Mahabaleshwar a most preferred Hill station near Pune and Mumbai is having many exciting places to be visited. Its importance lies in its climate as well as its historical background. The Mahabaleshwar places to visit include sightseeing tours, Forts, Temples and many more. From the huge list here are some places which must be visited during your tour to Mahabaleshwar.
This legendary fort was built by the eminent Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja in the year 1656 in order to be in command of the rebellious rulers of Javali basin located nearby. It is a maze of ponds, chambers and long dark walkways, some of which lead to trap doors that open to a 100 meter fall. This place is also the site of the historic battle that took place between Shivaji and Afzal Khan, who was the ruler of the Bijapur Sultanate. It is at Pratapgad that Shivaji killed Afzal Khan on 10th Nov 1659. Climbing Pratapgad is exhilarating and offers excellent views of the Konkan valley. There is an important Bhavani temple built by Shivaji whose idol was brought from Nepal. A visit to Pratapgad Fort, 24 km from Mahabaleshwar, adds a historical dimension to the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani holiday.
Lingmala Waterfalls present an enthralling sight of cascading water as it scatters from atop a steep cliff into thin silver streaks, often encircled by rainbow colors. The other waterfalls Chinaman and Dhobi are popular with picnickers. The former can be reached by the Carviali Road. Dhobi waterfall is on a bridle path connecting Petit Road with Old Mahabaleshwar Road. A boat ride on the tranquil, crystal-clear waters of Lake Vena entices one beyond appreciation. The cool whispers of the surroundings add to the serenity of the landscape. Lingmala Waterfalls is a beautiful waterfall located just six km from Mahabaleshwar, in Maharashtra. Situated at the top of Venna Valley, this glittering waterfall is at its best during monsoon when the water level rises and cascades down. The water which plunges from a height of 600 ft from the cliff offers the most scintillating of the sights. It lies on the Mahabaleshwar-Pune road. July to December is the best time to see the waterfall. The stream here precipitates over the face of steep cliff, unbroken when the torrent is swollen by rain but ordinarily divided by projecting rocks about one third of the way down into thin silver streaks and sprays often circled by rainbows. We can see Dhobi Waterfall, and Chinaman's waterfall in Mahabaleshwar.
Mahabaleshwar is one destination that never ceases to surprise. Disappointment is a word that will never pop into your head when you go travelling to Mahabaleshwar tourism . While there are several tourist destinations around the city, two places highly recommended are Elphinstone point and Arthur's Seat. One of the most famous and beautiful destinations in Mahabaleshwar, Elphinstone point was named after the Governor of Bombay, Sir Elphinston and was originally discovered by Dr. Murray in 1830. From the Elphinstone point, one can get a supremely clear view of Pratapgarh and it also overlooks two valleys, the Koyana on the left and the Savitri on the right. The ravine between Elphinstone Point and Arthur Seat is the rise of the Savitri River, with Arthur’s seat located a mere two miles away from Elphinstone Point.
Arthur’s seat is named after British actor Arthur Malet. Towards the north-west of Mahabaleshwar is Arthur's seat. He first built a house here, the view of the valley, Savitri River and the valley of Jor is truly exhilarating. In the summer season the haze usually obstructs the view but in the months from October to November, these hills are seen to a fine advantage. At a height of around 1470 metres high, Arthur's Seat is compared to the world famous stratification of rocks of the Grand Canyon in Colorado. A fun feature of this destination is that any item, like a straw hat or a handkerchief, when tossed down from this spot, never falls directly but floats in the air like a spread out parachute.
Table Land is located at an altitude of 60 meters. It is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. The hills are a formation of laterite rock. They overlook some exquisite caves.
Devil's Kitchen has a legend attached to it. It is believed that Pandavas stayed here for some time and cooked food here.
Sydney Point offers amazing views of Dhom Dam. It also overlooks Pandavgad and Mandhardeo.
Rajapuri Caves are situated at a distance of 10 km from Panchgani. Famous Temple dedicated to Lord Karthikeya is located here. Finest strawberries in the country are grown here. On local Wednesday market also called "Budh ka bazaar" villagers from neighboring areas gather to sell fruits, vegetables and household items. You can purchase delicious jams, jellies, fruit crushes and honey from this market.
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