Mahabaleshwar with its magnificent scenic view points, the perennial springs and waterfalls of Mahabaleshwar plateau along with the salubrious weather it enjoys truely lives upto its reputation of being the 'Queen of Hills'. Located about 120 km southwest of Pune and 285 km from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau, bound by valleys on all sides reaching an altitude of 4710 ft at the Wilson point.
Mahabaleshwar, erstwhile summer capital of Bombay province during the 'Raj', Mahabaleshwar nestled in the sahyadris is now the most popular hill station in Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is a destination thronged by tourists almost all through the year. Mahabaleshwar is also a popular honeymoon destination in central India.
The main view points in Mahabaleshwar are
Needle Hole Point
Best Season to Visit Mahabaleshwar
Although the tourist season in Mahabaleshwar extends from Sept - May the best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is Sept - Nov just after the monsoon rains.
The Venna lake located between the Mahabaleshwar market and Kshetra Mahabaleshwar is the lifeline of sorts of tourism in Mahabaleshwar. Most of the popular hotels in Mahabaleshwar is located around the Mahabaleshwar market area. Wilson point also called the sunrise point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar and is located near the market. Arthur's seat and few other popular view points are located in Kshetra Mahabaleshwar.
Old Mahabaleshwar or the 'Kshetra Mahabaleshwar' is located on an off shoot of the main road before reaching Venna lake. The Panchganga temple and some of the most beautiful and popular view points of Mahabaleshwar are located in Old Mahabaleshwar.