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The most important attractions of this mountain village are a deep gorge Krishna, rivers of Koyan, rapid year-round waterfalls and gorgeous views of neighborhoods, where is the magnificent ancient fort Pratapgad. Twin town Panchagani is another mountain village, named after the five rivers flowing here, also attracts visitors. But what really leads visitors here, it is strawberry plantations, which are considered to be the best in the country. In this village you can see the beautiful berries everywhere, and visitors are allowed to collect it. Mahabalevara has 30 points, which offer splendid views of neighborhoods. During the rainy season, in Mahabaleshwar are heavy rains, so perhaps at this time you will not find tourists there.
You have come here long before sunset if you want to make a short but really worth climbing to the top of Wilson’s highest point of the ridge. To get out on the trail (on which you can drive by car), go south through the market (in the direction opposite the bus parking lot), and directly through the crossroad behind the hotel Mayfair; ten minutes of the way up the hill until you reach a red and white sign pointing to the left of the road.
Peak Wilson, which is crowned by giant, visible for miles around of its radio-station, is still in ten minutes of difficult climb. Panoramas of sunset here are amazing.
Pratapgarh is located in an hour’s bus ride from Mahabaleshwar, or in 24 km walk by foot. The entire length of the high ridge extends fort of XVII century. Five hundred steps lead to fort, it is associated with the name of the Maratha leader Shivaji, who was lured here from Bijapur by Mughal general Afzal Khan to discuss the possibility of a truce. None of them, did not seem to adhere to the conditions that both have to attend a meeting unarmed. Khan attempted to strike Shivaji by knife but Shivaji killed him by means of terrible device vagnakh – a set of metal teeth, worn on the arm.
Modern visitors can see here the tomb of Afzal Khan, Shivaji Memorial, and enjoy views of the surrounding hills.
Jungle of Mahabaleshwar is quite thick, there are growing medicinal plants, which are collected and sold. There you may found wild animals – foxes, jackals, wild boar. In some places there are deer and bison, occasionally panthers. The most popular bird in the Urdu’s poetry – Nightingale – is found everywhere.
In Mahabaleshwar is very healthy climate – optimum oxygen content in the air – 20%, the water contains high amounts of iron, which increases the level of hemoglobin in blood.
Peak Kannot is the second highest peak. It offers a panoramic view of the green carpet of the valley. Hence it is also good to watch the sunrise and sunset. Chinamans waterfalls, and Dhobi Lingman are very beautiful. They are affluent only in the rainy season.
The king of mountain villages of Maharashtra district – Mahabaleshwar is a town, located in the mountains of Sahyadri mountain range at an altitude of 1372 meters above sea level, near Pune (Poona) in Satara. Population of this city is about 18 thousand people. The beautiful plateau throughout is surrounded by greenery and is known for its ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is the largest producer of strawberries. The name was derived from the local Shiva temple. Lord Shiva is known as the strongest or the greatest in strength and power, which means Mahabaleshwar. Local environment calms and surrounding jungle is still unexplored. Anyone can take part in various events held in the wonderful serene environment, the village is still intact by commercialization unlike other mountain villages of India. Here you can take part in riding, rowing, do fishing or simply explore the wonderful nature.
Mahabaleshwar is famous for its honey, strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, beans, lettuce, carrots.
The main entertainment is planned hiking on the forest trails that lead to waterfalls and a variety of heights, offering views of mountain peaks and valleys. You can also hire a boat to explore the lake central Vienna, and wander through the busy local market, buying strawberries, raspberries, native jams and honey.
The first historical mention of Mahabaleshwar dates back to 1215, when King of Deogiri Singhal visited Old Mahabaleshwar. At the source of the Krishna river he built a small temple and made the pond.
In 1350 the region was captured by Brahmin family, which in the middle of the XVI century was defeated by the Marathas.
During the Maratha was restored old Mahabaleshwar Temple.
In the XVII century Great Shivaji took neighborhood and in 1656 upgraded the Pratapgarh fort.
In 1819, the British included these mountains in the principality of Satara Raja. Colonel Lodwick along with a contingent of soldiers and Indian guides climbed up the mountains in April 1824. Now it’s called the peak Lodwick.
Maharaja of Satara Pratapsinha developed a plan to turn Mahabaleshwar in hill resort. The first British governor, who visited the town, was Sir John Malcolm in 1828. The following year Mahabaleshwar was approved as a resort.
From 1834 to 1864 here was a prison for captured Chinese and Malay, designed for 120 people. The prisoners began to grow here red potatoes, strawberries, weave baskets of cane and bamboo. Many prisoners were living here after release.
By the end of XIX, city became a well-known resort, in which came to rest not only the British but the Indians. In Mahabaleshwar is a summer residence of the Governor of Maharashtra.