Weekend getaway to Mahabaleshwar

With the summer in Mumbai getting unbearable I can’t help but consider taking a short trip to a cooler climate destination. However with the prior commitments all I am able to do is dream about the perfect place until time permits us to travel :).

Considering all the long weekends everyone’s enjoying this summer I couldn’t help but reminisce about my trip to Mahabaleshwar with friends during the month of November last year. Mahabaleshwar, also known as the “strawberry hills” is a famous holiday destination in India and a favourite among Maharashtrians.

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is a small hill station with tourists visiting all around the year mainly to enjoy the pleasant weather. I was looking forward to spend some quality time far away from the busy life of Mumbai and Mahabaleshwar, which is nestled midst the North Western Ghat Region, was the ideal location for me. It is about five-hour drive from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar and when we reached our destination we could clearly feel the changes in the weather as winter had just begun.

We had booked the Saj Resort, a lovely hotel located on the outskirts of the old Mahabaleshwar offering perfect stay for all its visitors in terms of hospitality and service. We had opted for All Meal Plan during our stay (Hotel provides pure vegetarian food) and it was a just a simple case of chomping down everything that was on the menu as the food was so delicious.

View from Wilson Point

View from Wilson Point

Loved by the English during British Raj in India, Mahabaleshwar was made the summer capital and has its fair share of tourist spots named after the Ex-British Officers. Of the many vantage points in Mahabaleshwar, we first visited the Wilson Point, which is the highest point (1439 m) in Mahabaleshwar. It is perfect spot to watch both sunrise and sunsets with the panoramic view of the Mahabaleshwar. Although it was mid-morning when we reached there and slightly sunny, the view that greeted was breath taking with mountain plateaus ranging to several miles.

Trail leading to Lodwick point

Trail leading to Lodwick point

Lodwick Point

Lodwick Point

Mahabaleshwar

View of Elephant Head from Lodwick Point

View of Elephant Head from Lodwick Point

After a short detour around different viewpoints around Wilson point, we moved on to another famous spot, the Lodwick Point. Named after the first British officer General Lodwick to climb the mountain, Lodwick Point is another perfect spot to put your feet down and bask in the beauty of the nature. Also few minutes walk from here is the Elephant Head (also known as the Needle Hole Point), where you can have the 360 Degree views of the Sahyadri range along with the famous Deccan Traps. In order to reach both these points you will have to hike for a short distance midst the lush forest. Although it may seem a bit tiresome and by the time you reach the Lodwick Point you might even be gasping for breath, but the beautiful view of the mountains that awaits you is just worth it.

Path leading to Elephant Head

Path leading to Elephant Head

Mahabaleshwar

The Deccan Traps

The Deccan Traps

Mahabaleshwar

Strawberry Cream

Apart from these viewing spots, one can also visit the Venna Lake to enjoy boat ride, take a stroll around the old market which houses number of eateries and local craft shops. Since the visit was coincided with the start of strawberry season, I was able to relish on the famous Strawberry Cream and trust me this is something one cannot miss while they here.

Strawberry Farm at Mapro Garden

Strawberry Farm at Mapro Garden

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10 Comments

  1. July 22, 2015    

    I have heard a lot about Mahabaleshwar and now your posts made me think about planning a trip soon 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 23, 2015    

      Yes VJ, Mahabaleshwar is an amazing place and monsoons would be great time to enjoy the beautiful views 🙂

  2. July 22, 2015    

    awesome! we’ve been doing Mahableshwar over the weekend since I was a kid… and have such lovely memories of the place…
    lovely pictures btw 🙂

  3. July 22, 2015    

    Looks like a great place to visit for Mumbai people during weekend.Lovely post.Thanks for sharing.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 23, 2015    

      It is a beautiful place, especially during winters 🙂

  4. July 23, 2015    

    Lovely vistas from the view points.
    Nice to see two sisters travelling together. Have fun, girls. 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 23, 2015    

      Thank u dNambiar. Mahabaleshwar is a great place to enjoy such views 🙂

  5. July 23, 2015    

    I’ve been there and my experience was a bit different, will share it soon. Loved your photos a lot.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 23, 2015    

      Thank u Antonina 🙂 Looking forward to read about your Mahabaleshwar trip

  6. September 22, 2015    

    I can imagine all you said… because few months back we been to a trip to Yercaud… that place offers great mountain views… there is famous temple here right… nice read… I love the greenery around and the atmosphere of cool air… goodday

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