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MAHABALESHWAR TOURIST GUIDE
Distances: Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar via Mahad is 220 kms Mumbai to Pune is 180 kms & further Pune to Mahabaleshwar is 120 kms. Panchgani to Mahabaleshwar is 20 kms.
Area: Vast green plateau of about 150 sq. kms.
Height: 4500 feet above sea level.
Climate: Never too hot because of the heights. Never too cold bacause of the nearness to the arabian sea. Duration of higher temperature is short.
Seasons: October, Diwali & X'mas holidays & summer. Hotels are open round the year even during the rainy seasons.

The jungle of Mahabaleshwar is thick & produces many commercial as well as medicinal trees & plants. The wild life is limited to foxes, jackals, & wild boars. Deers & bisons are found in the brahma aranya area. Panthers are rare. The famous bird in the urdu poetry, Bulbul is found everywhere in the plateau. The weather of Mahabaleshwar & healthy & contains an ideal of 20% oxygen which is often agumented in foggy weather of late summers & early monsoon, when the pleateau is covered by thick mist. The water contains a meager percentage of iron which helps to increase hemoglobin in the blood.

SOME FACINATING INFORMATION:

Mahabaleshwar was established as a health resort in 1829 AD.
It was a jail for chinese & malay convicts from 1834 to 1864. The capacity of the jail was 120 prisoners. These prisoners introduced cultivation of red potatoes, strawberries & waeving of cane & bamboo baskets. Many of the prisoners stayed at Mahabaleshwar after they were released

Short History
Maharaja Pratapsinha of Satara (1818 to 1839) engineered a scheme to develop M'war as a health resort. sir John Malcolum, the first governer to visit Mahabaleshwar in 1828, established M'war in 1829. Sir Charles Malet, the first resident in Pune darbar of the Peshwas in 1791 happens to be the first european to step on this plateau.

Novelties of Mahabaleshwar
An evergreen vast plateau with long beautiful roads, horse rides & foot paths along forest. Honey & chikki, channas, waling sticks. Fruits like strawberries, raspberries , goose berries & muberries. Vegetables like red potatoes, french beans, beets, salad, carrots, raddishes. Boating in Venna lake.

Recreations
Sir B. D. Petit library. Hindu Gynkhana. The Mahableshwar Club. Parsi Gymkhana. Horse Riding. Photography. Walking. Boating in Venna lake. Bird watching. Study of Botony.

SIGHTSEEING OF VARIOUS POINTS AS UNDER

Wilson Point
Also called as Sunrise point. The highest point. 4710 ft above sea level. It is a vast plateau. There are three masonary round platforms to see the sunrise. You are advised to see sunrise from platform no:2. You can see sunset also from this point.

Connaught peak
The second highest point. Presents panoramic view of a green carpet. You can see sunrise as well as sunset from this point.
 
Elphiston point
The first point of M'war/ Overlooking two valleys, koyna on the left & savitri on the right.
 
Marjorie Point
Shoes several ranges of the Sahyadri range.

Castle Rock
On the way to the Arthur's seat shows savitri valley.

Arthur's Seat
Queen of all points. Some compare the stractification of rocks on southern side to the world famous stratification of rocks of the Grand Canyon of Colarado. USA. It is facinating to see the barren deep valley Savitri on the left & shallow green valley on the right. It is more facinating to know that Arthur's seat is the only place showing geographical distinction of kokan & Desh (Deccan), two territories of Mahabaleshwar, so clear & so near. If you go by the steps you come across a spring known as Tiger's spring which is supposed to be the source of the river Savtri. Immidiately below the seat is window point. You have to go deep by steps to reach the window point.Kates Point: Offers breathtaking view of krishna valley & deep waters of the dhom dam. From southern side it looks like an elephants head. There is also an echo point.

Baghdad Point
A very beautiful point. It goes past village Moleshware on the way. You see a superb scenic view of the back waters of koyna dam on your left, river solshi in front of you with tiny villages as if sqatting on river banks & vast green slopes of M'war plateau on your right.

Babington Point
Presents a view of saddle back & Koyna valley.

Northcote Point
Presents koyana valley view & saddle back.

Falkland Point
Below it the Artists Point also called as lovers point by some nature lover, presents beautiful koyana & valley below you.

Carnac Point
On the same way of falkland point.

Fitzgerald Point
Same view of Bombay point.

Bombay Point
Very popular sunset point. Shows the sahyadri range koyana valley & pratap garh.
 
Gaolani Point
At a distance of about 7 kms from ST bus station, by Tapola road you will meet the junction of road which will lead you to village Maharola From Maharola with little inquiry or following the map it should not be difficult to find this point. after reaching the point you will find yourself standing over a pass known as Zolachi Khind & enjoy the scenery of two valleys on the two sides. If you walk by gaolani ride you will enjoy the scenery of koyana valley on your right hand at many spots.

Lodwick Point & Boars Head

Protruding towards pratapgardh from M'war plateau you will see the surrounding scenery with awe.
 
The Lamington Plateau
You can go to by a foot path from ganapati mandir. If you follow the map correctly you will reach the plateau safely.

Panchgani Point
Shows the tableland of panchgani on the eastern side.

Helen's Point
River solshi starts from this point with a small fall near her origin. Poetic blue valley will be in front of you.

Rosamond Rock
The grandeur of its celestial beauty surpasses all the limits of descriptions.


Water Falls
Chinamans, Lingmala & Dhobi waterfalls, flow in abundance only during the rainy season.

Polo Ground
Often been used as a helipad, also used for learning car driving.

Bee keeping centre
Educational displays on the manufacture of honey by bees.

Famous Places in the vicinity of Mahabaleshwar

Pratap Gadh
Pratap GadhAt a distance of 25 kms from Mahabaleshwar stands the majestic Pratapgadh housing the tomb of Afzalkhan at the toe of the fort. There is a temple of bhavani mata, the idol of worship of King Shivajiraje Bhosle. There is a statue of Shivaji Maharaj inside the fort called Bale killa.
 
Table land
Largest in Asia. A small plane can land here.

Short Note on Old or Kshetra Mahabaleshwar

Panchaganga Mandir
As per the hindu mythology five holy rivers krishna, venna, koyna, Savitri & gayatri show their token appearance here in five springs flowing closely. They are seen flowing in five stone conduits & joining in one horizontal half channel leading to the Goumukhi cowface spout. Though the Gaomukh it falls in the cistern below. On the northen side there is a similar conduit through which the holy 'ganga' appears every twelve years. From the conduit on the southern side flows the holy saraswati when the following astrological times come together, namely, Bhadrapad month, shasthi (6th day) ,Tuesday sun in hasta nakshatra, Rohini nakshatra in predominance & Vyatipat. This miraculous yoga (coincidence) is known as the "Kapila Shasthi Yoga", which is believed to be very auspicious occassion as per the Hindu faith.

Shri Shankar Mandir
The Mahalinga of the lord Shiva is of Rudraksha shape & believed to be 'self-bodied' (swayambhoo) It is called Trigunatmaka meaning Brahma-Visnhu-Mahesh are on it for ever. On the head of the mahalinga you see the marks of the five holy rivers (Panchaganga) & their waters never loose their level. Mother Jeejabai was weighed by gold by Raje Shivaji in this temple & then the gold was distributed in charity. This Mahalinga is considered to be superior to the twelve jyotirlingas.

Shri Krishnabai Mandir
This is also an old temple. The carving in the stones of the columns & the ceiling is attractive. You can also see the grand view of krishna valley from the temple.


GENERAL FACILITIES

Banking

1. State bank of India Tel: 260297
2. Bank of Maharashtra Tel: 260290
3. Union Bank of India Tel: 260413

Law & Order

1. Tahsildar & Taluka Majistrate. Tel: 260229
2. Police Station Tel: 260333 / 260217

Other Important Offices

1. Muncipal office Tel: 260220
2. Panchayat Samiti Tel: 260249 / 260284
3. Water supply Tel: 260315
4. MSEB Tel: 260292
5. Holiday Camp Tel: 260318
6. Tourist Bureau Tel: 260271
7. Forest Office Tel: 260281
8. Post Office Tel: 260231

Places of Worship

1. In the bazar area six hindu temples of lord Rama, Shiva, Hanuman, Datta.
2. Three masjids
3. One RC church
4. Two Protestant Churches.
5. Shri Saibaba Mandir in the compound of Anand Bunglow or The Executive Inn hotel.

Gardens
Makharia Garden . Pratap Sinha park.

Medical Aid

1. Dr. P. B. Thoke Tel: 260330
2. Dr. M. M. Raddi Tel: 260298
3. Dr. R. B. Dabhade Tel: 260298
4. Health Officer Tel: 260247

Liquor Shops

1. Imperial Stores 2. Sanjay Wines 3. Treacher & Co.

Petrol Pumps
BPCL & HP

 
 
 
 
Important Notice:  Service Tax Extra @ 5.15% on hotel room bookings is applicable from 1st May 2011
This is to inform that levy of service tax has now been made applicable with effect from 1st of MAY 2011 vide
Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India
notification nos. 29/2011, 31/2011 and 34/2011,
all dated 25th April, 2011.
  

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