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Timings : All days of the week- 9:00AM-8:00PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : Free

Arthur's seat, Mahabaleshwar Overview

Arthur's seat or Suicide point is also known as the Queen of all points. It offers the most mesmerizing and fascinating view of the dense valleys of Brahma-Arayana and the Savitri river.

The point is a huge table that stands on a natural pillar. On the way up, one can also see window point and Tiger's spring.

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Tips and Tricks

1) Take along a guide with you as the trek trail gets quite confusing at times.

Food availability

Carry ypur own food along with you, as the trek is very exhaustive and time taking.

Water availability

Carry ample water along with you, as there is only one suitable freshwater source along the entire trek journey.


The school in the village of Dhawale which can be used for accommodation. The villagers of Shelarwadi provide shelter to trekkers as well.

Trek Routes

We can choose to begin the trek either from the village of Dhawale, or from the village of Shelarwadi which lies a 15-20 minutes walk ahead of Dhawale. The initial route passes through the farms of villagers. The route then ascends gradually and comes across a junction between a ridge and a small hill. There are 'Om Namah Shivaya' boards attached to trees at regular intervals from this point onwards, which make the journey easier. Meanwhile, the climb gets steeper before we reach a final rock patch. After successfully climbing the patch, we reach atop the fort. Now, we must reach 'Bhairichi Ghumati' which is a major stopover point between the two destinations. Once we reach Bhairichi, we must take the route climbing uphil. We then need to traverse through a narrow ridge with an exposed valley underneath. This route passes through a dense forest at one point. A small rock patch must be done before Arthur Seat point is reached. The entire journey can be spread suitably over two days as per the requirements of the trekkers. However, a day is sufficient to cover the entire journey.

How to reach Arthur's seat

  • Rail: Pune junction is one of the most important railway stations in the state. It has trains coming in from all parts of the country, along with a host of local trains which makes it easier for the passengers to travel smoothly.

  • Road: There are direct state transport buses available from Mumbai as well as Pune to Poladpur. From Poladpur, buses or shared public transport is available to the base village of Dhawale.

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About Arthur's seat

Approx trek time : 7-8 hours

Availability of Night Trek : Available.

Base Camp : Dhawale village

Days required for the trek : 1 day

Difficulty level : Difficult to Challenging

Height above sea level : 4396 feet

Nearest Airport : Pune

Nearest Railhead : Pune Junction

Starting point of trek : Either from the base village of Dhawale or from the village of Shelarwadi

Type : Hill fort

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