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.
A town in southern Maharashtra, Miraj is believed to have been founded in the early 10th century. An important junction, Miraj was ruled by the Pathwardhan family until the Independence. A secular town, Miraj is well-known for the Hindustani classical music performance held here. In the 19th century, Miraj gained prominence for it Vaidyas, practitioners of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Within India, Miraj has the highest number of hospitals and the town has two medical colleges.
Places to Stay
Hotel New Purva, Sukh Niwas Hotel, Hotel Season 4 and Hotel Kiran near the bus stand offer affordable accommodation from Rs.500 onwards.
The annual music festival at the Khvaja Samsuddin Mira Saheb dargah and ‘Juloos’ a music festival held at Khaja Meersaheb dargah built in the 1300s is a grand event.
Marathi is the local language; however Kannada is also widely understood.
Places to Visit
Shahi Idgah, The Rosary Church, Shree Sant Venaswami Math and Swetambar Jain Mandir are great places to visit within 1-5kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur (22.2kms).
Miraj Junction railways station is an important railhead.
Miraj Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Shree Khurana Travels, Dolphin Travels, Chintamani Travels and SBRS Travels run regular buses to and from the city. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.