Everyone says, don't go to Mahabaleshwar during this time of the year ( April-May). You won't see it's true beauty.
But, I was eager to go there and see what lies there.
Once I reached Mahabaleswar, I must agree that it wasn't like the typical hill stations, where the weather is on cooler side and you find clouds almost near to you. It was hot, the entire area was deprived of its green cover. However, according to the locals, weather was on a slightly chill side than the previous years.
Now that I was here for a two day trip, I decided to go and explore the place.
The cab business here is almost regulated (At least, that's what every other cab driver/ agency says). The rates are fixed (at least, that's what the taxi drivers told me) but then, I got a cab for a discount ( I was lucky)
According to me, the best place to stay is near the market area as the bus stop is also nearby and there are lots of eateries. The shopping becomes easy and at night time, it's becomes too lively of a crowd.
There are 6 packages from which one can choose and if you do that as the driver says, it will become hectic. You can't enjoy. The package details are pretty same across all cab vendor. According to me, the best is to follow your plan.