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The magic of Mahabaleshwar

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 15 Mar 2010

Looking for a special place to holiday this New Year? Mahabaleshwar could be just the place for you. With the right mix of beauty and serenity you could enjoy many special moments here.

Nestled in the Sahyadri range, Mahabaleshwar is the highest hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Situated at a height of 1372 metres, this stunningly picturesque place offers so many activities – for the young as well as old – you’ll be spoilt with choice.

With its cloud-kissed peaks, sun-soaked forests, placid lakes, scenic rivers, gurgling waterfalls, and over 30 magnificient sight-seeing points scattered over the hill station, there couldn’t be a more perfect get-away spot to invigorate you.

This summer capital of Governor of old Bombay Presidency, this Mecca of Maharashtra allows you to enjoy fishing, nature viewing, nature photography and trekking. One can still find the reminiscences of the British period with mansions, quaint cottages and bungalows dotting the town.

Places in and around

Catholic Church – The ancient Roman Catholic Holy Cross church is practically falling apart. But still, this place is worth a visit for its spectacular stained-glass windows.

Mumbai Point – This is a popular spot, famous for horse riding and horse performance. The panoramic view of the sunset from here is an unforgettable experience. Because of this, the place is also called as Sunset Point.

Venna Lake – This idyllic lake makes for an ideal outing to spend a lazy, relaxed evening with your family. It is located on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road.

Pratapgad Fort – A 24 km drive away from Mahabaleshwar, this grand fort was built by Moropant Trimbak Pingle under the command of the dynamic Maratha Ruler – Shivaji. It was here that the mighty General of Bijapur, Afjal Khan, was killed by Shivaji. The fort has a great view.

Panchgani – About 19 kms east of Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani is a favourite hill resort amongst Maharashtrians. The name is derived from the fact that it is located at the centre of five hills (“Panch” = five, “Gani” = hills). The place is a trekker’s delight with a huge scope for several adventure activities too. The ‘Table Land’ here is a famous flat-mountain top, where you can have a look at the vast plain below. The berry farms are also another tourist attraction.

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