Destinations of India
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A pleasant hill station in the state of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar grabs the attention of many tourists.
Located in the western ghats at the elevation of approximately 1,353 meters, this hill station boasts of extended jungles and calm ambiance. The word 'Mahabaleshwar' is Sanskrit word that means 'God of Great Power'. There is the famous Veena lake that deserves a visit during your Mahabaleshwar tour.
During British Raj, it was a colonial retreat but now it get the attention of tourists for being a charming hill station. Mahabaleshwar offers an appealing view of the evergreen valleys and hills of the Konkan and the Deccan coast. Amidst the thick forests, there is a picturesque plateau where several hit films have been picturized. This woody heaven is all set to offer you a refreshing break from the monotony of the routine life.
Popularly known as the 'Sunrise Point', it is the highest point. Situated above 4710 ft above sea level, Wilson Point is a vast plateau. Three masonry round platforms are there to see the beautiful views of the sunrise.
It is the second highest point, presenting spectacular views of a green carpet. Both sunrise as well as sunset can be viewed from this point.
Discovered in 1830, it was named after Sir Elephinston, the Governor of Bombay. Tourists visiting the place, can have the opportunity to see a clear view of the famous Pratapgarh from here. Well, one can also see the gorgeous two valleys, the Savitri on the right and the Koyna on the left.
It is said to be the queen of all points, offering ample opportunities to see the barren deep valleys on both sides. Arthur's seat is the only place, displaying geographical distinction of Kokan & Desh (Deccan), two territories of Mahabaleshwar. From southern side, it also looks like an elephants head. Nearby, there is also an echo point.
It is an impressive point, which goes past village Moleshware on the way. You can view the beautiful views of the backwaters of Koyna dam on your left side, whereas river Solshi is in front of you with small villages. On your right side, you can see the vast green slopes of M'war plateau.
The fort is perfect to experience the history of Maratha Emperor Shivaji. This is the place where Afzal Khan met his death. Situated 24 km west of Mahabaleshwar, the fort is 900 m above sea level. The fort from a distance offers the appearance of a round-topped hill. Built in 1656, it is a maze of chambers, ponds and dark paths.
Mahabaleshware has other popular attractions, which include names like Marjorie Point, Castle Rock, Babington Point, Northcote Point, Falkland Point, Carnac Point, Fitzgerald Point, Bombay Point and Gaolani Point. Several other popular names are Lodwick Point & Boars Head, The Lamington Plateau, Panchgani Point, Helen's Point, Rosamond Rock, Water Falls, Polo Ground and a Bee Keeping Centre.
Mahabaleshwar has a very popular shopping place, Da Sabrane Road, which is also known as the Main street. Honey, strawberries, mulberries, jams and jellies are good items to buy from here.
Mahabaleshwar has no dearth of accommodation options. There are many hotels ranging from deluxe to budget. Other options include tourist lodges, guest houses and luxury resorts. One can easily choose the one that suits them the best.
How to Reach
By Air: Pune Airport lies 120km from the place is the nearest airport.
By Rail: Wathar has the nearest railway station, about 62km.
By Road: Many State Transport buses run from Mumbai and Pune to Mahabaleshwar. Private Taxis are also available.