Mahabaleshwar, a small yet an incredibly beautiful hill station located in the Sahyadri Mountain ranges in the state of Maharashtra is an immensely popular destination for the tourists specially when the scorching sun envelops the entire country.
But, off late, it is turning out to be a visual delight in the monsoons with its breathtaking panoramas and idyllic weather. Contrary to the usual perception that hills are for summers, I would slightly alter it to say - "When it Rains, head for the hills" :)
So, this time too, when the monsoons knocked over the western ghats, me and my wanderlust wife(in my last blog, she was still my girlfriend :)) instantly jotted down 4 places on chits and rolled them over to pick a destination. Mahabaleshwar, it was!
Mahabaleshwar, being a hill station has no Airport or Railway station so the best option to reach there is to take a flight/train/bus to Pune which is approx. 120 kms and then take a bus/Hire a taxi/Take a bike/Self Drive to Mahabaleshwar. In Monsoons, the western coast usually experiences an intemperate rainfall so the best option to reach there would be via Taxi or Self Drive a car. The roads all in all are in good condition barring few occasional patches but nothing which can be distressful. I would have personally took a Bike had it not been for my friend who gate crashed at the last moment and tagged along :P. So, we finally settled for a self drive option and began our journey :)