Mahabaleshwar, a city in Maharashtra’s Satara district, was once the summer capital of the Bombay province during the time of the British rule. This region along the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats is a perfect getaway for those who just want to relax and unwind. Mahabaleshwar consists of three areas, namely Malcolm Peth, Old Mahabaleshwar and a little part of Shindola village. The best time to visit this locality is between October and June.
Budget Hotels in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar provides good budget hotels. Some of these hotels are Mulberry Inn (Tariff – Rs.1,000) and Hotel Vyankatesh (Tariff – Rs.799).
The languages spoken in Mahabaleshwar are Marathi and Satara.
Events in Mahabaleshwar
The most celebrated festivals in Mahabaleshwar are Maha Shivratri celebrated in February, Gudi Padva in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places to See in Mahabaleshwar
There are many places of interest in Mahabaleshwar. These include Dhobi Waterfall (3 km), Venna Lake (5 km), Lingmala Waterfall (5 km), Wilson Point and Chinaman Waterfall which are a kilometer away from Mahabaleshwar.
How to Get There
The nearest airport, Pune Airport, is 167 km away from Mahabaleshwar.
There is no railway station in Mahabaleshwar. Diwan Khavati Railway Station, which is the nearest railway station, is located 64 km away from this city.
Being a popular tourist destination, there are many state-run and private buses that run to and fro. There are private bus operators such as Supreme Travels, Shiv Holiday Travels and Paulo Travels that provide Volvo A/C buses to Mahabaleshwar. If you are booking bus tickets for your journey, book online and travel without any tension.
Chikhli is a town in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat. The nearest major urban agglomeration close by is Surat at a distance of 61 km north. The town is a part of mainland Gujarat and not the Kathiawar Peninsula or the Bhuj region. The picturesque Arabian Sea coast is also nearby at a distance of 20 km west. Those with an endeavour for watching over beach sunset, temples and Indian cuisine should try this place out.
Places to Stay
As the town lacks proper accommodations to fit in tourist and visitors, one will have to venture into Surat in search of good hotels. Being an important city in a strategically important state, Surat does not run out of lodging options. Some of the good hotels which are worth a try are Alfa Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Citizen Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Yadgar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sarita Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Gujarati. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
As the place runs short of tourist destinations, the best places of interest are in Surat, among which are Chintamani Jain Temple, Sardar Patel Museum, Dumas Beach (21 km away from the main city), Dutch Cemetery, Suvali Beach (28 km away from the city), Blues Adventures (a recreational park-cum-centre designed to offer citizens water sports) and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Surat Airport in Surat city at a distance of 67 km.
The Bilimora Junction Railway Station is the closest major railway station at a distance of 10 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. Shree Hari travels is one of the private operators in the region. Buses to the village can be found in Surat. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.