Mahabaleshwar–Perfect Summer Destination in Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar – The Perfect Summer Destination in Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar

Looking for a travel destination for a cool break during the approaching summer? Mahabaleshwar, the queen of all hill-stations in Maharashtra is waiting just for you. Located in the Western Ghats of the Satara district, at an altitude of 1,372 meters above sea-level, the place was a favorite summer destination even during the British era and is still among the most popular ones. The word Mahabaleshwar means “Very Powerful God” in Sanskrit. The awe-inspiring majesty, beauty and divinity of the place will make you realize how appropriate this name truly is.



Major tourist attractions

Mahabaleshwar has everything nature can offer, from lush green jungles to towering mountain peaks and breathtakingly steep valleys. Major tourist attractions include,

Various points:

Mahabaleshwar is well-known for a number of points located at high altitudes including Lodwick point, Arthur’s Seat, Babington Point, Kate’s Point, Carnac Point, Elphinstone Point, 3 Monkey Point, Helen’s Point, Wilson Point, Bombay Point, etc. These locations offer a spectacular bird’s eye-view of the entire region adorned with beautiful mountains, ghats, valleys and the Balakwadi and Dhom lakes.

Spectacular waterfalls:

waterfalls in Mahabaleshwar

Chinaman’s Falls, Dhobi Falls and the spectacular Lingamala Falls with water gushing down from 600 feet, offer real treat to the eyes

Sangam of 5 rivers:

This is another popular tourist’s attraction which is a convergence of 5 holy rivers namely Krishna, Koyna, Venna, Gayatri and Savitri.

Pratapgad:

It is a well-known fort of Shivaji, the great Maratha king, where he cleverly killed Afzal Khan, the mighty tyrant of Bijapur. The fort is exceptionally built with many ponds, enormous chambers and mysterious walkways leading to secret trap-doors that open up to scary 100 meter falls.

Interesting activities

Whether you want to spend your summer holidays with your family or planning to enjoy a memorable honeymoon with your partner, Mahabaleshwar has all the fun and action that will keep you engaged and entertained throughout your stay.

Don’t miss the following activities:

Boating on Venna Lake:

Boating on Venna Lake

It is a beautiful lake surrounded by thick trees where you can enjoy boating in paddle and rowing boats, fishing and horse-riding.

Trekking:

For adventurous souls, there are many trekking trails to explore.

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Sunrise and Sunset Points:

Sunrise and Sunset Points in mahabalashwar

For beautiful sunrises head to Wilson Point and Kate’s Point while Bombay Point and Elphinstone Points are best for spectacular sunsets.

Shopping and eating:

Strawberries, mulberries, carrots, jams, crushes, honey and chikki (a special kind of sweet made of jaggery and nuts) are some of the specialties. Beautiful leather footwear will be a great takeaway. Good hotels and restaurants like Hotel Templeview, Mapro Garden, Hotel Center Point, etc. are also available with sumptuous local and international menus.

Transport and accommodation


Depending on your preference and budget, you have many options to get there.

Air:

Pune is the nearest airport which is about 120 kilometers away from Mahabaleshwar.

Railway:

Pune is the most convenient railway station to get to the hill-station, however, Wathar is the closest one.

Road:

State Transport has regular bus service between Pune-Mahabaleshwar and Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar.

You can move around the city and visit important places in and around Mahabaleshwar in a taxi or cab at a very affordable rate.

You can also find excellent accommodation facilities in many hotels, resorts and guesthouses that are suitable for every budget, ranging from economic ones to 4/5 star hotels. Some of the popular ones include the family-run heritage hotels, the pure vegetarian Hotels,

October to June is the best time to plan for a relaxing trip to this beautiful hill-station of Maharashtra. The breathtaking nature will blow you tensions away and recharge your batteries. The fond memories of the trip and the fun moments shared with your loved ones will stay with you forever.

Khandala and Lonavala Tourist Locations Near Mumbai

Khandala and Lonavala – The Twin Hill-stations to Spend Great Holidays

Khandala and Lonavala are popular hill-stations in Maharashtra in a close vicinity of about 5 km from each other. They are at about 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai. This makes them two of the most popular spots for people in Mumbai and Pune to find some relaxing space away from their hectic lifestyles.

Enshrouded with lush greenery they attract many travelers from India and overseas throughout the year.

Popular tourist attractions in Khandala and Lonavala 

If you enjoy exploring the hidden treasures of nature, there are way too many beautiful spots in the vicinity that will keep your mind and camera busy all day long.

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Bushy Dam:

Bushy Dam Lonavala

A favorite spot for picnic at about 6 km from Lonavala. When the water spills over the dam it forms a small waterfall. Visitors have fun sitting on the steps allowing the water to flow over them.

Nagphani or Duke’s Nose:

Nagphani or Duke's Nose

Traditionally known as Nagphani which means resembling a raised hood (phani) of a cobra (Nag), this cliff was later named after the Duke of Wellington resembling his nose.

Karla and Bhaja Caves:

Karla and Bhaja Caves

Carved in the mountain rocks of Lonavala, these caves are a beautiful epitome of the ancient Buddhist tradition and art.

Korigad Fort

Korigad Fort

This is a beautiful fort near Amby Valley that towers about 3050 ft. above the sea level. It is a great destination for trekkers, travelers and nature lovers to explore the bounty of flora and fauna of the region.

Lohgad Fort:

Lohgad Fort

One of the historical forts in Maharashtra, this fort attracts visitors from all walks of life from historians to college students to enjoy the lush forests and the massive stone-built walls and architecture of the fort.

Tiger’s Leap:

Tiger's Leap

The intriguing title is derived from the fact that, from a distance, the spot looks like a tiger leaping across the valley. The echoes generated by falling rocks into the crevasse are also a major attraction

Rajmachi Park:

Rajmachi Park

A beautiful park and picnic spot near Lonavala with a spectacular view of surroundings including the two towers of the Rajmachi fort.

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Not to miss activities in Khandala and Lonavala 

There are many activities for adults as well as kids to enjoy in these beautiful hill-spots.

Trekking:

The mountainous region with steep cliffs and deep valleys is a perfect destination for the adventurous souls.

Camping and Picnicking:

The thick forest covered mountains as well as beautiful gardens and parks are a great way to spend your evenings around a campfire singing, dancing and having a great time with your friends and family.

Shopping and eating:

Don’t forget to grab a bagful of chikkis which are a favorite local sweets made of jaggery and nuts. Other local delicacies include chivda, wafers, sev and canned jams.

Eating out:

Many hotels and restaurants offer local and international food items to keep your appetite buzzing throughout your journey to the various destinations.

Transportation

The options are many dictated only by your taste and budget.




Air:
Pune airport is the nearest domestic airport.

Railway:

Lonavala has its own railway station on the Mumbai-Pune railway line.

Road:

You can either use the State Transport bus services or use a taxi or rent a private vehicle to reach Lonavala or Khandala from Pune (66 km) or Mumbai (104 km).

Accommodations

Many budget accommodations are available if you want to save money for sight-seeing. However, if you want to enjoy a luxurious stay, there are 4/5 star hotels and resorts too.

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The twin hill-stations of Khandala and Lonavala are great places to surround yourself with the serenity of nature and soothe your senses. And if you want some stimulating activities, you can always put-on your trekking gear and head to the cliffs.

Mount Abu – An Amazing Oasis

Mount Abu – An Amazing Oasis in the Desert of Rajasthan

Mount Abu located in the Aravalli mountain range in the state of Rajasthan, this beautiful place is also called ‘oasis in desert’ by many. Although Rajasthan is known for its desert and extremely hot and dry weather, Mount Abu offers a pleasant contrast in the form of lush forests, beautiful lakes and waterfalls along with the ultra-cool weather, as it is situated about 1,219 meters above the sea level.

Major tourist attractions

Whether it is the local people of Rajasthan who want a temporary respite from the excruciating heat of summer or people travelling from other parts of India and abroad, Mount Abu is a popular tourist destination.

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Some of the most popular tourist attractions include,

Nakki Lake:

Nakki Lake Mount Abu

Believed by the locals to be dug by gods themselves with their nails, this lake is often called the heart of Mount Abu. With almost 80% of hotels and restaurants in the vicinity, this lake is a favorite place to visit with family and friends.



Gurushikhar:

Gurushikhar mount abu

This towering mountain peak which is located at a height of 1,722 meters above the sea level is the highest peak in the entire Aravalli range. It shelters some mythical places like the temple of Guru Dattatreya and the shrine of Devi Ahilya (mother of Dattatreya).

Dilwara Jain Temples:

Dilwara Jain Temples mount abu

It is admired as one of the best jain temples in the world. It is a complex of five beautiful marble-carved temples dedicated to five Jain Tirthankars (spiritual masters) namely Mahaveer, Adinath, Parshwnath, Rishbdaoji and Neminath.

Achalgarh:

Achalgarh mount abu

At a distance of 8 km from Mount Abu, is this beautiful fort of medieval times. Surrounded by protective stone walls it offers a spectacular bird’s eye-view of the surrounding region. The Achaleswar temple with a 4 tonne statue of Nandi made of panchdhatu (five metals) is a major tourist attraction.

Sunset Point:

Sunset Point Mount Abu

Like most other hill-stations, Mount Abu too offers the spectacle of the setting sun from the mountain top.

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Trevor’s tank and Gaumukh temple are other worthy attractions of this place.

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Not to miss activities

Trekking and Rock Climbing:

If you love to roam in mountains and forests, Mount Abu offers a great opportunity with its lush forests and about 17 nature trails and pathways. More adventurous people can go for rock climbing and rappelling on the steep mountain cliffs.

Mountain Biking:

Mountain biking is another exciting activity to enjoy with friends on the rocky pathways of the hill-station.

Wildlife and Bird Watching:

With a wealth of lush green forests and mountains, the entire region is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.

Boating:

Don’t miss the opportunity to take your loved ones on an exciting boating experience on the beautiful Nakki Lake surrounded by hills, trees and temples.

Shopping and eating:

A great place to shop for hand-crafted items and textile including kota sarees, artifacts made of leather, marble and wood, silver jewelry, etc. From Gujarati and Rajasthani delicacies to Continental food, you have a wide choice to appease your appetite.

Transportation

By Air:

The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap Airport at Udaipur 185 km from Mount Abu.

By railway:

Abu road is the closest railway station at 28 km distance which is connected to all the important cities.

By road:

Government operated as well as private buses are available to travel to the hill-station from most major cities.

Accommodation

Your budget dictates whether you stay in a budget class accommodation, a 3-star hotel or a posh resort offering panoramic view of the surroundings.


With its picturesque natural surroundings and world-class tourist facilities, Mount Abu should certainly be on top of your list to spend some truly memorable moments with family and friends.