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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the useful tips and guidelines for a trip to Mahabaleshwar?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Be it a vacation to any spot in the world, there are always some caution signs which should be dangling in your head! If there are some of them in your head for Mahabaleshwar, here I am with some quick and helpful wisdom.

  • Altitude

    Whenever you are in a hilly area, do not forget that you have to come back from there before it gets dark. Being in a town which is anyway less populated, it becomes all the more important.
    Though you may not experience a lot of mountain sickness as the Mahabaleshwar is comparatively at lower heights, it never hurts to carry needful medicines.

  • Clothing

    Sometimes, it gets really windy and wet in Mahabaleshwar, so you should be armed with the proper clothing and an umbrella/raincoat. A pair of walking shoes will act as your best friends during a visit to Mahabaleshwar, as hilly areas often entail a lot of walking.

  • Animals

    Never be too friendly with wild animals that are just strolling around and especially the monkeys. Do not offer them food or anything for that matter. Also, don't try to touch them or scare them off. Live and let live.

  • Activities

    The trails in Mahabaleshwar are easy but yet unattended. So, if you are the types who get adventurous but when they know there is someone to take responsibility, then try and avoid trekking or hiking on the trails here. Its always safer to hike in groups.

  • Local Information

    Mahabaleshwar is a small place and the people are helpful but like any vacation spot, the locals shouldn't be blindly followed. Try to take all needful directions from the hotel desk. If you have to ask someone for directions or any such thing then you should always recheck it with two or three people more.
    There are a number of louts trying to sell you things you don't want or need, a polite but firm ‘NO' should do the needful to send them away.

    The shopping experience is never complete if you haven't bargained enough. Haggle over prices for everything that you buy from the place. That also applies to the fares quoted by the local transport people.

Keep all this in mind and your trip will be one of the best you had in your life!

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