Acknowledged for its pleasant weather all year round, Mahabaleshwar is also known as the “Queen of all Hill Stations”. Located at a height of of 1,372m in the heart of Sahyadri Hills in Satara District, this stunning hill station got its named derive from three Sanskrit words, Maha (great), Bal (power) and Ishwar (God). Some of the popular hot spots of Mahabaleshwar include Wilson Point, Lingmala Waterfalls, Panchaganga Temple, Venna Lake, Arthur’s Seat and the Old Mahabaleshwar Temple.
At Tour My India, we will take you on a journey to this beautiful hill station with our well planned Mahabaleshwar Weekend Tour. Our tour will provide you an opportunity to refresh yourself and spend some quality time without any hassle or worry. So, grab the opportunity and give yourself a mountain retreat during your upcoming holidays.
Mumbai – Mahabaleshwar (300 kms)
Meet on arrival at Mumbai Airport / Railway station and drive to Mahableshwar. On arrival check-in at hotel. Evening free for your own activity. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Mahabaleshwar means ‘God of Great Power’ in Sanskrit. Indeed, the place is great and bountiful, rewarding the visitor with a mix of old-world charm, natural beauty and modernity.
Mahabaleshwar was established as a health resort in 1829 AD. It was a jail for chinese & malay convicts from 1834 to 1864. The capacity of the jail was 120 prisoners. These prisoners introduced cultivation of red potatoes, strawberries & waeving of cane & bamboo baskets. Many of the prisoners stayed at Mahabaleshwar after they were released. Maharaja Pratapsinha of Satara (1818 to 1839) engineered a scheme to develop M’war as a health resort. sir John Malcolm, the first governer to visit Mahabaleshwar in 1828, established M’war in 1829. Sir Charles Malet, the first resident in Pune darbar of the Peshwas in 1791 happens to be the first european to step on this plateau.
After breakfast go for a sightseeing trip of Panchgani visiting Rajpuri Caves – Rajpuri Caves hold religions significance, owing to the belief that these were used for penance and religious rituals by Lord Kartikeya. Surrounded by many water kunds (ponds), these ancient caves are also believed to have sheltered the Pandavas during their exile. Owing to the belief that the holy Ganges also flows into these kunds, devotees have a bath in these water bodies to cure all kinds of diseases and evils.
Kamalgad Fort – Kamalgad Fort is located at an altitude of 4,522 ft just in front of Kenjalgad. Owing to its elevation, the fort offers an aerial view of the Dhom backwaters, dense woods and the lush green vegetation below.
Hunter Point – Hunter Point, located a kilometre west of Connaught Peak, rises 1,290 m above sea level. From the viewpoint, visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the Koyna Valley and the surrounding Sahyadri mountain ranges. Hunter Point can be reached via Old Mahabaleshwar Road.
Sydney Point – Sydney Point is renowned for offering beautiful views of the Krishna Valley, Kamalgad Fort, Dhoom Dam, and the city of Wai. This tiny hillock overlooking the lush green Krishna Valley was named after Sir Sidney Beckwarth, who was Commander in Chief and senior member of the council. Sir Sidney Beckwarth temporarily succeeded Sir John Malcolm as the Governor of Bombay in 1830. The hillock also offers beautiful views of the hill ranges of Pandavgad and Mandhardeo.
Dhoom Dam is a beautiful boating spot that is located at a distance of 21 km from the town. For enjoying water activities, tourists can hire scooter boats and speed boats from near the dam. This earth fill and gravity dam on Krishna River is located near Wai. For supplying water for agriculture and industries, the dam was constructed in 1982. Construction of the dam commenced in 1976.
Water of the dam also serves the industries and residential quarters located in Wai, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar and the surrounding villages on its bank. Using water of the dam, lands of Wai, Koregaon, Satara and Jawli talukas are irrigated. Approximately 20 km in length, catchments area of the Dhom Lake has been formed by damming the Krishna River.
Evening free for you own activity. Overnight at the hotel.
Panchgani – Mumbai
After breakfast drive to Mumbai. On arrival transfer you to airport/ Train station for onward destination.