Perched atop the evergreen Western Ghats and just a few hours from Pune and Mumbai is the beautiful hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Well connected by road and boasting of a well-developed tourist industry, Mahabaleshwar is an ideal weekend getaway for the entire family.
There are many things to do in Mahabaleshwar, including trekking, boating, and cycling. However, few know that Mahabaleshwar is also a shopper’s paradise. Here are some things to buy in Mahabaleshwar, the quality and prices of which are unmatched in western India.
Mahabaleshwar produces 85% of all strawberries in India, and that is saying something! The bracing climate and the nature of the soil make the land excellent for cultivating the fruit. Available from any of the farms that dot the landscape, the strawberries you get here are as fresh as they can be – picked and presented to you within hours of ripening. The fruit is also available in a variety of preserved forms such as jams, jellies, and squashes.
Cheese production is relatively new in Mahabaleshwar, but it is already a booming industry. Again, the climate and the cool waters prove to be ideal. Eschewing large-scale production, which invariably leads to a compromise in quality, the local cheese-makers concentrate on taste and uniqueness. Whether it’s a mellow Gouda or a sharp Parmesan, they are all available at reasonable rates through the year. Ask for new types of cheeses and be prepared to expand your culinary horizons.
Evergreen forests combined with nurturing by the locals ensure that the apiary business is alive and thriving in Mahabaleshwar. With an abundance of flowers, Mahabaleshwar’s beekeepers have perfected the art of creating honey from a single species of flower, resulting in an almost jam-like flavour that goes with a thick and richly consistent texture. Those who live in the villages within the forests expertly extract wild honey for tourists who crave a more rustic and exotic flavour.
Have a Club Mahindra membership? You’re in luck, because you can stay at what’s undoubtedly the best resorts in town. Club Mahindra Sherwood resort in Mahabaleshwar is an excellent place to stay while on a weekend getaway. All the rooms are equipped with essential amenities, offering a comfortable stay.
Various activities can be coordinated while in the resort, and you can have experienced guides prepare an itinerary for you. Do go through the numerous Club Mahindra reviews online and you will realise the efforts the staff go to in making your vacation enjoyable and memorable!