|Up in the Clouds: Mahabaleshwar.|
We hired a car that would take us to Mahabaleshwar, and then drive us around during our stay there. This way, we wouldn't have to worry about transport.
We started early morning at around 7 a.m. The drive is around 5 hours long - most of it in the winding and dangerous looking Sayadri mountains. We had booked a hotel online so we drove straight to the hotel.
The first thing we noticed in Mahabaleshwar is Strawberries. Lots and lots of Strawberries. You find them everywhere. Perhaps it was the season in January. The first thing we did was stop by the roadside and pick up a big box of fresh strawberries. They were the best strawberries I have ever tasted; and my daughter agreed as she gobbled them up. All the restaurants serve "Strawberry Cream" as dessert. We overloaded on it during our stay there.
|Strawberry Cream - Speciality in Mahabaleshwar.|
We decided to hire a guide to accompany us and he explained to us the history behind each "point". The only problem was that he spoke only in Hindi, so my wife acted as an interpreter for me.
|View from Lord Wick's point.|
|Trail leading to Elephant Point.|
|The majesty of Sayadri Mountain range.|
|A very misty day in Mahabaleshwar.|
|Near Monkey Point|
|The 3 Monkey rock formation.|
|The Three Monkey rock formation.|
|A close shave for the buses.|
|View of the lake formed by the Kohina dam.|
|Road from Tapoli-Mahabaleshwar.|
Our last visit in Mahabaleshwar was the nearby Panchgini. Panchgini is famous for its international boarding schools.
An interesting place in Panchgini is Table Land. The name comes due to the natural rock formation of a flat land (that looks like a table). Panchgini has 5 such places. Since 5 means Panch in Hindi, the place is called Panchgini.
|Table land in Panchgini.|
|Horse drawn carriages at Table Land (Panchgini)|
|View from Table Land overlooking Panchgini.|
SIDE NOTE: As I was writing this post, 90% of my mind was focused on the very tense world cup cricket match between India and Sri-Lanka. As I finish the post, I am basking in the warm glow of a world cup victory for India - watching MS Dhoni holding the trophy high up as a billion people start celebrating.