Mahableshwar is a popular hill station, located in Satara district of Maharashtra, about 120 km from Pune. It is a scenic destination, nestled between the Sahyadri Mountains and the Western Ghats. It is most frequented by tourists from Mumbai and Pune, offering a much needed break from the hectic city life. Situated at a height of 4,718 feet, the climate in Mahableshwar is pleasant most of the times during the year, only becoming colder in the winters.
Except monsoon, any time of the year is suitable to visit Mahableshwar. Though the flora and fauna is at its peak with lush, green forests and hills, the heavy rains can hamper the experience. Some sightseeing spots worth visiting in Mahableshwar are The Sunset Point, Arthur’s Seat, Lodwick Point, Connaught Peak, Venna Lake and the Lingmala Falls. One must also not forget to visit the strawberry gardens and the historical Pratapgarh Fort, which is at a distance of 25 km from Mahableshwar.
Owing to the vast number of tourists visiting the hill station, many hotels and resorts have come up in Mahableshwar in recent times. On popular demand, some of them have a purely vegetarian kitchen. Some of the popular ones are:
Hotel Lake View
Hotel Lake View is a cottage resort about 1 KM from the main market area. Located not very far from the lake, this hotel consists of a cluster of cottages spread over a total area of 3 acres. Surrounding the cottages are trees and lush, green lawns. It has a pure vegetarian kitchen. It also has a state-of-the-art swimming pool, said to be one of the best in Mahableshwar. Rates range from Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 18,000 per couple for two nights. A Jacuzzi and the option of indoor games are some of the extra attributes.
It is located about 2 km from Mahableshwar’s Venna Lake. It is spread over 5 acres, offering spectacular views of the hill station. It has all the required amenities for recreation like swimming pool, children’s park, spa and massage facilities and a small discotheque. It also has gardens and lawns to host banquet dinners and wedding parties. The food is strictly vegetarian. It has a café’ and a restaurant specializing in serving Gujarati and Rajasthani fare.
Hotel Pratap heritage
This is a heritage hotel located on valley view road, in close proximity to the main market area. It has a total of 30 rooms, with an overnight capacity of 125 people. The in-house restaurant serves pure vegetarian fare. Along with all the basic amenities of a good hotel, it also offers sight-seeing facility. Like other major hotels, it also has a swimming pool. Rates are pretty reasonable. The hotel also arranges for cars on rent.