Nestled amidst the
splendid peaks of the Western Ghats, the scenic hill station of Mahabaleshwar
is a plateau surrounded by majestic hills. With its year round pleasant
weather, waterfalls, springs, forts and awe inspiring view points, this
erstwhile summer capital undoubtedly deserves its title of being the “Queen of
the Hill Stations”. Just 120 kilometres southwest of Pune, Mahabaleshwar is the
great escape for those who want to relax and rejuvenate in the lap of nature.
Travelling in your own car is the most comfortable and convenient way of going to Mahabaleshwar from Pune. If you do not have your own car, rent one from Zoom, which has several options for you to consider. The drive from Pune to Mahabaleshwar takes about 2 hours, and if you plan to take a Zoom car, you will also be guided by the GPS fitted in all our cars. You can choose from:
Hatchbacks: Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo is a great option for a couple or a small family.
Sedans: Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or a Honda City, or move several notches up with our BMWs and Mercs for hire. Pamper your parents or your significant other by choosing one of these options for your special trip.
SUVs: If you are going with a big group, choose a Scorpio or an Ecosport. Travel in style while all your seating needs are taken care of. No need to worry about cramped rides and leg space, our SUVs have room for all.
All Zoom cars come with the following:
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
Historical: One of the main attractions of Mahabaleshwar is
Pratapgarh Fort. Resplendent with a rich history and mazelike in its
construction, Pratapgarh offers a high dose of drama and mystery with its
hidden chambers and trapdoors. Critical in Shivaji’s ascent to greatness, this
fort also houses the Afzal Buruj, the tower beneath which Shivaji buried the
head of his enemy Afzal Khan as well as the Bhawani Temple, both of which are
worth a visit.
Get High: The overwhelming scenery of Mahabaleshwar and its cool, crisp air is best experienced from it numerous view points, and some of them should definitely be visited on a trip to the town. Some of the best views can be seen from Wilson Point, Bombay Point, Needle Hole Point, Arthur's Seat, Carnac Point, Lodwick Point, Kate's Point, Babbington Point and Connaught Peak.
Explore The Waterbodies: You cannot miss the Venna Lake while you are in Mahabaleshwar, since the lake and its surrounding areas are more or less considered the lifeline of this hill station. However, if you want to venture off the beaten track, then you might want to venture out to Dhobi Falls or Lingmala Falls or find your own temporary falls if you visit Mahabaleshwar during the monsoons.
Insider’s Tip: Make sure that you visit the strawberry and raspberry farms while driving in and around Mahabaleshwar for a taste of luscious fresh berries.
The weather from October onwards turns out to be an ideal hideout for the travellers. So plan your visit from October to January. From February to April one can enjoy the pleasantness of the place.