Mahabaleshwar, Queen of the Hills

Ever noticed that almost all hill stations in India, starting from Shimla and Mussourie in the North, Darjeeling in the East to Ooty in South India are called as “Queen of  the Hills”. The polygamist king though, has been missing. Living in Pune, my lovely queen of the hills has been Mahabaleshwar.

Mahabaleshwar,  Queen of the Hills, Near Pune
Beautiful Cedar Trees in Mahabaleshwar near Pune

Mahabaleshwar is overly commercialized and is just like any other “Queen of  the Hills”, with its crowded streets full of cackling Gujjus and Mumbaikars looking for  a respite from the heat. Most visitors come visit Mahabaleshwar during the summer and Christmas vacations, but my favorite time will undoubtedly be a week during August and September when you can enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls in the misty mornings and walk amongst the clouds in the evening. And if the rains don’t suit you, then you can come visit during Jan – Feb when the crowds are thinner and the chill in the air does help work up a really good appetite.

We visited Mahabaleshwar during the winter months, with the early evenings, fresh strawberries and cold nights. Here are a few more snaps of our visit.

Famous Mahabaleshwar StrawberriesFamous Mahabaleshwar Strawberries
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Famous Mahabaleshwar Strawberries26-Dec-2008 16:36, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.013 sec
 
Nashik Oranges at MahabaleshwarNashik Oranges at Mahabaleshwar
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Nashik Oranges at Mahabaleshwar26-Dec-2008 16:41, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.002 sec
 
Arthur's Seat, MahabaleshwarArthur's Seat, Mahabaleshwar
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Arthur's Seat, Mahabaleshwar25-Dec-2008 18:02, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 2.7, 6.0mm, 0.001 sec
 

Panchgani is famed for its table land, some beautiful Parsi bungalows and some amazing views. Here is one:

Panchgani near MahabaleshwarPanchgani near Mahabaleshwar
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Panchgani near Mahabaleshwar27-Dec-2008 11:26, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.002 sec
 

Though, if I were to visit Panchgani, I will definitely not miss the beautiful Mapro Gardens with their garden fresh sandwiches, gorgeous ice creams (made of fruits, sugar and milk – NOTHING ELSE) and thin crust pizzas as well as the chance to chat up in Gujarati with some fat uncle from Mumbai.

Mahabaleshwar: Venna LakeMahabaleshwar: Venna Lake
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Mahabaleshwar: Venna Lake25-Dec-2008 16:11, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 2.7, 6.0mm, 0.001 sec
 

Venna lake looks beautiful, but trust me and don’t get conned in trying to go paddling in the lake in the Mahabaleshwar sun as it is more likely to burn you than tan you.

Mahabaleshwar is best enjoyed by businessmen from Mumbai looking to keep their wives out of their hair, honeymoon couples from Gujarat, students from Pune looking for a nice time with their girlfriends, the guys without girl friends come for the ride (on their bikes that is) and sometimes some poor IT guys like us also get to spend some time at our perenially overbooked guesthouses.

11 Replies to “Mahabaleshwar, Queen of the Hills”

  1. Yes nicely said about Mahabaleshwar ,but u missed out some points for Panchgani, like the Sydney point or the Parsi point even horse riding on table land is worth an adventure.

  2. Yes Sofia…i did miss out quite a few places. But I think that information is readily available in many other blogs, so I thought of just showcasing my snaps. 🙂
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Its not a must visit but a customary visit 🙂 Do let me know if you need any help planning the visit.
    Thanks for visiting my blog Shrinidhi.

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  5. We visited Mahabaleshwar for our honeymoon in April 2013, October to May is very pleasant with moderate to cool climates and ideal for all sightseeing activities, in June to September is good for honeymoon couples in Mahabaleshwar and ideal for short sightseeing, we visited Mahabaleshwar through pintail tours Mahabaleshwar honeymoon package. no one can forgot such a moment in life.

  6. Very well describes as “Queen of Hills” Mahabaleshwar. Mahabaleshwar is the best hill station I ever visited in Maharashtra. And Thomas Cook India provided a reliable package. Following is the link for reference if any one is interested going there.

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