Mahabaleshwar Travel Guide
Mahabaleshwar is a among the popular holiday resort, honeymoon spot,weekend outing spot. It is tucked away in the Satara district, they can be best approached from Pune as well as Mumbai. The commercialization has affected the hill resorts of north and south India. But Mahabaleshwar offer a clean, calm and thoroughly refreshing alternative. Mahabaleshwar is regarded as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra. When you are travelling from Mumbai once you are on the top of Ambenali Ghat your lungs get filled with air which is fresh, cool and having scent of the herbs. You will suddenly feel the difference when you inhale the scented air. Tourist from the metro cities feel excited, when they drink the naturally cooled water even in the months of April and May. Mahabaleshwar perhaps is the only place in the country which offers various activities like boating, fishing, horse riding, trekking and playing golf on the gorgeous nine-hole golf course built on the edge of a cliff.
How to Reach Mahabaleshwar
>>Mahabaleshwar By Air:
The closest airport is Lohegaon Airport in Pune and is located at a distance of approx. 80 kms from Mahabaleshwar. One can also get to Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai’s International Airport approx. 160 kms away. From the respective airports one can also hire a cab/taxi or avail the bus service to get to Mahabaleshwar.
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>>Mahabaleshwar By Train:
Mahabaleshwar is not directly connected by rail network. Nearest convenient railway station is Pune (120 kms) as it boasts of an efficient rail network. Get off at the railway station and there are private tour operators who provide buses, mini buses, taxis etc which are available easily to the visiting tourist. One can also take state government buses which regularly move between pune and mahabaleshwar.
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>>Mahabaleshwar By Bus:
Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation runs buses to the mahabaleshwar from Pune, Mumbai, Nasik, Satara, Panchgani and Kolhapur. The buses have a frequency of every 1-2 hours.
There are private tour operators like Neeta and Swami who runs buses to mahabaleshwar on daily basis.
Driving directions to mahabaleshwar
Sightseeing at Mahabaleshwar
1> Wilson Point:
It is also called “Sunrise point”. From this point one can enjoy beautiful sunrise. 2> Arthur’s Seat:
It is the princess of all points in mahabaleshwar. It is 1470 meter high. It got its name fromArthur Mallet as he was the 1st man to visit this place and build a house here.3> Panchgani:
It is 20km away from mahabaleshwar. Located in satara district. It is a small hill station andfamous for Paragliding.4> Pratapgarh Fort:
The Pratapgarh Fort is 900 m above sea level. It is 24 km west of Mahabaleshwar. Thefort looks like a round topped hill. The wall of the lower fort forms a sort of a crown round the brow.
Best time to visit mahabaleshwar
If you are looking to visit here between March – June the climate here is very pleasant and allows to explore the mahabaleshwar in true sense. There is a mad rush of traveler’s during this time to beat the heat of the summer.
From July – September rains pour heavily out here. One can experience beautiful landscape and greenery all around. Honeymoon Couples choose this month as there is very few traveler’s rush out there.But some of the hotels out there are shutdown during this period.
Visiting between November – March can be a good option. It is quite chill out there so you need to carry some extra clothes with you. This is a very good period to visit here.
Adventure activities in Mahabaleshwar:
There are wide variety of adventure activities out there, some of which are listed below.
You can find many resorts and private adventure firms offering many fun / thrilling activities there.
- Water Inflatable sports
- Hydro Bike
- Rope Bridge
- Cycling Track
- Rock Climbing
- Jungle Gym