Travel and Tourism in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar is a majestic hill station lying in the lap of the Western Ghats situated at an average elevation of 1,353 meters. The town attracts a number of tourists who visit the place for its lovely views, beautiful landscapes, pleasant temperatures and delightful allure. It is a quiet holiday spot as well as a great spiritual center. Mahabaleshwar remains close in monsoon due to heavy rainfall experienced by the region.
Old Mahabaleshwar was discovered first by King Singhan who built the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple in the region. Shivaji Maharaj occupied this area in the 17th century and built the iconic Pratapgad fort. Then, the town went in the hands of the British Empire during 1819 and soon was discovered by the name of Malcolm Peth after the name of Sir John Malcolm.
The Green Side of Mahabaleshwar
Facts about Mahabaleshwar
Drinking Laws: Minimum age to start consumption of alcohol in Maharashtra is 25.
Tipping: 10-15 per cent billing amount is acceptable for the purpose of tipping. However, in case you are already paying service tax it is not mandatory to give tip.
Safety in Mahabaleshwar: Mahabaleshwar has a low crime rate and is thus considered relatively safe. However, crimes like pick pocketing; bag snatching are common in the region. It is always advisable to be cautious of your surroundings and avoid visiting to the isolated areas.
Wi-Fi Internet: You can find internet connectivity in Mahabaleshwar quite easily. Cyber cafes in the town can be accessed easily and internet connection is also provided by major carriers in the town.
Time Zones: IST (UTC+5.5 hours)
Domestic International Calling: 02168
Electricity Standards: 220 – 240 Volts/ 60 Hertz; BS 546 5 A Plug
Tourist places in and around Mahabaleshwar
Visitors can also enjoy at the Echo Point which is a favorite picnic spot for kids, where they scream out loudly and listen to their echo which comes back to their ears after getting reflected from the hills. Some of the must visit spots in Mahabaleshwar include Carnac Point, Babington Point, Marjorie Point, Elphinstone Point, Falkland Point, Bombay Point and Castle Rock.
Best Time to Visit Mahabaleshwar
Monsoons in the region offers an average annual rainfall which falls in the month of June till September. As the town is located at a higher altitude, Mahabaleshwar experiences heavy rainfall. However, Mahabaleshwar looks beautiful in the rainy season but monsoon is not at all convenient for sightseeing. Winters on the other hand are cold and the temperature varies between minimum 5°C to maximum 24°C.
October to May is quite pleasant with moderate to cool climate and is an ideal season for sightseeing. June to September on the other hand is good for honeymooners and an ideal time for weekend's trip. As Mahabaleshwar is a summer resort, so people from nearby cities like Mumbai, Pune and Nashik frequent during their free time.
Travel Tips before leaving for Mahabaleshwar
- Carry light woolens when traveling to Mahabaleshwar during winters and a stole if visiting during summers as the evenings might get chilly.
- If you want to enjoy the sightseeing in peace then avoid visiting the town during the peak seasons.
- Horse riding is a convenient way to explore Mahabaleshwar as the streets in the town are quite narrow.
- Don’t forget to enjoy the juicy strawberries. Also, enjoy the Strawberry shakes, jams and crushes. Beware of fake travel agents and tourist touts.
- If you are hiring a local guide, negotiate first.
Local Transport in Mahabaleshwar
Horse riding is another popular mode of transport used by the citizens in Mahabaleshwar. This is one of the best transport modes as the roads in the town are quite narrow. Bridle paths have been constructed especially for horses and can be availed at a fare of Rs 50 to 100. Buses are a more comprehensive way to cover all the major points at Mahabaleshwar. The Government of Maharashtra manages buses that are divided into two different routes i.e. Mahabaleshwar Darshan and Pratapgad. MRTC bus will pick you up from the town at 9:15 am and will leave you back at your hotel by 2:15 pm in the evening. Tickets for Mahabaleshwar Darshan must be booked before the touring day and their fare varies from Rs 80 to Rs 85 per person.
You should also visit Old Mahabaleshwar which is famous for the Swayambhu Lingam and Panchganga Temple. Shopping in Mahabaleshwar can be experienced best during evenings. Some famous bazaars of the town include Town bazaar, Imperial Store and Mapro Gardens. In Mahabaleshwar, you should also visit Malcolm Peth, do boating at Venna Lake or simply take a leisurely walk in Madhusagar.
Food in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar is famous for its home grown fruits and vegetables which could be seen in abundance in the local stores. Strawberries, mulberries, cherry tomatoes and corn are some of the popular foods that are very common in Mahabaleshwar. If you are on a visit to the town, you cannot miss to taste the corn patties and strawberry with cream shakes, which are served in almost all the local restaurants. There is a food corner near Hanuman Temple where you must taste the vada pav which is the staple food of Maharashtra. Different varieties of chikki which are preferred by both the locals as well as tourists are also a specialty of the town.
Shopping in Mahabaleshwar
In town bazaar, you will see small shops and hawkers selling walking sticks, leather goods, handicrafts, tribal trinkets, shoes, Kolhapuri chappals etc. Some of the products which are trademark of Mahabaleshwar like fresh fruits, delicious jams, pure honey, marmalades, preserves, jellies made up of strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and mulberries, and squashes; can be bought here.
Those who want to buy these products from the manufacturing place can visit the Mapro Gardens in Mahabaleshwar. This shopping point is situated on the route to Panchgani from town. Specialty of this place is that they let you taste the samples before you actually buy them. A wide variety of fruit salads, strawberry shakes and ice creams can also be tried at this place.
Town bazaar also has shops which sell clothes, leather goods, shawls, crochet dresses, baskets, handmade items and decorative items. Towards the end of the town bazaar is located the Imperial store where tourists can purchase from a wide range of food, beverages, medicines and alcohol.
Supermarket in Mahabaleshwar
NS Komti & Sons
Mahabaleshwar - 412806
Tel: + (91) - 2168 - 260237
Popular Tourist Points in Mahabaleshwar
- Wilson Point
- Kates Point
- Bombay Point
- Baghdad Point
- Lodwick Point
- Chinaman Waterfall
- Carnac & Falkland Point
- Panchganga Mandir
- Helen Point
- Shri Shankar Mandir
- Dhobi Waterfalls
- Connaught Peak Point
- Venna Lake
- Rajapuri Caves
- Elephinstone Point
- Adventure Sports
- Parsi Point
- Marjorie Point
- Castle Rock
- Table Land
- Arthur Seat
Emergency Contact Numbers
Tourism Board Office: 2331217
Tourist Bureau Number: 260271
Accident Relief Center: 9860611110, 9226106100, 9403682962, 9420495233
Police Station: 260333, 260217
Tourism Department Maharashtra
Opposite LIC Building ( Yogakshema )
Madame Cama Road,
Mumbai – 400020
Contact Number Head Office
Fax: + 91 22 2202 4521, + 91 22 2285 2182
Toll Free No: 1800 229 930
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