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Mahabaleshwar can be a nice trip from Mumbai
Location : Satara District, Maharashtra
Height : 1,372 meters above sea level
Temperature : Maximum: 29°C
Importance : Famous for its strawberries
Excellent Season : October to June
Mahabaleshwar, in Sanskrit means God of immense Power is the most popular hill station in Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is positioned 1,372 meters over sea level in the Western Ghats, in the District Satara. Formerly, it was a division of the territory under King Raja Pratap Singh of Satara. Afterward, its status altered after Governor Malcolm of Bombay switched over a village for Mahabaleshwar in 1828. Subsequent to this, it became the summer capital of the former Bombay Presidency for the duration of the British Raj.
Celebrated for its waterfalls, temples and view points, Mahabaleshwar is gratifying the visitor with a blend of striking natural exquisiteness and amusing breezy climate. It is located at an elevation of 1372 m above seal level and due to this elevated altitude makes the climate exceptionally enjoyable during the dry season in Mahabaleshwar. The hill station proffers numerous pleasant walks to stopover. The hill station has in the region of about 30 points that gift immense views of flat-topped ghats, thick forests and verdant green valleys. Named after previous British inhabitants most of them are placed in a 10 km radius from the chief bazaar.
Tourist Attractions in Mahabaleshwar
It was erected during the year 1829. Named after John Malcom, this was one of the eminent buildings of that era. It is believed that, the general of the British troops was very much fascinated by the scenic gorgeousness of Mahabaleshwar. It is an excellent instance of colonial architecture.
Holy Cross Church
Even though not very finely preserved, the stained glass windows of this old Roman Catholic Church still keep hold of their magnificence.
Constructed in 1881, the Mahabaleshwar Club located as one of the last existing bastion of Mahabaleshwar’s legacy and history. Assembled with red stone, the club is admired for its well preserved garden and beautiful jogging track edged with gorgeous rose bushes. Extended in excess of 66 acres, the club has 28 residential rooms as well. The club offers its guests a serene ambiance and lots of entertaining amenities together with a mini gulf course, badminton, billiards, chess, table tennis, carom and many others. With the exception of the golf-course, the rest of the extra facilities are only open to members. It furthermore offers a comprehensible view of Venna Lake underneath. And each year, Christmas is luxuriously celebrated by the members of the club.
The Club Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar 412806,Dist Satara, Maharashtra
Phone : 95 2168 260221, 95 2168 260222
The Pratap gad Fort is at a remoteness of about 24 km. from Maha baleshwar. Erected in 1656, by the by the famous Brahmans minister Tirmal Pingale, the then commander of Shivaji Maharaj intended to control the disloyal satraps of the neighboring Javali Basin. Standing 1,080 mts above mean sea level, the fort is constructed on a spur which fail to notice the road flanked by the villages of Par and Kinesvar. From at this point one can get an awesome view down the forested hill surface. Consist of a double wall through corner bastions, a road shows the way to the foot of the hill, then 500 steps run up to the peak. It was here that Chatrapati Shivaji exterminated Afjal Khan, commander of Bijapur and kept hold of the fort. One can see extravagant view of Konkan section from Pratapgad. One can as well trip Bhavani Temple and Afzal Khan Tomb which are in close proximity to the fort. According to myth, Shivaji was sanctified with a unsullied sword at the Bhavani temple. Contained by the Bhavani temple has twin lantern towers. Their exteriors are enclosed with frequently placed outcrop akin to enormous coat hooks.
It is the chief magnetism in Mahabaleshwar, positioned a walking aloofness from Mahabaleshwar town. Made by Raja Pratap Singh of Satara in the year1842, the lake is stretched over 28 acres. Guests can take pleasure in a habitual boat ride or a horse ride to look at the exquisiteness of Mahabaleshwar. Colorful paddle boats and row boats are accessible from the lakeside. The lake is enclosed with a lot of foods and game stalls as well.
Furthermore worth a glance, this is an elderly constitution in Mahabaleshwar. Mahatma Gandhi on one occasion lived here in 1945.
There are quite a few waterfalls located at a very small expanse from Mahabaleshwar.
Positioned 2.5 km away from Mahabaleshwar, is the Chinaman’s Waterfall. Name has been derived from some Chinese offenders who were engaged there for cultivation and farming, it is a marvelous spectacle to observe the waterfalls, falling from an enormous height. Located at the peak of Venna Valley, it can be arrived at on the route to Carviali Road. It is at its unsurpassed for the duration of the monsoon season.
It is positioned about 3 km away from Mahabaleshwar town on the way connecting Petit Road and old Mahabaleshwar. The water tumbles down in the valley and come together into Koyna River in Mahabaleshwar.
It is a gorgeous waterfall positioned at the crest of Venna Valley, 6 km from Mahabaleshwar. Cascade from a height of 600 ft from the overhang, it is also at its best for the period of the monsoon season.
Furthermore known as Krishna bai it has five streams Krishna, Venna, Koyna, Savitri and Gayatri. The 13th century King Singhan made a little tank at the source of Krishna. The self formed linga in the temple reminds one of a portion of volcanic lava.
Devoted to Lord Shiva, the temple is enclosed with a 5 feet lofty stone wall. The temple is engraved into two portions, the internal room known as the chamber of God and the external room called as the Central hall. One of the landmarks of Mahabaleshwar, the temple Shivalingam is finished of black stone.
Situated about 7 km from the chief market, Connaught peak is the peak in Maha baleshwar. Previously known as Olympia it is positioned at an elevation of 1400 mt. Named after the Duke of Connaught, it proffers its guests a spectacular observation of Vena Lake and Krishna Valley. One can as well observe the Kamalgadh, Rajgadh and Torana in the North, Panchgani and Pasarani Ghat in the east, Ajinkyatara in the south, Pratapgad in the west and Elphinston Point along with Old Maha baleshwar at North West. The sunset and sunrise at this point is invigorating.
Mahabaleshwar Points: Mahabaleshwar has more or less 30 designated sightseeing points.
Wilson Point or the Sunrise Point is a gigantic plateau and there are three masonry round platform. The second platform, which is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar is nearly 1 km away from the market region of Mahabaleshwar. Situated at 4735 ft above sea level, it proffers a gorgeous vision of the sunrise. Three surveillance towers provide marvelous views of the valleys around. From at this point one can as well observe the Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, Kate’s Point, Connaught Pick Point, Arthur's Point and Elphinstone Point.
Arthur’s Point is a captivating picnic spot is 12 kms away from chief market. Here one can take pleasure in incredible views of the unfathomable forested valley. Named after English man Arthur Mallet who was the first person to arrive here and erect a house for him. This is the solitary place that reveals the geographical difference between the Konkan and the Deccan territories of Mahabaleshwar. One can observe the densely forested Jaoli valley from this point. Underneath this point is Window Point, which is extremely hazardous and risky to draw near. On the approach to Arthur Point, one can see stunning Marjorie, Elphinston and Savitri Points, Castle Rock and a diminutive stream known as Tiger Spring.
It is exceedingly in close proximity to Arthur’s Point. The name of the peak is derived from the Governor of Bombay, Sir Elphinston, and was initially revealed by Dr. Murray in 1830. A well-liked mark with tourists, one can take pleasure in the attractiveness of the Koyna valley on the left and the River Savitri on the right. It is as well the paramount place for observation of the Pratapgarh and Konkan areas.
It is positioned 4 km from Venna Lake on the Duchess Road. Suspended at a height of 1,290 ft, the position is named after the daughter of Sir John Malcom. From the Kate's point one can get pleasure from the prettiness of Konkan areas, Kamalgad, Panduagad and Mandhardev, Krishna Valley, Balkwadi and Dhom Valleys. The finest time to trip this point is winter months for the reason that these months the views are comprehensible. Right of this point one can come across a bird's eye view of Echo point. One can as well reach Needle’s hole, where a vast rock is spread like a hole in the needle.
It is positioned 5 km from Mahabaleshwar. Known as Sydney Point previously, it was again named Lodwick Point in honor of General Lodwick the first British General who set up this place. There is a commemorative pole mounted by R.W.Lordwick the son of General Lodwick. Lordwick point as well offers a panoramic view of the valley under.
Rosamund Rock and Makhria Point
Located about 6 km from Mahabaleshwar Bus Stand is Rosamund and the Birthday Rock. A superb view of the Krishna River can be observed from here. In a close nearness to the Rosamund Rock is the Makahriya point. In addition to these points, there are many positions offering enjoyable outlook of the plains beneath. A quantity of them are Savitri Point, Marjori Point , Hunter Point etc.
Mahabaleshwar is the leading producer of strawberry in India. Mahabaleshwar is sole strawberry estate in India with land area of 2,000 acres. One can locate rows of strawberry farms in Mahabaleshwar. Some of the renowned strawberry spots are Archies Farm, Hirkani Garden, Shilpa Farm, Garden’s Green House, Mapro Garden and Deepak Baug. May to June is the most excellent to visit Strawberry farms. One can procure jams, crushes, jellies at these farmhouses.
How to Reach
Air: The adjoining airport is at Pune about 120 km from Mahabaleshwar. Pune airport has tourist services for those keen to visit Mahabaleshwar.
Rail: The adjacent railway station is at Wathar, 62 kms from Mahabaleshwar. But the suitable railway station is Pune.
Road: From Bombay via Pune, Mahabaleshwar is 290 km and via Mahad it is 247 km. The State Transport buses ply from Bombay and Pune to Mahabaleshwar. MTDC having operations of daily bus services except for the period of the monsoon, between Bombay-Mahabaleshwar-Bombay.
*For tourist information Call at MTDC - Toll Free No.Between 7.00 a.m to 11.00
p.m.-1800 - 233 - 5050
*Main Reservation Division
C.D.O. Hutments, Opp. L.I.C. Building,
Madame Cama Road, Mumbai-400 020.
Ph: +91 22 2284 5678 (5 Lines)
Fax: +91 22 2285 2182.
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