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Mahabaleshwar is the most popular hill station situated on the western ghats in Maharashtra. It is a beautiful town on Deccan plateau bound by green valleys from all the side. Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency in the colonial times and is famous for strawberry plantations. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj constructed the pratapgarh fort near Mahabaleshwar. Mahabaleshwar is very popular holiday destination among the people of Mumbai , Pune and other towns of Maharashtra because of its easy accessibility, beautiful views and nice weather through most of the year with evergreen forest surrounding the town. Tourists come here to spend some quality time away from the city doing site seeing of attractive locations spread around, nature walk and boating in the Venna lake apart from excursion to nearby pratapgarh fort and waterfalls. Mahabaleshwar is visited by thousands of tourists throughout the year.
So Aaochale Mahabaleshwar!!
The best way for the local tourists of Maharashtra is to hop in to your own vehicle or hire a taxi and travel to Mahabaleshwar by road passing through highways and hills which will be the fastest and hassle free way of reaching Mahabaleshwar. Alternatively direct buses are also available to Mahabaleshwar from different cities like Mumbai, Pune or you can first reach Satara town from where there are frequent buses to Mahabaleshwar.
By Train or by Air the nearest place for Mahabaleshwar is Pune City. You can reach pune easily and comfortably which is very well connected by Rail and Air from all major cities of India.
Once in Mahabaleshwar enjoy your stay and don’t forget to pick strawberries on your journey back home.
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Places Of Interest in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar temple Mahabaleshwar
One of the most popular attractions in Mahabaleshwar is the ancient Shiva temple in the forest, which is believed to be the source of five rivers. The river Krishna originates from the mouth of the legendary statue of a cow in the temple situated in Old Mahabaleshwar and flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Four other rivers also flow from the mouth of the cow, before they merge into the Krishna; these are Koyana river, Venna river, Savitri river and Gayatri river.
Elphinstone Point Mahabaleshwar
"Elphinstone Point is one of the highest points in Mahabaleshwar from where visitors get an uninterrupted view of Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgarh Fort, Koyna Valley and nearby plains.
Owing to its spectacular beauty, the Elphinstone Point is frequented by both tourists and locals year-round. It is surrounded by dense green forest a perfect place to spend couple of hours in the lap of nature
Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar
Flanked by lush greenery and blooming flowers, the placid Venna Lake is counted amongst the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. Built in 1842 by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, the king of Satara, the lake covers an area of 28 acres. You can indulge in a boat ride on the lake with your loved ones or visit the amusement park located right opposite the lake for a round of games and rides. The lake surrounds also offer opportunities for horse riding and a great place for children to indulge in wide range of fun activities.
Pratapgarh Fort Mahabaleshwar
Built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1656, Pratapgarh Fort is located on a hill top surrounded by dense green forest offering a splendid view of the hills and valleys around.Indie the fort are ponds , chambers, pathways, Temple and statue Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The architecture and fortification of the fort is a thing to see and amaze. This is the same fort where Shivaji defeated Afzal khan and there exists a tomb of Afzal khan in the place where he was defeated.
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