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Mahabaleswar is a small town located in the Satara District of Maharashtra. It is one of the hill stations in Western India. Mahabaleswar is located at a distance of 177km from Pune and 206km from Mumbai. During British Raj Mahabaleswar served as the summer capital of Bombay province. Perched at an altitude of 1327 mt Mahabaleswar is known for offering the mesmerizing view of beautiful gorge and meandering river stream. At a distance of 45km from Mahabaleswar is another hill station called Panchgani.
Dating back to 12th century there are many ancient monuments and historically significant places to visit in Mahabaleswar. This serene hill station with its salubrious ambiance and pictorial sceneries has attracted travelers and nature lovers.
Situated on the Mahabaleswar-Panchgani Highway is Mapro Garden a popular tourist interest point of Mahabaleswar. Mapro Garden is known for its strawberry production and is also the host of annual Strawberry Festival. During Strawberry Festival which is hosted during Easter Week tourist from far and wide travel to Mahabaleswar. Visitors can find a chocolate factory, a quaint nursery, a restaurant serving delectable food, and recreational centre for children within the premises of Mapro Garden.
Situated at an altitude of 1439mt, Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleswar. Wilson Point is located at a distance of 3km from Mahabaleswar. It was named after Sir Leslie Wilson, the Governor of Bombay during British Raj. Due to its unique location Wilson Point is famous for offering the most mesmerizing sunrise over the lofty mountainous valley enclosing Mahabaleswar. It is a vantage sunrise point in Mahabaleswar. There are three watch towers in Wilson Point. After sundown visitors can see the twinkling lights from Panchgani dotting the adjacent valley like small fireflies.
Mumbai Point is a sunset point in Mahabaleswar located at in the old road to Mumbai. It is one of the favored picnic spots of Mahabaleswar. From Mumbai Point visitors can witness the surreal view of sky being painted in different hues of orange and blue when the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon.
Arthur’s Seat at an altitude of 1470mt is one the most famous point in Mahabaleswar. Located at a distance of 13km from main market of Mahabaleswar, Arthur’s Seat is also reckoned as the “Queen of Points”. Formerly known as Madhi Mahaal, Arthur’s Seat is famous for its trick of floating the objects. If visitors throw light weight object like bottle down the valley in Arthur’s Seat the object float up due to air pressure. On a clear day visitors can witness the picturesque vista of Kokan on one side and Deccan plateau on other from Arthur’s Seat.
Built in 16th century is a significant pilgrimage site in Mahabaleswar. Dedicated to Lord Shiva the sacred and ancient Mahabaleswar Temple is located at a distance of 6km from the bustling market area of Mahabaleswar. Mahabaleswar Temple is interlinked with mythological events. According to one of the legends Maratha ruler, Shivaji weighed his mother Jijabai in gold in this temple and then gave away the gold in charity. Housing 300 years old sacred artifacts like Lord Shiva’s trishul, damru, Rudraksha, and a bed Mahabaleswar Temple attracts devotes, pilgrims, and travelers from far and wide. During auspicious festivals like Maha Shivaratri, this temple is flooded with the horde of devotees. The intricate design craved on the walls of Mahabaleswar Temple is another features which makes its one of the must visit destination of Mahabaleswar.
Enclosed by the lush green forest is a majestic gift of nature. Cascading down the scenic gorge is the Dhobi Waterfall of Mahabaleswar. Dhobi Waterfall is located at a distance of 3km from main market of Mahabaleswar. These set of fascinating waterfalls connect Lodwick and Elphinston point and further join petit road with Old Mahabaleswar road. The alluring sound of Dhobi waterfall has captivated the mind of many travelers making it a nature lovers’ hub. Far from maddening hassle of daily life Dhobi Waterfall has become a place to find solace in Mahabaleswar.
Best time to visit Mahabaleswar:March to June is the best time to visit Mahabaleswar. It is best to avoid rainy season July to September since Mahabaleswar is known for receiving heavy rainfall.