When I think about my one day visit to Mahabaleshwar in February 2020. I can majorly recall only Strawberries. Red Strawberries, which are pretty healthy & little expensive everywhere, except this hill station which boasts of 85% production in India.
Under British Raj, Mahabaleshwar was the summer capital of Bombay Presidency. So, we were quite sure of pleasant weather all day.
Here we begin:
We started around 6 am from Pune and reached Mapro Garden in three and a half hours. This was our first place to visit.
Mapro Garden is a must-see, in fact, it was the best part of my day. While parking, I could only see, Strawberry stalls everywhere around & it was such a soothing feeling. The garden has been developed well with a food court, spots for clicking pictures, nursery to pluck strawberries too.
Though having breakfast inside the Mapro premises, will seem heavy on the pockets, but it is worth it. We had their famous & delicious Veg Sandwiches & Strawberry shake with ice-cream. Plucking strawberries was again such a wonderful thing to do.
From here, we moved to the points named, Lodwick, Elphinstone, Arthur’s Seat, Elephant’s Head Point, Bombay point to witness the hill station from the top. Though the walk to the points might seem tiring, it was definitely worth it. As the view was ravishingly lush green & felt so much peace around.
At some point, there were horses, on which you can get photos, while the horse would be in air with two legs for milli seconds. This was fun for me, as I believe in taking lots of pictures, need not be perfect but surely a memory!
As the Sun sets over the Mahabaleshwar Temple:
In the evening, we headed to an almost 500 years old Lord Shiva temple, the Mahabaleshwar Temple, where the Shivlinga is said to be self-originated. And it is considered superior to the 12 jyotirlingas we know.
Since it was not much crowded & not allowed to take pictures in the temple premises, our darshan was swift. We bought small frames of Lord Shiva & tasted some local delicacies while walking back.
The last stop was Vienna Lake. It had a big area for car parking & there you could find hundreds of horses too. The eyecatching thing were their names such as Prem, Badshah, Basanti, Gabbar & many more. These horses will be ready to take you for an evening stroll near the Lake.
If you like boating, then Vienna should not be missed. As the water was clean & safety was the priority too for the authority concerned.
Viewing sunset, while seated on a boat from Vienna Lake was where I wrapped up my trip to a very beautiful hill station, Mahabaleshwar.
On the way back home, we bought a good amount of Strawberries, as they were great in taste & low in prices! And through these strawberries only, for the next 2-3 days at home, we kept remembering the magical Mahabaleshwar!
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