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.
Vast green plateau of about 150 sq. kms.
Height: 4500 feet above sea
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.
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
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
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
Also called as Sunrise point. The highest point.
4710 ft above sea level. It is
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.
The second highest point. Presents panoramic view of a green
carpet. You can see sunrise as well as sunset from this point.
The first point of M'war/ Overlooking two valleys, koyna on
the left & savitri on the right.
Shoes several ranges of the Sahyadri range.
On the way to the Arthur's seat shows savitri valley.
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.
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.
Presents a view of saddle back & Koyna valley.
Presents koyana valley view & saddle back.
Below it the Artists Point also called as lovers point by some
nature lover, presents beautiful koyana & valley below
On the same way of falkland point.
Same view of Bombay point.
Very popular sunset point. Shows the sahyadri range koyana
valley & pratap garh.
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.
Shows the tableland of panchgani on the eastern side.
River solshi starts from this point with a small fall near her
origin. Poetic blue valley will be in front of you.
The grandeur of its celestial beauty surpasses all the limits
Chinamans, Lingmala & Dhobi waterfalls, flow in abundance
only during the rainy season.
Often been used as a helipad, also used for learning car
Bee keeping centre
Educational displays on the manufacture of honey by bees.
Famous Places in the vicinity of Mahabaleshwar
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.
Largest in Asia. A small plane can land here.
Short Note on Old or Kshetra Mahabaleshwar
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
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.
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,
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.
Makharia Garden . Pratap Sinha park.
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
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