Once a summer capital under the British, Mahabaleshwar is the jaw-dropping hill town with gorgeous mountain scenery on the road to get here. It’s great for anyone seeking solace in-between a hectic everyday life; it’s easily accessible by road from major cities like Mumbai and Pune. World famous for its strawberries and various viewpoints and water-falls, one doesn’t quite need a  compelling reason to visit here. Mahabaleshwar is one big bustling bazaar surrounded by resorts and one can’t leave without visiting Pratapgad Fort or Kass Pleateau of Flowers.

Monsoon is the worst time to visit this quaint, hilly station because that’s when the whole town virtually shuts down. However, any other time of the year it’s pretty much a pleasant stay.

The sweeping valleys and the misty air of the hills are as inviting as it can get.

The Elphinstone point in Mahabaleshwar is where you can catch a beautiful sunrise and sunset with your loved one’s and revel in the bounty of nature

Mapro Farm is where people flock for a whole range of strawberry dishes. From shakes to fruit and cream, this little fruit has people swooning over its citrusy flavour. It’s also a great place to get pictures for the Instagram feed.  

One of the many waterfalls in Mahabaleshwar, Lingmala Waterfall is a delight to the senses. The cold breeze blowing and the lush green all around make for a great spot for taking a trip inside the self.

Kaas Plateau blooms with white and pink flowers spread over acres and acres of land and is a photographer’s delight. It is only a few drive up from Mahabaleshwar and is worth every bit of the effort.

The Grapevine is easily the best place in Mahabaleshwar for gourmet Parsi food and Maharashtrian wine. From Dhansak to authentic desserts, you’ll find it all in this place tucked away in the hill-town.