Mahabaleshwar trip was one of the top destination to visit in india in my travel dairies. My husband was traveling to Pune for his official work and we decided to go together. There are many adventures places near to Pune but if you are limited on time then definitely visit MAHABALESHWAR and PANCHGANI.
Mahabaleshwar is very beautiful place and full of scenic beauty. If you are travelling from Pune than you will come across many waterfalls in raining reason on the way. Located at 1353 meter above the sea level the view of valley is breathtaking from mountains. As this is hilly area fog spreads all over the place in raining season , so to enjoy the valley view choose a sunny day.
On the route , there is beautiful lake just before Mahabaleshwar. Make sure to stop there and enjoy the nature beauty. It is a quite big and deep lake
Also, have wada-pao breakfast in Mahabaleshwar, There are many small stalls that make fresh Wada-pao and tea in morning for breakfast. It is one of the famous food in Maharashtra.
We reached at Mahabaleshwar at 2 pm in afternoon and our taxi driver suggested us to cover all the mahabaleshwar tourist places in a day itself and Panchgani on next day. We finished sightseeing by 6 pm than we moved on to visit open local market.
GETTING THERE: MAHABALESHWAR
It’s around 4 to 5 hours drive from Pune to Mahabaleshwar. Hire a taxi in around INR 5000 to 7000 round trip. Driver will take you all the famous places in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. And 2 days are more than enough to cover both the places.
PANCHGANI is around 2 hours drive from Mahabaleshwar. we did make a pit stop at Mapro Factory during this route. Here, you can taste the products and buy as per your choice. There is one famous cafe which makes big sandwiches (one is enough for 2 people), a must try sandwich as they bake it in Tandoor (traditional oven).
Panchgani is famous for table top mountain. This big mountain is flat like table and has many traditional stories related to Mahabhartha. After reaching here, you can enjoy the cold weather and breathtaking view of valley. The Locals say that, many Bollywood movies were shot here.
When you reach to table top mountain, vendors will offer you horse ride and will offer you many location to see. So first thing to do is bargain hard for horse ride and second thing is you can easily walk to all those places.
OVERALL my trip was awesome. Being a nature lover, I really enjoyed visiting such kind of places where you have beautiful scenery spread all over the place.