12th November 2016
This is the yearly trip with some my friends. Every year it is boys only, but this year, we accommodated our better halves as well.
We started at 8 AM and had a breakfast at Hotel Abhiruchi near “Mahabaleshwar Phata”. After breakfast, we directly reached our destination in Panchgani – Samyak Bunglow in Nandanvan Society. This bungalow society is full of trees. As soon as we entered the society, we felt at peace & relaxed while listening to the bird sounds & enjoying the chorus.
After enjoying the delicious lunch prepared by the caretaker of the Bungalow, Mr. Raju ( contact Number : 9552800982) and his wife, we went to “Old Mahabaleshwar” where one can see the the 4500-year old Panchaganga temple, which is built at the origin of 7 rivers – Krishna, Koyana, Gayatri, Savitri, Venna, Saraswati and Bhagirathi.
Near to “Old Mahabaleshwr” lies one of the best place of Mahabaleshwar – Arther Seat. It is really at the edge and top of Sanhyadri overlooking deep valley and rocks. It reminded me of the Grand Cannyon. This point is named Arthur Malet who lost his wife and a month old daughter in a tragic ferry accident in Savitri River. Arthur used to sit here and stare at the river.
13th November 2016
We went to see Tapola on Sunday morning. The place is called “Mini Kashmir”. It is about 30 Kms from Mahabaleshwar. Tapola is located on the backwater of Koyna dam- Shivsagar Lake.
We rented a water boat and had a great ride for about an hour. We could see the village – Bamnoli- from boat. The government boat ferries cars from Tapola to Bamnoli. One can reach reach Satara in an hour from Bamnoli.
After having lunch at Tapola @ Jay Bhavani, we reached the market of Mahabaleshwar. It is a typical hill station market with a lot of things, which will appeal mainly to women.
After early morning breakfast, came back to Pune.