Mahabaleshwar - Place to Escape in the Indian Summer!
Located roughly at the distance of 120 kms to the southwest of Pune and 285 kms from Mumbai, is Mahableshwar, the most desirable hill station. It lies in the Western Ghats of the Maharashtra state.
This hill station came into existence in 1829-30, when it became the summer resort for the British Raj. Earlier it was known as Malcolm Peth, but later on it derived its name from the deity ‘Mahabali’ whose shrine is situated at the old Mahableshwar, and is one of the main attractions for the devotees and tourists.
Mahableshwar gives the panoramic view of the peaks and the surrounding area. It offers you the revitalizing atmosphere, where Mother Nature is at its full bloom.
The best time to visit this hill station is from the month of October to June. Preferably avoid rainy season as it rains heavily in Mahableshwar, you would get stuck up in your hotel room and will not be able to enjoy the attractive spots of Mahableshwar.
Highlights of Mahableshwar:
• The most attractive spot of Mahableshwar is Kate’s Point, along the Duchess road. It is situated approximately at a height of 1,290 meters and no tourist should miss it. Very much close to the Kate's point is Echo point, it is worth visiting.
• Pratapgarh Fort is the place from where the history of Shivaji Maharaj began. Afzal Shah met his death in this fort. It is situated roughly 900 m above the sea level.
•Wilson point is the nearest and the highest point of Mahableshwar. It's a must see place as it offers the astounding view of the sunrise.
• Veena Lake is also one of the highlights of Mahableshwar. The lake is surrounded by tall trees. A boat ride through the fog is truly fun. Tourists can enjoy the boat ride as well as horse ride around the lake.
• Lodwick point is also a famous point of the place. It is named after the British Col. Lodwick who was the first European to be in the place for the first time in 1824.
There are numerous spots including Elephant's Head, Arthur's Seat, Mahableshwar Temple and many more to see.
The best place to visit is Mahableshwar Market. It is very famous for Strawberries, Chikkis, Gujarati Food (Gujarati Thali) at Dreamland, very attractive Gift Articles, also very famous for Kolhapuri Chappals and much more attractive stuff.
One can reach Mahableshwar by a private vehicle or also by bus. Now a days we have buses running frequently to and fro to Mahableshwar.