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Mahabaleshwar

Location Western Ghats, Maharashtra
Distance from Mumbai 290kms
Special Features Highest hill station in Maharashtra
Altitude 1372mts
Other Attraction Panchagni, Mount Malcolm
Best Time October to June

Mahabaleshwar Hills MumbaiOnce the summer capital of Governor of the old Bombay Presidency, Mahabaleshwar is the highest hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. It is situated at 1372mts around Lake Venna.

Mahabaleshwar in Sanskrit means God of Great Power. As a hot tourist spot, Mahabalipuram has 30 viewpoints with striking nature's galore all around. You could walk up and down the road meandering through Mahabaleshwar and feel the historical connections that the region had with the Maratha warrior king Shivaji. The Britishers built various mansions, cottages and bungalows around the town, adding charm and sophistication to the region.

A perfect outing from the daily hustle and bustle, Mahabaleshwar is for those who wish to take a break from the monotonous rat race. Christmas, Diwali and summer vacations are the time when Mahabaleswar becomes very crowded.

Other than being 'The Queen of Hill Stations', Mahabaleshwar is also a major pilgrimage site for the Hindus, as it is also the site of Mahabaleshwar temple dedicated to Lord Mahabali.

Mahabaleshwar is especially important for nature lovers with several breathtaking waterfalls to enthrall you. You will love the Lingmala waterfall, Chinaman's waterfall and the Dhobi waterfalls. The charming landscape around the Lake Vena and the surging waters are ideal for boating in Mahabaleshwar.

With as many as 30 view points you can enjoy the nature's excess at leisure. Among these view points, the Wilson Point happens to be the highest in Mahabaleshwar. There are special observation towers from where you could enjoy the spectacular views. Sunrise is simply heavenly from the Wilson Point.

Babington point has spectacular vistas of the Koyna valley and Chinaman's waterfall. Helen's point has lush fecund fields on the Blue Valley Road. Bombay Point remains an all time favorite among the nature watchers for its sunset. And how could you miss your echoes at Echo point. Connaught peak or the Mount Olympia is favorite spot amongst the riders that also offers picturesque view of Vena Lake and Krishna valley.

Mahabaleshwar also offers excellent option with Panchagni with its five hills making it all the more lucrative tourist spot. Panchgani is renowned for its strawberries, blackberries, jams and fruit jellies.

You can also plan an excursion to the Pratapgad Fort when at Mahabaleshwar, 24kms away; the fort stands testimony to the historic achievements of the great Maratha leader, Shivaji. You may even plan an excursion to the Pratapgad Fort. At a distance of 24 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar the fort stands in testimony to the historic achievements of the great Maratha leader, Shivaji.

How to Reach Mahabaleshwar

By Air
The nearest airport is at Pune at about 120kms from Mahabalehswar. Pune airport has tourist services for those willing to visit Mahabaleshwar.

By Rail/Train
Pune is the convenient railhead to Mahabaleshwar. However the nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is at Wathar, at a distance of 62kms.

By Road
There is excellent road network accessibility to almost all parts of Maharashtra. Regular buses of the state transport link Mumbai and Pune ply to Mahabaleshwar. Further from Mahabaleshwar buses are available for excursions and sightseeing trips to places like the Pratapgad Fort. For intra-city ride, Mahabaleshwar has taxis, rickshaws, bicycles and horses.
Where to stay in Mahabaleshwar
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