Mahabaleshwar Experience: One of the most populer hill station, easy to reach and nice to stay with all facilities in terms of good to luxerious stay & variety of food veg, non-veg & jain. Most popular for strawbery gardens & Ancient fort call Pratap Garh.
Minimum 3 days visit require to enjoy this hill station at fullest.
Good morning with cooku songfs if your choose to stay in little out skirt.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Hill top station with lots of greenaries, strawbery gardens, Ancient forts [pratap garh] and boat tour in evening at veena lake that make perfect holiday at very cheap cost for maharashtra people. All variety of foods available depends where you prefer to stay. Market becomes very live every evening with all variety of gifts & shopping. In house amusement in market area for kids [incl elder kids] for entertaintment. Even hugh amusement park are now available for full day entertaintment.
Activities & things to do: - Pick best of strawberies while to your return journey. You can choose to order your quantity during your visit to strawberies garden in advance and they will ensure fresh strawbery delivered to your hotel on the day of your departure, sounds gr8, isn't it?
- Boat riding in venna lake [or prepferably vaigaon] is must have attraction
- Hill point visits like echo points, monkey point is alos prefered places to visit though it's quite similar to matheran, if you have already been there. Still you with family can spend some quality time [but not more than 2-3 hrs]
- best part is to have complete rest with family and breath in air with lots of oxygen which is not available in urban cities.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: First time travelers, it is good you take public/private bus trnasportation as it is not so safe to drive, not bcoz of road conditions but due to very deep curves which going up to top of the mountain called Mahabaleshwar, to avoid invite unfortunate accident.
Visitors can enter wither from pune or pane side. it is ~150 KMs from mumbai. it's better to take train to pune or atleat till Mumbai for out station visitors then rest can be travelled through road.
Do propoer planning before starting sight seings. There is only 2 directions you have to plan 1) Towards Pratap Garh 2) Panchgini. Even for Pratap Garh, public bus is avaialbe from bus depot [which in the centre of market]. Visiting Pratap Garh is half day tour, but exauhstive so better take rest during remaining day. Atmost visit market in evening b/w 6-9 PM. thera lots of attraction on the way to Panchgini such as Strawbery Gardens, Amusement Park, Lord Shiva Temple, Venna Lake and most popular Mapro & Mala factory. Againg this is half day tour so have good rest during other half.
Do proper bargain before hiring cabs [which is the only option] for sight seings to avoid unpleasent arguments at the end of the day.
Mostly full day cab [9AM to 6PM] will charge Rs 1500 which has capacity to accommodate 2 families.
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