Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mahabaleshwar - The land of the berries!

So I've been itching to travel, but lately haven't been able to after my last trip to Goa for Valentine's Day in February. So I'm going on a nostalgia trip and reminiscing my previous adventures!

Everyone knows now that I'm a goa-girl when it comes to a quick nearby trip. But another awesome place I've visited and recommend is Mahabaleshwar! Especially in the Strawberry season, which is during the Winters from November to March. Infact you'll get strawberries and pleasant weather in the mornings and evenings in April and may too!

Here's an interesting fact, did you know that during the British Raj, Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of the Bombay province! Mahabaleshwar is also the source of River Krishna that flows through Maharashtra and neighboring states.

Mahabaleshwar is an 8-10-hour road journey from Mumbai and the best way is a luxury sleeper or semi sleeper bus. We had opted for Neeta travels and it was comfortable ride. We even stayed at Neeta resort at Mahabaleshwar and opted for the rooms with Jacuzzi. It was a great option, but it was couple of years back. You can browse through different Hotels in Mahabaleshwar and take your pick after checking reviews.

Mahabaleshwar has a few touristy spots that you can check out. There is Arthur's Seat, Kate's Point, Table Land, Pratapgad etc. Usually hotels will have a half day or full day tour options, usually at an additional cost. If you get a good guide cum driver, your experience will be perfect. And it's a must visit in strawberry season because you can have plain fresh berries, strawberry with cream, strawberry milkshake, you can even take home a strawberry plant of your own! Another amazing fact, 85% of our country's strawberries are produced in Mahabaleshwar, how cool is that!

Do be aware of the monkeys though, there are plenty everywhere, always eyeing the food in your hands, bag etc. The will pounce on the food and you will feel like they're attacking you! 

If you're not from Mumbai/Pune and want to visit Mahabaleshwar, then the nearest railway station is Satara and nearest Airport is Pune Intl Airport. And if you're travelling during strawberry season, make sure you carry woolens and thermals as the temperature tends to drop and it gets quite chilly!

P.N. All pictures are taken and owned by me, though they’re few years old hence the mobile camera quality is such. Imagine what a paradise Mahabaleshwar would be for anyone who loves landscape photography!


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