Hope it helps you. I had heard many praises of the sandwich and shakes at Mapro Garden and the hunger made me mad. It attracted a INR 30/- parking fee and u are standing at the cliff. Mahabaleshwar. ... 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. There was an occasional bad stretch, but not as bad as Pune roads. There were clouds all over and the visibility was a mere 40-50 ft which decreased the erstwhile speed of our vehicle from 50-60 kmph to 25-30 kmph. The sun was about to set and hence it started to become dark, the visibility decreased to about 20-25ft and we were practically not able to shift the stick to 3rd gear also. (*Ahmadabad-Baroda expressway and Mumbai-Pune expressway) the one who love road trip will love this highway specially after Pune, as ghat section start. could someone throw some light and the condition of the Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar route via mahad, after these rains !! 1. Leaving from this spot, we were approximately 19km away from the fort and we reached there in half an hour. The distance from Raigad to Mahabaleshwar was approximately 100km and the road we took was Mumbai-Kanyakumari Highway which was rather a secluded place and had very less traffic as compared to the Mumbai Banglore Highway which is generally used to approach Mahabaleshwar. I have the papers and all. The fort has 2 ways to go up which are. I accept the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of Tripoto. The Ghat is one-way. So, it is convenient to reach Pune and then head towards Mahabaleshwar. First 80km is on NH and you cross a ghat section on this. 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. Just got back from mahabhaleshwar via pune.The ghat sections are decent but the 35km stretch between pune and the first big ghat is really bad so is the road at new bombay. The paparazzo waited for more than 40 minutes to get a shot (forget perfect), but there was disappointment all around. 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. After around 3 kms, you enter Wai village. you have to avoid katraj ghat as repairing is going on and ghat is closed. The plan was to chill in the beautiful scenic location of Mahabaleshwar for a couple of days, away from the urban chaos. The 3 BHK Bungalow Nice homely atmosphere | clean rooms and home made food|" on Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Rd, Metgutad, Maharashtra. From Panchagani it is a fairly short drive to Mahabaleshwar. (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. 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. 1-1.5 hours to reach the top and ropeway takes 2-5min. (I dont know when you are travelling). The ghat section from Panchgani ended in about 7-10 Kms and we were now on the Mumbai-Banglore Highway. Once you cross this Ghat, you will see signboards for Wai/Mahabaleshwar (go under the bridge to the right). it was supposed to be a pocket friendly trip). Turn to that rd which goes to Panchgani and from ther about 15 kms to Mahableshwar. 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. 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. Next Stop was the much anticipated Mapro Garden. The waterfall was visible from the road and we were tempted to stop and hence technically our first halt(thankfully we stopped). It is one of the best places to visit near Pune & Mumbai and among the top places to visit in Maharashtra. ... Mahabaleshwar is a hill town located in the Western Ghats. This expressway has reduced the travel time from Mumbai to Pune to just 2 hours. Check this thread for panchagani; Mahabaleshwar is next place after Panchgani on same road. Car from Drivezy – 6182/- for 585km from Saturday 6AM to Sunday 9PM. Pune ROADS? Although about 40 kms longer than the route via Mahad and arguably less scenic, we recommend taking the Pune Expressway route simply because it is safer and often much quicker. 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. 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. 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. Implementation Unit (PIU), Pune has decided to develop the much awaited six lane tunnel in Kambhatki ghat section 1.2 PROJECT SITE & LOCATION The existing project corridor Kambhatki Ghat from Km 772.080 to Km 781.200 is a part of Pune- Satara section of NH-4 has four lane configuration with 900 meter long two laning tunnel. Hi, It is reasonably good road except few patches on the ghat section and between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.Just returned few weeks ago. A. Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Amboli, and Satara are some of the best places to visit near Pune for couples. Ghat section which is one way traffic, 2/3 lane wide and no sharp turns. The photocopy one's as the original's are currently at Chennai for NOC. Distance: 261 Kms (Approx.) Meanwhile, we entered Mahabaleshwar and crossed the Venna lake which was under our bucket list for tomorrow as it was late. A total of INR 110/- (30- vehicle, 80-for 4 people) was taken twice in duration of 10km and that is separate to parking or entrance or both at each point. It’s the proximity that makes this hill station such an ideal getaway. It's around 125km and 4hrs drive. Steep ghat on the way. 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. The other attraction for me is the well paved highways and the entertaining ghat section where I could put the Audi A6 ’s prowess to test. The roads were beautiful till the tamhini ghat started and once we entered the tamhini village, everything changed in a flash. http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...i-via-wai.html. Route Followed: Pune- Khambataki Ghat-Satara-Karad-Peth Naka Ghats Section: Katraj Ghat, Khambataki Ghat Distance Covered Approx: 207 Kms This is my second longest ride after Pune to Amravati cycle ride. From Pune to Mahabaleshwar: Start the journey anytime between 3:30 am to 4:00 am and you should reach Mahabaleshwar comfortably. 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. 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. You can hire cabs for Pune to Mahabaleshwar and enjoy a day or weekend trip with your friends and family. The Ghat section starts from Mulshi Lake and ends at the Orchard Café Sanaswadi covering a total distance of 44 kms. 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. 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. Yupp. Khed to Dapoli-> Normal road no issues. 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. We crossed tamhini ghat in another 10-15 minutes, and now we were in front of the POSCO steel plant. Also, I'm taking my TN registered car, any issues that I may face? I went to get the vehicle while it was left lying in the hall and no one picked it up. It may not require extreme care but one needs to be attentive due to the hairpin bends which are present with an increased elevation. : +91 7385463086 , … 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. The climate is usually cool and pleasant but it does get cold sometimes, so one should remember to carry their woollens. 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. 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. 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. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Statue at Fort. Cruising through the beautiful western ghats made me once again believe that the decision of starting a job in Pune is not all that bad The city boasts of approximately 50+ forts and numerous beautiful places in a 100km which is just a dream come true for any traveller especially a working individual like me who though may have left the college but still works on a very tight budget :P. We had decided to reach the Raigad fort base village by 11 PM latest but seeing the love for waterfall and the picturesque landscape in the ghat we stopped at most probably the last waterfall which was approximately 100m away from the road. The ghat section driving is definitely enjoyable. I tried to search the name of the hotel online but was unable to find, also the payment was made in cash so no record of the online payment. Located around 40 kms from Pune, Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage situated on the crest of the Western Ghat mountain ranges. 4] Sankeshwar to Gadhinglaj to Ajara to Amboli to Sawantwadi. 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). After a 3 Hour drive from Panchgani to Lonavala, we sat at the otherwise busy dhaaba and surprisingly we were the only people present. Ratnagiri - Mahabaleshwar - Pune Day 3. 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. Located near Mumbai, Pune as well as Lonavala, this hilly city serves as a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy city limits. 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. This hill town is great to visit all year round. Lonavala ghat is divided express way, Khambatki ghat (2nd) is one way .. but as we speak there is a lot construction activity going on. The route is scenic, but nothing as compared to the one we encountered in our onward journey to Raigad. Next up was Table land which was a meagre 3km from Parsi point but the road was a bit tricky. The feeling you get on reaching Mahabaleshwar is just heavenly. We went to the waterfall and thanks to the weather of Mahabaleshwar it was all clouds around and we were unable to see even a single stream of the waterfall. After around 3 kms, you enter Wai village. The Pune to Mahabaleshwar distance is 123Kms. 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!!). 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Once you cross this Ghat, you will see signboards for Wai/Mahabaleshwar (go under the bridge to the right). These places experience pleasant weather during the summer season, and the romantic vibe makes it a must-visit for the couples staying in Pune. Be very careful while driving through the ghat sections. Hence I had no other option but to enjoy the rains. The route we propose is Pune-Khandala-Wai-Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar-Kaas Plateau. Last 45km is on SH without divider. It was 3:30 in the afternoon and we thought to make it to mahabaleshwar by 6-6:30 PM. This was our best shot of Lingamala waterfall. From here the beautiful journey of tamhini ends and Raigad actually starts. We were able to complete the full distance in a single stretch with just a 5 min stop for driver change. 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. Or you can reach Pune and then hire Pune to Mahabaleshwar taxi. We changed our clothes, got into our wheels and headed to mahabaleshwar. 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 … It is a long and winding ghat section on this route. Considered to be one the busiest roads in India, it spans a distance of 94.5 km. 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. Thanks! 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. Situated at the top end of Bhor Ghat, Khandala is also amongst the famous hill stations in the country. The most awaited road trip of the season was to start at 6 am in the morning. 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. It is a small single lane road which is filled with beautiful mountains in the backdrop and supported by the lush green paddy fields. Via Koyna is also good option, easy ghat section and normal traffic. 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. Mahabaleshwar is 120km from Pune in southwest and 285km from Mumbai in south. 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. It was 3 PM and it would take us 3-3.5 hours to reach Sunny da dhaaba. Travelling till Hinjewadi phase 3 is literally a cumbersome task on weekdays owing to the heavy traffic in office hours but today, the feel was totally different. Obviously me!! If you have a great handling car, I would suggest the route above, since Duster behaves well at hairpins and ghats we went for the Varoshi route. Next stop was Venna Lake. The weather was beautiful, roads were empty and of course, the excitement of the ROAD TRIP added to the joy. 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