an idea as to what the ambiance of the place is like.

It’s worth driving to Jawhar town to see the Maharaja’s palace, but not for the palace itself. The drive is a beautiful one and so is the walk to the palace. You cannot drive in, but have to park your car at a dhaba (small roadside restaurant) and walk for about 20 minutes in the forest, which is private land. This slideshow will give an idea as to the country one drives through. We went there in great weather and traffic was minimal.

You can find out about what else there is to see in Jawhar from this maharashtra tourism site. Jawhar is close to Nasik as well and the railheads are Nasik, Igatpuri and Dahanu. Jawahar itself is 180 kms from Mumbai (by road and 80 kms from Nasik.

Related Reading: Matheran, the best hill station near Mumbai and Pune
Durshet. week-end getaway in the Western Ghats
Holiday in Daman

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    January 18, 2008 9:13 am

    Hi! Nita,

    Interesting, and although Divekarwadi is probably not one of the most attractive resorts, I am a bit alarmed by your project of broadcasting little-known getaways to the world at large. I feel such places should be “discovered”, not handed out on a plate. At least that’s my policy about MY getaways. I can’t stand the noisy crowds, noisy recorded music (or antakshari sessions), and nonbiodegradable litter that inevitably pollutes such places when people begin coming in hordes.

    I am surprised by one of your photographs which shows a traveller’s palm. This is an exotic, and I wonder who thought of introducing it into the remote interior of Jawhar taluka.

  2. Raj permalink
    January 18, 2008 2:45 pm

    Nita,

    Thanks for this photo review cum travelogue.I agree with Vivek’s views that such hidden getaways are best left hidden and unknown except to the locals in the surrounding area.I would hate to see the commercialisation of such beautiful locales which would not only have a terrible environmental impact but would also alter the character of the place by bringing in undesirable elements who tend to give a hard time to the peace and nature loving locals.But I do think that those who live in states blessed with hills and a coastline are lucky as there are many such places without teeming hordes of people.

  3. January 18, 2008 3:39 pm

    Thanks Raj and Vivek. But I am afraid I don’t quite agree about keeping these get-aways ‘hidden.’🙂 For the simple reason that new ones always spring up and take their place! Also each type of place has it’s own clientale. Some places never become really commericial or ‘popular’ because of the strong belief of the owner to keep it a certain way or because the kind of facilities and rules keep away a certain type of crowd. For example in Matheran there all sorts of hotels, some crass, some luxuriuos, some quiet, some simple etc. Each one has it’s own clientale. Yet matheran still mostly keeps away the crowd which doesn’t like to walk!

  4. January 18, 2008 7:04 pm

    A very beautiful building and grounds. Thanks for sharing the slide show Nita.

  5. January 18, 2008 8:43 pm

    Wow, those are beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing, Nita.

  6. January 19, 2008 12:43 am

    hey for the more young and young at heart
    closer to home there are a lot of weekend treks like in and around the ghats

    say lohagad visapurgad bhaje

    if u want to just spend half a day the vasai fort is a darn good place

    and if u want to take in the view u have the beautiful karnala bird sanctuary ….

  7. January 19, 2008 12:45 am

    and nita u would very much like bhaje it is small but ornate
    and well preserved and there is no mad ekvira rush like in the karla caves , a few kilometres away

    in some free time i will blog on it i have some great lohagad bhaje pics

  8. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    January 19, 2008 3:38 am

    Prax:

    Are you located in Pune? Have you been to Torna, Rajgad, Purandhar?

  9. January 19, 2008 7:13 am

    Brian, OG, thanks.
    Prax, thanks for those names. I have heard of a few, but never been there! Looking forward to those pictures on your blog. I have been to Purandhar.

  10. January 19, 2008 11:33 am

    vivek

    i live in mubai – and yes though a big fan of trekking
    i dont quite have a qroup yet so sometimes i solo trek and have heard of all names and they are on the list of things to do

    time is what i dont have for a few days
    so nita i promise this if u show me how to do the slide show thing i will post stuff – i do have a fikr a/c for ur info

  11. January 19, 2008 11:44 am

    I will send you a mail Prax.

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