A hill town in Western Ghats, apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks.
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats, in Satara district of Maharashtra. Known for its captivating beauty and the beautiful strawberry farms, the city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys. The city is definitely among the most sought after weekend getaways from Mumbai. Charming views, enticing valleys, serene lakes and a refreshing delight for your taste buds - the best way to summarize this natures gift.
Don't go to old Mahabaleshwar for accommodation if you want to travel the city and just not be around the forests. Try getting a accommodation near bus station as it is convenient. Many lodges, motels and expensive hotels, resorts provides easy accommodation to the tourists. Booking in advance is advisable.
An immensely beautiful destination. The weather is pleasant almost all year round.
Recieves heavy rainfall. Risk of causing landslides high. May get over crowded during summers.
Mahabaleshwar is ideal for those who love the cold weather and want to get away from the summer heat. A perfect weekend getaway for the people of Maharashtra, espcially from Mumbai and Pune. It is also perfect for a short outing with family and friends.
Day 1: Start your morning with a visit to the Elephant's Head Point. Then visit Arthur's Seat. Post lunch, visit the Elphinstone Point and the Venna Lake.
Day 2: Begin your day with a visit to the Wilson Point and the Connaught Peak. Next, go to the Lingmala waterfall. Visit the Mapro Gardens during the evening or when you are leaving Mahabaleshwar.
Mahabaleshwar is based on the arms of the ranges of the Sahyadri mountains. Mahabaleshwar has one of the rarely found evergreen forests in India. Malcolm Peth, Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar and a region of the Shindola village are the three villages of halves that make up Mahabaleshwar. It is based at the distance of about one hundred and kilometres south-west to Pune and the distance of two hundred and eighty-five kilometres from Mumbai. Valleys surround it in every direction. Mahabaleshwar is ver well renowned for its strawberry cultivation. Mapro Gardens, located at the distance of twelve kilometres from Mahabaleshwar, is also well recognised for its variety of delicious foodstuffs.
Strawberries, Mulberries, Carrots, Corn, Cherry size tomatoes are the natural treasures of Mahabaleshwar's cuisine. Delicious indulges made from strawberries are a specialty of the the town such as toffees, syrups, fudge, ice creams, whipped creams, jellies as well as the Corn Pattice made from the corn. Enjoy these refreshing items and take some home too.
The next most popular item, like in almost all of Maharashtra is the Vada Paav along with a popular range of other street food items. One can also bite into the popular sweet Chikki . Other than these, the restaurants offer quite a satisfactory range of cuisines.
By Rohit Shroff
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