With the loving persuation of our daughter my cherished dream of visiting Mahabaleswer was fulfilled.this March,2011.
From Mumbai to Pune it is180 kms& from Pune to Mahabaleswer it is120 kms.We had booked inTalwalker's serene cottages in village Bondervadi.,which isindependent bungalows where families can stay together.Our stay was comfortable due to the hospitality of the managing staff.
There are temples to visit--1-Mahabaleswer temple(shri shanker temole)-----The mahalingam ofLordShiva is if rudrakha shape.& believed to swayamboo(selfbodied).Thismahalinga is supposed to be superior to the 12 jyothirlingas.
2-ShriKrishna mandir--- from this one can view krishna valley.
3--Panchganga mandir---5 holy rivers-Krishna,Venna,Koyna,Savitri,&Gayatri are seen flowing in 5 stoneconduits & joining in one horizontal half channal leading to Goumukhi(cowface-spout) through which it falls in the cistyern below.
There are many points to visit---1-Wilson point--(sunrise point)-Highest point from which sunrise as wellas sunset can beviewd.
2-Connaught peak--2nd highest point- from here also both sunrise aswellas sun set can be seen.
3-Elphinstone point--Overlooking2 valleys-Koyna onleft.Savitri on right.
4-Marjorie point-- which shoes several rangesof Sahayatri range.
5-Arthur's point--(seat) on left isbarrenSavitri valley& onright is shallow green valle.
6-Kate's point-Gives view ofKrishna valley&deep watersofDhom dam.
7-Ecopoint which gives eco,Babington point,Falkland point are some other points.
9Panchagani point-- shows tableland of Panchgani.on rightside.
Venna lake-- where one can go boating.-)-
Water falls---Lingmala water fall,Chinaman's water fall&Dhobi water fall -- these flow in abundance in rainy season.
Near by is Panch gani--which houses the biggest tableland of Asia of 6kms area where one can go by horse cart. It has several views from everyside. Footprints of Pandava a of Mahabharata is seen stored there..There are 4 more tablelands which can be reached only by treakking.
In Panchagani there is a pologround which is also used as helipad,One can go para gliding also there.
Next there is Pratapgarh -- which has the tomb ofAfzalkhan.Also there is a temple of Bhavani mata.
Mahabaleswer is famous for its delicious strawberries,mulberries,fruitjuices,squashes, crushes,& other fruit products.Corn or butta is very tastyas wellas cheap there which one can get anywhere.One can get very tasty brijal curry in Maharastrian thali in Vaibhav Raj restaurat which is on roadside.
The best time to visit is betw een october to June.
It was a memorable experience.