Mahabaleswar & Panchgani:Hidden Gems in Maharashtra

Mahabaleswar and Panchgani are situated in the Sahyadri ranges and popularly known as the strawberry cities of India.They are the most widely and renowned retreats in the Western Ghats and popular among Mumbaikars and public of Pune.These destinations mostly remains full packed during the holidays and are considered as weekend drives for the people.

Strawberry cultivation in Mapro Gardens


Sahyadri Ranges

The beauty lies in the unblemished ranges of the Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats that attracts travelers from all around the world.It takes around 4-5 hours from the metros to reach these awesome destinations and are rightly known as the hidden gems of Maharashtra.Hotels,rest houses and villas are available for tourists but are quite expensive and it would be good to book them in advance to get rid of exorbitant prices.Panchgani is a 45 minutes drive from Mahabaleswar and is often called the strawberry hub of India.

Fort near Mahabaleswar


On the way to the fort


The Mapro Gradens are situated in the way and it is a delight to see these fruits ripening and the way they are managed by the gardeners and the local inhabitants of the region.Also we get to purchase lot of syrupy materials and drinks from the commercial outlets of the region at a budgeted price and purchased by the people to serve them in the summer season.These strawberries are also sold raw by the locals and have an exuberant smell and taste that attracts millions with its color and aesthetic advent.

Strawberries sold in chunks at Panchgani