Mahabaleshwar holds significance not just as a tourist destination but also as a revered site for pilgrimage for pious as well as history buffs. Whatever your reasons are, you can be sure to find this place serving all the taste-buds of your travel bug.
How to Reach?
Mahabaleshwar is about 120 KMs from Pune and approximately 284 KMs from Mumbai. If you are hard-pressed for time, Pune will be the better place for you to start, even though Mahabaleshwar town also has a railway station. It is because Pune is far better connected to the rest of the country than Mahabaleshwar, whether you are coming by train or plane.
From Pune, you can catch a bus or get a taxi to reach your destination.
Staying at Mahabaleshwar
There’s no dearth of hotels in Mahabaleshwar, even forest resorts and villas (cottages) are available for your stay. The best way is to book online through any of the top online portals like to avoid last minute hassles.
Things You Must not Miss on This Trip
There are many things you would love to do in Mahabaleshwar, but there are certain things you will not get anywhere else. Here’s a list of five such adventures to undertake in Mahabaleshwar:
Watch Sunrise at Wilson Point
It is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at the height of 4710 ft. from the sea level. This point has three watchtowers for the visitors to gaze upon the beauty of the valleys and plateaus around, and gaze upon the mesmerizing sunrise.
Best start of your day at this place. The place was named after Sir Leslie Wilson a British Governor of Bombay in 1923.
Trek to the MahabaleshwarFort
Known as Pratapgarh Fort, this fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1656. The fort saw the historic battle between Shivaji and Aurangzeb’s General Afzal Khan.
A bronze statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji stands tall in this fort, signifying the true owner. The fort is now owned by the Princely Family of Stara.
There are antiquities like the Sword of Maratha Genral Hambirao Mohite, Armours used by the soldiers of that era are also displayed in the fort.
Pay a Visit to the Krishnabai Temple
The best thing about this place is it gets far fewer visitors than the Panchaganga temple located below and offers a great view of the Krishna river valley below.
The temple also has a Shivaling and a captivating figure of Lord Krishna inside.
Take a Walk through Panchagani
You will be walking through the Panchagani forest for most of your accesses to the viewpoints in this place. Panchagani is one of the ecosensitive zones in the region and is home to the Malabar giant squirrel andsnakes.
Be sure to get a glance of these creature while going through these jungle trails.
While heading towards your final destination for the day, the lush green forest trail defintely rejuvinates you and recharges your batteries, before the fay finally comes to an end.
Watch Sunset at Bombay Point
Your final leg of the journey is the Bombay point. What better to say goodbye to a wonderful day at a beautiful place than a mesmerizing sunset.
The place has a large area suitable for a family picnic, along the scenic view of the valley and, yes, especially the sunset
The place is named aptly for being located on the old road to Bombay.
There’s no dearth of hotels in Mahabaleshwar, so if you are planning a longer trip, there are places you can stay as per your choice. Many facilities provide pool and a great view of the valleys and forest, and if you are looking for a five-star treatment that is also available at Mahabaleshwar.