Mahabaleshwar Travel Guide
TravelGuideto MahabaleshwarThe most charming hill station Mahabaleshwar is located in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. It is the largest hill station of Sahyadri range of Maharashtra State. Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency in the colonial times. In the modern era besides the Mahabaleshwar has retained its charm. So this vacation if you want to enjoy peace, a life free from the hustle, the bustle of city life then you can have a charming option of vacation at Mahabaleshwar. You might be confused regarding the choices of the hotel, where to stay, how to reach and what are the prime attractions of Mahabaleshwar. So this travel guide is my helpful attempt for you to guide a tension free vacation at Mahabaleshwar. Being dotted with lakes, viewpoints, treks and temples, Mahabaleshwar is an escape to paradise. Mahabaleshwar is known for the beauty it encompasses and it is very popular among the bag packers and local tourists who want to enjoy weekends.
Climatic Conditions of MahabaleshwarBeing located at higher altitude the climate of Mahabaleshwar is pleasant round the year like other hill stations in India. The maximum temperature in months of summer (March-Mid June) is recorded as 35.C and the temperature ranges between 12.C to 15.C in the months of December to February. The monsoon season is most beautiful as Mahableshwar witness heavy rainfall due to the presence of Evergreen Forest. The temperature does not touch extremes and it's delightful round the year.Also read:-Khabru Waterfall highest waterfall in Himachal
Best Time to Visit MahabaleshwarSeptember to May is the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar. The cheerful weather and the warmth of the Sun are loved by the visitors during these months. The trees of evergreen forest give an enchanting experience to the visitors with its fresh green lush view. The winter view of Mahabaleshwar is breathtaking. The magnificent foliage makes the hill station more beautiful. One can visit Mahabaleshwar during monsoons too as hill towns give a mesmerizing view of colorful hues of nature.
How to Reach MahabaleshwarMahabaleshwar is easily accessible from two major cities of Maharashtra i.e Mumbai and Pune. There are many ways to reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai and Pune.
By BusYou can take a tourist bus (Volvo) from Mumbai, departing from Dadar East, Sion or Vashi. The ride will take you 6 hours and will cost around INR 1500. An ordinary AC bus will cost INR 200. The Volvo bus from Pune is operated by private companies (Neeta and Konduskar), and they charge approx INR 400 each way. The Govt. Express bus from Swargate starting 5:45 AM and every hour with a price of INR 120 per individual. Private cab tours to Mahabaleshwar from Pune and Mumbai are operated by Vasa Cabs.
By CarBy car, Mahabaleshwar is about 120 Kms from Pune and from Mumbai it is 247 km. From Mumbai, the trip takes about 5 to 6 hours if traveling via Panvel through Mahad and Poladpur.A better way is to take the Mumbai-Pune expressway and the highway onwards from Pune to Satara; this route is 40 km longer but only takes 5 hours, and has a. straight road and easy driving. Travelers have to get off this highway at a place called Sirur and then travel via Wai and Panchgani to Mahabaleshwar.On arriving by car, the Municipal council charges a fee of INR 50 per head, which is collected on entry points to the town with its validity for seven days. The Panchgani Municipal council also charges an entrance of INR 50 per vehicle if you are just passing through on your way to Mahabaleshwar. Car rental services are available 24 hours from Pune and Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar.
By TrainThe nearest station to Mahabaleshwar is Satara. Travelers can reach Satara by train from Mumbai or Bangalore. Mahabaleshwar is 47 km from Satara and takes little more than one hour from there.The travelers can reach Mumbai and Pune from airways too. The airports of Mumbai and Pune is accessible and connected to all major cities of India. Then they can travel by bus, or rent a car to Mahabaleshwar. Nearest Airport -Pune (120 km), Kolhapur (186 km), Mumbai (260 km).The time should be constrained to arrival in the morning. Morning time is preferred as the hotels have checked in time of 9:00 AM. So late arrival may be troublesome for the guests.Also read:-Kedarnath Complete Travel Guide || Ngtraveller
Accommodation in Mahabaleshwar
image source-Royal Orchid HotelsThe travelers can have several options to stay in Mahabaleshwar. The options for accommodation range from resorts to budget hotels and hotels for economic class too. Few suggestions for a comfortable stay are discussed. The Budget hotels are mainly located around the main town market of Mahabaleshwar whereas the resorts occupy the lands that offer the best view of Mahabaleshwar.Citrus Hotels and Resorts- Citrus hotels are designed to have a magical experience in Mahabaleshwar. It is located in the main market of Mahabaleshwar. It can be loved by travelers who love to make memories while traveling.Location- L.C. Dsouza Road, near Aaram chowk, Mahabaleshwar,Price-INR 3420 per person/ per NightDina Hotel- this is another option for comfortable stay at Mahabaleshwar. The antique interiors and modern amenities are a perfect blend for vacationing. Rooms services are excellent. A.C and Non-A.C accommodations are available.Location- Lake Road, Mahabaleshwar, Satara, Maharashtra.Price-INR 1800 per Person (Adult)For children (2-10 years)-INR 900 per person.Temple view Hotel- it is a super friendly hotel run by a family from the last 20 years in Mahabaleshwar. They offer various types of accommodation including. Dormitory for large groups, Single or Double Standard rooms, Double super Deluxe rooms, Suites. It is situated opposite the temple in old Mahabaleshwar. The restaurant of the hotel is opened 24 hours a day.Location- Temple View Road, Old Mahabaleshwar, MaharashtraPrice-INR 1400 Per personDurvankur Cottage Mahabaleshwar-The most affordable, clean accommodation. It is cheap and comfortable too.Location- Dutta Krupa Society Road, Datta Krupa Housing Society, Mahabaleshwar, MaharashtraPrice-INR-500-1500 Per PersonThe cheapest hotel in Mahabaleshwar starts from INR 799 per person. An extravagant traveler can expense INR 10,900 Per person for their royalty at Mahabaleshwar.