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Mahabaleshwar is situated at 1372 meters around Lake Venna and highest hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is Sanskrit word for God of Great Power. In the past it was the summer capital of Governor of the old Bombay (Mumbai) Presidency. Mahabaleshwar Covers 10 sq km. There are 30 valley viewpoints with panoramic vistas scattered around the hill station and their access roads make for shady, pleasant walks and treks. The hilly area of Mahabaleshwar has strong historical connections with Shivaji, the heroic Maratha warrior king. It also has a religious significance Mahabaleshwar, is named after Lord Shiva also called Lord Mahabali, enshrined at the Gokarna temple in the form of a self-originated lingam, shaped like a rudraksha, and considered to be the most sacred amongst the other twelve jyothirlingams.

The various mansions, cottages and bungalows were built around the town The Britishers in the past, lending it a charming, sophistication. Sir Charles Malet, was the first to set foot on this magnificent highland in 1791 and in 1828, the governor Sir John Malcolm built a sanitarium here. In the British times it was also known as Malcolm Peth, named. Its popularity is not only as a honeymoon spot and a great weekend getaway especially from Mumbai and Pune. The hill-station is very crowded during vacations like christmas & Diwali and in summers.

Places to See

Mount Malcolm:
It used to be the most famous building in the olden days. it was built in 1829 with magnificient architectural skills. Unfortunately, it has lost a lot of its old charm now.

Catholic Church:
A visit to the old Raman Catholic Holy cross church is worth a detour. although the church is practically falling apart, its stained-glass windows are still a sight to behold. this deserted church is now looked after by a Hindu family.

Mahabaleshwar Club:
The club was built in 1881 and is still flourishing and well-maintained. Only members of the club can stay here. It is very popular for its well-tended roses and lovely jogging track. Christmas is grandly celebrated by loyal members every year. Fortunately, one facility is open to visitors; who can use the golf course whenever they feel like it.

Morarji Castle:
Also worth a look is this old structure. Mahatma Gandhi once lived here in 1945.

Pratapgad Fort:
This is 24 Kms, away from Mahabaleshwar. The fort was built in 166 by Moropant trimbak Pingle under the command of the Maratha rular Shivaji. It was here that the mighty General of Bijapur, Afjal Khan, was killed by Shivaji. The fort has a great view.

Excursion
Panchgani: Tucked away in Satara district, just 19 kms east of Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani is also amongst the most frequented hill resorts. The name is derived from the fact that it is located at the centre of five hills ("Panch" = five, "Gani" = hills). The place is well known for trekking and other adventure activities. Climb atop 'Table Land', a famous flat-mountain top, from where you can have a look at the vast plain below. The berry farms here are another tourist attraction.

Travel Information

Air:
Pune is the nearest airport both for Mahabaleshwar (120 km and Panchgani (98 km)

Train:
For Mahabaleshwar, the nearest railhead is Wathar (62 km) but Pune (120 km) is the convenient railhead.
For Panchgani, the nearest railhead is Wathar (45 km). Mumbai-Wathar via Pune (312 km). Pune-Wathar (120 km)

Road:
From Mumbai via Pune, Mahabaleshwar is 290 km and via Mahad it is 247 km. The State Transport buses ply from Mumbai and Pune to Mahabaleshwar. MTDC operates daily bus services except during the monsoon, between Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar-Mumbai. Also sightseeing tours for Mahabaleshwar and Mahabaleshwar-Pratapgad Fort.

From Mumbai via Pune, Panchgani is 270 km and via Mahad 266 km, from Pune 98 kilometers and from Mahabaleshwar 19 km. The State Road Transport buses ply from Satara, Pune, Wai, Mahabaleshwar and Mahad. MTDC runs a regular bus service between Mumbai and Panchgani.

Local Transport
Taxis and rickshaws are easily available though bicycles and horseback are recommended for traveling long distances.

Mahabaleshwar - Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the hill resort of Mahabaleshwar is from October to June. The cool breezes in the summer months of the hill resort work magic on the stressed and sun scorched souls of the plains

Mahabaleshwar - Where to Stay

Accommodation is not a problem in the hill resort of Mahabaleshwar. There are accommodation options that suit various budgets. You may go in for the economical tourist Bungalows, holiday resorts or the hotels. There are several options offered by the Maharastra Tourism development Corporation in Mahabaleshwar

Good and hygienic food is easily available at the many hotels and restaurants of Mahabaleshwar. You may feast on the Gujarati vegetarian meals, continental, Chinese and Mughlai specialties

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