Mahabaleshwar,Queen of Hill Stations, in Western India - The Historical
This popular hill station was the summer capital of the Bombay
presidency during the days of British Raj. At an altitude
of 1372 metres, Mahabaleshwar has pleasant walks and good
lookouts, and the area has interesting historical connections
Fame came to this region when the erstwhile Maharatha King
Raja Shivaji killed the Moghul Sardar Afzal Khan at Pratapgad.
However, the merit of turning this region into a Holiday
Resort goes to Col. John Brigg, the Resident of Satara. As
the first step in that direction, a good road from Satara
to Mahabaleshwar via Medha was built. Just like Maharaja Pratapsingh,
Maharaja Shahaji also took interest in the development of
Mahabaleshwar and Venna lake was constructed in 1842. On this
occasion a point was named after Sir James Carnac.
By 1842 many private bungalows along with a government sanatorium
came up. During British Raj it acquired the fame of being
the summer Capital of Bombay Province.
independence, with the growth of tourism, the popularity
of Mahabaleshwar reached a new high. Its geographical situation
also proved to be a boon. Being so close, Mumbaites favour
it even for a short trip. Also, tourists bound for Goa can
easily go to Mahabaleshwar as an off-shoot.
Thus have tourists expressed their love for this queen of
hill stations. By visiting and revisiting. This relationship
dates back to a long past and in the coming years it is sure
to get still stronger.
Away from the busy life of the cities, this hill station
provides a fantastic escape for the nearby city people. Mahabaleshwar
is famous for its scenic beauty and the splendid views of
the valleys and the sea, which is quite visible in clear days.
Pony rides on the lanes of Mahabaleshwar are quite thrilling.
Youngsters enjoy cycle rides atop the scenic points in Mahabaleshwar.
It also houses a splendid lake called Venna lake where boat
rides and fishing are a exhilarating experience.
Those little words sum up the history and importance of Mahabaleshwar.
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