But as expected, it started raining very heavily and we could not see the place and we came back to our car. (I dont know when you are travelling). 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. 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. just don't miss sunset and sunrise on this kind of roads! Next stop was Venna Lake. The ghat section in this Expressway is about 10 km from Khandala to Dehu. Ambenali (Poladpur - Mahabaleshwar) , for its sheer length Varandha (Mahad - Bhor) , for its isolatedness All in all it was a very good experience and I hope that we get to drive through some of more beautiful indian roads in our coming future. There is an oxymoron here. You can expect to be driving on NH-4, the Wai-Panchgani road, Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar road and Kaas-Mahabaleshwar road. We changed our clothes, got into our wheels and headed to mahabaleshwar. As soon as we reached the base of the fort, it started raining heavily and guess who forgot their raincoat at home? Best Time to Visit Mahabaleshwar The calm and peaceful hill station, Mahabaleshwar is located in Maharashtra with a scenic view that is undoubtedly breathtaking. The feeling you get on reaching Mahabaleshwar is just heavenly. Poladpur to khed -> good road apart from some work in between resulting into bad patches. As expected, Shubham was not able to eat what he anticipated and we ended sharing up that. Via Bhor-Varandha Ghat it is shortest and scenic,but check the road conditions of Varandh Ghat. 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. Situated at the top end of Bhor Ghat, Khandala is also amongst the famous hill stations in the country. Wish you happy holidays there! 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. You can either take the Junnar route from Narayangaon or the Alephata route. Roads are in good conditions on highway sector. 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. Distance: 261 Kms (Approx.) It may not require extreme care but one needs to be attentive due to the hairpin bends which are present with an increased elevation. The sun was about to set and hence it started to become dark, the visibility decreased to about 20-25ft and we were practically not able to shift the stick to 3rd gear also. 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. We had decided to reach the Raigad fort base village by 11 PM latest but seeing the love for waterfall and the picturesque landscape in the ghat we stopped at most probably the last waterfall which was approximately 100m away from the road. The 3 BHK Bungalow Nice homely atmosphere | clean rooms and home made food|" on Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Rd, Metgutad, Maharashtra. As suggested by our very own Sleeper cell Ajay we should change our t-shirts as we had ample of stock for a 2-day trip and the photos, when uploaded to the social media, will make it look like different day trips. I have the papers and all. Ratnagiri - Mahabaleshwar - Pune Day 3. Now we are closer to our destiny, our stay is around 20 km away from here which is 45 mins ghat section drive. 2. So, it is convenient to reach Pune and then head towards Mahabaleshwar. The fort has 2 ways to go up which are. 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 ). Beyond that i have no clue about how the ghats are ... well, we did that trip in my Zen. This was our best shot of Lingamala waterfall. I had heard many praises of the sandwich and shakes at Mapro Garden and the hunger made me mad. The route is scenic, but nothing as compared to the one we encountered in our onward journey to Raigad. ... 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. After around 8-9 kilometres, you have to turn for Wai (Going straight will take you to Panchgani/Mahabaleshwar). 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. As expected, the shutterbugs got back to their work and hence started a photo session of half an hour which ended with many burst mode cover photo shots and all were very very very beautiful. 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. 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. 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. We were able to complete the full distance in a single stretch with just a 5 min stop for driver change. The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is in summer- around June to September as it is comparatively cooler. It was 3 PM and it would take us 3-3.5 hours to reach Sunny da dhaaba. There are two routes from Pune to Malshej Ghat. The Ghat section starts from Mulshi Lake and ends at the Orchard Café Sanaswadi covering a total distance of 44 kms. I stay in Pune and am not able to find one during these rains. From Mahabaleshwar to Mumbai: Start the journey around 6:00 pm so that the “Ghat” section can be covered in daylight. 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. We took the stairs for a trek upwards and it was not a tiring affair and can easily be done in 1 hour if one does not stop in between. Finally he did it and we decided to move ahead to Lonavala. This is a nice single lane road with lot of banyan trees for company. The Pune to Mahabaleshwar distance is 123Kms. The journey will be 151 km long one-way and requires a driving time of 3.5 hours. But suddenly all our tiredness was gone & the amazing view welcomed us to Mahabaleswar-Panchgani. Also, I'm taking my TN registered car, any issues that I may face? I went to get the vehicle while it was left lying in the hall and no one picked it up. To reach Raigad we have to take the ongoing road to Mangaon and take a sharp left turn at Nizampur, from where Raigad is 30km away. 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. Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful, lush-green hill-station located in Maharashtra. Crossing the steel plant we stumbled upon a very beautiful River bridge and hence, stop no. 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. Manageable though. Hence I had no other option but to enjoy the rains. We finalized a hotel r00m near Mapro Garden and parked our car inside, entered the room and changed to night clothes. As told earlier, we were not specifically going to Lonavala but to Sunny Da Dhaaba on the old Mumbai-Pune Highway and hence we had encountered 2 Tolls which were while entering Pune from Satara and One while exiting Pune towards Lonavala. The waterfall is huge and is in 3 stages and approximately has a fall of 400+ft (I assume). … We picked up our car from drivezy at 6:30 AM in the morning and by taking the name of Ganpati Bappa we started our trip. The climate is usually cool and pleasant but it does get cold sometimes, so one should remember to carry their woollens. Just got back from mahabhaleshwar via pune.The ghat sections are decent but the 35km stretch between pune and the first big ghat is really bad so is the road at new bombay. Car from Drivezy – 6182/- for 585km from Saturday 6AM to Sunday 9PM. The journey will be 151 km long one-way and requires a driving time of 3.5 hours. Average Journey Time: 5 hours 15 mins . This expressway has reduced the travel time from Mumbai to Pune to just 2 hours. The weather was beautiful, roads were empty and of course, the excitement of the ROAD TRIP added to the joy. The route we propose is Pune-Khandala-Wai-Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar-Kaas Plateau. 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. Here are some photos of the leg. It attracted a INR 30/- parking fee and u are standing at the cliff. It was a beautiful place which gave you the view of the famous table land and Dhom Lake. Before we move any further let me introduce you to my fellow road trippers, I(Shishir)- Driver and acrophobic, Daksh- The co-driver and photographer, Shubham- The Co- photographer and foodie and Ajay- Sleeper cell member and overenthusiastic. We clicked ample of photos in various pose. It was not our first time as this had been inherited from our previous trip of Devkund Waterfall (I will share the blog for the same, soon). The ghat section driving is definitely enjoyable. The waterfall was visible from the road and we were tempted to stop and hence technically our first halt(thankfully we stopped). Initially, we were skeptical to go or not and no one was saying a yes or no but I didn’t wait for the vote and pulled the car inside. 2. After around 3 kms, you enter Wai village. Maybe it was the tiredness or the cheese, but we ended up eating a little bit more this time which shot up our bill (P.s. Thanks Yatin. Take the bangalore highway.. Generally i catch that route from Chandi Chowk.. Meanwhile, we entered Mahabaleshwar and crossed the Venna lake which was under our bucket list for tomorrow as it was late. Here too you cross a ghat section which is single lane both way traffic but no sharp turns. ... owing to heavy rains and boulders falling in the rail section. It was a tough time teaching Ajay ‘The DAB’. The Alephata route is bit more straight forward however its … Khed to Dapoli-> Normal road no issues. We crossed tamhini ghat in another 10-15 minutes, and now we were in front of the POSCO steel plant. could someone throw some light and the condition of the Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar route via mahad, after these rains !! ... Mahabaleshwar is a hill town located in the Western Ghats. It was raining for the whole time and the preparation to protect the camera from rain was phenomenal. 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