There some tourist places in India and specifically hill stations which are quite famous and popular among tourists mainly because these never fail to delight us. Mahabaleshwar is one of them. Nestled in the western ghats forests of Maharashtra, the place is ideal for an extended weekend getaway from Pune/Mumbai both.
How to reach: For road junkies, this 5 hour trip is a pleasure drive on good smooth roads and ghats.
Your own vehicle will also provide you the ease of travelling and stopping at any picturesque points you encounter....and there are quite a few! If not, buses are always an alternative. The train service is only available from Mumbai to Pune, ahead of which a bus or taxi is the most recommended mode of transport. The journey is enjoyable and you will encounter many local stall set ups along the road with home made pickles and Spices. These are definitely worth a try and a to do in your what to buy in Mahabaleshwar.
Panchgani - is quaint little town on the way to Mahabaleshwar and is famous for good number of boarding schools in Maharashtra. Stop points also offer amazing view of the valley and horse/camel rides.
Things to do - There are many scenic points like arthur point, etc etc like most hill stations which offer you a good view of the valley. I am not mentioning any of those here since this is the expected part of hill station outing and any person with least 30% of tourists' genes is bound to cover these by default! And also because since I visited Mahabaleshwar in late summar/start of monsoons, I had no view of any of the valley...everything was covered by fog and clouds! Mostly like this ......Nevertheless, I still enjoyed my trip.
So, not going by the rules, Mahabaleshwar can be an all time vacation spot, especially for Mumbaikars, who always seems to look out refreshment from the scorching heat. the old town which offers a diaspora of simple shopping items
What to eat in Mahabaleshwar
Known as the strawberry capital of India and rightly so, Mahabaleshwar is a treat for berry lovers. When I visited Mahabaleshwar, I had no liking for strawberries, whatsoever and I still don't prefer strawberry milkshake. However, after having the strawberry, mulberry, blueberry cream - fresh berries with fresh cream -- had me drooling for strawberries forever now. It is available at very possible eating joint in the town or at scenic spots where they will proudly show you the strawberry farms, give you a brief tour, allow you to pick fresh berries even.
This dessert made my entire weekend and I had this every time of the day I stepped out of my hotel. Please do try it at least once, if not love you are still going to get a second glass for yourself!
I don't have many pictures from my vacations as everything was just foggy, but I still managed to capture a few pictures here and there for the essence of the place.
All these pictures are unedited and raw and is kept like that intentionally.
It doesn't matter what you miss, what matters is what you saw, observed and allowed yourself to be enchanted with!