Placed in between the Sahyadris, Mahabaleshwar is known to be a tourist’s paradise. Being the highest hill station of the Western Ghats, this place offers amazing view of nature. Mahabaleshwar is a best weekend vacation spot for those tucked away in the busy working life of Mumbai. Taking a break and visiting Mahabaleshwar and its refreshing environment on a road trip is a must do. The Mumbai–Mahabaleshwar bike ride is the long one but riding on bike or scooter rented in Mumbai from Ziphop.in makes this long ride exciting.
Route to Mahabaleshwar
It takes only 5 hours 23 minutes, if you travel via the Mumbai- Pune express way and to Surur on NH – 48 and then to Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar route which finally takes you to Mahabaleshwar. The total distance covered between Mumbai and kilometres.
To enjoy the road trip to the fullest and explore all the attractions and market places of Mahabaleshwar, you should start your journey one evening before your weekend time. You can start off from Mumbai at about 4 to 5 o’clock in the evening so as to reach Mahabaleshwar up to 10 to 11 o’clock at night and then take rest for the night and get up early with an agenda for sightseeing .
Where to stay
There are lot of options in hotels and suites that are located close to the major tourist attractions. The Travellers Inn (2 star), Citrus Resorts (4 star) are some of the popular hotels in Mahabaleshwar. Hotel Gautam is another best option for those seeking an affordable 3 star service, located 10 minutes away from Venna Lake. Hotel Shanti Sadan, located at Wilson point and just 1 kilometre away from S.T. bus stand of Mahabaleshwar is another budget hotel at your service.
What to eat
There are number of eateries that serve vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food but most restaurants are pure vegetarian. Grapevine at Mazjid Road, market area opp. Fountain Hotel serves Indian, continental and Oriental cuisines prepared with local organic vegetables. Also, Hotel Rajesh, Nr. ST. Bus Stand, is famous for serving good quality vegetarian, Chinese, Punjabi, and Gujarati specialities.
Mahabaleshwar is the perfect place to enjoy strawberry ice creams, milkshakes, jams, and jellies. When ever you are in Mahabaleshwar, you must try out strawberry with cream at Cream Corner Restaurant which is located on Panchgani Mahabaleshwar Road.
What to see and do
Get up early at 6 to 7 o’clock, get ready, finish your breakfast then start off your touring around 8 to 9 o’clock in the morning. Wilson sunrise point, needle hole Point, three monkey point, Panch Ganga temple, boating in Venna Lake and hopping through markets of Mahabaleshwar for fresh strawberries and mulberries can be done in one day while winding up at 7 o’clock in the evening.
On the second day of your trip your can go for strawberry picking at stawberry farm and visit Mapro Gardens. You can enjoy view of the Sahyadri Hills from Arthur’s Seat Point, Echo point and Bombay sunset point. Also you can visit Pratapgad Fort. Try to finish all of this up to 4 or 5 o’clock then head back to Mumbai around 11 o’clock. To enjoy uninterrupted on expressway roads get bike rentals in Mumbai from Ziphop.in.
A visit to Mahabaleshwar will provide you a unique serene experience that will refresh your soul.