Board exams are already over and summer vacations in schools aren’t far away. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is all set to welcome tourists coming from across the state and the country at its many resorts.
But if you harbour any plans of spending the impending sweltering days at one of these places, then you might as well give up. The MTDC resorts, from Mahabaleshwar to Tarkarli and Amboli to Bhandardara, are nearly 100 per cent booked - at least from Fridays to Sundays - till the first week of June.
“The bookings are almost full for weekends and we are also getting a good response for weekdays,” said Shrikant Javkhedkar, administrative head of MTDC Pune division.
People thronging MTDC office is a common sight these days, as apart from online bookings many tourists prefer to confirm their reservations at the counters.
The MTDC resort nearest to the city is at Panshet, which opened a year back. But many tourists from outside the city are unaware of this new attraction.
“The retreat is situated adjacent to Panshet dam in a very restful ambience. Besides lodging facility, an MTDC restaurant is present to cater to tourists. So, this season we are planning marketing strategies to exploit Panshet,” informed Javkhedkar.
“For city residents, Panshet can be a one-day getaway. For outsiders it will be a nature trip, just an hour’s drive from Pune,” he added. As mercury is rising every day, travellers are heading for the hills and the beaches.
“Next two months in Konkan are all about Alphonso mangoes. So, despite the relatively hot weather, resorts at Harihareshwar, Velneshwar, Ganpatipule and Tarkarli are already full. On the other hand, hill stations like Mahabaleshwar, Matheran and Amboli are evergreen destinations,” said an employee, who deals with bookings for MTDC resorts.
“During summers we at least arrange a short trip for the family. This time we are planning a four-day vacation in Tarkarli at the end of this month. I have heard a lot about the beach- face MTDC resort and the houseboat facilities there. Sindhudurg fort at Malvan and snorkelling will be the main attractions of our journey,” said Renuka Joshi, a schoolteacher.