MAHABALESHWAR
ABOUT THE PLACE

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located close to Mumbai and Pune. There re gorgeous view points, five-thousand-year-old temples and carefully tended strawberry farms. Half an hour from Mahabaleshwar lies Panchgani with its table land caves, horse rides and the famous Mapro strawberry garden and chocolate factory. Located just an hourís ride away from Mahabaleshwar is the Pratapgarh fort built by Chhatrapati Shivaji . This impressive fortress, which was pivotal in Shivajiís defeat of Afzal Khan in the legendary battle of Pratapgarh, is definitely worth a visit.

HOW TO REACH

Bus service available from Pune and Mumbai. Tourists can also avail private cars from Mumbai or Pune for a shorter and more convenient journey.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The plateau region of Mahabaleshwar gets quite hot in summer and cold in winter nights. So the best time to visit is during October to November during Diwali break or between February and April.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels:
Hotel Shree Paradise: Tel: 02168 260 523;rate: Rs 1865- 4414
Savoy Village: Tel: 02168 260 310; rate: Rs 1305- 3841
Hotel Lake View: Tel: 02168 260 160; rate: Rs 1865-5844


GETTING AROUND

Registered tour taxis are the best way for getting around in Mahabaleshwar . The taxi stand is right in the middle of the marketplace.

TRAVEL TIPS Since it is a plateau, day and night temperature at Mahabalehwar, Panchgani and Pratapgarh vary drastically. So do remember to take sunscreen lotion and caps as well as a light sweater to combat both hot and cold weathers.