CarLInk 4] Sankeshwar to Gadhinglaj to Ajara to Amboli to Sawantwadi. Yupp. It is one of the best places to visit near Pune & Mumbai and among the top places to visit in Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar. The total distance should be around 120 kms and travel time will be about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Poladpur to khed -> good road apart from some work in between resulting into bad patches. Obviously me!! http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...i-via-wai.html. Be very careful while driving through the ghat sections. There was an occasional bad stretch, but not as bad as Pune roads. The waterfall was visible from the road and we were tempted to stop and hence technically our first halt(thankfully we stopped). From here the beautiful journey of tamhini ends and Raigad actually starts. The main attraction of the Mahabaleshwar temple is the 6 feet long Shiva lingam, which depicts the stone incarnation of Lord Shiva. Mahabaleshwar entry toll- 110/-(20*4 per head + 30 vehicle), Panchgani entry toll- 110/-(20*4 per head + 30 vehicle), Lingamala Waterfall- 80/- (20*4 per head), Dinner at Sunny da dhaaba- 2000/- (approx), Search for itineraries, destinations, hotels or activities. Last 45km is on SH without divider. Located around 40 kms from Pune, Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage situated on the crest of the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Upon further searching I came to know that it is not just any point but its named as ‘Harrison's Folly’. Fortunately, the descent of the bus into the deep valley was halted due to the dense tree cover. After covering a distance of approximately 7-8 km we came in front of an empty road which was covered by lush green fields on both the sides, on the left side were mountains but at a distance of approximately 200-300m and a lush green field having minimal vegetation and on the right the field extended for 100’s of meters. One can reach the outskirts of Mumbai between 11:00 pm to midnight; by which time most of Mumbai’s traffic jam should be over. (I dont know when you are travelling). Next stop was Venna Lake. First 80km is on NH and you cross a ghat section on this. From Pune to Mahabaleshwar: Start the journey anytime between 3:30 am to 4:00 am and you should reach Mahabaleshwar comfortably. We reached our destination at … it was supposed to be a pocket friendly trip). 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. Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in India's forested Western Ghats. So, it is convenient to reach Pune and then head towards Mahabaleshwar. Moving down from Panchgani to catch on the Mumbai-Banglore higway came a very beautiful spot which resembled the views from Parsi point, The only difference was that we had an unrestricted view and it was open form each and everywhere. The names of food joints mentioned have in no way paid me to take their name and are highlighted by my personal choice as I enjoyed their tasty food. After having our dinner, we were headed straight to home and that journey was the worst part of the trip as we all knew it is our last road trip or for the matter of fact last trip of us all together as Daksh was serving his notice period and will be moving back to Indore in September, Shubham could be going to Oslo for work purposes, Ajay was planning to change his location from Pune to either Delhi or Ahmedabad and I was unsure of what was to come my way. Upon reaching the top, one understands that how big the fort was and there is a market place, Weapons storage area, Sabha, Queen’s Bedroom etc. 2. As planned we woke up, got ready and left our hotel at 9 AM and headed straight to the Lingamala waterfall. 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. This is a nice single lane road with lot of banyan trees for company. It took us approximately 2.5 Hours and we entered the ghat region of Mahabaleshwar. After around 3 kms, you enter Wai village. The 3 BHK Bungalow Nice homely atmosphere | clean rooms and home made food|" on Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Rd, Metgutad, Maharashtra. The receipt provided by them got damaged due to rain in Lingamala waterfall. 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. ... owing to heavy rains and boulders falling in the rail section. Crossing the steel plant we stumbled upon a very beautiful River bridge and hence, stop no. Total Distance from Sankeshwar to Sawantwadi: 99.3 km Manageable though. The photocopy one's as the original's are currently at Chennai for NOC. We could see the mountains and valleys in 3 out of 4 directions. After around 3 kms, you enter Wai village. This is a nice single lane road with lot of banyan trees for company. We changed our clothes, got into our wheels and headed to mahabaleshwar. Here too you cross a ghat section which is single lane both way traffic but no sharp turns. Now we are closer to our destiny, our stay is around 20 km away from here which is 45 mins ghat section drive. This expressway has reduced the travel time from Mumbai to Pune to just 2 hours. 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. ... 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. 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. Heavy traffic was seen on the Pune-Mumbai expressway and old Pune-Mumbai highway, towards Satara on Bengaluru highway and especially at the ghat sections of Khandala and at Mahabaleshwar. The ghat section from Panchgani ended in about 7-10 Kms and we were now on the Mumbai-Banglore Highway. We were able to complete the full distance in a single stretch with just a 5 min stop for driver change. The most awaited road trip of the season was to start at 6 am in the morning. After a 3 Hour drive from Panchgani to Lonavala, we sat at the otherwise busy dhaaba and surprisingly we were the only people present. The initial plan was to find a hotel room and then head for Dinner but we went the other way round. We went to the end of the fort which gave a very beautiful view of the village and then proceeded to descend, but this time we took a ropeway (my biggest mistake). Finally!! It was 3:30 in the afternoon and we thought to make it to mahabaleshwar by 6-6:30 PM. Overall a nice experience. One hour charging at Nerul and 1 hour charging after the ghat at Khandala and they were in Pune. 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 journey will be 151 km long one-way and requires a driving time of 3.5 hours. From Mahabaleshwar to Mumbai: Start the journey around 6:00 pm so that the “Ghat” section can be covered in daylight. Next Stop was the much anticipated Mapro Garden. 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. Turn to that rd which goes to Panchgani and from ther about 15 kms to Mahableshwar. The Alephata route is bit more straight forward however its … (*Ahmadabad-Baroda expressway and Mumbai-Pune expressway) the one who love road trip will love this highway specially after Pune, as ghat section start. It may not require extreme care but one needs to be attentive due to the hairpin bends which are present with an increased elevation. Once you cross this Ghat, you will see signboards for Wai/Mahabaleshwar (go under the bridge to the right). 1-1.5 hours to reach the top and ropeway takes 2-5min. The paparazzo waited for more than 40 minutes to get a shot (forget perfect), but there was disappointment all around. There is an oxymoron here. 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. After around 8-9 kilometres, you have to turn for Wai (Going straight will take you to Panchgani/Mahabaleshwar). Mahabaleshwar to poladpur -> ghat section with lot of turns and bad patches in between. Throughout all other years, the highest most temperature in Mahabaleshwar has remained in the 20-plus-diploma range. Head to Mahabaleshwar which is a well-known picnic spot near Pune in summer popular for its highest sunrise point – Wilson Point at a height of 4710 feet and strawberries. 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. From Panchagani it is a fairly short drive to Mahabaleshwar. We had booked a car from Drivezy for 2 days (Cost inclusion for each and everything will be explained at the end) starting from saturday at 6:00 AM to sunday at 9:00 PM. Mumbai-Pune Leg - 08/01/2016 The Mumbai-Pune leg was pretty straight forward as the community has driven on this route before and they know the charging stations well. There are two routes from Pune to Malshej Ghat. Beyond that i have no clue about how the ghats are ... well, we did that trip in my Zen. (If you start at 8:30, you will hit the traffic in Navi Mumbai and Pune) If you take 3 stops along the way and start at 8:30, you will reach by 3 pm. To eliminate the hoch-poch of public transports you can book a cab directly to Mahabaleshwar at affordable prices. The cost of Ropeway for adults is INR 300/- for a 2 way ride and INR 185/- for a single way ride(inclusive of taxes). But suddenly all our tiredness was gone & the amazing view welcomed us to Mahabaleswar-Panchgani. Thanks Yatin. Disclamer- All the places have been visited by me personally and what I have showcased is my personal point of view which may differ person to person. On arriving at the Venna lake, it was useless to go there as the rains showed no mercy on us and nothing was visible past 75-100m. The distance from Panchgani to Lonavala is approximately 150-155 Km and can be comfortably covered in 2.5-3 Hours (depending on the traffic in Pune). Mumbai-Pune Expressway. 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. Khed to Dapoli-> Normal road no issues. Also, I'm taking my TN registered car, any issues that I may face? Here are some photos of the leg. 1. The route is scenic, but nothing as compared to the one we encountered in our onward journey to Raigad. After about after 30 kms you will see a sign VAI . The entry ticket for the same costs INR 20/- for an adult. 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. Alright, I exagerrated it a bit. It is a long and winding ghat section on this route. 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. It was a tough time teaching Ajay ‘The DAB’. We stopped for a quick bite having the famous ‘Bhutta’ which was just the perfect snack for monsoons and moved back to Mapro garden for the Brunch. Or you can reach Pune and then hire Pune to Mahabaleshwar taxi. Mahabaleshwar recorded the highest rainfall in the last four days in the state with 522mm. 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. I accept the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of Tripoto. The Ghat is one-way. Khandala ghat is one the most beautiful roads in India, especially during rain. 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. Plans were hatched over midnight coffee and I found myself with a pack of fellow riders on an early morning cruise to Mahabaleshwar about 150km south of Pune. Before reaching the Table land you have to pay a toll of INR 30/- per 4 wheeler and INR 20/- per head which was also present in Mahabaleshwar. As soon as we reached the base of the fort, it started raining heavily and guess who forgot their raincoat at home? After getting our tummies full it was time to see the beautiful Panchgani. After around 8-9 kilometres, you have to turn for Wai (Going straight will take you to Panchgani/Mahabaleshwar). The turn can be missed if you are not following the navigation and hence I advise you to keep an eye on the signboards for the directions. i had seen one of the best sunrise of my life on Mumbai-Pune expressway! The roads were beautiful till the tamhini ghat started and once we entered the tamhini village, everything changed in a flash. 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. It is a small single lane road which is filled with beautiful mountains in the backdrop and supported by the lush green paddy fields. The route we propose is Pune-Khandala-Wai-Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar-Kaas Plateau. Considered to be one the busiest roads in India, it spans a distance of 94.5 km. could someone throw some light and the condition of the Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar route via mahad, after these rains !! Next up was Table land which was a meagre 3km from Parsi point but the road was a bit tricky. The waterfall is huge and is in 3 stages and approximately has a fall of 400+ft (I assume). This sort of marked the end of our Panchgani trip and we were all set to go to Lonavala for our dinner. The route was very beautiful again and it rained in a few patches but by now the sleeper cell made justice to his name and was in a very deep sleep. Frankly speaking I didn’t even knew the name of that place and just decided it to name something according to our ease which was a common norm (Or you can say past practices!!). * There are three ghats on the way to Mahabaleshwar. 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 ). None of the food stuff gets wasted or thrown specially when u have cheese sandwiches, pizzas, variety of shakes, ice cream smoothies and a bunch of bachelors who stay 600+ kms away from home. The inner section is known as Sanctum Sanctorum. 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. Hyderabad to Mahabaleshwar , Panchgani - Monsoon Drive Meetup - October 8th and 11th 2016 Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Panchgani hill top (Accommodation) Start time - 4 :15 a.m. Total Distance - ~610 kms Objective - A monsoon drive meet to Mahabaleshwar … We called it a night at 11 PM as we had the hotel booking till 9 AM , so had to vacate the place before then. Got to try Reliance Pump outside Pune. Pune ROADS? 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. 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. 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. Till the turn-off to Wai-Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar, it is a divided carriageway throughout. The Pune to Mahabaleshwar distance is 123Kms. You pass the town of Shirwal and 16 kms later reach the beginning of the Khambatki Ghat. Finally he did it and we decided to move ahead to Lonavala. A. Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Amboli, and Satara are some of the best places to visit near Pune for couples. Image SourceLooking for places to visit near Pune within 200 km ? Raigad Fort : Not aware of the historical importance of the fort but it is presently in the best condition of all the forts in Maharashtra. 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). Hence I had no other option but to enjoy the rains. … CabWeb Provides Car Rental Services in Pune To Visit Places Like Bhimashankar, Alibaug, Shirdi, Mumbai Book Cab on Rent in Pune With Affordable Cab Packages Contact No. It was a beautiful place which gave you the view of the famous table land and Dhom Lake. pune-nh4-nasarapur-tollnaka-khandala-toll naka2-khambataki ghat-after crossing ghat, at @5km one underconstruction overbridge for on coming vehicles-turn right under this bridge[this junction is called surul]-wai-pasarani ghat-panchagani-mahabaleshwar. the Roads were good, except in places where they had put diversions, and hte Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar roads were good too. This hill town is great to visit all year round. The road was almost empty and not more than 4-5 vehicles passed by us which were mainly some locals only so it can be assumed that the place is a little bit untouched. The fort has 2 ways to go up which are. The plan was to chill in the beautiful scenic location of Mahabaleshwar for a couple of days, away from the urban chaos. 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. Meanwhile, we entered Mahabaleshwar and crossed the Venna lake which was under our bucket list for tomorrow as it was late. 5. EDIT: Don't worry I understood the route from the Panchgani thread. I have the papers and all. Once we got down from the ropeway, it was decided to have an evening snacks and dinner in mahabaleshwar only as we had plenty of options to eat there in comparison to raigad which is sparsely populated with very less places for decent food and it comes to me as a surprise that how our foodie aka Shubham agreed to our decision in a blink of an eye. You will find many belongings of Lord Shiva in the complex of the temple starting from his bed to his damru and from his sacred bull to his bodyguard Kalbhairav. Average Journey Time: 5 hours 15 mins . From a close knit national community of bikers to India's only motorcycling lifestyle magazine and a place to make like-minded biker friends. It's around 125km and 4hrs drive. Ghat section which is one way traffic, 2/3 lane wide and no sharp turns. PRESENTS "Panchgani Ghat Ride" Scroll on to 2:34 for the boss level advertising This Video consists of the ride from wai (ghat starts) uptill the hill top of the panchgani school. Leaving from this spot, we were approximately 19km away from the fort and we reached there in half an hour. Ratnagiri - Mahabaleshwar - Pune Day 3. you have to avoid katraj ghat as repairing is going on and ghat is closed. Hope it helps you. Hi, It is reasonably good road except few patches on the ghat section and between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.Just returned few weeks ago. Next morning got up early and went straight to the beach. Check this thread for panchagani; Mahabaleshwar is next place after Panchgani on same road. If ur travelling by road to Mahableshwar it is better go thru Mum pune free way .you don't have to go to Pune but take pune Banglore Rd. Where did you find Pune roads? Roads are in good conditions on highway sector. The feeling you get on reaching Mahabaleshwar is just heavenly. Next on was the difficult task to find a hotel as it was late and now we didn’t had the upper hand while negotiating. Day 2 was rather a small day for us as we had to reach back home by 9 PM and we had decided to visit Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani both in the morning and will leave for Lonavala through the Mumbai-Banglore Highway for a dinner and then head home. 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. About five kms from the foot of the ghat there is a turn-off to the right at Surur that passes under a flyover with signs to Wai and Mahabaleshwar.Turn right under this bridge and take the road to … 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. ... Mahabaleshwar is a hill town located in the Western Ghats. This was our best shot of Lingamala waterfall. 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