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Old 28th April 2016, 14:35   #16
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Thanks a lot. Its a lovely travelogue.
Since I am planning on a holiday in May, the strawberry creme pic just sealed it for me.
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Old 12th December 2016, 20:40   #17
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Nice detailing and photographs. I was in Pune for some office work on Feb-2016. In a free weekend I went to Mahabaleshwar by driving a rented car. I have seen that the place is most beautiful during the rainy season. Thinking of a travelogue accumulating all weekend travels from Pune but did not get time till now. Let me add some of the pictured taken that time. Hope you will enjoy it.

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Nice detailing and photographs. I was in Pune for some office work on Feb-2016. In a free weekend I went to Mahabaleshwar by driving a rented car. I have seen that the place is most beautiful during the rainy season. ............. Let me add some of the pictured taken that time. Hope you will enjoy it.
You have taken some lovely pics, particularly of Elephant Point. Just guessing but I think the viewing gallery is taken on your visit to Arthur's Seat. Right?
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You are right .. it is Arthur's Seat point.

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You have taken some lovely pics, particularly of Elephant Point. Just guessing but I think the viewing gallery is taken on your visit to Arthur's Seat. Right?
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You are right .. it is Arthur's Seat point.
Your pic of Arthur's Seat viewing point brought a smile to my face.

When we were walking towards the point, one of the local guides was explaining the origin of the name to some tourists.

According to him, the point got the name because the famous King Arthur used to come there to hunt tigers.
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But I remember a different story, It was some other point, Need to check my others pic, probably I have some snaps of the hunting point too.

Officer Sir Arthur Malet (1806–1888)[3](Not to be confused with British born actor of same name), who sat here and gazed at the Savitri River, where he lost his wife and children in a tragic ferry mishap.
From - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabaleshwar.

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Your pic of Arthur's Seat viewing point brought a smile to my face.

When we were walking towards the point, one of the local guides was explaining the origin of the name to some tourists.

According to him, the point got the name because the famous King Arthur used to come there to hunt tigers.
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But I remember a different story, It was some other point, Need to check my others pic, probably I have some snaps of the hunting point too.

Officer Sir Arthur Malet (1806–1888)[3](Not to be confused with British born actor of same name), who sat here and gazed at the Savitri River, where he lost his wife and children in a tragic ferry mishap.
From - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabaleshwar.

Please correct me if I am wrong .
I believe that the story you have mentioned in your post is the authentic one.

I found the King Arthur story amusing, when I heard it, because the guide was obviously referring to the Arthur of the Round Table, a figure of folklore and legends who reigned in 5th and 6th century England.
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Hi - I am planning to travel to Konkan for my anniversary trip from Dec 16 for a week. I will have a 2.5 yr old kid with me, so we will be choosing rest stops and hotels accordingly.

Here is what my draft itinerary/route looks like.
Day 1 - Hyderabad - Solapur (night halt)
Day 2 - Solapur - Mahabaleshwar
Day 3 - Mahabaleshwar
Day 4 - Mahabaleshwar - Ganpati Pule
Day 5 - Ganpati Pule
Day 6 - Ganpati Pule
Day 7 - Ganpati Pule - Solapur
Day 8 - Solapur - Hyderabad

Are there any different recommendation for the route to Mahabaleshwar or Konkan?

Are there any property that you will strongly recommend to stay in Mahabaleshwar or Konkan?

Which would be a good/nice hotel to stay in Solapur for night halts.
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Just got back from our vacation in Mahabaleshwar. Here is the update on the road condition / route taken. Based on inputs I decided to avoid the bad stretch on NH65 from Hyderabad to Solapur and so took the route via Gulbarga/Aland/Akkalkot. The road condition is good but given the width and traffic (sugarcane laden tractors), one cannot go really fast. We started at 11 am from Hyderabad and planned night halt was at Pandharpur as I wanted to cover as much of the distance on day 1 as possible. Reached Pandharpur around 9 pm with several halts for lunch/dinner/snacks. Stayed at Prabhu Residency (stone’s throw from the temple). Decent place.

Next day we started at 7 am and took the Mhaswad/Dahiwadi/Satara route as suggested by Google. The road is a disaster – lot of construction/broken stretches. The only good part was a stopover at a roadside farm where the farmer (Arjun) was kind enough to show us all the crops he grows (sugarcane, jowar, pomegranate, etc.). Reached Mahabaleshwar at 2 pm, via the Satara/Medha ghat road. Road is narrow in places so one has to drive carefully but absolutely no traffic meant one of the best ghat road experiences.

Stayed at Club Mahindra Sherwood which is a lovely resort – definitely recommend staying here – try getting the 1 bedroom units – they are the best!

On the way back I decided to stick to the NH as much as possible given the horrible experience on state highways of Maharashtra. MH certainly needs to do a lot on its road infrastructure. Also we were stuck in the Mapro Garden/Panchgani area the day before leaving and so decided to take the Satara ghat road down. Night halt was planned at Solapur (Surya Executive – nice place).

Route on the way back was M’shwar/Medha/Satara/NH48 up to Kapurhol/then to Saswad and on to Uruli Kanchan to meet NH65. Great roads all along. The state highways are a little rough but good in most places. From Uruli Kanchan it was NH65 all along to Solapur. Started from M’shwar at 11 am and reached Solapur at 6 pm – so much better time on the way back.

Next day started at 7 am and decided to take NH 65 to Hyderabad. The 60-70 km stretch between Naldurg & Omerga is very bad in places. So be prepared to make sudden stops and take diversions. Prepare yourself mentally and the stretch goes by without much hassle. It is better than taking state highways through small towns with a lot of farm traffic. The rest of the highway of course is world class and we got home (Gachibowli) by 1 pm.

13 hours total on the way back compared to 17 hours on the way out. So my vote is to stay on NH 65 between HYD and Solapur. Do explore the Uruli Kanchan/Kapurhol state highway and avoid Panchgani/Wai ghat – instead take Satara ghat.

Mahabaleshwar was great! Enjoyed every bit of it and also the road trip. Waiting for NH65 to be completed soon.
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