Reasonable Villas Near Mumbai

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Hi, what’s up! Staying at home due to COVID has gotten to us and a little social distancing break might just be good. However please exercise govt regulations and venture with your home members only or really small groups. All of them have discounts for longer stay than 7 days so check it out.

A. VISTA ROOMS : they have additional services like BBQ, Projector Movie and Meals. Meals is ₹1300 per person for non veg with breakfast, snacks, lunch & dinner. The operation team is very responsive.

The rates are subjective to demand. Sometimes on the weekends the rates are super hiked. So this is approx and incl taxes. Also few of them have refundable deposit security which you receive at the end of the stay.

I did check Airbnb but the villas with super host aren’t well maintained. Saffron stays is a pretty expensive affair and most of the reasonable ones are sold out

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1. Vill I stayed : Pura Vida Villa : ₹15000 per night : 8 guests : has a pool : Modern Decor : Khandala : 1.5 hours away from Mumbai :

Very well furnished and spacious. The rooms are big. The caretaker is sweet

Pura Vida Villa, Khandala : Vista Rooms

2. El House : Lonavala : Beautiful decor, Pool, ₹25000 per night : Sleeps 12

3. Stone House : Nashik (it is a long drive so please do 3-4 nights) : This one is a steal deal and available in October. ₹9520 per night : NO POOL : 4.5 hours away from mumbai (Dadar)

It’s right by the lake and the view is beyond stunning

4. Alibaugh : ₹21000 per night : 5 bedrooms : sleeps 15 and this one is so beautiful ufff : Available in October weekdays

The G coast Villa, Alibaugh

5. Bungalow 89 : beautiful view, Lonavala : No pool : sleeps 9 has 3 bedrooms : ₹21000 per night

Bungalow 89

6. Villa Forresta : Lonavala : Sleeps 10/15 : ₹21000 per night : Has a Pool

7. Villa 52 : Lonavala : Pool : Sleeps 12 : 4 bedrooms: ₹21000 per night : don’t like the other villas around but good decor

8. El Lodge : Has a pool : ₹18000 per night : Lonavala : Available in October : sleeps 9 : 3 bedrooms

9. Casa Malbec : Nashik : ₹12000 per night : No pool but amazing view . Good decor . Sleeps 8 : 3 bedrooms

10. Santoni Farms, Karjat : ₹18000 per night, has 8 guests : has pool : 3 bedrooms

Pawna Lake

I went for a drive from Khandala to Pawna . If it is raining, please avoid as the roads are pathetic. The approach road is bumpy and hence please switch off your ac while driving and keep your gear either 1/2 constant. It takes 1.5 hours upwards and 45 mins downward.

I found a Pawna lakeside camping spot which was shut but the owner was outside. Paid him 200₹ for 4 people and we have literally chilled there for hours with nothing to do but soak in the breath taking the view.

A lot of parts of Pawna are commercial and I don’t like them due to crowd in general and considering pandemic, secluded places is a must.

I went there on a weekday morning and hence there was no crowd or security.

You can put on google maps “Pawna Lake Camping” and your will find many spots and you can spot at one after the permission of the owner and chill there. You can also do a little picnic.

Just swinging by the wind at Pawna

Please note the Tiger Point and Bushy dam is shut due to COVID and commercial areas too. We also heard on weekend Pawna was shut so please check and proceed.

Meals : we didn’t include any meals in our stay but packed a lot from here. Here are few ideas that you can make easy lunch / dinner. Sharing my list .

Best AirBnB in Mumbai / Bombay

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So AirBnB in Mumbai are not so well maintained / very outdated and there are only few rare good ones. So here is my compilation of the best Airbnb’s

1. Calvin hosts two studio apartments at Andheri in mumbai. Self check in & extremely sanitised. The approach road is not good but it’s a bungalow having private entrances and wouldn’t mind it at all.

This is where I stayed: Bedroom + Basic Pantry + Terrace. If it’s not raining, they have a hammock + tent in the open : ranges between ₹4500-5500

4 guests are allowed but I really doubt it can accommodate that many.

2. The second one is by Calvin too at Andheri only : :

around ₹3500 per night (no food included) and no terrace. It’s only a bedroom, small pantry and washroom.

3. : 2 nights Minimum : 5 mins walk from Juhu Beach, has a terrace. Total turns out to be 21500₹ . It is so beautiful. The interiors are beyond amazing : 2 guests

4. Next up are few apartments by The Bombay Home Company : it’s a group of people who do really nice homes around Bandra. It’s well sanitised. It was a cumulative search of good apartments when I realised that it’s all by this group. : ₹5044

5. : ₹5044

6. Again by the Bombay Home company : ₹5000 per night

7. : it’s for 8 guests : family apartment : ₹21886 per night : Bandra . They have the option of only choosing one room. Don’t do that as it’s bugging to have somebody in the next room plus safety reasons. READ CAREFULLY : does it say private apartment or private room.

8. 8 guests , 3 beds, 3 bathrooms : ₹10,569 for a night

9. : 4894₹ : 4 guests but one bedroom and have a hall

10. : 2 guests, 1 bed 1 bathroom

11. 4 guests , 2 beds 2 bathrooms : a little tacky for my taste but good price

12. Few apartments in mumbai have a minimum 14 night stays jazz. So please check properly. This one is for ₹46775 for 14 nights : 2 guests

The rates are subject to change as per days , weekends and demands

Please read properly and read the reviews . They are suggestions. We are not responsible for any choices.

Please contact / email your host before reserving and asking doubts . You can do it via the app. Ask about COVID etc. Ask about your doubts and everything. Read the refund policy very carefully.

Filter : super host, entire place to yourself , the amenities and area while choosing an Airbnb. Pictures can be deceptive sometimes

Do not encourage travel due to COVID. We do not promote it as well. It is only because of home circumstances/ long impending work you may do it. Please follow all government guidelines.

Eggless Cookie Cake | Nutella Pizzookie | Pizza Cookie | Chocolate Chip Cookie

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For your eggless Nutella pizzookie :

Wet Ingredients:

½ cup butter, at room temperature (Amul)

1/2 cup brown sugar & 1/2 cup white sugar

⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk / Hung Yoghurt / Normal Yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup milk for combining

Dry :

1 + ½ cups flour

2 tsp cornstarch for chewier cookies , if crunchy then skip it !

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Garnishing :

Chocolate Chips / Chunks

Nutella Plain or Cream + Nutella


1. Pre-heat your oven to 170C

2. beat butter & sugar until it is fluffy for 5 mins.

3. Add in vanilla essence and milk.

4. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients

5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter milk mixture and mix until blended.

6. Add condensed milk / milk / yoghurt and combine well

7. It should be creamy

8. Spread on a non stick pan . Since I didn’t have. I used a container.

9. Layer up the dough then the Nutella (microwave your Nutella for 30 secs so it spreads or cream with Nutella and melt it) then put the dough again

Layer it up on a pan

10. Ensure that the Nutella doesn’t spread to the edges or will ooze out. Also cover the dough properly

11. Add chocolate chunks on top

12. Keep it for 15-20 mins and until golden and crispy. Don’t worry the inside will still Cooke after you shut the oven.

13. Enjoy with a dollop of icecream

14. I look my cookie chewy and cakey on the inside hence and crispy on the outside. Corn flour, yoghurt and condensed milk really helps int that.

15. You can skip all if you want it crispy and only do with milk

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Like an APPLE PIE | Easiest Best and Quick

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Did Baklava as Part 1 : Video Recipe :

and Now apple Pie Part 2 : Video Recipe :

Leave fashion therapy, try food therapy. Using the same ingredient, multiple ways. Since we are quarantined, & don’t have many ingredients. Further we are bored to take extra efforts. Hence I have curated recipes which taste alike with substitutes , require minimal effort. The texture and taste is the same.

Serves 2 :

You will need 2 apples

Brown Sugar 75 grams

White sugar 25 grams

Butter 75 grams grams

Khari Biscuit or Pie crust

Corn flour powder 20 grams

Cinnamon powder (To taste)

1/4 lemon 🍋

For the apple caramel sauce : Trust me I don’t praise myself much but this one was BOMB .

On the stove (always low flame) and ALWAYS KEEP STIRRING or will stick.

In a vessel:

Step 1 : Add all butter , and apples and brown sugar & cinnamon powder. Stir all continuously. Enjoy the smell.

Step 2 : Turn of the gas. Sieve your juice into the bowl.

Step 3 : Keep your apples on the stove , add corn flour and little lime to pull all the juice. Add your apples are ready . Pour them in bowl and keep them ready.

Step 4 : Take your sauce what you had set aside earlier and put it on the stove again. Very low flame and keep stirring till it thickens into beautiful caramel. Now keep little aside and mix the rest sauce with your apples.

Step 5 : take your khari biscuits and layer it up with apples and then your put it in the oven for 2 mins at 100 degrees.

Step 6 : it will be ready . Pour some sauce over it. And consumer immediately.

Since we have used khari biscuits, they turn soggy. So consume immediately.

Easy Quick Baklava Hack with Home ingredients

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So I like easy quick cooking that has accessible ingredients. So this is my take on Baklava.

You can view the video recipe here : step by step :

You will need:


100 ml water


1 TBSP Lemon water

1 TBSP Rose water

Nuts (walnut almond pistachio) and cinnamon powder

Khari biscuits

Melted butter

Step 1 : For the syrup : In a vessel take the sugar , add water, then honey then lemon water then rose water and keep it low flame till it boils

Step 2 : Grind your nuts with some cinnamon powder

Step 3 : Slice Khari Biscuits

Step 4 : take an oven vessel. Grease butter. Place Khari biscuits. Put nuts. Repeat the process again (3 times)

Step 5 : Keep it in the oven @120 degrees for one minute.

Step 6: immediately pour the syrup

Step 7 : Garnish nuts

Step 8 : enjoy ! Also save some syrup for the future as Khari biscuit absorbs it quickly. So incase you refrigerate it, then add a bit of syrup while eating so it’s moist.

Finish !!