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Traveller Tales from Mahabaleshwar

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chelliah arun

02 April 2018

"best place for tent stay! overall good experience"

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DATTUSING TOWAR

08 December 2017

"very good tour"

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Akula Kaur

07 April 2016

Very nice stay at this beautiful hill station. Lots of activities to do and kids will also enjoy a lot. Great escape from the summer heat. The rooms are well maintained. They are very neat and the staf

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Vyas Verma

14 October 2015

Birghtland resort is one of the best resorts in Mahabaleswar. Initially we were unsure about going there because of the cost but it is the best deal you can ever find. It was totally worth it. They del...

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What You Should Know More About Mahabaleshwar

  • Q. Travel advice:

    • Don’t follow the locals blindly: Mahabaleshwar is a small location. Majority of the people over here are quite helpful too. But like any other vacation spot, it is important that the locals are not followed blindly. If you need directions around the place, get that sorted at the hotel desk itself.

    • Beware of the louts: There are endless louts that will try to sell you things you don’t need or want. Make sure you politely but firmly reject this consistent persuasion. Otherwise, you will end up in an extremely difficult situation with your money gone and you are in the possession of something you don’t need.

    • Shopping experience: The shopping experiences are never truly complete unless and until you haven’t bargained enough. Make sure you hassle over the prices as these sellers usually put unnecessarily high rates thereby ruining your purchase. Enjoy the shopping experience to the fullest but ensure that you don’t get fooled.

    • Choose your stay well: There are numerous home-stays that you can choose from. They are lined along the road at Mahabaleshwar. The rooms of these places are as good as regular homes with the services being quite basic by nature. For a more luxurious experience, you can opt for these high-end resorts and hotels that face the beautiful hills and mountains. Most of these places are quite affordable and you won’t find difficulty in traveling around either as the place is quite small and limited.

    • Transportation: The place is quite connected. One can easily find local transport to roam about within the hill station. However, it is more convenient if you have your own private transportation. Enjoy the hill station of Mahabaleshwar at your own convenience.

    • Eatables and water: Mahabaleshwar is generally quite cool and relaxed. However, it is essential for the well-being of your body that you consume enough water to stay hydrated. Moreover, your body may or may not accept that local food at Mahabaleshwar. Make sure you are sure about a food item before you consume it. Carry bottled water around.

    • Drinking laws: Like most states in India, the average drinking age in this city is usually 18. There are many teenagers belonging to the different cities around Mahabaleshwar who come and consume alcohol. Therefore, in order to prevent this – an identity is usually required of the individual. Otherwise, alcohol is easily accessible in Mahabaleshwar.

  • Q. Things to do in Mahabaleshwar:

    • Lounging by the Veena Lake: Veena Lake is one of the most popular tourist spots in Mahabaleshwar. Being surrounded by trees, hills and lush greenery from all the sides, this location truly offers individuals an experience of their lifetime. The lake also offers boat riding option. It is also open till late evenings.

    • Chilling at Mapro Garden: Mapro Garden is highly popular with tourists. This location is as good as heaven on Earth with strawberry plantations and preserves being grown at the spot. Every year, there is an annual Strawberry festival too that takes place wherein Jams, preserves, marmalade, toppings, syrups and squashes are manufactured and sold.

    • Visit the historic Pratapgad fort: Few of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar is the Pratapgad fort. This famous location is rich with history and unmatchable views. It is strategically placed on the hill top by the Maratha rulers to ensure superiority over the upcoming attackers.

  • Q. What will you like in Mahabaleshwar:

    • Get wet in the Lingamala falls: Nature love’s absolute delight, walk through the forest and follow the trail in Mahabaleshwar that will take you to the Lingamala falls. This place is located amidst natural beauty and is the perfect spot for strolls or picnics with friends or family.

    • Adventure trek through mini Kashmir: Mini Kashmir or Tapola is among the rustic hamlets consisting of a beautiful lake, the Shivsagar lake. Known for adventure experiences like jungle treks, boat rides or exciting camping scenes – this is among the primary attractions in Mahabaleshwar.

    • Reach the Babington Point: The Babington Point is situated on a height of 1294m above the sea level and has an ever lasting view to offer to its visitors. Perfect for those who seeks tranquility, you will surely have the time of your life at this place.


    Government websites: Maharashtra Tourism

    Others: Trip Advisor 

    Books on Mahabaleshwar: Lonely Planet – Maharashtra.


  • Q. Which are the best sites for camping in Mahabaleshwar?

    Mahabaleshwar hill station is renowned for its scenic beauty and jaw-dropping splendid views. However, one of the best experiences which you can enjoy in Mahabaleshwar is camping in the midst of nature. The chief attractions of the camps are watching the sunrise and sunset, trekking, learning the regional flora, cycling and walking in the jungle trails and taking adventurous activities around the lake.

    The camp resorts also feature playgrounds and barbeques.

    • Mahabaleshwar Camps and Resorts 
    • Koyna Backwater Camp
    • Mahabaleshwar Agro Village
    • Presidency Wilderness Camp

     

  • Q. What are the top attractions on a sightseeing tour of Mahabaleshwar?

    Through the roads of the mountains and rainforests, travelers can have the best experience in Mahabaleshwar. It is such an astonishing place which has everything for a tourist right from mountains, forests, trekking trails, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes. 

    Some of the top attractions which you can explore on a sightseeing tour of Mahabaleshwar are:

    • Venna Lake – The most popular place to visit in Mahabaleshwar
    • Mapro Garden – The delightful strawberry garden
    • Pratapgad – The forgotten stories of war and courts retold
    • Lingamala Falls – A quiet spot with the majestic falls
    • Elephant’s Head Point – The famous needlepoint
    • Mini Kashmir or Tapola – A hamlet for extraordinary sightseeing in Mahabaleshwar
    • Parsi Point – A place favored by Parsi community for its awe-inspiring beauty
    • Lodwick Point – A beautiful haven with stunning views
    • Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple – A shrine remnant of Lord Shiva
    • Connaught Peak – A popular picnic spot in Mahabaleshwar
    • Rajapuri Caves – A popular historical site

  • Q. Which are the best trekking tours to do in Mahabaleshwar?

    The beautiful hill station of Mahabaleshwar is best discovered through its trekking trails. As you hike along this nature’s passage you shall see the most fabulous landscapes and virgin forests. Trekking trips organized along the trail of Sahyadris is ideal for regular hikers or backpackers, who dears to experience the raw allure of nature and its quietude.

    Being a proud part of Sahyadri range of hills, Mahabaleshwar is blessed with stunning natural beauty. Presence of many of its breath-taking points, rivers, lakes and falls, and green forests are origin of many natural sightseeing places. You can pick the most pined for attractions among these destinations on your Mahabaleshwar visit and trek your approach to witness the hypnotizing perspective of this brilliant homestead.

    Some of the best trekking tours to do in Mahabaleshwar:

    • Robber’s Cave
    • Lamington plateau
    • Hunter point
    • Kamalgarh
    • North Pole
    • Helen’s point
    • Connaught Peak
    • Arthur’s Seat

  • Q. Which are the different adventure activities in Mahabaleshwar?

    There are many activities offered in Mahabaleshwar that will get your adrenaline pumping. There are a wide variety of adventure activities out there many of which can be availed at popular resorts and private adventure firms in Mahabaleshwar. The place is full of surprises, especially during the monsoons and a little after that. The endless waterfalls, views of the Krishna River, valleys and dams and the neighboring small villages make the campaign quite an experience.

    The different activities to experience adventure in Mahabaleshwar are:

    • Water Inflatable sports
    • Paragliding
    • Hydro Bike
    • Skating
    • Rope Bridge
    • Cycling Track
    • Zorbing
    • Rock Climbing
    • Jungle Jym

  • Q. Where are the best spots for kayaking in Mahabaleshwar?

    If you are ready for a power packed adventure, pack your bags and head to Tapola for amazing kayaking in Mahabaleswar and basic windsurfing course with experts trained for many years. The primary attraction in Tapola is the Shivsagar Lake – a 90 km long water body infact the reservoir of the Koyna dam which serves a great retreat for kayaking enthusiast.

    For the water adventurer, Tapola is the ideal place to be! From water scooter rides, kayaking or swimming, the 90km stretch of water will let you explore its vast dimensions to the extreme.

  • Q. Is it worth visiting Mahabaleshwar for a family tour?

    Mahabaleshwar is visited by many thousands of tourists every year. It boasts of excellent connectivity through bus with other important towns in the region. There are numerous hotels for every budget which make it an ideal tourist destination for a family tour.

    There are several lookout points which offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. In your leisure time, you can roam about the bazaar and do lots of shopping. You can also try your luck at the poker machines in Mahabaleshwar.

    Some famous activities for a family tour in Mahabaleshwar are as follows:

    • Boating. Visit lake Venna for a ride on paddle/ or rowing boat on the beautiful and scenic lake. You may ride boat on your own or, alternatively, you can hire one.
    • Horse Riding. Horse riding options are available at Venna lake.
    • Trekking. There are many trekking trails around the hills of Mahabaleshwar which you can enjoy for an adrenaline rush.
    • Watch Sunrise and Sunsets. Go to Wilson Point or Kate's Point to watch beautiful sunrises, and to Bombay Point or Elphinstone Point to see glowing sunset