Are you planning to visit Mahabaleshwar but still confused about how to go? Will going there by the fight will save your money or is it fine to go by bus or train? Here you will get the answers to your confusing questions and you will be able to decide the best, most affordable, and the least time-taking way to Mahabaleshwar.
How To Go Mahabaleshwar Via Air Route?
If you are planning to visit Mahakaleshwar by air, then please note that there is no airport here in Mahabaleshwar. Mahabaleshwar’s nearest airport is Pune international airport which is roughly 117 km away from your final destination. After you arrive at Pune airport, you can hire a cab or bus for Mahabaleshwar. But, it’s not a good idea to come here via air route until you’re not an inhabitant of Maharashtra or its neighboring states.
However, if you’re planning to come here via flight, it is better to take some time and visit the Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace, Mystery Room, and Darshan Museum, etc. which are located in the range of hardly 10km from Pune international airport. In this way, the trip which you had planned exclusively for Mahabaleshwar, a new city is added to it without wasting any extra time.
How To Go Mahabaleshwar By Train?
As Mahabaleshwar is less populated compared to other tourist attractions, there is no such railway station that connects other cities directly. The nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is Wathar which is approximately 57 km away from there. Remember, there are only a few trains to get you to Watharsince it’s not a junction station. From the convenience, connectivity, and accessibility perspective, Pune is the best. Moreover, from Pune, you will get buses for your final destination frequently.
However, if you’re going via Wathar and have ample time remaining for your bus, you must visit the Hunter point, Table Land, and Kamalgad fort. Whereas, if you’re going via Pune, don’t fail to try the authentic Marathi thali of Durvankur Dining Hall at Sadashiv Peth. It will give you a unique experience of traditional Puneri cuisine.
Mahabaleshwar By Bus
Mumbai, Pune, and Satara are the best connecting cities if you’re going to Mahabaleshwar by bus or car. Buses of MSRTC and cabs are all time available here for Mahabaleshwar. While going via Pune, prefer the buses going from Katraj as it will drop you there within 3 hours. The buses departing from Wakadewadi may take even double the time of the previous one.
On the other hand, if you’re going via Satara, private buses and cabs will drop you there within one hour. MSRTC buses may be a time-taking option from Satara since their route is via Pune. Surely, you don’t have a lack of options while going to Mahabaleshwar by bus or car.
How To Go To Mahabaleshwar From Mumbai?
Mahakaleshwar is roughly 260 km away from Mumbai via NH-48. Still, you have another option of going via Panvel but it may take a few minutes more than the former. On both, the routes, buses, and cabs are easily available. But, for most of the locations of western and southern Mumbai like- Bandra, Dadar, Goregaon, and Juhu, etc., NH-48 is the best route.
Another reason why we recommend you to go via NH-48 is the Vashi bridge. Passing over the Arabian sea on this Vashi bridge gives you an unforgettable experience if you’ve never seen the sea closely.
We hope now your confusion is over so pack your bag and get out for this amazing journey of exploring Mahabaleshwar.