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Mahabaleshwar Hill Station


Fast Facts

Mahabaleshwar was recognized as a health resort in 1829 AD.Later it was a jail with 120 prisoners for Chinese & Malay convicts from 1834 to 1864

Did You Know

Mahabaleshwar was a jail with 120 prisoners for Chinese & Malay convicts from 1834 to 1864.

Must Do

Visit Panchaganga Mandir, Shri Shankar Mandir and Shri Krishnabai Mandir.

Introduction

Mahabaleshwar, the beautiful hill station near Mumbai, was recognized as a health resort in 1829 AD. Later it was a jail with 120 prisoners for Chinese & Malay convicts from 1834 to 1864. Many of the prisoners of the jail stayed back at Mahabaleshwar after they were released. These prisoners engaged themselves in cultivating red potatoes, strawberries and weaving cane or bamboo baskets.

According to the legend, Maharaja Pratapsinha of Satara planned to develop Mahabaleshwar as a health resort. Sir John Malcolum was the first governor to visit Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra India in the year 1828. It was he who established Mahabaleshwar in the year 1829.

The tourists visiting this evergreen plateau can travel along the long beautiful roads and forest. Horse rides are also available here. This place is well known for its good quality fruits and vegetables. You can find fruits like strawberries, raspberries, goose berries, mulberries and vegetables like red potatoes, French beans, beets, salad, carrots and radishes. Do not miss to enjoy boating in Venna Lake.

Other tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar are:

  • Arthur's Seat
  • Baghdad Point
  • Babington Point
  • Northcote Point
  • Falkland Point
  • Wilson Point
  • Connaught peak
  • Elphiston point
  • Marjorie Point
  • Castle Rock

Some top tourist spots that you can not miss to visit during your tour to Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra are Panchaganga Mandir, Shri Shankar Mandir and Shri Krishnabai Mandir. Besides traveling in the city, you can visit some interesting places around Mahabaleshwar that includes Pratap Gadh and Table land.

Accommodation in Mahabaleshwar

Here are some hotels and resorts where you can put up a stay:

  • Hotel Surya Retreat
  • Hotel Saket Plaza
  • Fountain Hotel
  • Grand Resorts
  • Saj Resort
  • Hotel Panorama
  • Brightland Holiday Village
  • Valley View Resorts

Getting to Mahabaleshwar

Tourists traveling by train or plane can get to the nearest airport at Pune, 120 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar. By road, this place can be reached from Pune, Panchgani and Mumbai.

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