Duration: 4 Night / 5 Days
Destination: Mahabaleshwar-Lonawala-Khandala Package
Mahabaleshwar means ‘God of Great Power’ in Sanskrit. Indeed, the place is great and bountiful, rewarding the visitor with a mix of old-world charm, natural beauty and modernity.A tour of Mahabaleshwar town and the surrounding countryside would take at least a couple of days as there is much to see and experience. The town bazaar is called Malcolm Peth after the then British Governor of Bombay, Sir John Malcolm. It lies at the heart of Mahableshwar with its hotels, shops, restaurants, outlying bungalows, government offices, and jostling crowds.
Day 01 : Pune – Mahabaleshwar
Picup from Pune railway station.and drive to Mahabaleshwar (110 kms/3 hrs) check in to the hotel. Thereafter you can go for half day tour includes a tour to Mahabaleshwar temple. The temple in its present state, is surrounded by 5 feet high stone wall. The main temple has two apartments, the inner room, which is the God chamber and the outer room which is the central hall. The temple is dedicate to Lord Shiva and enshrines a lingam. The Mahabaleshwar is named after the presiding deity of this temple, Lord Mahabali, which is also why it is considered a major landmark of Mahabaleshwar.
Day 02 : Mahabaleshwar – Panchgani -Mahabaleshwar
After breakfast, trip to the cascading waterfalls, such as the Lingmala waterfall (6km), Dhobi waterfall (3km) and Chinamans waterfall (2.5km). There is also the Venna Lake, which is 2.5 km long and has boating facilities. Close to the lake are strawberry stalls and people can even go for little horse riding. Wilson point is the highest point of Mahabaleshwar and has three observation towers, which offer a splendid view especially of the sunrise. Tourist also loves to visit the Elphinstone Point, Babington Point, Kates Point and Arthurs Point. Later we drive to Panchgani, is situated 19km away from Mahabaleshwar. At panchgani, you can visit the various viewpoints such as the, the Sidney point, Parsi point and the Graves Point. Tapola, also known as mini Kashmir, is 25kms from Mahabaleshwar. It has a big lake with small islands and there tourists can take a boat and visit the various islands. Back to Mahabaleshwar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : Mahabaleshwar – Lonavala
A sumptuous breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a drive down to Lonavala (180 kms/ 4hrs). Enroute you see the Carla & Bhaja Caves, are a group of 18 rock-cut caves. You will also see a group of 14 stupas – five inside and nine outside the caves. Located near the Lonavala hill station. In the evening you arrive at Lonavala, check in to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 04 : Lonavala – Khandala
After breakfast in the morning, You spend the morning exploring the scenic beauty of Lonavala hill station. You can see tourist hotspots like Ryewood Park, Christian Cemetery, Bushy dam, Dukes Nose and other places. Lonavala is a beautiful and cool hill station that houses the mesmerising waterfalls will within its precincts. Khandala neighbours Lonavala. Although is comparatively small, it is equally blessed with natural beauty and bounty. Deep valley on one side and high hills on the other side divide Khandala and Lonavala. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Lonavala – Pune
After breakfast, morning free to explore the beautiful surroundings. Check-out and transfer to the Pune (60 kms) railway station to onwards journey with sweet memories.