Package Duration : 5 Days

  Mahabaleshwar - 3 Nights



Departure to Mahabaleshwar by bus (265 kms.- 6 Hrs.) (night journey)

Reach Mahabaleshwar in the morning. You will have wait for some time for the check-in. Rest of the day will be at leisure.
After an evening tea, you can visit- Venna Lake (The natural springs in the rocky area where the lake is situated today were strongly recommended to be converted in to a fresh water by Dr. Murray, as he advocated the concept of the lake maintaining the climate of Mahabaleshwar cool during the summer by the warm and cold air current circulation due to its appropriate location and most important of being able to overcome the water shortage especially during summer and thirdly easy cultivation on the silt lands surrounding the lake sides. In 1842 the lake was finally constructed with a dam being made on the eastern side of the lake under the supervision of sir james Rivet Carnac measuring an area of 28 acres and an average depth of 10feet. The eastern overflow of the tributary of the lake flows don as the venna river merges at mahuli near Satara with the Krishna river that further at karad merges with the koyna river. The venna lake is today a popular picnic spot and an entertainment junction. Visitors spend time walking on the lanes besides the lake eating a variety of food stalls or boating on the sparkling waters of the lake or gaming and horse riding getting very popular here now). Night halt at Mahabaleshwar.

After breakfast, leave for Mahabaleshwar darshan and visit- Old Mahabaleshwar (Kshetra Mahabaleshwar). Considered, as the most pious Tirth Kshetra in Maharahstra due to the various holy sites here is known to be in existence since the prehistoric times and was a place of pilgrimage to one of the most renowned saints who were being terrorized by two dreadful demons namely Mahabli and Atibali. As legends say lord Vishnu pleased by penance of the priest who requested relief from the dreadful demons to him. In a furious combat killed the younger demon atibali that angered the elder demon further who was not easily surmountable to Lord Vishnu and had to seek the assistance of Lord Shiva. Mahabali on the contrary being a worshipper of lord shiva was not ready to fight against the lord and accepted death by wish (ichhamaran) and in return asked the Gods to attach his name to the Lords and the place to be known by it and so the term Mahabaleshwar was coined. Many holy rituals and holy offerings that were in the from of hom and havan in the presence of lord Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh marked vistory over demons. These celebrations as legends say, were responsible of transforming the three gods into solid rock as seen on the swayambho shivling and the arising of lord brahmas wife Gayatri in the liquid form here due to the curse and counter curse of the later to the former for having commenced the holy celebrations in her absence.

Visit- Shiva Temple (this temple was built by Raja Sighana of Devgiri in about 1215 A.D further by Krishnaji Baji More in 1578. then followed by Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj. A large fair at Mahshivratri (birth of Lord Shiva) takes place here), Panch Ganga Temple (according to history it is also known as the origin of the five Rivers they are Krishna, Koyna, Venna, Savitri, and Gayatri. Panchganga Temple was built by Chandrarao More of Javali), Thereafter visit- Arther Seat point (Artur seat point is the deepest precipices in the region giving a heart throbbing view of the konkan valley below & towards the eastwards side lays an old raod used by the maratha warriors during the attack by chattrapati shivaji Maharaj on Afzal Khan. The area between Kshetra Mahabaleshwar and Arthur seat point are known as Brahma arayna a place used by prehistoricsaints for peneance and religious obligations the soil here is grayish in colour that is considered as the ashes or the bhasma of the religious yagnas(pious offerings made with vedic chants to the fire). The caves of these Rishi still in the vicinity), Eco- Point (this place offers an echo of 3 to 5 reflexes. Seen from here is the scenic beauty overlooking the joar valley and the balkawadi dam on the backwater of the dhom dam on the Krishna valley), Kate’s Point (towards east side of the Eco-point is Kate’s Point. This is located off the road to Panchgani is this spur of land that overlooks the Krishna valley is a major center of tourist attraction. On the west side is the Echo point that The actual point came to be known as kate's point after sir James Malcolm's daughter Kate's made a liking for the same and spent hours enjoying the scenic beauty of the point. Seen from Kate’s point towards the west is the Kshetra Mahabaleshwar from the the foothills which is seen the serpentine streaming of the Krishna river from its origin above at kshetra mahabaleshwar. Seen eastwards are the kamalgadh fort and the sangam of the walki river and the Krishna river. Seen eastwards the great cuboids pandavgadh in the back hills of which lies the historic temple of the great deity Mandhardevi. Eastwards seen is the historic city wai and towards the west is the dhom dam and eastern hills nesting another hill resort - Panchgani), Needle Hole Point (while travelling eastwards away from kate’s point one comes to a spot known as needle hole with gigantic opening in the posterior end of the kates point which resembles the threading end of a needle hole, on even closer observation of the same it also appears to resemble the trunk of the elephant with huge ears and its trunk running down the hill side).

After lunch, visit Panchgani and visit- Parsi Point (Parsi Point is a renowned picnic spot lies on the Mahabaleshwar road in Panchgani. It offers panoramic views of picturesque Dhom Dam backwaters and the lush green Krishna valley. Sydney point is another breathtaking beautiful spot near Parsi Point. The grandeur view of Wai village from these points are mind blogging and eye catching. This is a spot in Panchgani which is blessed with all worthy natural beauties. One can spend many hours in this calm and cool ambience enjoying the fragrant breeze emerging out from the hilly ranges), Table Land (Tableland has been credited with the privilege of being Asia’s second longest mountain Plateau. This is a wide expanse of laterite rock and this place offers the grandeur view of Panchgani hill station itself. One can get breathtaking views of Rajpuri caves and the place known as “Devil’s Kitchen” from here. Tableland provides a natural protection for the Panchgani from strong winds, heavy rains and it helps Panchgani to keep its ambience enjoyable for tourists. Table land serves as a great sports and games place for children and young), Lingmala Waterfalls (the major attraction of Mahabaleshwar on the Venna river is visible from the Kalghar Ghat on the Medha Satara road, and offers an awesome spectacle from the Met gutad villages Makharia point. One can also see the actual point of the water falling from Shreyas Bungalow or Saj Resort at Met Gutad but one has to be very cautious while moving around these places. The spectacle of this fall is visible during the monsoon) Strawberry Garden and Jam factory (due to the red soil /mud in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, Strawberry, Raspberry, Mulberry, Gooseberry are grown in abundance. The jam factories are located in  Panchgani. The Britisher's brought these strawberry plantations from Australia and planted in Panchgani and Mahableshwar and today these strawberries etc are exported to various countries. Lovely Mahabaleshwar strawberries are well known for their taste and are sent out in packages to different places).

In the evening, you can roam around market area for shopping. Night halt at Mahabaleshwar.

After breakfast, leave for Pratapgad sightseeing and visit Pratapgad fort (on the radtondi ghat and up the dhorpia built by the great Maratha Warrior Chattrapati Shivaji Maaharaj lays the historical fort of Pratapgad. Going a few hundred yards towards the eastwards is the temple dedicated to the Bhavani Mata the present priest of the temple is a lineal desendent of viswanath Bhatt had apppointed by Moropant Pingale. The northern eminences are the inner fort or the Balekilla as known with a smaller palace or the gernanace hall of the king which is entered through a smaller but a even stronger gate on the prior to which towards the right hand side one passes a hanuman temple worshipped by the guru of chattrapati shivaji maharaj: Samarth Ramdas Swami. Entering the Balekilla towards the left hand side are seen the remains of what used to be the court at the fort and opposite to which is the kedareshwar temple the guardian deity of the fort. The western side of the fort with the steepest precipices descending in to the konkan valley below is the punishment point or what is known as kadelot point. Sighted from Pratapgad eastwards is Mahabaleshwar and southwest is seen the saddleback shaped Makarandgad at a height of 4045 feet above sea level and was dwelt by the Pandavas during their exile for 14 years to the forests) Visit- Bhawani Mandir (this temple was built by Shivaji Maharaj in 1661, because he was unable to visit the famous temple of Bhavani at Tuljapur due to torrential rains. The temple is on the eastern side of the lower fort. It consists of a hall and a shrine. The hall has wooden pillars and the shrine is made of black stone. The roof of the temple is flat inside, outside is a leaden cover put by Maharaja Pratap Singh of Satara, also there is a small spire or 'Shikhar' over the shrine). Kabar of Afzalkhan. This is the tomb where Afzal Khan's head was buried beneath the tower bears his name, Afzal Buruj. A Dargah of Afzal Khan is constructed away from the fort to the southeast of the Afzal Buruj, where an Urs (fair) is held annually in the month of January or February) Return back to hotel for lunch.

After lunch, proceed for Tapola (optional tour). Just around 30 Kms. away from Mahabaleshwar is Tapola. Tapola is fondly referred to as ‘The Mini Kashmir’ all thanks to its virgin beauty with rivers, dams, forests and hills which is reminiscent of Kashmir-Heaven on Earth. It’s a riverside area, an ideal picnic spot and a perfect abode for nature lovers. One of the biggest dams of Maharashtra- the Shivsagar dam is housed in this place. It’s the place where two rivers Koyna and Solshi meet. Nature blossoms in Tapola and is perhaps will give anyone the much-needed change from a busy city life. You can visit- Shivsagar Dam (it’s the biggest dam in Maharashtra. One should try out boating here. Motorboats, scooter rides and speedboats are available for reasonable charges in the lake here. The splendid Sahyadri hill range, the surrounding forest area and the view of the distant forts makes the boating here prominent in the ‘must do’ list), Triveni Sangam (where Kyona, Solashi and Kandati rivers meet), You can also visit- Bamnoli point and Shooting point here.

Return back to Mahabaleshwar. Evening time will be free to discover the richness of this beautiful land. Night halt at Mahabaleshwar.

After breakfast, Check-out from the hotel and proceed to Mumbai by morning bus ((265 kms.- 6 Hrs.) which generally departs at 9 am.
Arrive Mumbai in the afternoon.

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