What To Do This Republic Day Weekend In Mumbai: January 26-28

Pick from speed dating for books, sailing or trekking, and upping your food game with feasting, tasting, and baking!

Spend Sunday afternoon swapping books & stories
At this Speed Dating for Books (Jan 28), you get to pitch your favourite book to a fellow book lover in under a minute. Think of it as speed dating for those who love the written word, where both readers need to talk each other into reading the books they've carried with them.

Also recommended is Ashish Shakya's trial show, called Scratchpad (Jan 27). Packed with new material, this show will let you peek into a jokes that are works-in-progress.

Sail away into the sunset right from Colaba (Jan 27 & 28).

Go through Fort with fresh eyes for its history with this Khaki Tours heritage walk (Jan 27).

Conquer 3 peaks over the long weekend
Alang Madan Kulang is one of the most satisfying and challenging treks in Maharashtra. The triple peaks are best conquered over a long weekend, making winter weekend a pleasant time to climb them (Jan 27).

Descend Sandhan Valley (Jan 27), with a 200-ft depth, dramatic views and shadows, and a chance to rappel down a section. The challenging trek also comes with the promise of delicious traditional food and a pleasant night's rest.

If you've only got a day, this short and cheerful trek to Tandulwadi (Jan 27) is ideal for you.

Watch a Bollywood-themed live musical
January 26, 27, & 28, Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir
This first-of-its-kind musical takes place in the setting of a Punjabi wedding. Watch the actors sing, dance, and play characters that are straight out of a movie, without the editing or retakes right here.

Gaze at the stars from this campsite
This campsite located above Lonavala and by Pawna lake offers clear skies and a calm, serene setting. You can gaze at stars through a telescope, guided by a professional instructor. With meals including a barbecue taken care of, this stargazing night (Jan 27) is a relaxing getaway.

Get to Kashid (Jan 27) to camp out by the beach, a superb setting for sunsets, conversations, and campfires.

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A trio of colourful Raan
The Bohri Kitchen is pulling out all stops, serving meals on all three days of the weekend. They will serve Raan (marinated lamb leg) in white, red, and green masalas with parathas, smoked kheema samosas, and chicken kheema cutlets. The main course on offer is Bohri-style chicken biryani cooked in tender masalas.

If you're looking to be productive this weekend, and want to gain food skills, visit Taj Mahal Tea House for a guided tasting (Jan 27). You can also learn to make macarons (Jan 27) in a class conducted by Pooja Dhingra, founder of Le 15 Patisserie.

If you'd just like to remain indoors, Insider has a solution for you! Binge-watch. TV Shows. Comedy Videos. Short-films. Check out Insider's Stay-In section! And when this beautiful weekend is over? You'll probably have to get back to work but we've got more awesomeness lined up for you across the week at Insider!

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