Weekend Trip to Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
- Hill Stations
Summer 15 to 35°C
Winter 10 to 32°C
Distance / Traveling Time
From Mumbai: 269 kilometers / 4 h ,29 m
Best Time To Visit
A perfect fusion of old world charm and modernity, Mahabaleshwar, popularly labeled as the “Highest Hill Station in the Western India”, is a tranquil hill resort and a great pilgrimage center for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The hill town is often dubbed as “Strawberry Country” as it produced mouthwatering mulberries, raspberries and gooseberries. Perched at an altitude of 1372 meters, Mahabaleshwar offers panoramic views of the golden sunrises, spellbinding mountains and enchanting mornings. Some famous attractions of this place include Mahabaleshwar Temple, Morarji Castle, Mount Malcolm, Rajpuri Caves, Wilson Point and Pratapgad Fort.
How to Reach Mahabaleshwar
Wathar is the nearest railhead to Mahabaleshwar. The railway station at Pune is the most convenient option to reach Mahabaleshwar. It is located at a distance of 120 kilometers away from Mahabaleshwar.
Pune Airport is the nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar. It is located at a distance of 120 kilometers away from Mahabaleshwar. Another nearest airport is the Mumbai airport, which is located at a distance of 245 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar. Taxi cabs ply between Mumbai and Mahabaleshwar.
The National Highway number 4 and Mumbai-Pune Expressway connect Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar. For those travelling via car, the journey will approximately take around 4.5 hours. Maharashtra State Road Transport service connects Mahabaleshwar to cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, Satara, Kolhapur and Panchgani.
Tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, The Mahabaleshwar Temple is the place where Lord Shiva resides in the form of Lord Mahabali. The Mahabaleshwar Hills were named after Lord Mahabali, the one who possess great strength. The temple is enclosed with a 5 feet high stone wall. The Mahabaleshwar Temple is segregated into two parts- the inner room and the outer room. While the inner room is known as the God Chamber, the outer room is called the Central Hall. The sacred lingam, which is made out of black stone, is the main site of prayer.
Morarji Castle is another worth watching place in the hilly terrains of Mahabaleshwar. It is an old structure that exhibits the influence of British architectural style. In 1945, Mahatma Gandhi made a visit to Mahabaleshwar as a part of India’s freedom struggle. There are several colonial structures located in the vicinity of this building.
One of the oldest buildings located in Mahabaleshwar, Mount Malcolm was named after a well-known British general ‘John Malcolm’. I 1828, he arrived in Mahabaleshwar and fell head over heels in love with the scenic beauty of this hill town. A stunning edifice of the British era, Mount Malcolm displays exquisite craftsmanship and architectural excellence.
The Pratapgad Fort has an important place in the history of Maratha Empire’s struggle for Swaraj under the dominion of Chhatrapati Shivaji. At this very place, Afzal Khan was flogged to death in a one-on-one combat with Shivaji. The fort is 900 meters above the sea level and located 24 kilometers west of Mahabaleshwar. Built in 1656, the fort is a network of ponds, chambers and elongated walkways.