Mahabaleshwar is a well known and most popular hill station situated in the state of Maharashtra and is famous among Mumbaikars. As it is in close proximity to Mumbai and got great views and a pleasant weather, some people like to visit this place quite often. I personally must have visited this place 3-4 times in my life and would love to visit again. So, let me describe my most recent trip with my friends in December 2015.
The city of Mahabaleshwar is a pinnacle of greenery, boasting one of the only evergreen forests in the world. The landscape abounds with lush hills, valleys and lookout points such as Lodwick Point, Arthur’s Seat and Babington Point, all of which offer spectacular views. Trot along on horseback for a delightful four-legged tour of the gorgeous Venna Lake area, and savor juicy native strawberries, mulberries and corn.
we took an approximately 300 km journey from Mumbai as we decided to go by road. This was by far one of the most amazing road trips because of the lush greenery and scenic locations on the way to Mahableshwar.
We had booked a hotel in Panchgani which is a tiny hill station situated at a distance of 15 kms from Mahabaleshwar and often is often regarded as a mini mahableshwar. We had done all the bookings from MakeMyTrip a day before our trip.
We started at 8 am in the morning and very conveniently reached Pune by 12 pm where we stopped for Lunch. As Pune is a major city, finding restaurants for lunch was quite easy.
After lunch, around 1.30 pm we again started for Mahabaleshwar and reached at our hotel at 5.30 pm. In between we used to take a break and halt at some sight seeing spot to take the glimpse and photos of the scenic views.
We spent rest of the day at our hotel chilling with friends. Next day we visited all the major tourist spots of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani which includes
- Parsi Point
- Vienna Lake for Boating
- Mapro Garden
- Elephants head point
- Wilson Point (Sunrise point)
- Elphinstone Point
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There was this point name Lodwick Point, when we had to visit a tourist spot where our car could not enter and we had to park our car 1-2 km away from the point. It was late into the evening, and the sun was about to set and we had to walk on this rough narrow pathway surrounded by thick forests on both sides. we were confused whether to go. After 5 mins of conversation we all said yes and we all gave it a go. We reached there in about 10-15 mins. The path and road is really pathetic to walk also. After reaching there, the view was really beautiful and the sunset has added to the beauty of the moment. It was really a wise decision. all that walking was worth the effort. We all loved it and clicked many photographs.
While returning to the hotel, we stopped by at Mapro Garden for snacks and their most famous strawberry cream ice cream. It was a delicious delight and I would highly recommend to have one. We also purchased fresh garden grown strawberries and sherbet from the sales department.
As we had covered all the places of attraction at Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, we thought of going to some other place and as I have never been to Pune, we selected that one because it fell on the way to our route to home as well. But the main reason was the Hotel Stay. When we were looking for Hotel on MakeMyTrip we got a 4 star hotel for a reasonable rate. So without wasting time we booked the hotel.
Next day we started for Pune, We reached Pune in 4 hours and checked in our hotel.
There we visited Shaniwarwada Fort, one of the famous tourist spots and then later in evening Pheonix mall where we spent some time in shopping followed by dinner. At night we returned Hotel and spent rest of the time with leisure. The room was amazing and they had all the facilities, So we enjoyed our time and went off to sleep.
Next Day around 11 am we started for Mumbai and reached by 4 pm at home stopping in between for Lunch at Lonavala.
its always worth the while when you include multiple locations in your trip and make impromptu plans as it adds to the fun and variety of experiences.
So if you are looking for a way to have a fun weekend getaway, give our trip plan a try.