We all have planned a ''PEACEFUL WEEKEND'' a thousand times in our minds, out of which we expect nothing but some time for ourselves. It might be just a cup of coffee in our PJs, curling under the blanket, or 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep, a small drive or binge-watching our favorite show/movie (which we have watched infinite times) or the most popular DOING NOTHING category. Even when we know it requires absolutely nothing but a Saturday and Sunday and YOU. But frankly, how many times we have actually done it??? And the reason for not doing so? Yes we know they all are some excuses and/or so called "Responsibilities".
Recently I had gone through one of such LIFE CHANGING dilemmas in which I almost lost my job, almost... While I was still under mental-pressures some of my collegues were planning a short weekend trip to Daman, the Union Territory which is about 180 kms from Mumbai and lies in the state of Gujarat. This write up is about that trip. Let me tell you it was amazing.
If you are willing to spend a weekend on a short trip for peace of mind, food and Alcohol and nothing else, think no further. Go to Daman. It has just that.
SATURDAY : Have your Friday night hungover cured, sleep till 11 Am. have ur regular brunch, in the afternoon pack a pair of T shirt and shorts. Fetch ur friends,car keys and leave. You can take the Ghodbunder road which is equidistant from Western and Central lines (Borivali/Thane). Only traffic you may encounter is at Ghodbunder, then its a 141 km long stretch of highway till Vapi (which is in Gujarat).
Along the way near Manor you can get local shops selling Oil fried Fish & Chicken, be sure to try out few. They are the best and the cheapest fish you can get.
In the highway you may also encounter some tapri shops selling DESI THADI/TODDY which is also called Neera. It is the base form of alcohol fermented from fruits of some palm trees. It is a whitish translucent liquid which is sweet in the beginning and becomes sour as it fermented. It is known to make anyone slightly high (not recommended if you are d one driving.
In around 5 hours you will be reaching Daman. Get some beer along the way if you want because its damn cheap there, it will cost you hardly 50 bucks. Get your room in any hotel in Daman as they are not very expensive. Sai Kripa Imperial is one of the recommended budget options. In OYO you can get it for around Rs. 800-1000 a night. Daman is all open handed when it comes to Tourists as it is one of the popular destination for Maharashtra/Gujarat.
For Dinner head out towards Vapi to one of Daman's finest Dhabas- Veeras Dhaba. It is THE BEST dhaba you can get there. It is also huge with separate areas for Liquors, Family etc. it is nicely decorated with some nice statues and installations for the Instagramer in you.