Destination : Mahabaleshwar ( Maharashtra India )
Languages Spoken : Marathi, Hindi, English
Best Time To Visit : Throught Year
Mahabaleshwar is a very popular hill station at an altitude of 1372 mtrs. above sea level. When you feel like even fresher air, go there during winter (October to February)or when you want to flee from the heat of the plains, go there during summer (March to June) or during the damp Monsoon (June until September). Mahabaleshwar is also better known as Strawberry Country and is a true paradise for honeymoon couples. A good idea for a daytrip is a visit to the Pratapgadh Fort, some forty kilometres away from Mahabaleshwar.
Boating or fishing at the placid Venna Lake at Mahabaleshwar, you find the time and the environment to put your life and priorities in perspective.
Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency. A popular town with an air of unspoilt beauty, it meanders leisurely for 5kms at an altitude of 1372 metres.
From here you journey 24 kms to Pratapgad Fort where Shivaji dramatically outwitted General Afzal Khan. On the way back to Mahableshwar, you stop to bathe at a gorgeously descending waterfall.
Next day, you simply idle through the tiny lanes of the bazaar shopping for everything from tribal trinkets to luscious strawberries, blackberries, jams and jellies.
Mahableshwar's great between October and June. Temperatures vary from 13 ? C in winter to 29 ? C in summer with a yearly rainfall of 663 cms. Mahabaleshwar is fast becoming a popular hill resort during the monsoons too.
How to get there:
BY ROAD: Mumbai _ Mahabaleshwar via Mahad - 247kms.
State Transport buses ply regularly between Pune - Mahabaleshwar and Mumbai - Mahabaleshwar.
BY RAIL: Nearest railhead is Wathar, but Pune is more convenient railhead.
By AIR:Nearest airport pune, 120kms.
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