Ten-Second Takeaway

A new luxury boutique hotel has opened in Malshej Ghat near Mumbai, setting the scene for a perfect monsoon long-weekend getaway.

Why Should I Go?

Saj By The Lake is a great option if we’re looking for a long-weekend hideout. A panaromic view of the Sahyadris, manicured lawns, an indoor garden and a swimming pool make it a scenic point at which to unwind.

Once you’re feeling relaxed enough, the resort also offers adventure activities such as body zorbing, water zorbing, archery and crossbow.

Besides this, vegetarians are also in for a treat {non-vegetarians, take a walk on the greener side of life here}. The Maati Baani restaurant is far away from the typical cottage cheese and potato overdose. Local favourites like methi pithle and baingan bharta are slow-cooked in earthen pits, a shorba is infused with nachani, and regional Maharashtrian, Kashmiri and Rajasthani fare is also available.

A morning walk to the lake will lead you to the banks of the Pushpavati river, flanked by the mountain ranges.The resort is adding camping and bonfire-making to its activities soon and will also offer guided walks to the ancient Karneshwar stone caves and a Shiva temple nearby.

So We’re Thinking…

Malshej Ghat is one of the best spots near Mumbai to enjoy the monsoons. With its trekking, picnic spots and waterfalls, it’s a nature-lover’s dream. With this luxury resort opening there, we’re thinking that our next long-weekend getaway can have a little smooth with the rough as well.


Where: Saj By The Lake, Kalyan-Ahmednagar Route, NH 222, District Pune

Nearest Airport: Chhattrapti Shivaji Intl Airport

Contact: +91 9664151190

Price: Rooms start at INR 9,000 per night during monsoon season; start at INR 3,500 post-monsoon

Photos courtesy: Saj By The Lake