Thursday, 8 September 2011

Mahabaleshwar Hill Station

Mahabaleshwar Hill Station
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Mahabaleshwar, Queen of all Hill Stations, is situated at an altitude of 1,372m in the heart of Sahyadri Hills in Satara District. The hill station has a legendary past. The name 'Mahabaleshwar' is derived from a temple of Lord Mahadev and three Sanskrit words, "Maha" (great), "Bal" (power) and "Ishwar" (God). But, some say that the name 'Mahabaleshwar', which simply means very mighty God, seems to have a mythological past.

The British in order to escape the summer heat of the plains and in their search for cooler pleasant climates, were always looking for mountain tops and plateau for recreation and change. So it happened that Col. Lodwick (Late General Sir Peter Lodwick) stationed at Satara, in April 1824 with a contingent of soldiers and Indian guides climbed up the mountain face reaching what is now known as the Lodwick Point. Thus Mahabaleshwar was "Discovered".

Mahabaleshwar is famous for its scenic beauty and the splendid views of the valleys and the sea, which is quite visible in clear days pony rides on the lanes of Mahabaleshwar, are quite thrilling.

Several charming hill resorts nestle in these mountains. They seem to belong to the colonial era when people traveled up to these resorts to escape the heat of the plains. Many of them still retain some of the Old World charm and make an ideal holiday destination. Mahabaleshwar is by far the best of any holiday spot in Maharashtra for climate, excursions, sports and many other activities. It is, after all, the "Queen of all Hill Stations".

Significance

A Delightful Hill Station For The adventures trekkers, people Who Love Boating And Horse Riding.

Leisure

Shopping
The throbbing and vibrant Bazaar of Mahabaleshwar offers everything from clothes to slippers, gift items. Madhu Sagar is famous for its various brands of honey and jams it markets, and it also runs a bee-keeping museum.

How To Get There

By Road
From Bombay via Pune, Mahabaleshwar is 290-km and via Mahad it is 247-km. The State Transport buses ply from Bombay and Pune to Mahabaleshwar. MTDC operates daily bus services except during the monsoon, between Bombay-Mahabaleshwar-Bombay. Also sightseeing tours for Mahabaleshwar and Mahabaleshwar-Pratapgad Fort.
By Rail
Nearest railway station is Wathar at 62-km, but Pune is the convenient railway station at 120-km.
By Air
Nearest airport is Pune at 120-km.

Places To Stay

Being a popular hill station, Mahabaleshwar is well equipped with excellent holiday resorts and hotels for accommodation purpose including one MTDC Holiday Resort.

General Information

Location
Situated In The Heart Of Sahyadri Hills In Satara District, Maharashtra.
Formerly Known As
Also Known As Queen Of All Hill Stations.
Area
Nearest airport is Pune at 120-km.
Best Time
Like most hill stations, Mahabaleshwar closes up for the monsoon (mid-June to mid-September). Mahabaleshwar is generally crowded during the peak periods of summer vacation - April/May, Christmas - December and Diwali - October and November. The best time to visit this hill station is from October to May.

Useful Information

Banks / Money Changers
State Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra
Union Bank of India
Satara District Co-op Bank
Mahabaleshwar Co-op Urban Bank.
Hospitals
M. G. Rural Hospital (Government Hospital.

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