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iXiGOers Apr 18 2013

Suggest a 3 day tour itinerary for Mahabaleshwar.

Kshitiz Ahuja Apr 22 2013
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Planning that much awaited getaway holiday to Mahabaleshwar? You’ll be surprised how packed and exciting your itinerary can be. Enjoy a relaxed, yet fun-filled holiday in Mahabaleshwar and you’ll see how your 3 days in the city fly away.

Day 1

Assuming you’re starting your day early and want to make the most of it, take a trip to Arthur’s Seat, the best place to visit the glorious sunrise in Mahabaleshwar. With a poignant story behind it, this place was named after Arthur Mallet. Mallet lost his wife and children in a ferry accident on the Savitri River, after which it is believed that he often came here to ponder over this tragedy. This place is also popular for its fascinating rock formations, which are often compared to the ones at the Grand Canyon in the US. Depending on whether you choose to trek or hire a cab, this trip could take anywhere between 3 to 4 hours.

Next up, head to the
Mahabaleshwar Temple, located in Old Mahabaleshwar. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, who resides here in the form of a black-stone lingam, the temple dates back to the 16th century. You’ll love the antique, rustic feel the temple has, adding another dimension to the spiritual aura here. It should take you about 1 hour to complete this visit.
Right next door is the mesmerising
Panchganga Temple, built at the confluence of the five rivers of Koyna, Krishna, Savitri, Venna and Gayatri. The temple dates back to the 13th century, with a beautiful “gaumukhi” at the entrance, it offers a sense of unmatched peace. The temple is only open between 8 AM and 10 PM, so do keep that in mind.
When your stomach starts grumbling, you know it’s got to be lunch time! You can head to the vegetarian restaurant at the beautiful
Ramsukh Resorts, which is hardly a 10 minute walk from the temple. The resort also offers spa treatments, so if you’re interested, you could even pamper yourself a little. Alternatively, you could travel back to the main city of Mahabaleshwar for lunch, with various options like Hotel Rajmahal and Hotel Centre Point for a standard Indian fare.
Take some time off sightseeing now and head to your hotel for a short nap. There’s a lot in store for the evening!

Once you’re refreshed after this nap, get set for a short trek or a cab ride to the
Bombay Point, the famous spot for watching the poignant sunsets of the town, only about 8 km from central Mahabaleshwar. Also known as the Sunset Point, it offers perhaps the best view of the Western sunset in the city. Named thus for being located on the old Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar road, it’s a great spot for an evening picnic. Depending on your location and whether you are trekking up to here or not, this should take you about 1 to 3 hours to cover.
It’s almost dinner time now, so you can settle for a quiet dinner at the resort you’re staying in. If you’re in the mood to dine-out, try
Grapevine, a restaurant in central Mahabaleshwar that offers delicious Parsi and Continental cuisines.
Day 2

If you’re an early riser, another beautiful sunrise awaits you at Wilson Point. Named after the Governor of Bombay under the British rule, Sir Leslie Wilson, this is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. With panoramic views of the city of Mahabaleshwar below, you’re going to love the exhilarating breeze here that transports you to another world. If you decide to hire a cab, it will only take you till a certain point. From there on, you’ll need to hike up a small trail, so make sure you’re ready with some comfortable shoes. Also, since you’ll be leaving early morning, make sure to pack up some breakfast which you can enjoy at Wilson Point.
If shopping is on your mind, then head next to
Town Bazaar, the bustling market in town. Buy jams, preservatives, strawberries and little knick-knacks while you stroll around soaking in the local flavour.
While you’re around, you can also stop over at the “toy church”, more formally known as the
Holy Cross Church near the market. A small building oozing with an old world charm, it is also fondly known as the “church in the hills”, with one of the smallest parishes in the country.
Come afternoon and it’s lunchtime! You’re literally at the right place at the right time. If you’re in the mood for some lip-smacking tandoori items, head to
Aman Restaurant. This small dhaba-style restaurant has gained a lot of popularity, especially with non-vegetarians. There are also several other restaurants in Mahabaleshwar dotting the market area, so you have plenty of options to choose from.
Try heading back to the hotel for the afternoon, for a laid back afternoon and most importantly to park all those shopping bags safely inside your room. Relax and unwind before you head out again.

Trek up next to
Elephant’s Head Point for a beautiful Western sunset. Rock-formations here are settled in a way which makes them look like an elephant’s head and trunk, lending the place it’s unique name. Enjoy a picnic or simply trek up for those breathtaking photographs! You can hire a cab, but you’ll still need to walk a good 1 km from the car parking to reach the main area.

Head back to the main city just in time for some touristy
boating at Venna Lake. Take a casual stroll around the serene lake or sit back and enjoy a laid-back boating trip here, while you click away with those cameras. Surrounded by small eateries, the lake promises a fun-filled holiday feel.
It’s almost dinner time and Brightland Holiday Village Resort has a ton of options in store for you. Just about 8 km from the main city, the resort has various dining options, from a lovely Italian restaurant,
Olive Garden or the delicious live grill at Angaare.
If you’re in the mood for some groovin’, head to
Electrique Mist, very close to Brightland Holiday Village Resort, and perhaps the best place to enjoy Mahabaleshwar’s nightlife. Dance the night away and lose yourself in the crazy party aura here.
That hotel room still awaits! Head back and get a good night’s sleep before embarking on another journey tomorrow.

Day 3
It’s time to get creative and head out to neighbouring town of Panchgani today. Have a light breakfast at the hotel before you leave for this beautiful little getaway within a getaway.

You’ll have several options along the way to Panchgani to explore. First up is
Mapro Garden, the most popular place in town for fresh strawberries, jams and preserves. Their in-house restaurant serves milkshakes and desserts made with fresh strawberries, along with snacks like sandwiches. Make sure you dig into the strawberry milkshake here, most travellers recommend it.

Along the same Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar highway are two delightful amusement parks, where you can let loose the child in you. Choose between
On Wheelz and Velocity Entertainmentz, both equally exciting and thrilling, for children and adults alike.
After you’ve had your fill of adrenaline and stocked up your tummy with a good lunch, head straight to Panchgani for a quiet retreat amidst the natural beauty that abounds.

There’s a lot to see in terms of forts and hills here, including the Rajpuri Caves and the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Enjoy a small picnic at Parsi Point and you’re all set for your little vacation here too.

You can now choose to go back to Mahabaleshwar or head back home from Panchgani, depending on what mode of transport you’re hiring. A heart and bag full of memories are sure to make you wish that your holiday never ended!

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