2012 seems to have begun on a positive note for the intrepid, discerning traveller. This week, a long weekend is staring you in the face and you are spoilt for choice. We've simplified things with options for every kind of escape-seeker. Go ahead, and beat a hasty retreat!
TYPE A: Chilling in the outdoors is your calling
Head to Kolad for a relaxed adventure by the Kundalika River. So after you park your vehicle by the river, get rowed across to your cottages on the other side. Stay in cottages, lounge by the riverbed, try your hand at kayaking, head out for a night trail, and engage in some bonhomie around a nightfall bonfire surrounded by quiet, lush forests.
ON January 28-29
COST Rs 4,300
LOG ON TO www.theblueberrytrails.co.in
If yoga is what gives you the extra edge at work and in life, we suggest you make the most of this camp in the middle of the Sahyadris. Learn yoga, understand its philosophy, teaching methodology and Ayurvedic satvik cooking. Take a break at this healthy escape
ON January 27 onwards
AT Aim Yoga, Kasara
TYPE B: You love playing last-action hero (or heroine)
All fired up
Learn to spin fire in this true balls-of-steel one-day workshop. Not only will it teach you to rid your fear of fire but the staff will also be your dance partner. What a better idea that this to spend a chilly winter evening!
AT Vile Parle (W)
ON January 26, 7.15 to 9.30 pm
COST Rs 500
Juggler on the beach
This is one for your showstopper act at the party. This one-day Beach Juggling workshop promises to get all the eyeballs straight at you. Learn a new, fun skill and bask in the limelight too.
ON January 26, 4 to 6 pm
AT Juhu Beach
COST Rs 400
Take to the streets
This activity will leave you tripping for more. Overcome your fear of being confronted with a three-day street-fighting course on offer. Relatively new in this part of the world, this is designed to make you street smart, stay fit and indulge in some healthy sparring with your buddies. You get to pick up this skill with short sticks, soft samurai swords, knives and your bare hands.
ON January 27-29
AT Bandra (W)
COST Rs 600
CALL 9870966910 / 9821423448; LOG ON TO www.bluebulb.in; EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
TYPE C: Heritage and culture are your middle names
The four-day Ellora-Ajanta fest is back to regale the culturati. Last held in 2008, Aurangabad will play host. The seventh edition is scheduled to be held in the 17th century Soneri Mahal and art and crafts bazaar Kalagram.
The event is expected to draw in nearly 10,000 visitors with tourists from overseas as well. Food and culture festivals, exhibitions and folk art festivals will be held here. This apart, one can soak up a series of performances by biggies including Hema Malini, Kailash Kher and Ustad Rashid Khan. And while you're in Aurangabad, make that trip to the World Heritage Sites at Ajanta and Ellora.
COST Rs 25-Rs 600 for tickets;
LOG ON TO maharashtratourism.gov.in