A boring day from your work? Or at some monotonous corner, you are completing the deadline of your project? Just feeling like something is pouring you in an ultimate colorless state? then pack your bags and plan a Mahabaleshwar trip which will rejuvenate you from head to toe.
In fact, a fantastic drive to Mahabaleshwar trip from Mumbai is so refreshing with your bunch of friends. For this, you can either rent cars from Mumbai or can drive your way via Pune to Mahabaleshwar cab services. A Mahabaleshwar trip from Mumbai nearly takes 6 hours to cover 260 Kilometers.
The beautiful Mahabaleshwar is a flawless and splendid blend of modernity and the old rustic charm. The place is famously tagged as one of the best hill stations in India and also called “Highest Hill Station in India on Western Side”.
The place features a secluded hill resort and a wonderful sacred spot for Lord Shiva devotees. The hilly region is oftentimes referred to as the “Strawberry Country” as it produces the most mouthwatering and delicious raspberries, gooseberries, and mulberries.
Mahabaleshwar is nestled at a height of 1372 meters and offers picturesque views of the stunning sunrises, alluring mornings, spellbinding sunsets, and astonishing mountains peaks.
A holistic and pocket-friendly Mahabaleshwar tour package includes the visits to Mahabaleshwar Temple, Mount Malcolm, Morarji Castle, Wilson Point, and Rajpuri Caves.
1. Mahabaleshwar Temple
Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and Mahabaleshwar Temple is that place where Lord Shiva exists as Lord Mahabali here. The hills in Mahabaleshwar are given name after Lord Mahabali which means and does have great strength.
The temple is embedded with a stone wall of 5 feet height. The temple is divided into two parts as the inner and outer room.
The inner room is called the God Chamber and the outer room is known as the Central Hall. The major site for offerings or for prayers is the place made from black stone, called the Sacred Lingam.
2. Morarji Castle
Another worthy place to visit is the Morarji Castle; it’s found in the hilly territory of Mahabaleshwar. The fortress is an ancient construction which showcases the British influence and their architectural style. As a part of the freedom struggle of India, Mahatma Gandhi visited Mahabaleshwar in 1945. There are numerous colonial architectures occupying their position in the proximity of this structure.
3. Mount Malcolm
Mount Malcolm acknowledges being one of the most aged architectures placed in Mahabaleshwar. The place was given name post a famous British general named, ‘John Malcolm’. He had his presence in Mahabaleshwar in 1828 and was madly in love with the jaw-dropping beauty of the city. This spectacular structure of the British past exhibits finely detailed architectural greatness, art, and expertise.
4. Pratapgad Fort
Referring to Maratha’s history, Pratapgad Fort secures a significant place in Mahabaleshwar. The Maratha Empire struggled and raised their voice for Swaraj under the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji. At this place only, Afzal Khan was punished and given death in his battle against Shivaji. 900 metres above sea level, the fort is located 24 kilometres on the western side of Mahabaleshwar. The castle is an arrangement of chambers, ponds, and stretched passageways, as its construction was done in 1656.
5. Panoramic Views Of Sahyadri Hills
You talk of any place in Mahabaleshwar, it’s always bordered by astounding hilly views. There are a few more unparallel views like Echo Point, Arthur’s Seat Point, Bombay Point (Sunset Point), and Wilson Point (Sunrise Point).
6. Rajpuri Caves
Rajpuri Caves are located 7 km away from Panchgani Bus Station. They are one of the most aged attractions in the Panchgani region.
Rajpuri features four ancient caves, fenced by various water kunds. It’s considered that the Rajpuri Caves were in use for forgiveness, religious and traditional rituals and customs by Lord Kartikeya. The spot is also famous as Pandavas’ home during their banishment from their native place. As per the locals and devotees who pay their visit here, believes that as you take the bath in these divine kunds, it will give you rid from every kind of disease and evils.
7. Wilson Point
Mahabaleshwar’s highest point is Wilson Point, located at a distance of 2 Km from City’s Bus Stand. It’s one of the best places to visit on a college Mahabaleshwar trip from Mumbai. The place is even called the Sunrise Point, nestled at a height of 1439 m. From this place, you can see amazing sunrise from this spot. Initially, it was called as Sindola Hill which was named after Bombay Province’ Governor, Sir Leslie Wilson.
The Sunrise Point is an extensive plateau which features 3 watching towers and each placed at a different location. Standing right on the top of the Wilson Point, visitors will have the glimpse of Babington Point, Old Mahabaleshwar, and so many places to explore more. It’s open from 6 AM to 6 PM.
8. Enjoy Shopping At the Local Market
The main market of Mahabaleshwar is your one-stop shop area where people go shopping for souvenirs like footwear, wooden toys, hand-made crafts, beautiful showpieces, fruit crushes, and the obvious, strawberries. Don’t forget to visit Ram Footwear and New India Boot House to buy ultra relaxed and satisfying pair of Kolhapuris for less than Rs 130.
10. Bird’s Eye View from Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat is also known as ‘the Queen of the points’, which offers breathtaking panoramic views overlooking lush emerald cliffs, backwaters of the dam, and the roads down the hill. Be ready to stroll for 20 to 30 minutes from the parking area for cars to reach Arthur’s Seat.
11. Glance at the Enhanced Beauty of Lingmala Waterfall
Mahabaleshwar’s Lingmala waterfall is covered by plenty of greenery and if you’re to be a part of drizzling, the place is damn romantic and a perfect Mahabaleshwar trip from Mumbai.
12. Picking Strawberry from Mapro Garden
The sheer food zone, Mapro Garden is known for its popular strawberries, shakes and squashes of strawberries, and of course, the picking of strawberries. If you’re traveling with kids, a guided tour looks good for you here.
Considering the above-mentioned places you may plan your Mahabaleshwar trip in the best manner.