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

Top 10 honeymoon destinations

The prerequisite for a honeymoon is an ideal location, where you are surrounded by scenic hills, arrays and arrays of tall trees, a foggy atmosphere, a serene endless sea shore or romantic beach. Sounds indeed like a perfect Indian romantic movie, but you can also make your honeymoon, a similarly romantic and wonderful experience in such places of the country.

Top honeymoon places in india

 

Lakshadweep

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Goa

Kovalam

Srinagar

Darjeeling

Jodhpur

Coorg

Shimla

 

Ooty

 

 

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Top 10 beaches

Top 10 Beach Destination in India

1> Mandvi beach:-

This tiny island can be ventured in half a day by foot as it’s a mere 6 kilometer stretch. Situated in the coastal side of Gujarat, the waters of Mandvi are great for catching fish. People usually love to cook it on the beach itself, sitting serenely, watching the sun go down. A scooter on rent to surf on the beach or within the city is one of the major leisure activities for the people who pay a visit here. Speeding motor boats on in the water is another activity the tourists love to enjoy here.

2> Kalpeni beach:-

Lakshadeep islands are India’s unspoiled group of many small islands. Kalpeni is one such beach island. The views of the sea turtles and the magnificent coral reefs in the waters of Kalpeni are ethereal. This beach is basically a lagoon lined by smaller islands and coral reefs. Like any other island folk men, the prime occupations of its residents are fishing and cultivation ofcoconuts. Water sports is a huge attraction here with tourists sailing away in the pristine waters. The tropical climate makes it a perfect winter season getway.

3> Palolem beach:-

This quant and scenic edge of South Goa is a perfect getaway from the regular bustle of usual tourist-filled resorts. The best place to stay when you are in Palolem, is in small huts or shacks on the beach itself. It is better to stop in one of the huts on the shore. It usually has all the basic comforts of a hotel room with additional view of the enchanting Arabian sea. It is lined with coastal eateries and restaurants famous for Goan food. The variety of fish in Goa is to die for! The evenings are usually filled with some live reggae music playing in the background, with a glass of your favorite drink and a priceless view of the Arabian sea at night.

4> Karwar beach:-

If solitude and peace is what you aim for while on this beach, you will not ask for a refund! Ambushed by palm trees all over the shoreline of this beach island, the total length of this sandy shoreline is more than 300 kilometers. The beach is well protected from heavy winds because of the rich foliage around it. The tourism sector here is well established and people can enjoy the small cluster of restaurants lined on the beach itself. The small thatched huts give a sense of tranquility and warmth.

5> Mararikulam beach:-

Felling worn out? Then Mararikulam is the perfect getaway to spend those sluggish hours on the beach, sipping your favorite drink, relaxing on the shores and watching the sun go down gradually. The view can inspire apoetic mood as life here seems to go on a standstill and the blending of theblue waters with the golden sands creates an enchanting experience. Actual huts can be rented here indefinitely with all the required amenities. The real delight comes with the dawn, when people go fishing with the fisherman and later for all the water activities.

6> Candolim beach:-

Candolim beach is situated in the north of Goa and lies close to the Sinquerim beach.Its an ideal beach for those who are slowly getting tired of the crowded beaches of Calangute or Anjuna. Though tourists quite often frequent Candolim beach, you can still find some quiet places for yourself. If you want to try your hand at fishing, you are welcome to do so too. The beach also offers various water-sports activities-right from parasailing to water-skiing… name it and they have it for you. There are special guides also who can help you through these activities. Goa Candolim beach also arranges special beach excursions wherein a tourist is taken right to the middle of the sea from where he can capture some memorable sunsets.
7> Canacona beach:-

Canacona beach is famous beach in Goa. This is Goa’s southernmost taluka. Its capital is Chaudi. It is the gateway to many of Goa’s southern tip beaches including Agonda, Palolem and Rajbhag. Far south of Goa is Canacona district – among the last parts of the territory to be included into the Novas Conquistas, and has retained a distinct Hindu feel. It was ceded to the Portuguese by the Raja of Sund in the Treaty of 1791. The area also boasts some of the state’s most striking scenery. Set against a backdrop of the jungle-covered Sahyadri hills (extension of the Western Ghat range), a string of pearl-white caves and sweeping beaches briefs its indented coastline.

8> Cavelossim Beach:-

No point in going on a luxury beach travel tour to Goa, West India and missing a trip to the exotic Cavelossim Beach. Known for its dolphins and seafood shacks the Cavelossim Beach in Goa, West India, is, in plain words-a natural paradise.There are plenty of luxury beach resorts on the Cavelossim Beach in Goa, West India that cater to your holiday needs. Besides these there is a sprawling five star luxury beach resort that is a great favorite with holidaymakers.An interesting luxury holiday activity that you must not miss is hiring a boat to go dolphin watching in the late evening, a sight that will leave lasting impressions of nature’s beautiful gift-life on your mind.Stride past the Cavelossim village church square and enter a lane that leads you to a vast expanse of paddy fields near the banks of the River Sal. Watch the everyday village activities and interact with the astonishingly nice and warm villagers.

9> Varca beach:-

Goa Varca beach is located 5 km south of Benaulim in Goa. Varca beach in Goa is packed with supple white sands and filled with black lava rocks at some places. Being a lot cleaner and calm than most of the celebrated beaches of Goa, Varca Beach Goa manages to draw huge numeral of tourists from all over. There are plentiful beach shacks offering a multiplicity of Goan dishes and seafood at realistic prices. Varca Beach Goa is a just right hangout for the tourists.
10> Benaulim Beach:-

benaulim beach goa

Less than 2 kms south of Colva is the more tranquil beach of Benaulim. Benaulim is one of the few places in Goa where one can glimpse handicrafts typical to this area. The best of the traditional rosewood furniture is made here. Also Benaulim is famous as the place where the legendary Parashuram’s arrow landed, by which Goa was created.

 

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Malshej Ghat Waterfalls, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam.

Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in pune district of Maharashtra, India. The site is nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats. The best time to visit is between August and September. At this time of the year, the hills are clothed in a soothing shade of mint green and the weather is cool due to the monsoons. Known for its misty tops and ice cold cascades at this time of the year, the site is a very popular weekend getaway for most of the city’s residents at that time of the year. It has got number of waterfalls and the greenery is just awesome during the monsoons.


  • About the Malshej Ghat:-

A charming hill station, placed at an altitude of 700 mt above the sea level, Malshej Ghat is a fascinating tourist destination with a rejuvenating climate. Famous for its numerous lakes, cascading waterfalls, and charming mountains, this hill station is a favourite tourist destination of hikers, trekkers, adventurers and nature lovers. A typical woody countryside, Malshej Ghat is distinguished for its rich flora and fauna, historic forts on rocky mountains, enthralling rivers, meandering waterfalls, resorts and sanctuaries.

  • Attractions:
  1. WaterFalls:-

Malsheg Ghat Route  Malshej Ghat  Malshej Ghat

A hilltop with countless cascading waterfalls, Malshej Ghat is adorned with natural beauty and splendor. This magnificent hill station is full of waterfalls during monsoon and some of them are too big that they even fall down to the road. It is a sheer joy to walk through the gush of water, which makes waterfall canopies on the road. Monsoon with its extraordinary charm of rain, make Malshej Ghat a symphony of waterfalls. When the cold breeze blows, the scores of falling water move upwards, and it creates the marvelous scenario of a water rise. Rain, mist, fog and the cascading water falls amidst of woody forest are an eye catching sight one can never forget for a life time.

      2.Pimpalgaon Joga Dam:-

pimpalgaon joga dam                               Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Malshej Ghat

A five kilometer long bund, blocking the plain waters of gorgeous Pushpavati River Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is located in Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra. The dam with its lofty cliffs and the vast expanse of backwaters presents spectacular scenery. A haven of so many bird species like purple moorhen, pitta, alpine swift, whistling thrush, green pigeon, quail, and pied crested cuckoo, Pimpalgaon Joga dam is a bird watchers delight. The backwater of this beautiful structure is the shelter of the exotic migratory Flemingo birds. A large number of beautiful birds mating with each other in the serene backwater is an amazing sight which holds our breath.

       3. Trekking:-

Located in a hilly terrain, Malshej Ghat is a favourite place for adventure lovers. The peaks, and the gallant forts in the dense forest of this hill station are perfect places to explore through trekking and rock climbing. Trekking in Malshej offers one to be in the lap of mother nature and helps to communicate with the surrounding more effectively.Gifted with a mountainous topography, Malshej provides so many places, which are perfect spots for trekking. The darkoba peak (the tallest moumtain in the locality), Ajoba hill fort are ideal location for trekking enthusiasts. Nane Ghat, Jivdhan Chawand Fort also are hot spots of trekking favourites.Those who are little bit spiritual can take the rout to Ozar and Lenyadri, where the two Ganesh temples honoured by all devotees is located.
Trekking in Malshej provides the excitement of adventure along with the dharsan of holy temples. Trekking in Malshej Ghat gives an opportunity to watch the excellent greenery of the dense forest of the majestic Sahyadris, which makes this hill station so popular.
  • Sightseeing at Malshej Ghat:-

  1>  sightseeing tour of Malshej Ghat is particularly recommended during the monsoons when the falls become more tempestuous and the rain freshens everything in sight. If you are brave enough, get under some of the waterfalls the spray will definitely revive you. Trek into the forest surrounding Malshej Ghat that bear tall stately trees, which are a wonderful sight to behold.

2>  The Harishchandragad Peak (1424 mts) is a favourite with trekkers. It is unique because here lie the semi-circular rock wall of the Konkan Kada.

3>  Pimpalgaon-Joga Dam is a long bund, which blocks the Pushpavati River that springs out of Malshej Ghat and creates a lake in the monsoons. Several species of birds including the alpine swift, purple moorhen, pitta, quail, whistling thrush, green pigeon, pied crested cuckoo have been spotted by ornithologists around the dam.

4>  Honeymoon couples can spend hours together on the banks of the many monsoon filled lakes in Malshej Ghat. And do the done thing in Malshej Ghat – spend some time watching the antics of the flamingoes in season.

  • How To Reach Malshej Ghat:-

1>  By Air:-

Situated about 150 km away, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is the nearest international airport to Malshej Ghat. This airport is connected to all major cities and towns not only within India but also outside it. The Mumbai Airport is linked to Singapore, New York and other major cities making travelling for foreigners all the more easier and convenient. There are taxis available from outside the airport that to help you commute to Malshej Ghat at a fixed fare of about Rs. 3000. The Gandhinagar Airport at Nashik and the Lohegaon Airport at Pune are other domestic air travel options available.

2>  By Train:-

*There is no railway station in Malshej ghat

The Kalyan Railway Station is the closest railway station to Malshej Ghat. These stations are well connected to other cities within and outside the state of Maharashtra via regular trains. The station at Kalyan is located about 86 km away from Malshej Ghat and it takes about one to one and a half hours to reach the destination from the station.
3>  By Bus:-

Malshej Ghat is well connected by Maharastra state transport corporation buses to all major places in and around. Regular and frequent public bus services are available from Mahuli Fort to Mumbai and Kalyan.

4> By Car:-

Visit Malshej Ghat by Car.

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Mumbai to Malshej Ghat                 – 122 km

Pune to Malshej Ghat                       – 124 km

Ahmedabad to Malshej Ghat         – 621 km

Hyderabad to Malshej Ghat           – 627 km

Nagpur to Malshej Ghat                   – 838 km

  • Best Time/Best Season to Visit Malshej Ghat:-

The monsoon months of August and September are a magical time to visit Malshej Ghat. During this time of the year, the hills are soothing; with calm and cool weather, misty tops, waterfalls and lush green surroundings. The flora and fauna are at its best during the monsoons and so it makes a visit to Malshej Ghat a must. Carry your raingear- umbrella, raincoat etc. During the monsoons all hotels get full so book well in advance.

During the winters, between December and February, the lofty hills of the Western Ghats are a paradise for trekkers and hikers. You can go about exploring the mysterious trails and make your own way in and out of the forests. Summers, between March and May are a pleasant time to visit the Ghats. Malshej Ghat can be visited at anytime of the year- the weather is quite pleasant.

  • Best Months to visit:-

          October – March

  • Stay Options at Malshej Ghat:-
  1. Shushant Resort  Rs 500* pp

Enjoy Your Trip:)