Archana Thakur,25,a language tutor and resident of Chembur,is taking a short break with her family to Goa. And she is not alone,many stressed-out Mumbaikars are making plans for an extended weekend.
This Saturday is the fourth in the month and hence its weekly off for state and central government workers and also for the private sector. Monday is Republic Day,and so it is an extended holiday. Its a good time to visit places with family as everyone is available,thanks to the extended weekend, said Thakur. We would return by Tuesday.
Mumbaikars like Thakur are looking to the nearby hill stations like Matheran and Konkan. People are also planning trips to places in western Maharashtra.
Konkan,over a period of time,has emerged as a new tourist destination where people go for a short weekend. It has both hill stations,like the Amboli,and pristine beaches like Alibaug,Tarkarli and Ganpatipule.
This being a tourist season and a long weekend,people are bound to rush to Konkan. Hence,we have started running many special trains; one of them is the Dadar-Madgaon passenger,departing on Friday. This should help people enjoy the scenic journey on route and reach their destinations comfortably, said Vaishali Patange,spokesperson for Konkan Railway.
From January 23 to 25,trains heading to Konkan,Nagpur,Solapur,and Pune are full. People prefer short distance journeys, said Central Railway chief spokesperson Shriniwas Mudgerikar.
Many of them are also going to cities in and around Pune and we could have additional services to help the people out, said a spokesperson of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC).
But,there could be some who will have to enjoy with their families in the city itself owing to non-availability of train and bus tickets and shortage of accommodation.
Our accommodation at state guest houses across the state is full, said Jayant Gaikwad,managing director of the Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation (MTDC). In Konkan,our guest houses are full in Tarkarli,Amboli and Ganpatipule.