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SMPT(SMART MUMBAI PUBLIC TRANSPORT) a travel application now available for Android™ 1.5 & above. As the name suggest it provides information on public transport system in Mumbai.

Features:
Local Train Schedule with details on Western / Central / Harbour lines including the mid-night trains, We have also incorporated a railway map to understand all the 3 lines .

 

 

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Mahabaleshwar:Travel Guide,How to reach,Sightseeing,Driving Directions,Hotels,Best Time,Adventure

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

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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.

Hotels in Mahabaleshwar

There are accommodation options to suit all budgets and the options ranges from deluxe to budget hotels.

Grade-A Mahabaleshwar hotels are available at rates of Rs 6000 – Rs 28000 depending on the type of rooms.

Budget Hotels are available at Rs 800 – Rs 2,200 per day depending on the season. The private bungalow for rent cost around Rs 5000 – Rs 12000 per day, during the off and on seasons.

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Best time to visit mahabaleshwar

>>Summer Season:-

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.

>>Monsoon Season:-

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.

>>Winter Season:-

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
  • Paragliding
  • Hydro Bike
  • Skating
  • Rope Bridge
  • Cycling Track
  • Zorbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Jungle Gym

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Udaipur

Udaipur – The City of Lakes:

Udaipur

Romantic and divine, Udaipur is much more than an oasis in the desert and the most beautiful lakes, exquisite palaces and architectural heritage and deserves the nickname “Venice of the East.” and also called “City of Lakes”. Lake Palace is located in Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Lake Pichola is the best example of its delicate architecture and refined culture. Shores of the lake is another beautiful building can boast – a magnificent palace in the city. well-known handicrafts and miniature paintings, Shilpa Gram festival is a favorite tourist destination in the city. Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568, when he was defeated in Chittorgarh and the Mughal emperor Akbar. It is believed that a saint meditating on a hill near Lake Pichola directed him to establish the capital, because it is surrounded by Aravallis, forests and lakes, making it safer than Chittorgarh.

 

Location: Rajasthan, India

Significance: Known as city of Lakes

Best Season: October to April

 

Weather:-

Pleasant winters and scanty rainfall characterizes the climate of Udaipur. Though temperature rises to 40ºC in summers, but mostly it is tolerable and is around 30’s.

 

How to Reach Udaipur:-

1> By Air:

Udaipur has a good network of air services linking it to from New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad and Mumbai. Nearest airport is Dabok Airport, which is 21 km from the city centre.

2> By Train:

It is well connected to and from all the major cities of India such as Chittrogarh, Ajmer, Jaipur and Delhi by trains. Palace On Wheels is a major attraction of course. The railway station is 4 km from the heart of the city.

3> By Road:

The roads are smooth and link Udaipur to various major cities of India such as Delhi, Jaipur, Chittrogarh, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Indore, Kota, Mount Abu and Mumbai. Thus, there are bus services to and from Gujarat, Delhi and major cities of Rajasthan that end at the bus terminal, 2 km from the railway station.

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Stay at Udaipur:

Very good hotels are there in the city of Udaipur.

 

Attractions:

The Sightseeing Spots are-

Jaisamand lake

 Jaisamand-Lake-Udaipur

Lake Pichola

 

Lake Pichola

Lake Fateh Sagar

 

Rajsamand lake

 

Rajsamand lake

City Palace

 City Palace

Lake Palace

 Lake Palace

Jag Mandir

 Jag Mandir

Dharamshala Kangra Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala:-

Dharamshala

The hillside town of Dharamshala, stretches along a spur of the Dhauladhar mountain range amidst magnificent deodar, conifer and pine forests, tea gardens and mist-soaked hills. Since 1960, when it became the temporary headquarters of the Dalai Lama, it has been attracting seekers of spiritual enlightenment from all over the world.

Dharamshala Cricket Ground:

Dharamshala

How to reach Dharamshala:-

1> By Air:-

The nearest airport is at Gaggal (13 Km). However, Amritsar is the convenient airport connected by various airlines with different cities in India.

2> By Train:-

Pathankot is the nearest railhead, connected with major cities in India. A narrow gauge train runs from Pathankot to Kangra (94km). From here Dharamshala is 17 km by road.

3> By Road:-

Dharamshala is connected by motorable roads with different places and ciites in India.
Dharamshala is:
  • 192 km from Chamba
  • 239 km from Chandigarh
  • 143 km from Dalhousie
  • 526 km from Delhi
  • 197 km from Jammu
  • 253 km from Manali
  • 322 km from Shimla
  • 188 km from Amritsar
  • 90 km from Pathankot

Sight Seeing:

1> Bhagsunag:-

Located 02 km from Mcleodganj, the ancient shrine of Bhagsunag, dedicated to Lord Shiva, attracts visitors. A fresh water spring is the added attraction.

2> Chinmaya Tapovana:-

One of the most frequented pilgrimage destinations in Dharamshala, The ashram complex set up by Swami Chinmayananda.

3> Dal Lake:-

Dal-Lake-dharamshala

The place is famous for a pretty scenic lake surrounded by forests of pine trees

 

Stay at Dharamshala:

  • There are very good hotels out there you  won’t find difficulty finding your type of Hotel

Best Time / Best Season to visit:

  • April to June and September to November.

 

Languages spoken: 

  • Hindi, Punjabi, English and Pahari.

 

Locate on Map

Courtesy: Incredible India

Dabhosa waterfall Jawahar

The Dabhosa Waterfall

 

dabhosa waterfall

The Dabdaba Falls, one of the attractive falls in Jawahar, is placed perfectly to soothe the visitor’s body and mind with natural sceneries and fragrance. The whitish gushing water cascading from the rock faces makes this waterfall highly attractive. The surroundings are densely forested and provide a serene location for seclusion seeking travelers. The area is unpolluted and unspoiled without much modern developments and luxuries. dabhosa waterfall

  • How to reach Jawahar

1> By Road:

Dadar – 170 Kms,  Borivli – 140 kms, Nashik – 90 km, Jawhar – 20 km, Vapi – 100 kms, Valsad – 130 kms, Surat – 220 kms.

Dabhosa  Waterfall Resort is visited as Ex-Mumbai / Ex-Nasik / Ex-Vapi / Valsad / Surat Weekend Getaway.

 2> By Bus:-

Maharastra State Road Transport Corporation provides bus services between Jawahar and other cities in and around Mumbai. Mumbai to Jawahar regular bus services are also available.

  • Beat time/ Best Season to visit:-

         365 days a year.

 

Zenith WaterFalls Khopoli

  • Zenith WaterFalls:-

Zenith Falls, Khopoli is very close to Lonavala’ s Waterfalls so many travellers may me seen here during monsoon. Zenith falls are very heavy in comparision with other falls, if you expect to just wet yourself with trickles, then this isn’t the spot for you.

Zenith Waterfall                    Zenith Waterfall Zenith Waterfall  Zenith Waterfall Zenith Waterfall    

 

  • How to Reach zenith waterfall khopoli:-

1>  By Car:-

Khopoli is a 30 km ride from Panvel on the Old Bombay-Pune Hihgway.
It is seen from Highways about 1000 meter. Be prepared for a small (and fun) hike across a stream to reach the waterfall base.
Check for the directions at Khopoli and turn off the highway after the bus stand.
It is named so because of the near by Zenith company.

2> By Train:-

It is 5km away from khopoli railway station.You can esily get an auto from there.

 

  • Locate on Map:-

 Road Directions

 

Bhandardhara

Bhandardara:-

Bhandardara is a holiday resort village on the western coast of India. The village is located in the Ahmednagardistrict of the state of Maharashtra, about 185 kilometers (115 mi) from Mumbai.

Bhandardara sits by the Pravara River, and is a blend of natural beauty, waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake and the Randha falls are major tourist attractions.

bhandardara

Bhandardara waterfalls Maharashtra     Bhandardara waterfalls maharashtra

Bhandardara is full of attractions – from Wilson Dam to Arthur Lake. As legend has it, Shri Agasti Rishi meditated here for a year, surviving only on water and air, pleased with this display of devotion, God came down to Earth and blessed Shri Agasti Rishi with a stream of the Ganges river, which is now known as the Pravara River.

From Bhandardara, you can climb up to see the Ratangad and Harishchandragad fort. Or, you can follow the trails that lead to Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks. Also, if you are up for a challenge, the highest peak in Maharashtra, Mount Kalsubai (1646 m), stands tall for you to conquer. The starting point of this challenging trek is Bari Village, located 12 km away from Bhandardara. Atop, there is a small temple and standing. Standing at the summit, you can have panoramic view of Sahyadris and Bhandardara.

 

Attractions:-

1>  Bhandardara Lake 1 DayPicnic Spot:-

bhandardara lake

Bhandardara Lake is also known as Lake Arthur Hill. The Lake was formed by the dammed up waters of the Pravara River. It is a major tourist attraction amidst the dense green forest. Shri Agasti Rishi meditated continuously for a year at this place so it has a religious importance too.
The clear and placid lake is bounded by thick canopied forests of the Sahyadri hills. The Lake gets its water from the Pravara River as its surroundings offer an enchanting spectacle.
The lake was built in 1910. The lake is a reservoir for Wilson dam and is 34 km long. The lake is quiet deep at certain places. Rivulets from the lake rush down 45 m and is known as the Randha Falls. The falls have big implication because it is used for hydro-power generation.

2>  Wilson Dam:-

About Wilson Dam

Wilson Dam is one of the famous tourist spots in Bhandardara, which was constructed alongside the Arthur Lake in 1910. This dam has been built on the Pravara River and is considered to be an ideal place for organising picnic. Wilson Dam is situated around 750 m above the main sea level and is famous for the nearby Umbrella Falls.

 

3>  Randha Falls:-

randha falls maharashtra

Located at 10 km from Bhandardara placed in the Igatpuri region of the Sahyadris is the Randha waterfalls. Believed to be the third largest fall in India at a height of 45 m. The falls is 11 km from Wilson Dam and is used for generation of hydro-power. The Pravara River plunks 170 ft down into a gullet and creates a breathtaking sight.

 

4> Umbrella falls:-

umbrella falls bhandardara

Umbrella Falls is situated at the old Wilson Dam in Ahmednagar District. The ideal time to visit the waterfalls is during the monsoon season, when the water level in the Pravara River is the highest. It is a beautiful tourist spot, which is located below the Wilson Dam in Bhandardara.

5>  Mt Kalsubai:-

Mt Kalsubai   Mt Kalsubai

Mount Kalsubai is considered to be the highest mountain peak of the Sahyadri range. This mountain peak is around 1,646 m in height and was used for keeping watch on their enemies during the Maratha rule in the region.

Mount Kalsubai is a famous trekking destination which features Kalsubai Temple, Ratangad Fort and Harishchandragad Fort. The Kalsubai Temple houses an old well, where the water level never drops below 3 ft. A religious fair is organised by the locals at this temple, between October and November.

  • How to reach Bhandardara:-

1> By Air:-

Nearest airport is Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, which is nearly 185 km from Bhandardara. Mumbai is well connected to all major cities in India and also connected to many cities abroad. Taxi services are the one direct travel possibility from Mumbai to Bhandardara. It costs nearly about Rs 3,500.

2> By Train:-

Nearest Railway station is Igatpuri, which is nearly 35 km away from Bhandardara.

3> By Bus:-

Regular state transport road buses are available from Mumbai to Bhandardara.

4> By Car:-

small-map on how to reach bhandardara

One can also drive to Bhandardara by taking Mumbai – Nasik Road (NH 3) to Ghoti past Igatpuri.

Mumbai to Bhandardara     163 km

Pune to Bhandardara                   137 km

 

  • Best Time / Best Season to visit  bhandardara:-

The time to visit Bhandardara is during and just after the monsoon rains (July to September) and again during the winters (October to February).

 

  • Locate on Map Bhandardara:-

 

        The map of  Bhandardara.

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