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Mahableshwar (an Old World Charm)

Nestling in the curvaceous mountain ranges of the western ghats of Maharashtra are the cool misty hill resorts of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. Away from the crowds and noise of the city, these twin resorts are an ideal holiday destination.

Several little known but charming hill resorts nestle shyly in these mountains. They seem to belong to the colonial era when people traveled up to these resorts to escape the heat of the plains. Many of them have still retained their old world charm and make for an ideal holiday destination.

Among the hill resorts of the state, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are the most popular, and are tucked away in the Satara district. Safe from commercialization, that has affected, most other hill resorts in northern and southern India, the two resorts offer a clean, calm and thoroughly refreshing alternative.

And, perhaps the only place in the country which offers myriad activities such as, Boating, fishing, horse riding, trekking and golfing on the gorgeous nine-hole golf course built on the edge of a cliff!

Overlooking the Krishna and Koyna valleys, Mahabaleshwar, at an altitude of 1372 meters opens up a whole world of picturesque delight. With an air of unspoiled beauty, it is a paradise for nature explorers and peace lovers, as also for filmmakers and producers who find its environs & location ideal for shooting movies.

The summer capital of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency, Mahabaleshwar retains its exemplary charm, despite the increasing crowds that visit the town. Numerous majestic mansions built during the days of the British, still stand as monuments of the Raj.

Wilson Point is the nearest and the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. It is a vast bare rock with three observation towers erected at different spots. It is a major attraction for tourists as it offers a beautiful view of the sunrise.

Kate’s point on the Mahabaleshwar-Pune road, gives a commanding view of the Krishna Valley. Near Kate’s point is the Echo Point, which, true to its name, echoes the words of the speaker.

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