What could be best for both body and mind than a long walk in the midst of nature, off the beaten touristy paths? The areas surrounding Mumbai are full of dreamlike spots, where you can gleefully indulge in hiking for one or several days, by yourself or with adventurer friends. Several famous forts can be found atop the mountains that circle the city, including Lohagad and Karnala, about two and a half hours away by car. The train and bus networks are well developed and moving out of the urban centre is also possible using public transportation. If some trails are best reserved for seasoned trekkers – like the Kalavantin Durg one – especially during the rainy season, other sites remain easily accessible, provided you are well equipped and provision for at least two or three litres of water to keep hydrated. With varied and spectacular landscapes on offer, the Mumbai region will undoubtedly dazzle you.