Nestled in the heart of the Sahyadri ranges, lies the wild and evergreen hill station of Mahabaleshwar. This second highest peak of Maharashtra is one of the top biological hotspots that is famous for its cool climate, trekking trails and scenic landscapes. This place is also a notable pilgrimage site which is mostly frequented between March to May, Mahabaleshwar is the best family weekend getaway and a honeymoon spot, far away from the chaotic city life.
Photography from natural viewpoints, bird watching, delightful horse rides along tranquil lake and strawberry field visits, form a part of the splendid travel experiences of Mahabaleshwar.
Kickstart your weekend by taking a road trip that provides an ideal respite from the trappings of your mundane life. A taxi from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar take 5 hours covering a distance of 247 km via the Mumbai Pune Highway.
The Arthur’s Seat is the ‘Queen of all points’ that has a splendid stratification of rocks. Travellers who take the steps will encounter the Tiger's spring, considered to be the source of the Savitri river. Below this seat lies the Window point, Echo Point and Kates Point from where breathtaking views of Krishna valley and Dhom dam is visible.
Early risers can view the sunrise from The Wilson Point and the Bombay Point which is famous for its sunset view. The Pratapgarh Fort and Koyana Valley can also be viewed from this point.
Three Monkey Point, Babington Point, Carnac Point, Helen’s Point and many more viewpoints are there for tourists to explore on this largest tableland of Asia.
The major waterfalls of this plateau like the Chinamans, Lingmala& Dhobi flow in their majestic beauty during the monsoons.
The picturesque Venna lake is a major tourist attraction where one can enjoy a lazy boat ride or just take a pleasant walk around its natural setting.
The Bee Keeping Centre provides exciting insights into bee rearing and manufacturing of honey.
Temples of old or KhestraMahabaleshwar
The centuries-old PanchagangaMandir is supposed to be the convergence site of the five holy rivers that originate from the Gaumukhi present inside this temple. Lying at the hilltop, the Krishna temple has attractive stone carved architecture from where travellers can also catch a stunning view of the Krishna Valley and Krishna river flowing below.
The Shiva of the 12-century old Shankar Mandir is uniquely shaped in the form of Rudraksha. This holy place is highly revered as being superior to the twelve Jyotirlingas by Hindu devotees. The Mahashivratri festival is celebrated with great fervor by ardent devotees of this holy shrine.
Shopping, Food and Fun
Local brands of honey and groundnut chikki are available in the markets of Mahableshwar. Try out the ‘Kolhapuri ‘footwear that is indigenously made here.
Irresistible strawberry with ice cream is a specialty that is a must try for dessert lovers. Don’t skip the delicious corn patties and Vada Pav that beget the most authentic taste and flavour of Maharashtra.
Mumbai outstation cabs are available for tourists that offer safe and comfortable rides along with on-time service and round the clock on-road assistance. Rent a chauffeur-driven cab, acquaint with your cab driver (who is also a tourist guide) to visit the stunning attractions in Mahabaleshwar. A well-planned trip with bookings and reservations done in advance save many hassles and give us the opportunity to make the most of our vacation.
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