I accept the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of Tripoto. ... Mahabaleshwar is a hill town located in the Western Ghats. 4] Sankeshwar to Gadhinglaj to Ajara to Amboli to Sawantwadi. The location was so beautiful that we can literally shoot a Bollywood movie song on the road itself and it will have the most picturesque surroundings. The waterfall was visible from the road and we were tempted to stop and hence technically our first halt(thankfully we stopped). 5. Where did you find Pune roads? Mahabaleshwar is 120km from Pune in southwest and 285km from Mumbai in south. PRESENTS "Panchgani Ghat Ride" Scroll on to 2:34 for the boss level advertising This Video consists of the ride from wai (ghat starts) uptill the hill top of the panchgani school. It was 3:30 in the afternoon and we thought to make it to mahabaleshwar by 6-6:30 PM. It is a paradise for trekkers, photographers, nature lovers and adventure seeking travelers.How to Reach: It is located at a distance of about 120 km from Pune and it takes about 3 hours to reach.Attractions: Mahabaleshwar offers beautiful scenic views. Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in India's forested Western Ghats. He was accompanied by Shubham for a short while until we woke him up at a beautiful bridge below which a small river was flowing. Hope it helps you. I am scared with heights and as soon as we sat in the ropeway, there were clouds all over and hence we were not able to see the actual height at which we were standing but as we continued to move down, the clouds started vanishing and I was not able to look down (I started chanting hanuman chalisa ). This place will definitely bring out the hidden photographer in you and we for instance had 2 enthusiasts, so it is safe to assume that they took the full advantage of the clear skies and again Ajay and I had to beg for our photographs. To eliminate the hoch-poch of public transports you can book a cab directly to Mahabaleshwar at affordable prices. We had booked a car from Drivezy for 2 days (Cost inclusion for each and everything will be explained at the end) starting from saturday at 6:00 AM to sunday at 9:00 PM. There is a small ghat (hill) section of 4-5 km on the Pune Satara road, but this ghat is bypassed in the reverse direction because of a new tunnel through the hill. There were clouds all over and the visibility was a mere 40-50 ft which decreased the erstwhile speed of our vehicle from 50-60 kmph to 25-30 kmph. Pune to Mahabaleshwar-> good road. There was an occasional bad stretch, but not as bad as Pune roads. Obviously me!! The initial plan was to find a hotel room and then head for Dinner but we went the other way round. At the ghat section, the driver lost control and the bus fell about 15 to 20 feet into the ghat. Moving down from Panchgani to catch on the Mumbai-Banglore higway came a very beautiful spot which resembled the views from Parsi point, The only difference was that we had an unrestricted view and it was open form each and everywhere. After around 8-9 kilometres, you have to turn for Wai (Going straight will take you to Panchgani/Mahabaleshwar). The entry ticket for the same costs INR 20/- for an adult. The Ghat is one-way. Or you can reach Pune and then hire Pune to Mahabaleshwar taxi. It was 3 PM and it would take us 3-3.5 hours to reach Sunny da dhaaba. The distance from Panchgani to Lonavala is approximately 150-155 Km and can be comfortably covered in 2.5-3 Hours (depending on the traffic in Pune). i had seen one of the best sunrise of my life on Mumbai-Pune expressway! So, it is convenient to reach Pune and then head towards Mahabaleshwar. The roads were beautiful till the tamhini ghat started and once we entered the tamhini village, everything changed in a flash. It's around 125km and 4hrs drive. The route was very beautiful again and it rained in a few patches but by now the sleeper cell made justice to his name and was in a very deep sleep. One can reach the outskirts of Mumbai between 11:00 pm to midnight; by which time most of Mumbai’s traffic jam should be over. Check this thread for panchagani; Mahabaleshwar is next place after Panchgani on same road. Poladpur to khed -> good road apart from some work in between resulting into bad patches. It may not require extreme care but one needs to be attentive due to the hairpin bends which are present with an increased elevation. This option also leads you to travel more on Mumbai Goa Highway which is single lane. Finally he did it and we decided to move ahead to Lonavala. As expected, Shubham was not able to eat what he anticipated and we ended sharing up that. Last 45km is on SH without divider. We went to the waterfall and thanks to the weather of Mahabaleshwar it was all clouds around and we were unable to see even a single stream of the waterfall. you have to avoid katraj ghat as repairing is going on and ghat is closed. We crossed tamhini ghat in another 10-15 minutes, and now we were in front of the POSCO steel plant. ... Just after Khed there is another ghat section named Kashedi, The point where … ghat met with NH-17 is a part of ghat section known as Kashedi. If you have a great handling car, I would suggest the route above, since Duster behaves well at hairpins and ghats we went for the Varoshi route. Raigad Fort : Not aware of the historical importance of the fort but it is presently in the best condition of all the forts in Maharashtra. Khed to Dapoli-> Normal road no issues. Day 2 was rather a small day for us as we had to reach back home by 9 PM and we had decided to visit Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani both in the morning and will leave for Lonavala through the Mumbai-Banglore Highway for a dinner and then head home. We ate and drank like animals and everything was completed in just 20 min. (If you start at 8:30, you will hit the traffic in Navi Mumbai and Pune) If you take 3 stops along the way and start at 8:30, you will reach by 3 pm. CabWeb Provides Car Rental Services in Pune To Visit Places Like Bhimashankar, Alibaug, Shirdi, Mumbai Book Cab on Rent in Pune With Affordable Cab Packages Contact No. the Roads were good, except in places where they had put diversions, and hte Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar roads were good too. Our first stop in Panchgani was Parsi point which attracted a parking fee of INR 30/- for a four wheeler and no entry fee per head. Next morning got up early and went straight to the beach. The Ghat section starts from Mulshi Lake and ends at the Orchard Café Sanaswadi covering a total distance of 44 kms. I tried to search the name of the hotel online but was unable to find, also the payment was made in cash so no record of the online payment. The ghat section from Panchgani ended in about 7-10 Kms and we were now on the Mumbai-Banglore Highway. Via Bhor-Varandha Ghat it is shortest and scenic,but check the road conditions of Varandh Ghat. just don't miss sunset and sunrise on this kind of roads! From here the beautiful journey of tamhini ends and Raigad actually starts. Although about 40 kms longer than the route via Mahad and arguably less scenic, we recommend taking the Pune Expressway route simply because it is safer and often much quicker. Finally!! The ghat section driving is definitely enjoyable. The 3 BHK Bungalow Nice homely atmosphere | clean rooms and home made food|" on Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Rd, Metgutad, Maharashtra. Here are some photos of the leg. After a 10 min halt in front of pizza hut, wakad Pune we had poha and vada sambhar as our breakfast and moved ahead to the beautiful tamhini ghat via Hinjewadi and pirangut. Being in the vicinity of Pune and Mumbai makes this a highly visited place and the amount of tax collected did not do the justice to the existing basic facilities like cleanliness and infrastructure .I’m a firm believer that cleanliness is not just the municipality’s responsibility but a combined effort of people as well but it was clear that the efforts from the first front were missing. (I dont know when you are travelling). From Panchagani it is a fairly short drive to Mahabaleshwar. It’s the proximity that makes this hill station such an ideal getaway. Located around 40 kms from Pune, Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage situated on the crest of the Western Ghat mountain ranges. The total distance should be around 120 kms and travel time will be about 2 hours and 30 minutes. We called it a night at 11 PM as we had the hotel booking till 9 AM , so had to vacate the place before then. The fort has 2 ways to go up which are. Lonavala ghat is divided express way, Khambatki ghat (2nd) is one way .. but as we speak there is a lot construction activity going on. Once you cross this Ghat, you will see signboards for Wai/Mahabaleshwar (go under the bridge to the right). Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Statue at Fort. Next on was the difficult task to find a hotel as it was late and now we didn’t had the upper hand while negotiating. It was raining and as told earlier my raincoat was untouched and relaxing at home whereas here I was getting all wet, but its all part of the experience. None of the food stuff gets wasted or thrown specially when u have cheese sandwiches, pizzas, variety of shakes, ice cream smoothies and a bunch of bachelors who stay 600+ kms away from home. The ghat section driving is definitely enjoyable. (*Ahmadabad-Baroda expressway and Mumbai-Pune expressway) the one who love road trip will love this highway specially after Pune, as ghat section start. You can hire cabs for Pune to Mahabaleshwar and enjoy a day or weekend trip with your friends and family. From a close knit national community of bikers to India's only motorcycling lifestyle magazine and a place to make like-minded biker friends. 2. The distance from Raigad to Mahabaleshwar was approximately 100km and the road we took was Mumbai-Kanyakumari Highway which was rather a secluded place and had very less traffic as compared to the Mumbai Banglore Highway which is generally used to approach Mahabaleshwar. Manageable though. Next up was Table land which was a meagre 3km from Parsi point but the road was a bit tricky. You can expect to be driving on NH-4, the Wai-Panchgani road, Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar road and Kaas-Mahabaleshwar road. From Pune to Mahabaleshwar: Start the journey anytime between 3:30 am to 4:00 am and you should reach Mahabaleshwar comfortably. Now started the chit chat which somehow lead to a Shayiri session by our very own Shubham and he searched and told us some 17-18 shayiris which made us give him ovation after ovation for the same. Looking straight in the road gave us a beautiful view of the Western Ghats but unlike the Himalayas, these mountains were forest covered. Meanwhile, we entered Mahabaleshwar and crossed the Venna lake which was under our bucket list for tomorrow as it was late. Day 3 - 31-March-2009 . Heavy traffic was seen on the Pune-Mumbai expressway and old Pune-Mumbai highway, towards Satara on Bengaluru highway and especially at the ghat sections of Khandala and at Mahabaleshwar. Shubham has said it to us many times that the Journey is more important rather than the destination but only today I felt the same. It was a beautiful place which gave you the view of the famous table land and Dhom Lake. Hi, It is reasonably good road except few patches on the ghat section and between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.Just returned few weeks ago. If we see the Himalayan ranges carefully, we can see that when we look at the mountain ranges in any hill station of himachal or Kashmir there are 100’s of mountains in the background and we are able to see them with decreased visibility as we go ahead which was not the case with the western ghats but this was the only time I was able to see the similarity and it amazed me to the core. Via Koyna is also good option, easy ghat section and normal traffic. The other attraction for me is the well paved highways and the entertaining ghat section where I could put the Audi A6 ’s prowess to test. Overall a nice experience. Average Journey Time: 5 hours 15 mins . Image SourceLooking for places to visit near Pune within 200 km ? Plans were hatched over midnight coffee and I found myself with a pack of fellow riders on an early morning cruise to Mahabaleshwar about 150km south of Pune. After around 8-9 kilometres, you have to turn for Wai (Going straight will take you to Panchgani/Mahabaleshwar). Steep ghat on the way. The inner section is known as Sanctum Sanctorum. Disclamer- All the places have been visited by me personally and what I have showcased is my personal point of view which may differ person to person. Thanks Yatin. Total Distance from Sankeshwar to Sawantwadi: 99.3 km The Alephata route is bit more straight forward however its … Since '02 xBhp is different things to different people. We went to the end of the fort which gave a very beautiful view of the village and then proceeded to descend, but this time we took a ropeway (my biggest mistake). Before reaching the Table land you have to pay a toll of INR 30/- per 4 wheeler and INR 20/- per head which was also present in Mahabaleshwar. Moving to the Table land, we parked our vehicle and went to the Table land which was just a plateau structure and we can see the beautiful Dhom lake from it. Route Followed: Pune- Khambataki Ghat-Satara-Karad-Peth Naka Ghats Section: Katraj Ghat, Khambataki Ghat Distance Covered Approx: 207 Kms This is my second longest ride after Pune to Amravati cycle ride. Mahabaleshwar entry toll- 110/-(20*4 per head + 30 vehicle), Panchgani entry toll- 110/-(20*4 per head + 30 vehicle), Lingamala Waterfall- 80/- (20*4 per head), Dinner at Sunny da dhaaba- 2000/- (approx), Search for itineraries, destinations, hotels or activities. Thanks! Upon further searching I came to know that it is not just any point but its named as ‘Harrison's Folly’. Considered to be one the busiest roads in India, it spans a distance of 94.5 km. Till the turn-off to Wai-Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar, it is a divided carriageway throughout. Ambenali (Poladpur - Mahabaleshwar) , for its sheer length Varandha (Mahad - Bhor) , for its isolatedness It was raining for the whole time and the preparation to protect the camera from rain was phenomenal. Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful, lush-green hill-station located in Maharashtra. The most awaited road trip of the season was to start at 6 am in the morning. The shutterbugs (Shubham and Daksh) got to their business of clicking the photos, Trying the photography tricks and techniques which these enthusiasts learnt we realised that none of us had bought any polythenes with us in case of rains and hence we had to run like 5 minutes later as the drizzles started. After having our dinner, we were headed straight to home and that journey was the worst part of the trip as we all knew it is our last road trip or for the matter of fact last trip of us all together as Daksh was serving his notice period and will be moving back to Indore in September, Shubham could be going to Oslo for work purposes, Ajay was planning to change his location from Pune to either Delhi or Ahmedabad and I was unsure of what was to come my way. * There are three ghats on the way to Mahabaleshwar. Wish you happy holidays there! Mahabaleshwar. The waterfall is huge and is in 3 stages and approximately has a fall of 400+ft (I assume). Pune ROADS? Frankly speaking I didn’t even knew the name of that place and just decided it to name something according to our ease which was a common norm (Or you can say past practices!!). Yupp. Also, I'm taking my TN registered car, any issues that I may face? Hyderabad to Mahabaleshwar , Panchgani - Monsoon Drive Meetup - October 8th and 11th 2016 Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Panchgani hill top (Accommodation) Start time - 4 :15 a.m. Total Distance - ~610 kms Objective - A monsoon drive meet to Mahabaleshwar … We finalized a hotel r00m near Mapro Garden and parked our car inside, entered the room and changed to night clothes. The paparazzo waited for more than 40 minutes to get a shot (forget perfect), but there was disappointment all around. The journey will be 151 km long one-way and requires a driving time of 3.5 hours. Implementation Unit (PIU), Pune has decided to develop the much awaited six lane tunnel in Kambhatki ghat section 1.2 PROJECT SITE & LOCATION The existing project corridor Kambhatki Ghat from Km 772.080 to Km 781.200 is a part of Pune- Satara section of NH-4 has four lane configuration with 900 meter long two laning tunnel. Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar; Pune to Malshej Ghat; Munnar to Kodaikanal; Wayanad to Coorg (Madikeri) 1) Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar. Situated at the top end of Bhor Ghat, Khandala is also amongst the famous hill stations in the country. Hence I had no other option but to enjoy the rains. The cost of Ropeway for adults is INR 300/- for a 2 way ride and INR 185/- for a single way ride(inclusive of taxes). … Cruising through the beautiful western ghats made me once again believe that the decision of starting a job in Pune is not all that bad The city boasts of approximately 50+ forts and numerous beautiful places in a 100km which is just a dream come true for any traveller especially a working individual like me who though may have left the college but still works on a very tight budget :P. 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