Mahabaleshwar is a remarkable, peaceful city side hill station located in the Western Ghats range. The hill station is home to one of rarest evergreen forests of India, serving as summer capital of Bombay province in the times of British Raj. Mahabaleshwar, off late has draped itself as famous holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and quite asignificant pilgrimage site for Hindus.It is also a widely known hill station for variety of genus and species of berries like strawberries, gooseberries and raspberries. In Mahabaleshwar it is easy to come across hotels within the budget. Tourists can easily hire a room, which provides him or her superb view of Venna Lake. The hill station, owing to its proximity to Arabian Sea doesn’t experience very freezing cold temperatures. The weather conditions of this fabulous hill station are far too soothing and enjoyable. And it is one of the reasons why the tourists love to come to Mahabaleshwar.
Nearest airport is Pune, 120 kilometers away.
Nearest railhead is Wathar, 62 kilometers away. However, Pune is much better.
Mahabaleshwar is on the Indian road network and well connected to all major cities.
It is a middle height hill station at 1,353 meters and can be visited throughout the year. The monsoon season provides a really beautiful outlook with misty environs and plentiful water rolling down the mountains. It is better to bring some warm clothes as nights & early mornings can be chilly.
As per local populace opinion, the best time to visit is from October to June.... read more...
The Hindu festival is celebrated during March-April, with great fervor on first day of Chaitra – marking beginning of Hindu Solar year, more specifically the Maharashtrian New Year. On this occasion, kite flying is a common activity undertaken by inhabitants.
It is a very popular festival, celebrated in months of August and September, commemorating the birth of Hindu god – Lord Ganesha. This is also the key festival of state of Maharashtra. On the eve of this occasion, the devotees of Lord Ganesha prepare sweets known as “Modak” in their homes for appeasing Lord Ganesha. Later on the final day of festival, amidst devotional songs and dancing, the idol of Lord Ganesha is immersed in sea.
It is a popular Hindu festival celebrated in Mahabaleshwar. Falling in month of January, the festival marks harvest season and denizens love to douse themselves in rich fervor and gaiety. Apart from Mahabaleshwar, MakarSankranti is enjoyed with equal energy in different parts of India with other popular names like PeddaPanduga, Lohri, Pongal and BhogaliBihu respectively.
Held in month of March, the Strawberry Festival marks occasion of blooming of strawberries. During the festival, stalls are set up in local farms near in and around Mahabaleshwar area, where Strawberry dishes are put on display. This special festival is liked by fruit lovers.
The festival comes in month of March and people put earthy colors and sprinkle water on each other. This festival of colors is also celebrated with richness and excitement in different parts of India as well.
The festival of lights is celebrated in month of October or November. Diwali symbolizes victory of good over the evil. On this day, children and adults wear new clothes and traditional sweets are exchanged. Puja of goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha is performed.
Mapro Gardens- The gardens comes when you move to Panchgani from Mahabaleshwar. The garden offers tourists plenty of Jams, fresh strawberries, squashes, jellies, etc. The superiority of Mapro gardens is that one can experience the taste of each of the items before buying them.
Local Bazaar – The local bazaars in Mahabaleshwar offer tourists with spectacular species of farm fresh orange colored carrots and corns. These bazaars are also quite well known for leather goods and various types of tribal charms.
Pallod Shop - This is a popular shopping place in Mahabaleshwar, set up around 90 years ago by Pallod family of Rajasthan. This shop was initially a cloth store and over the years, has become one of the key shopping hub for trousseau shopping, especially Saris.
Shopping in Mahabaleshwar is all about buying fresh fruits, jams, jellies and marmalades. Town Bazaar, Imperial Store at the end of the Bazaar, and Mapro gardens are the places to go for shopping in Mahabaleshwar.
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