Fall in Love with everything in Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. Its the best getaway for the weekend, and we are glad we are hosting it.
Winding roads, a cool breeze at all times, vantage points offering breathtaking views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and a main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks. Doesn’t it sound exciting? Well, that’s Mahabaleshwar for you which along with Panchgani makes for a wonderful holiday or even just a weekend getaway.
Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. It reaches a height of 1,439 meters at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson or Sunrise Point. Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages: Malcolm Peth, Old ‘Kshetra’ Mahabaleshwar and part of a village called Shindola. The hill station is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Old Mahabaleshwar.
According to a legend, Krishna is Lord Vishnu himself as a result of a curse on the ‘trimurti’ by Savitri. Also, its tributaries Venna and Koyana are said to be Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that four other rivers come out from the cow’s mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These are the Koyna, Venna, Savitri and Gayatri.
With its name derived from Sanskrit and meaning ‘god of great power’, Mahabaleshwar has lots to explore. Arthur’s Seat is one such interesting point from where you can get a view of Jor Valley. Another exotic location is Lodwick Point, located almost 1,240 meters above sea level. General Lodwick’s memory is preserved here in the form of a monument dedicated to him. You can also spend your evenings loitering in the main bazaar and enjoy strawberry-flavoured ice-cream or fresh strawberries with whipped cream.
25th Feb 2017: Mumbai: Gathering at Panvel by 7:00 am and start for Pune. Pune: Gathering at 8:30 am at Wakad Bridge. By then Mumbai participants shall reach Wakad. Reach Old Mahabaleshwar (Kshetra Mahabaleshwar) by 12:00 noon. Once all have arrived - We will have an introduction session followed by places to visit for the day. -Panch-ganga Sangam and ancient Rudraksh Shiva temple - Lunch -Arther seat and Elephant Head point -Elphinstone Point – followed by local market shoppeing till evening -Sunset point and start journey to Panchgani In route halt at mapro garden for snacks and shopping (Own expenses) Checkin to hotel. Unload the bags and roam on Panchgani streets. After dinner rest.
26th Feb 2017: Early morning wakeup call, as we have to visit table land for Sunrise. Return to market for breakfast. Have breakfast and start journey to Wai (Ghatjai mandir inroute) Once in Wai – visit the Dholya Ganpati temple. (If time permits visit Dhom Dam). Start return journey to Pune and Mumbai. Reach Pune by 7pm and Mumbai by 10pm(Subjective).
Cost ₹ 1,400.00 (After 26th Jan 2017, cost will be INR 1550)
Things to Carry:
DRIVERS LICENSE and Bike/CAR documents and Biking Gears (helmet - Hand gloves - Jacket - shoes and knee caps - sunglasses, etc are must.)
A Water Bottle (~2-3 Ltrs),
Camera, Cell Phone, Cap
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if you require usually (Optional)
Extra Pair of clothes,
extra pair of shoes or floaters if possible
A haversack to put all these things
For Registration one needs to call and SMS us Name and Email Addresses of participant along With alternate contact number, to any of the coordinator mention in below contact and Transfer full payment of event in the account details mentioned below.
A/C Name: – Mayur Phadale
A/C Number: – 643801505651
IFSC Code: – ICIC0006438
MICR Code: – 400229080
Branch: – ICICI Bank, Andheri (East)
Roshan (Mumbai) :- 9028271859 | 8007857825
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