We get it, Mumbai's summers are oppressive. Couple that with dust and traffic, and we can all agree that we’d rather stay home. But we’re here to turn that notion around. These activities will have you wanting to head out, soak up the sun (for a bit…) and chill! After all, chubti jalti garmi ka mausam doesn't have to mean you need to stay in!
Ice Cream, Sunset Sails Or Paragliding: We’ve Found The Coolest Things To Do This Summer
Paragliding At Native Place, Kamshet
Well, that escalated quickly. We’re all for low-key plans and leisure, but isn’t it always a great time to try something new? Fuel your inner adrenaline junkie - try paragliding just 1.5 hours away from the city! There’s day courses, weekend courses, et al.
Native Place at Kamshet will allow you this beautiful experience at sunrise or sunset, whenever you choose.
Price: INR 2,450 and up
Scuba Diving in Tarkarli
About 8 hours from the city, there's untouched seas that house gorgeous corals, exotic marine life, and well, a great place to have your first dive. We don't know about you, but we think summer is a great time for a change of scenery. Especially if the scenery is 100% underwater. Throw yourself into the Konkan sea (with training, of course) and experience scuba diving! We promise you'll be hooked!
Price: Roughly INR 1,200, depending on which service provider you choose
Night Treks at Matheran and Lonavala
Since we're so close to the Western Ghats at any given point of time, it's only fitting that we make the most of the proximity in summer, no? While days are hot and and can get too much for physical activity, we think taking advantage of the relatively cooler nighttime is a great way to explore mountain trails!
Popular Night Treks: Kalsubai, Garbett Plateau, Rajmachi
Trip To Alibaug - The Land of Water Sports and Villa Stays
Got a whole day, or a weekend to spare? We recommend checking out the watersports at Kihim beach in Alibaug, and the countless pool villa stays there. We believe a quick getaway is always on the cards, and this one is only a ferry ride away! Just go through the LBB app for tons of recommendations for villas, homestays and resorts.
How to Get There: The shiny new Ro-Ro ferry if you want to take your car, or by normal ferry if you're living the Bohemian life.
Sunset Sailing At Bombay Harbour
Not particularly in the mood for a trip? You can still choose to sail for a bit! Over at the Gateway, you can rent boats and yachts for a group, and enjoy a tranquil sunset sail. We promise the sea breeze is particularly refreshing in summer, and it makes you forget all about the commute to the Gateway from wherever you live.
Price: Several services provide sailing sojourns from INR 3,500 onwards. Not too expensive, in our opinion.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali
The summer’s not quite as unbearable when buffered by a canopy of trees. That’s why we recommend heading to SGNP for a picnic, or an early morning trek, or a trip to Kanheri Caves. Don’t forget to stock up on water and snacks before you head in! Yup, #StayHydrated.
Here are all the deets on how to navigate through SGNP.
Badshah Cold Drink House & Haji Ali Juice Center
We’re huge proponents of staying hydrated, so we think multiple trips to these legendary haunts for juices, faloodas and milkshakes are mandatory. We’re partial to mango-flavoured everything at the moment, so we recommend ordering preparations that let the King of Fruits shine.
When you're at Badshah, allow yourself respite with the Rose Falooda, and get a Mara Mari at Haji Ali Juice Centre!
Price: INR 120 onwards
Midnight Cycling, Wherever You Want!
We acknowledge the irony of starting a summer-centric list with a nighttime activity, but we really do believe this is super fun! Loads of tour groups organise curated cycling trips that trace the route between Colaba Causeway and Worli Seaface. We love the idea of cycling through The City That Never Sleeps, while most people are, well, sleeping.
Several organizers across the city schedule bicycle tours across the city post sunset. Keep your eyes on our events page!
K. Rustom, Churchgate
Speaking of legendary outlets, K Rustom diligently switches up their menu in accordance with seasonal produce. This Marine Drive icon has a wide and ekdum sasta, so this is great for after you've blown it all on that summer holiday. Wink. Mango ice-creams aside, we recommend trying the lychees with cream.
Price: INR 30 onwards