"The land of Strawberries" A hill station nestled in the Western Ghats, Satara district of Maharashtra that will captivate your imagination with its natural splendor. Based on the arms of the ranges of the Sahyadri mountains. Whether you are looking for an adventure, a peaceful escape or a short break to the nearby hill station, there are loads of things to do in Mahabaleshwar that will quench your wanderlust. Tucked away in the beautiful setting of Sahyadri Ranges, this place boasts of its mystical landscapes and surreal views. The enchanting vistas of sunrise and sunsets, a vast expanse of lush green forests and comfortably cool weather the town stands as a perfect epitome of beauty and peace. Not to forget its popular strawberries which will leave your taste buds mesmerized with its sweetness. Apart from being a wonderful getaway from the monotonous city life, it is also a hub for adventures and thrilling events. From trekking to boating, rock climbing to birdwatching, there are a plethora of things to do in Mahabaleshwar that will set your adrenaline push. Board on a jungle ride in the beautiful hamlet of Tapola, discover the magical Pratapgad Fort or relax in the fascinating nature at Lingamala Falls. There are few sacred spots where one can delve into the world of spirituality and calm their mind and soul. For all the wildlife enthusiasts and nature buffs, Mahabaleshwar is no less than a paradise as it has a special point named Babington Point where one can spot a vast species of birds and animals. The things to experience and well upon in this evergreen hill station is endless.
3 Nights / 4 Days
Panchgani, Mapro Garden, Parsi Point, Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, Panchganga Temple, Pratapgad
City Short Breaks
Drive to Mahabaleshwar on your own, check into the hotel. Evening is at leisure why not spend time at the local market. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at your hotel in Mahabaleshwar.
This morning after breakfast we drive to Panchgani, The Tableland famous for its sunset/sunrise points and scenic valley view. Visit the famous Mapro Garden, known for its strawberry produce. The auditorium here showcases the journey of Mapro products. Later you can purchase your favorite jams and juices after tasting them from the retail outlet here. Later drive to Parsi Point that overlooks the Krishna Valley and the sparkling waters of the Dhom Dam. It is surrounded by lush green mountains and provides some spectacular views. Continue to Old Mahabaleshwar, a village with historical importance. Old Mahabaleshwar is also known as "Kshetra Mahabaleshwar". This is a holy sacred place with 3 temples namely Panchganga Temple, Mahabaleshwar Temple and Krishna Temple. You can also opt to enjoy horse riding that is widely available. Head back to the hotel in the evening. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at your hotel in Mahabaleshwar.
Begin your day traveling to Pratapgad approximately 25 kms from Mahabaleshwar. The area has a lot of historical significance. Stop by at the Pratapgad Fort is a mountain fort built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort holds an stunning view of the coastal Konkan. Visit The Bhavani Temple and Afzal Khan's tomb. It is believed that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja was blessed with a shining sword at the temple of Goddess Bhavani here. The historic battle between Chhatrapati Shivaji and Afzal Khan, the commander of the Bijapur Sultanate took place at Pratapgad. Head back to the hotel. Evening is at leisure you could spend some time in the Local market for some last minute shopping. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at your hotel in Mahabaleshwar.
This morning enjoy breakfast and then check out of the hotel. Drive back to your hometown on your own with some happy memories.
Arrive Mahabaleshwar (Approximate 263 kms 05 hours drive)
Mahabaleshwar City tour
Mahabaleshwar – Pratapgad – Mahabaleshwar
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