She sits on
the throne, draped in mist and clouds. The queen
of hill stations in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar
stands at an altitude of 1372 meters, above sea
level. Mahabaleshwar, which means “the god
of great power”, is said to be dedicated
to Lord Shiva.
Known for its historical relevance and breathtaking
views of valleys, this hill station is famous
amongst the tourists.
The flora and fauna of Mahabaleshwar makes it
distinct. The jungles are thick and houses panthers,
deers, Bisons and Bulbuls. It is also tested of
containing ideal 20% oxygen in its air. Thus it
provides ultimate relief to many city-goers eager
to breathe unpolluted air.
Riding through the cities of Mahabaleshwar, one
can notice the stamped architectural designs of
British era. Apart from the old buildings, Mahabaleshwar
offers 30 look out points that overlook the serene
beauty of Western Ghats.
Historical relevance of Mahabaleshwar
Situated at the source of river Krishna, Mahabaleshwar
was built by the Yadava king Singhan in 1215.
In the middle of the 16th century the Maratha
family of Chandarao More, became rulers of Mahabaleshwar,
In the 17th century the great Maratha idol, Chhatrapati
Shivaji Maharaj constructed the impregnable fort
at Pratapgad in 1656.
In 19th century, Colonel Lodwick climbed up this
hill station and brought it into focus in the
British community. Thereafter, Mahabaleshwar was
declared as the summer capital of Bombay Presidency.
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