My monsoon trip to Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is listed as one of the most popular weekend getaways and prime monsoon destinations around Mumbai and Pune and I was fortunate to visit this place a few years ago. All the adjectives people usually use to describe this place (breath-taking, green, juicy, lush, pristine, fresh) are absolutely accurate, and it was an unforgettable experience – it was my first monsoon trip and I wasn’t prepared to see these sort of splendor of nature:

(Mahabaleshwar) Cliffs

(Mahabaleshwar) Cliffs

(Mahabaleshwar) Touching with the Sky

(Mahabaleshwar) Touching with the Sky

(Mahabaleshwar) Far Horizons

(Mahabaleshwar) Far Horizons

(Mahabaleshwar) Waterfall

(Mahabaleshwar) Waterfall

.However, if you ask whether I would like to make a similar trip during rains, I would think twice. And I guess I would eventually say “no”, in spite of all the above temptations. I just found the journey too risky, and taking extra precautions is something I’ve learned after becoming a mom. Curvy mountain roads, slippery asphalt, pouring rain, milky white mist and sudden trucks from around the corner left me a bit jumpy and weary, and for a good reason. So, if you feel this would have a similar effect on you, I would suggest going to Mahabaleshwar just after monsoon, when the greenery is still lush, but it’s much safer to travel.

Pouring rain

Pouring rain

Curves

Curves

Mist

Mist

Narrow roads

Narrow roads

Sceneries keep changing behind the window

Sceneries keep changing behind the window

On the way to Mahabaleshwar

On the way to Mahabaleshwar

From my notes of that time:

Anyway, all these little considerations fade in my memory compared to the glory of the emerald greenery along the way – greenery that is so precious in India! I was trying to absorb this sensation of freshness with every pore of my skin and preserve it for many months ahead, so it can be always revived in my memory when heat and dust take over my city. We often stopped the car to get out and enjoy the views, puzzling the driver of the car we rented – he obviously was thinking that the goal of any trip is to reach the destination as soon as possible. Well, he was even more puzzled when we spent just a couple of hours in Mahabaleshwar and went back after having a look at the sceneries.

 

 Low Lands - Sheperd's hut

Low Lands – Sheperd’s hut

 Before the Waterfall

Before the Waterfall

 

Before the Waterfall 2

Before the Waterfall 2

 Mountain Flowers

Mountain Flowers

Mahabaleshwar

Cliffs

 A walk in the clouds

A walk in the clouds

 Grass and rocks

Grass and rocks

Mountain stream

Mountain stream

Mahabaleshwar

Low Lands – Pastures

 Low Lands - Riverbanks

Low Lands – Riverbanks

 Low Lands - Donkeys on a village street

Low Lands – Donkeys on a village street

I have never seen so many waterfalls at one time! Now, of course, I know that it’s pretty common during monsoons, but at that time ti was a wonderful discovery.

Mahabaleshwar Waterfall (Mahabaleshwar) Waterfall (Mahabaleshwar) Waterfall (Mahabaleshwar) Waterfall (Mahabaleshwar)

On the way back we explored the Pala Caves – one of the many rock-cut caves in Maharashtra ( See the post Rock-cut caves of Maharashtra (Elephanta, Karla, Pala) )

Staircase to a new adventure

Staircase to a new adventure

Pala Caves

Pala Caves

 After we came back home, the refreshing effect of my monsoon trip to Mahabaleshwar lasted for a long, long time!

me :)

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4 thoughts on “My monsoon trip to Mahabaleshwar

  1. Lovely photos..but I agree..have heard of people having to stay indoors for days when it rains in Mahabaleshwar. Rains can be pretty and some places are promoting monsoon getaways a lot nowadays, but the infrastructure also needs to be in place. And of course there should be safety measures.

    Landslides etc. are certainly a risk too so maybe it is better to be safe than sorry, as you say.

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