Mahabaleshwar Tourism

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Meenakshi Sthanu

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2 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Perfect for a peaceful and relaxed holiday

Mahabaleshwar is a majestic hill station nestled in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. It is the perfect vacation retreat for those who want to have a peaceful and relaxed vacation, especially with its fresh tranquil air, silent meandering paths and shaded roads with trees on both the sides. The sprawling strawberry and mulberry farms also add to the charm of the place with their sweet fragrance spread out all around the place.

Mahabaleshwar is a favorite holiday destination due to its pleasant weather conditions all through the year. However, the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is between October to June. Some of the must visit places are Rajapuri Caves, Venna Lake, Pratapgad Fort, Panchganga Temple, Lingmala Waterfalls and various points. A visit to the Mapro Garden is a must.

The Rajapuri Caves hold a great religious significance. It is believed that the caves were used for penance and religious rituals by Lord Kartikeya. They are surrounded by many water kunds (ponds). It is also said to be the home of Pandavas during their exile. The holy river Ganga flows into these kunds. Worshipers of the river believe that the water flowing in it will cure all kinds of diseases and evils. The temple of Lord Kartikeya who was the son of Lord Shiva is one of the major attractions in the cave.

The Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees and a boat ride on this lake is a wonderful experience indeed. Tourists can also enjoy a horse ride nearby. Lots of strawberry and corn vendors dot the banks of the lake during season.

Located at a distance of 24 kms from Mahabaleshwar the Pratapgad Fort is the pride of Maratha Empire. The massive fort built in 1656 is known for the battle between one of finest warriors of their times Afzal Khan and Shivaji. The Pratapgad Fort is a maze of ponds, chambers and long dark walkways. Some of these lead to trap doors that open to a 100 meter fall.

The Panchganga Temple is constructed at the confluence of five rivers, Krishna, Venna, Savitri, Koyna and Gayatri. The temple is of major religious importance and is therefore visited by devotees throughout the year. A beautifully carved Gaumukhi can be seen within the Panchganga Temple. The five rivers flow out of the Gaumukhi. An idol of Lord Krishna can be seen inside the temple since it is dedicated to him.

Located at a distance of 6 kms from Mahabaleshwar, the Lingmala Waterfall can be reached via the Mahabaleshwar-Pune road. The water here flows from a height of approximately 600 feet. The best time to visit Lingmala falls is between July and December. The clear water of Lingmala waterfalls cascades into the Venna Lake during monsoon season.

Apart from the above places, Mahabaleshwar is well known for its points which offer panoramic views of the amazing landscapes. There are more than 14 viewpoints which present impressive views to the tourists. These points are within close range of each other and are named after notable Britishers. Some of the most popular points in Mahabaleshwar are: Elphinstone Point, Arthur's Seat, Galoni Point, Lodwick Point, Wilson Point, Babington point, Connaught Peak and Hunter Point.

One must also visit Panchgani, which is a picturesque hill station near Mahabaleshwar and is perfect place for adventure lovers. The hill station gets its name from the five hills which surround it.

The Town Bazaar in the heart of the city of Mahabaleshwar is a shoppers delight. You will be greeted by a hustling crowd, small shops that sell everything and anything and shopkeepers and hawkers vying for attention. Most of the items like handcrafted walking sticks, leather goods and tribal trinkets will surely find their way to your shopping bag. You will spot several outlets selling comfortable Kolhapuri chappals and other leather footwear. You will also love the juicy and flavored Strawberries, Gooseberries and Raspberries that are a trademark of Mahabaleshwar. Along with fresh fruits, you can also buy jams, preserves, marmalade and squashes. Pure honey, leather goods, clothes, crochet dresses and shawls, beautiful baskets, decorative items and other handmade items are popular here. Don't miss out on the "Strawberry with Fresh Cream" which is the famous local delicacy available here.

A visit to the Mapro Gardens, situated en route to Panchgani from Mahabaleshwar, is a must. Not only are jams, preserves, marmalade, toppings, syrups and squashes manufactured and sold here, you can also treat yourself to wide variety of delightful fruit salads, Strawberry shakes and mouth-watering ice creams. They also serve delicious pizzas and sandwiches.

You can travel to Mahabaleshwar by bus, train or self drive to Mahabaleshwar for Pune / Mumbai. There are several buses plying between Mumbai and Mahabaleshwar, which is a distance of about 247 kilometres. The ride will take you roughly eight hours. You will find both state transport as well as private buses from Mumbai and Pune.

While Wathar (60 km) is the nearest railway station from Mahabaleshwar, the most accessible and convenient one would be at Pune. There are plenty of trains going to Pune from Mumbai as well as other major cities across India and you can take a bus or a taxi from Pune to Mahabaleshwar.

If you want to drive from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar it will take you about 5 to 6 hours depending on the traffic. You have two options in terms of routes one is to go from Panvel through Mahad and Poladpur; and the other option is to take the Mumbai -Pune expressway and the highway onwards from Pune to Satara. While the distance from the highway would be about 40 kilometres more but the ride is much better and you would actually reach faster.

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Karan Kamble

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1 reviewPosted 3 years ago

Such a wonderfula experience at a great place the Mahabaleshwar

I was planning to visit this place for a longer period of time but was not sure when at last when I get holiday from my office we visited the famous hill station of Maharashtra the Mahabaleshwar. There are many places you should see at Mahabaleshwar is as follows:-

The great scene from the hill station at morning and evening.
The famous lake built by the ancient people.
The strawberry and other berries garden and farm located at the top of hill station.
The rides which you get at the park at reasonable cost.
The mapro factory for the purchase of variety of products.

The only thing is that all my dear friends if you are planning to visit a hill-station then my firm request to you all to visit Mahabaleshwar and don't forget to go with some winter gear.

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Mahabaleshwar Overview

Mahabaleshwar is both a city and a municipal council in the Satara district in the state of Maharashtra. It is located in the Western Ghats range of India, which spreads from north to south along the Deccan Plateau. The hill station is at an elevation of 1,353 metres above sea level.

Mahabaleshwar lies 285 km south-west of Mumbai and is bound by valleys on all sides. It is a plateau measuring an area of 150 square kilometres.

Mahabaleshwar constitutes three villages – Malcolm Peth, Old ‘Kshetra’ Mahabaleshwar and some part of the Shindola village. The river Krishna originates from the mouth of the legendary statue of a cow in the temple of Mahadev situated in Old Mahabaleshwar and flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Four other rivers also flow from the mouth of the cow, before they merge into the Krishna; these are Koyana, Venna (Veni), Savitri and Gayatri.

The destination was ruled by various dynasties including the Mauryas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Adil Shahi, Shilahar, Marathas, Peshwas and Satavahanas. The history of Mahabaleshwar dates back to 1215, when king Singhan of Deogiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar. A temple and a water tank were constructed by him at the source of the Krishna. This area was invaded by a Brahmin dynasty in 1350.

In the 16th century, the Maratha family of Chandarao ruled over the city. Later, in the 17th century, Jaoli and Mahabaleshwar were taken over by Shivaji Maharaj, who constructed the Pratapgad Fort in 1656. The city also witnessed the imprints of the British, who included the destination in the territory of the Raja of Satara in 1819.

Getting around Mahabaleshwar is not a problem for tourists. Travellers can hire a taxi or board a bus to explore the city and its attractions. Mahabaleshwar is famous for strawberries and mulberries. Tourists can enjoy 'strawberries with cream' from January to February and 'mulberries with cream' from April to May. Also, strawberry milkshake and vada pav made here is a must-try for tourists. The city also produces fresh jams and marmalades, which can be bought. Tourists can also buy fresh honey from the various bee farms in the city.

The moderate climate of Mahabaleshwar makes it destination tourists can visit any time of the year.

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