Travel: Live the outdoors with your lover this Valentine's Day

Feb 11, 2016, 08:17 IST | Dhara Vora

A night under the stars or a trek to a fort, sign up for fun mini excursions in the outdoors to max your Valentine's Day weekend

For stargazers
Make the most of the green environs right within the city at Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Sign up for a guided stargazing experience organised by the park and other activities.

This two-day trip also includes a nature trail on the second day. The camp costs include accommodation (inform them in advance for joint dorms) and food.

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On: February 13 and 14
Cost: Rs 2,000 per person
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For city buffs
For history and culture seekers there are two curated walks that will explore diverse localities of Bandra and SoBo. The first will take you through the villages housed in the queen of the suburbs. Sample local food and visit landmarks that range from basilicas to graffiti walls. The walk will commence at Chapel Road and end at Bandra Fort. They plan to offer a romantic surprise for couples. The second walk is for art lovers. It starts at the steps of the Asiatic Society Library and will proceed to various galleries around the locality, beginning at Jehangir Art Gallery.

On: February 14
Cost Rs 1,250 per couple for the Bandra walk and R800 per person for the art walk
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For design snobs
Sign up for an event at India Design Forum (IDF), which will be held in Alibaug, starting with a visit to The Table restaurant. This will be followed by a light lunch made with fresh produce. Next, visit to the Dashrath Patel Museum. Patel was the first director of education at The National Institute of Design (NID-Ahmedabad). The museum displays six decades of his work in painting, ceramics, photography and design.  The evening ends at Design Temple in Colaba over wine and cheese and conversations on contemporary art.

On: February 14, (meeting point at Gateway of India)
Cost: Rs 1,000 per person
Call: 9833948363


For rendezvous seekers
Whether you love the beach or jungle, a city-based camping company  offers various campsites. For the upcoming weekend, book a camp near Kashid Beach in Alibaug, at an isolated spot where you can enjoy a beach side dinner. If you wish to camp by a lake, opt for one through jungles near Shirota lake. And for a camp with a view, check out a campsite at Rajmachi near Lonavala.

On: February 13 and 14
Cost: Rs 2,500 per person plus taxes (travel exclusive)
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For hard-core hikers
Get adventurous in love and sign up for an easy trek to Tikona fort. The day trip guarantees stunning views of the Pawana Lake and wholesome home-cooked lunch in a local village. The fort encloses a lake, caves and the temple of Trimbakeshwar Mahadev.

On: February 14
Cost: Rs 1,450 per person (includes travel by a non-AC bus)
Call: 9833163486
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For high-fliers
If you wish to add some drama to the day, book a helicopter joyride that has been recently launched by Maharashtra Tourism. Pop the question in the air, there will be no escaping though.

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Cost: Rs 2,620 plus taxes for a 10 minute ride
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