OVERVIEW- A perfect fusion of old world charm and modernity, Mahabaleshwar, popularly labeled as the “Highest Hill Station in the Western India”, is a tranquil hill resort and a great pilgrimage center for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The hill town is often dubbed as “Strawberry Country” as it produced mouthwatering mulberries, raspberries and gooseberries. While Panchgani, ‘place of five hills’ offers a perfect mountain retreat to all those who are looking for a place with soothing ambience and abundant natural beauty. This hill station got its named derived from the five hills that surround it. Panchgani is often referred to as the 'Mecca of Maharashtra'.
MUMBAI- Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and is the financial powerhouse of the country. Also well known commercial capital of India, fast paced cosmopolitan city. This historic city, extends along the sea, has grand buildings and is the center of India's Hindi film industry. The city is famous as the center of glamour and glitz due to the presence of Indian film industry. Mumbai is also a historical city having many attractions to offer to a visitor.
MAHABALESHWAR- The beautiful hills station of Mahabaleshwar is snuggled in the sloppy mountain ranges of the western ghats of Maharashtra. This hill station is a respite from the hustle and bustle of the crowded cities offering a clean, calm and refreshing environment. Mahabaleshwar was discovered by the Britishers, who were always in search of places that provided them relief from the heat of the plains. Thus, the city still retains some of the old world charm.
PANCHGANI- The 'Land of Five Hills', or Panchgani, is a distinguished hill station in Maharashtra. Located far away from the bustling city of Mumbai, Panchgani promises its visitors a trip they could cherish for life. It was discovered by the British as an ideal summer resort. The climate here remains stable and pleasant throughout the year and the place pulsates with greenery and captivating scenic beauty and the environment is pristine and uncontaminated.
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Tour Destination: Mumbai – Mahabaleshwar – Pratapgarh – Panchgani - Mumbai
Travel Duration: 03 Nights/04 Days
DAY 1: MUMBAI/PUNE - MAHABALESHWAR- Drive towards the hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Transfer to hotel. Later visit
LORD MAHABALESHWAR TEMPLE- It situated in old city, is a very old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by the Chanda Rao More dynasty in the 16th century. The sanctum is a huge draw to people due to its huge and divine Shivalinga and the holy pond.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2: MAHABALESHWAR- After breakfast, start your sightseeing of Mahabaleshwar viewing
VENNA LAKE- The lake is the most popular among the tourist places in Mahabaleshwar, is a bustling tourist spot. The lake is surrounded by trees on all side, and offers boat riding option as well. It’s open till late in the evening so that you can soak in the breathtaking lush greenery during the day, and lounge by the lake side towards the evening.
PRATAPGAD FORT- Placed strategically on a hill-top, the fort was originally built by Maratha rulers in 1665. Having seen one of the most fierce battles in the history – the battle of Pratapgad, the fort is in ruins. But its surrounding beauty and heritage value lures people till date.
LINGAMALA FALLS- The falls are located amidst natural beauty, You have to walk through the forest and follow a trudged trail to reach it. The best time to visit Lingam Falls is between July and December. During these months, Lingamala Falls become the most visited spot among the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar.
ARTHUR’S SEAT- Or Suicide point is also known as the Queen of all points. It offers the most mesmerizing and fascinating view of the dense valleys of Brahma-Arayana and the Savitri river.
The point is a huge table that stands on a natural pillar. On the way up, one can also see window point and Tiger's spring.
ELEPHANTS HEAD POINT- as the name suggest, is a piece of mountain which uncannily resembles the shape of an elephant’s head. It is also popular as the needle point. It’s an ideal spot for picnic in fresh air, with abundant sun and scenic beauty surrounding the hill-top. It is a cool and calm place with amazing views from the top.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 3: MAHABALESHWAR - PANCHGANI- Drive towards the hill station of Panchgani. Transfer to hotel. Later start your sightseeing of Panchgani viewing
RAJPURI CAVES- They are regarded as an important religious travel attraction. The caves are adorned with ponds (kunds) in around the vicinity. It is believed by devotees that taking bath in these sacred kunds provides relief from all ailments and evils. Mythological legends also say that Ganga River used to flow in these ponds. In these caves, the main attraction is the temple dedicated to Lord Karthikeya. The temple is built from sand taken from the sand.
TABLE LAND- This is flatland adorned with a carpet of grass spread over the vast area of around 100 acres. Early winters are a good season to visit Table Land since the monsoon grass is still there and the land is not slippery, the way it is in rainy season.
KAAS PLATEAU- One of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of India, known for its natural beauty and flora, Kaas Plateau is a magical place with landscapes with lakes, flowers and butterflies all around.
SYDNEY POINT- This is a small spot at the top of high land, right at the start of Panchgani when you enter from Wai-side.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 4: PANCHGANI – MUMBAI- Day free for leisure and later, drive back to Mumbai/Pune to catch your flights/train towards onward destination.
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