Soaring peaks, green valleys, lush flora and fauna this is what Mahabaleshwar is known for and excels at, Maharashtra’s most popular hill stations.
Nearly 178 years ago, it was just another vacant land in the terrains of Maharashtra and was used for parking vehicles which were also rare at that time!
From being an empty unoccupied land to the queen of hills that it now is, Mahabaleshwar’s commercial and economic growth has been an exciting ride!
If you are planning to visit the hill station anytime sooner we suggest you jot down these 5 things in your checklist and mark it off one by one.
1.) Trekking at Connaught Peak
Mahabaleshwar’s second highest peak, Connaught peak is a must visit for all avid trekkers and bikers for not only it is the perfect spot to get your adrenaline rushing but it also offers a soothing and peaceful experience at the same time.
It offers breath taking views of the valley below and is the perfect spot for any nature lover. The feeling of standing at an elevation of 1400 meters is euphoric!
2.) Family time at Lake Venna
This is one of the most visited places in Mahabaleshwar. But being a mainstream tourist hub doesn’t take away the charm of paddling your way through the beautiful lake Venna . Even if you’re afraid of going near water you can very well treat your eyes to the beautiful scenery surrounding the place. There is a plethora of eateries inside so don’t worry if your stomach rumbles after an hour long session of boating. Treat yourself to the local delicacies like vada, pani puri, bhaji and strawberries. Time spent here will be worth the while!
3.) Mahabaleshwar Temple
This holy Shiv Mandir is the most important pilgrimage destination for many Hindus. Situated 6 kms north of the main city,the temple reflects the Maratha heritage of Mahabaleshwar in more than one ways. The entire temple is built in South Indian Hemadanta style of architecture. It holds a special mystical value for many locals and outsiders and their faith is clearly reflected in the aura of the place. Make sure that you mark this temple in your personal itinerary .
4.) Sunset Point
Also known as Bombay point it is true to its name as it is located near the old Bombay road.This spot attracts many young photographers as they try to capture the perfect panoramic view of the city and sunset!
There is a lover’s point nearby, which is not surprising. So if you’re on your honeymoon, make sure that you do visit this place and bask in the patches of receding sunlight and romantic breeze!
5.) Bagicha Corner
This place is going to be the highlight of your trip and you’d want to come back every time you visit Mahabaleshwar.
Relish the sweet taste of strawberry smoothie with whipped cream, strawberry syrup and ice cream, layer after layer. You cannot possibly get enough of this orgasmic strawberry smoothie but if you do, there are other flavours as well.
Other favourites are –
Mulberry Cream, Chocolate Icecream, Mango Icecream and Mango Milkshake.
6.) Elephant’s Head Point
If you want to experience the serenity and artwork of nature head to the Elephant’s head point early morning with your high end cameras.
It is a perfect spot for photographers who relentlessly try to capture the beautiful extensive mountain range, but pictures don’t do justice to the majesty of what you see with your naked eyes. The mountain framework is such that it resembles an elephant’s head and trunk, hence the name ‘Elephant’s Head’.
Soak in the sunlight and go here for a family picnic for the perfect picture memory in your travel journal!
7.) Lingmala Waterfalls
The best time to visit this place and experience its authenticity is between July- December, which is now! This place comes alive during monsoons, when the cool refreshing water cascades down from a height of 600 ft. and merges into Lake Venna. It is visited by nearby tourists as well as the routine locals. If you’re a nature lover or a nirvana seeker, this place is tailor made for you by nature itself!
8.) Pratapgadh Fort
This fort is quite popular and is known for the battle between two regal warriors of their times, Afzal Khan and Shivaji. The fort is built atop a hill and is a major attraction for history lovers and professional photographers. The fort is a labyrinth of ponds, chambers and long dark alleys.
Fun fact : Some of these dark walkways lead to trap doors opening to a 100 metre fall. 😉
9.) Rajpuri Caves
The Rajpuri caves are famous for its mythology associated with Kartikey (son of shiva) and is also considered to be the home of Pandavas during their exile. These caves are mostly visited by religious fanatics who come to worship at the temple of Lord Kartikey and seek his blessings. Worshippers believe that the river flowing through the caves can cure all illness and diseases. So if you’re down with flu or the common cold, here’s your one stop solution! 😉
10.) Panchganga Temple
Beautiful handicrafts can be purchased outside the temple which serve as souvenirs for outsiders!
The place is meant for history seekers and photographers because of its aesthetic beauty and historical background.
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