Mahabaleshwar – A Fine Escape
Mahabaleshwar is one of the largest hill stations in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations of India, blessed with the goodness of nature which lend the region a very picturesque and serene look. The hill station lures in tourists from various corners of the country and abroad to relax and rejuvenate.
Mahabaleshwar, located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, at an altitude of 1372 m above sea level, offers a mesmerizing view of the soaring peaks, green valleys, verdant forests, sparkling rivers and much more, all adding to the grand beauty of the region. The hill station served as the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency under the British rulers, remnants of which is still witnessed among the various aspects of life in the region. Mahabaleshwar is pleasantly sparsely commercialized and has managed to retain its old world charm that draws in tourists in large numbers to the region.
For tourist attractions in the region, there are plenty of notable points of interests in Mahabaleshwar, a majority of these tourist attractions consist of the various vantage points and other natural attractions. There are altogether 25 vantage points of which the most popular ones include the Lodwick’s Point, Arthur’s Point, Babington Point, Wilson Point, Kate’s Point, Bombay Point, Elephant’s Head Point and the Lingmala Falls. Other tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar include Mount Malcolm, Pratapgarh Fort, Mahabaleshwar Club and others.
For accommodation, there is no dearth of good quality hotels in Mahabaleshwar offering quality lodging facilities along with various services and facilities to the thousands of tourists visiting the region. The hotels in Mahabaleshwar are present across all budget categories, ranging from the luxury hotels and resorts to the budget hotels catering to the varying needs and preferences of the myriad of travelers visiting the region.
The best time to visit the region is during the months of March to May, when the weather is pleasant allowing all sorts of outdoor activities. Mahabaleshwar is also well connected to the rest of the country and can easily be accessed from any parts of the country. The nearest airport from the hill station is in Pune, located at a distance of 120 km approx., while the nearest railway station is in Wathar but, Pune railway station is a better option. Lastly, a large number of state and private buses can be easily availed from all parts of Maharashtra and neighboring areas for the hill station.