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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions around Mahabaleshwar?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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Are you a lover of long roads and drives and just can't get enough of them? Then you absolutely have to take a trip to the following places! Fill up the fuel tanks, get a hand on yummy munchies, put on those shades you just bought and head to the following places for a visual treat you will always cherish:

  • Panchgani

    Located at a distance of 18 km from Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani makes for a favoured day excursion for most travellers. The drive to Panchgani winds through thick green foliage, picturesque little strawberry farms, misty hamlets and is totally decked in a pristine charm. No wonder, it is one of the favourite drives of India!

    When headed on this one, do make it a point to sample some fresh
    Strawberries that give your tastebuds the tingle and your lips a smile! Once here, you can visit the Rajpuri Caves which also have a religious importance apart from being scenic. It is said that a bath in the numerous Kunds (ponds) that surround these caves has the capability to rid one of physical diseases and mental evils. Parsi Point is another tourist attraction here, favoured by many for a packed lunch picnic. Offering majestic views of green hillsides and the swishing backwaters of the Dhom Dham Dam, this is a place of immense scenic beauty which will instantly soothe your city worn eyes.

    Are you a nature enthusiast? Then the bird call of exotic migratory birds will surely lure you to
    Sherbaug in Panchgani. Though this one might turn out to be a little steep on the pockets, but the views here will make sure you don't regret it for a second. Take long walks in this tranquil space which has been moulded as a haven of calm and utter beauty by the very hands of nature.

    In the mood for some more? Head out to the
    Pratapgarh Fort. The erstwhile abode of Chhatrapati Shivaji, this majestic structure is perched atop a hillock and will leave you spellbound with the views it has to offer. Lush green hillsides, dated bricks gone black with time and covered in a thick green moss and history hidden in nook and cranny awaits you here.

    One part you just can't afford to miss when in Panchgani is the thrill of
    Paragliding on the smooth winds while enjoying wondrous aerial views of the magical environs of Panchgani. Shell out INR 1500 and get a pair of wings for thyself!

  • Khandala

    Popularised due to Bollywood movies (Remember "Kya karu, aake main Khandala?" from the movie Ghulam?), Khandala is a town beautifully encased in history which has welcomed all tourists with open arms. Pull up your socks, lace up those shoes and start the exploration of Khandala with a visit to the Rajmachi Fort.

    Commissioned by
    Chhatrapati Shivaji and dating back to the 17th century, this fort is also a famous site for trekking now, with two treks linking it to Lonavala and Khandala. Situated on the rugged Sahyadri Range, the monsoons unleash a new life on this place by decking it in a cloak of thick greenery and setting loose silver cascading waterfalls which are rain fed. The views from the hilltop have the potential to charm every person and leave its imprints for a lifetime.

    You should also check out the mist swathed
    Duke's Nose which is a popular tourist attraction. Embark on the four hour trek and reach the top for a view which is worth every drop of sweat around and some which are shrouded in a mystery. The clouds are frequent visitors here, so don't be surprised when you have the company of some which take your breath away.

    Need your dose of adrenalin? Head to the
    Karala Caves and take treks on the slippery slidy rock sides. Another place you should not miss when in Khandala is the Tiger's Leap, which is actually a viewing point overlooking the weathered western ghats. Soak in the mountain air, the lush greenery, the grandeur of rugged mountains and pristine blue skies and if you can carry tea in flasks, we promise you the sipping experience will be simply divine.

    Khandala is about 55 km away from
    Mahabaleshwar and in case you want to crash here for the night, there are hotels available in plentiful. A few you could consider are The Dukes Retreat (Luxury), Zara's Resort (Mid Range), Signature Crest Kunegaon (Economy) and Fun n Food (Low Range).

If the adventurer in you is still not satiated, hit the Mumbai- Pune expressway and cruise to whatever lands these smooth and delightfully drivable roads lead to!

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