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Traveller Tales from Mahabaleshwar


Akula Kaur

07 April 2016

Very nice stay at this beautiful hill station. Lots of activities to do and kids will also enjoy a lot. Great escape from the summer heat. The rooms are well maintained. They are very neat and the staf

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Vyas Verma

14 October 2015

Birghtland resort is one of the best resorts in Mahabaleswar. Initially we were unsure about going there because of the cost but it is the best deal you can ever find. It was totally worth it. They del...

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What You Should Know More About Mahabaleshwar

  • Q. Travel advice:

    • Don’t follow the locals blindly: Mahabaleshwar is a small location. Majority of the people over here are quite helpful too. But like any other vacation spot, it is important that the locals are not followed blindly. If you need directions around the place, get that sorted at the hotel desk itself.

    • Beware of the louts: There are endless louts that will try to sell you things you don’t need or want. Make sure you politely but firmly reject this consistent persuasion. Otherwise, you will end up in an extremely difficult situation with your money gone and you are in the possession of something you don’t need.

    • Shopping experience: The shopping experiences are never truly complete unless and until you haven’t bargained enough. Make sure you hassle over the prices as these sellers usually put unnecessarily high rates thereby ruining your purchase. Enjoy the shopping experience to the fullest but ensure that you don’t get fooled.

    • Choose your stay well: There are numerous home-stays that you can choose from. They are lined along the road at Mahabaleshwar. The rooms of these places are as good as regular homes with the services being quite basic by nature. For a more luxurious experience, you can opt for these high-end resorts and hotels that face the beautiful hills and mountains. Most of these places are quite affordable and you won’t find difficulty in traveling around either as the place is quite small and limited.

    • Transportation: The place is quite connected. One can easily find local transport to roam about within the hill station. However, it is more convenient if you have your own private transportation. Enjoy the hill station of Mahabaleshwar at your own convenience.

    • Eatables and water: Mahabaleshwar is generally quite cool and relaxed. However, it is essential for the well-being of your body that you consume enough water to stay hydrated. Moreover, your body may or may not accept that local food at Mahabaleshwar. Make sure you are sure about a food item before you consume it. Carry bottled water around.

    • Drinking laws: Like most states in India, the average drinking age in this city is usually 18. There are many teenagers belonging to the different cities around Mahabaleshwar who come and consume alcohol. Therefore, in order to prevent this – an identity is usually required of the individual. Otherwise, alcohol is easily accessible in Mahabaleshwar.

  • Q. Things to do in Mahabaleshwar:

    • Lounging by the Veena Lake: Veena Lake is one of the most popular tourist spots in Mahabaleshwar. Being surrounded by trees, hills and lush greenery from all the sides, this location truly offers individuals an experience of their lifetime. The lake also offers boat riding option. It is also open till late evenings.

    • Chilling at Mapro Garden: Mapro Garden is highly popular with tourists. This location is as good as heaven on Earth with strawberry plantations and preserves being grown at the spot. Every year, there is an annual Strawberry festival too that takes place wherein Jams, preserves, marmalade, toppings, syrups and squashes are manufactured and sold.

    • Visit the historic Pratapgad fort: Few of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar is the Pratapgad fort. This famous location is rich with history and unmatchable views. It is strategically placed on the hill top by the Maratha rulers to ensure superiority over the upcoming attackers.

  • Q. What will you like in Mahabaleshwar:

    • Get wet in the Lingamala falls: Nature love’s absolute delight, walk through the forest and follow the trail in Mahabaleshwar that will take you to the Lingamala falls. This place is located amidst natural beauty and is the perfect spot for strolls or picnics with friends or family.

    • Adventure trek through mini Kashmir: Mini Kashmir or Tapola is among the rustic hamlets consisting of a beautiful lake, the Shivsagar lake. Known for adventure experiences like jungle treks, boat rides or exciting camping scenes – this is among the primary attractions in Mahabaleshwar.

    • Reach the Babington Point: The Babington Point is situated on a height of 1294m above the sea level and has an ever lasting view to offer to its visitors. Perfect for those who seeks tranquility, you will surely have the time of your life at this place.

    Government websites: Maharashtra Tourism

    Others: Trip Advisor 

    Books on Mahabaleshwar: Lonely Planet – Maharashtra.