"MAHABHALESHWAR - the Queen of Hill Stations" Mahabaleshwar by sushart

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Nestling in the curvaceous mountain ranges of the western ghats of Maharashtra is the cool misty resort of Mahabaleshwar. Away from the crowds and noise of the city, the resort is an ideal holiday destination. Mahabaleshwar seem to belong to the colonial era when people travelled up to the resorts to escape the heat of the plains. It still retains some of the old world charm and make an ideal holiday destination.

Mahabaleshwar's 30 exotic viewpoints provide one with a spectacular access to the ultimate in fascinating landscapes. Most of the points derive their names from some former British dignitary and are situated in the 10-kilometer radius of the bazaar in Mahabaleshwar. Some points can be reached by motorable roads, whereas other can be reached on foot

The summer capital of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency, Mahabaleshwar retains its quintessential charm, despite the increasing crowds that visit the town. Numerous majestic mansions built during the days of the British, still stand as monuments of the Raj.

Overlooking the Krishna and Koyna valleys, Mahabaleshwar, at an altitude of 1372 meters opens up a whole world of picturesque delight. With an air of unspoilt beauty, it is a paradise for nature explorers and peace lovers, as also for filmmakers and producers. Best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is October to June. The monsoon months must be avoided to plan your visit to Mahabaleshwar. Cotton clothing is ideal all through the year.

Places to see in and around Mahabaleshwar

Venna Lake
It is the first and major attraction within Mahabaleshwar. One can spend the whole day at this lake and enjoy boating. The lake is spread around 25 acres. The main purpose of this lake is to supply water to Mahabaleshwar. It was built by the King of Satara.

Mount Malcolm:
It used to be the most famous building in the olden days. it was built in 1829 with magnificient architectural skills. Unfortunately, it has lost a lot of its old charm now.

Catholic Church:
A visit to the old Raman Catholic Holy cross church is worth a detour. although the church is practically falling apart, its stained-glass windows are still a sight to behold. this deserted church is now looked after by a Hindu family.

Mahabaleshwar Club:
The club was built in 1881 and is still flourishing and well-maintained. Only members of the club can stay here. It is very popular for its well-tended roses and lovely jogging track. Christmas is grandly celebrated by loyal members every year. Fortunately, one facility is open to visitors; who can use the golf course whenever they feel like it.

Morarji Castle:
Also worth a look is this old structure. Mahatma Gandhi once lived here in 1945.

Pratapgad Fort:
This is 24 Kms, away from Mahabaleshwar. The fort was built in 166 by Moropant trimbak Pingle under the command of the Maratha rular Shivaji. It was here that the mighty General of Bijapur, Afjal Khan, was killed by Shivaji. The fort has a great view.

Panchgani
Tucked away in Satara district, just 19 kms east of Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani is also amongst the most frequented hill resorts. The name is derived from the fact that it is located at the centre of five hills ("Panch" = five, "Gani" = hills). The place is well known for trekking and other adventure activities. Climb atop 'Table Land', a famous flat-mountain top, from where you can have a look at the vast plain below. The berry farms here are another tourist attraction.

  • Last visit to Mahabaleshwar: Apr 2002
  • Intro Updated Apr 16, 2005
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  • aadil's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2005 at 9:50 PM

    Interesting page on a lovely hillstation!!! I just love it!!! Thanks for sharing on VT!!!

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