Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar via Mahad is 220 kms
Mumbai to Pune is 180 kms & further Pune to
Mahabaleshwar is 120 kms. Panchgani to
Mahabaleshwar is 20 kms.
Vast green plateau of about 150 sq. kms.
4500 feet above sea level.
Never too hot because of the heights. Never too
cold bacause of the nearness to the arabian sea.
Duration of higher temperature is short.
October, Diwali & X'mas holidays &
summer. Hotels are open round the year even
during the rainy seasons.
The jungle of
Mahabaleshwar is thick & produces many
commercial as well as medicinal trees & plants.
The wild life is limited to foxes, jackals, &
wild boars. Deers & bisons are found in the
brahma aranya area. Panthers are rare. The
famous bird in the urdu poetry, Bulbul is found
everywhere in the plateau. The weather of
Mahabaleshwar & healthy & contains an ideal of
20% oxygen which is often agumented in foggy
weather of late summers & early monsoon, when
the pleateau is covered by thick mist. The water
contains a meager percentage of iron which helps
to increase hemoglobin in the blood.
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
Maharaja Pratapsinha of Satara (1818 to 1839)
engineered a scheme to develop M'war as a health
resort. sir John Malcolum, 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.
An evergreen vast plateau with long beautiful
roads, horse rides & foot paths along forest.
Honey & chikki, channas, waling sticks. Fruits
like strawberries, raspberries , goose berries &
muberries. Vegetables like red potatoes, french
beans, beets, salad, carrots, raddishes. Boating
in Venna lake.
Also called as Sunrise point. The
highest point. 4710 ft above sea level. It is a
vast plateau. There are three masonary round
platforms to see the sunrise. You are advised to
see sunrise from platform no:2. You can see
sunset also from this point.
The second highest point. Presents panoramic
view of a green carpet. You can see sunrise as
well as sunset from this point.
The first point of M'war/ Overlooking two
valleys, koyna on the left & savitri on the
Shoes several ranges of the Sahyadri range.
On the way to the Arthur's seat shows savitri
Queen of all points. Some compare the
stractification of rocks on southern side to the
world famous stratification of rocks of the
Grand Canyon of Colarado. USA. It is facinating
to see the barren deep valley Savitri on the
left & shallow green valley on the right. It is
more facinating to know that Arthur's seat is
the only place showing geographical distinction
of kokan & Desh (Deccan), two territories of
Mahabaleshwar, so clear & so near. If you go by
the steps you come across a spring known as
Tiger's spring which is supposed to be the
source of the river Savtri. Immidiately below
the seat is window point. You have to go deep by
steps to reach the window point.Kates Point:
Offers breathtaking view of krishna valley &
deep waters of the dhom dam. From southern side
it looks like an elephants head. There is also
an echo point.
A very beautiful point. It goes past village
Moleshware on the way. You see a superb scenic
view of the back waters of koyna dam on your
left, river solshi in front of you with tiny
villages as if sqatting on river banks & vast
green slopes of M'war plateau on your right.
Presents a view of saddle back & Koyna valley.
Presents koyana valley view & saddle back.
Below it the Artists Point also called as lovers
point by some nature lover, presents beautiful
koyana & valley below you.
On the same way of falkland point.
Same view of Bombay point.
Very popular sunset point. Shows the
sahyadri range koyana valley & pratap garh.
At a distance of about 7 kms from ST bus
station, by Tapola road you will meet the
junction of road which will lead you to village
Maharola From Maharola with little inquiry or
following the map it should not be difficult to
find this point. after reaching the point you
will find yourself standing over a pass known as
Zolachi Khind & enjoy the scenery of two valleys
on the two sides. If you walk by gaolani ride
you will enjoy the scenery of koyana valley on
your right hand at many spots.
Lodwick Point & Boars
Protruding towards pratapgardh from M'war
plateau you will see the surrounding scenery
You can go to by a foot path from ganapati
mandir. If you follow the map correctly you will
reach the plateau safely.
Shows the tableland of panchgani on the eastern
River solshi starts from this point with a small
fall near her origin. Poetic blue valley will be
in front of you.
The grandeur of its celestial beauty surpasses
all the limits of descriptions.
Often been used as a helipad, also used for
learning car driving.
At a distance of 25 kms from Mahabaleshwar
stands the majestic Pratapgadh housing the tomb
of Afzalkhan at the toe of the fort. There is a
temple of bhavani mata, the idol of worship of
King Shivajiraje Bhosle. There is a statue of
Shivaji Maharaj inside the fort called Bale
Largest in Asia. A small plane can land here.
As per the hindu mythology five holy rivers
krishna, venna, koyna, Savitri & gayatri show
their token appearance here in five springs
flowing closely. They are seen flowing in five
stone conduits & joining in one horizontal half
channel leading to the Goumukhi cowface spout.
Though the Gaomukh it falls in the cistern
below. On the northen side there is a similar
conduit through which the holy 'ganga' appears
every twelve years. From the conduit on the
southern side flows the holy saraswati when the
following astrological times come together,
namely, Bhadrapad month, shasthi (6th day)
,Tuesday sun in hasta nakshatra, Rohini
nakshatra in predominance & Vyatipat. This
miraculous yoga (coincidence) is known as the "Kapila
Shasthi Yoga", which is believed to be very
auspicious occassion as per the Hindu faith.
Shri Shankar Mandir
The Mahalinga of the lord Shiva is of Rudraksha
shape & believed to be 'self-bodied' (swayambhoo)
It is called Trigunatmaka meaning Brahma-Visnhu-Mahesh
are on it for ever. On the head of the mahalinga
you see the marks of the five holy rivers (Panchaganga)
& their waters never loose their level. Mother
Jeejabai was weighed by gold by Raje Shivaji in
this temple & then the gold was distributed in
charity. This Mahalinga is considered to be
superior to the twelve jyotirlingas.
This is also an old temple. The carving in the
stones of the columns & the ceiling is
attractive. You can also see the grand view of
krishna valley from the temple.