If you are willing to enjoy cool and fresh mountain air, plush greenery, astonishing valleys, and elevated mountain peaks, then Mahabaleshwar is a best option to visit in the coming summer vacations. As Mahabaleshwar is known as the summer capital of Mumbai, most of the people, from all over the world prefer to visit this hill station specially in summer. It is situated at an altitude of 1372m, in the Sahayandri ranges of Maharashtra. Perpetually beautiful, fresh and inviting structure of Mahabaleshwar is blessed with wonderful views of forests and valleys. During March-June, this hill station looks brownish, whereas during monsoon i.e from mid of June to September it looks like a lush green carpet spread around the hills.
As Mahabaleshwar is located at an high altitude it offers a cool climate. During British Raj it was known as summer capital of Bombay. In Sanskrit language Mahabaleshwar stands for God With Great Power. Mahabaleshwar takes some days to explore the scenic beauty of city. It has several magnificent bungalows, cottages and mansions constructed in British style, that witnesses the bygone era of British Raj. It also offers exciting activities for tourists, like:
- Pony rides on the lanes
- Cycle Rides at numerous scenic points
- Foot Paths along forest
- Numerous sight seeing points which offers unique perspective of beautiful hills
Along with sight seeing points Mahabaleshwar also serves a town market which is known as Malcolm Peth, named after a British Governor Sir Jon Malcolm. This market is located centrally in the heart of city, and is surrounded by huge number of hotels, restaurants, government offices, shops and outlying bungalows. The numerous sight seeing points in Mahabaleshwar are:
- Arthur’s Suit – Queen of all points, which got its name from Arthur Mallet, who was a first man to came here and built a house.
- Babbington Point – Hot spot for tourists which is positioned at an height of 1294 m above sea level. Due to such a large height it looks very thrilling.
- Sunset Point – This point is famous for a brief look of gray and orange skyscapes at the time of sunset. It is popular for late afternoon picnic.
- Chinaman’s Falls – This waterfall is 2.5 km away from city, towars south. Your trip will not be complete untill you visit this cascading and famous waterfalls.
- Dhobi Waterfall – It is 3 km away from city, and it connects Lodwick point with Elphinstone Point. This waterfalls is filled with rocks from both sides.
- Elphinstone Point – It offers a freshness and warmth of nature. The lofty cliffs and peaks gives an exciting experience.
- Falkland Point – It again offers a wonderful vision of nature. The open space that reflects the original beauty of light woods, makes it a most loving point.
- Kate’s Point – It is at an height of 1290 m on duchess road. It comes under the must not miss list of tourists. It offers a clear and bright view.
- Lodwick Point – Also known as Sidney Point, and is a most beautiful point in Mahabaleshwar.
- Marjorie Point – It is located on the way to Arthur’s Suit. It offers magnificent and panoremic view of Sahyandri Hills.
- Wilson Point – Also known as sunrise point. It hosts three watching towers with vast barren rocks. It also offers a beautiful view of sunrise.
Along with this many other points are also there like Venna Lake, Tiger’s Spring, Tableland Serbaug and Parsi Point at Panchgani, Lingamala Falls, Hunter Point, Helen’s Point, and so on. Mahabaleshwar also houses a temple of lord Krishna and Mahadev, and also a point of 5 rivers that flows over deccan. That five rivers include Krishna, Savitri, Koyna, Gayatri and Veena. Mahabaleshwar is also a famous spot for strawberries, goose berries, muberries and raspberries.
Due to all these features Mahabaleshwar becomes a biggest magnet, attracting large cloud of tourists every year, either for honeymoons, or for comfortable weekend holidays or to get relax from heavy sunlight during summer. Such a huge crowd increases the demand of affordable Budget Hotels In Mahabaleshwar near market area, and also near bus stand.