Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is a huge plateau, which is surrounded by lush valleys. Being home to the five most revered and popular rivers – Savitri, Gayatri, Koyna, Krishna and Venna, this hill station is known for its mesmerising, scenic beauty. One of the most exotic and largest hill stations located on the Western Ghats, the city is recognised for its spiritual and religious sites as well. The place is famous both among domestic and international tourists, who come here round the year. With a Mahabaleshwar package, travellers can visit this place and explore its prominent attractions.
This city celebrates its festivals and events with great fervour. Here a number of festivals are held, such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Gudi Padawa and Thaipooyam. The concept of sculpting idols and worshipping them is one of the most common practices done here during every festival. The way of celebrating every occasion with various cultural activities like group dances and music performances makes this city an ideal place for tourists to witness the culture of the region. Another event that is much-awaited both by locals and travellers in the city is the Strawberry Festival, which is organised in March-April, every year. Tourists can come here with a Mahabaleshwar package to enjoy these festivities as well as explore the beautiful attractions of this picturesque hill station.
This four-day event is carried out to promote tourism and increase the consumption of fruits in the entire state, especially in the twin hill stations of Panchagani and Mahabaleshwar. This event exhibits a range of raw strawberries and other products, such as pizza, bhel, sandwiches, which contain the same fruit as an ingredient. People can enjoy a free visit to Mapro Food Park, where they can also participate in various entertainment and cultural activities. Travellers should opt for such Mahabaleshwar tour packages, which include a visit to the Mapro Garden, during this event.
Being the most standard host of this popular festival since last four years, Mapro Garden is a must visit for people who are holidaying in this hill station. It is famous for its large number of strawberry produce and buzzes with hordes of people during March-April, when the festival is organised. Thus, attracting a number of nature enthusiasts from across the country as well as abroad.
People can reach Mapro Garden from Mahabaleshwar via Panchagani Road, which lies from the destination at distance of 12 km; it takes approximately 20 minutes to reach from there.
It is believed that approximately 300 hundred local farmers of the state get involved in this festival to showcase their products. Cities like Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Mumbai and Aurangabad directly indulge in marketing of these home made products, which are one of the main reasons behind the great success of the event. Even restaurants and cafés start serving sumptuous strawberry items to their guests as a part of their regular menu, as long as the event continues.
One of the major reasons behind celebrating this festival is that Maharashtra produces approximately 30 thousand tonnes of strawberries every year, and it is estimated that the state also earns almost 100 crores as revenue. According to researchers, it is said that this state produces almost 80 per cent of the total production of strawberries in the whole country. Not only this, the quality and texture of this fruit produce are supposed to be best in the city.
Travellers who are visiting Maharashtra for the first time should try to visit Mahabaleshwar, especially witness the famous strawberry festival. The event is considered to be the main attraction with many Mahabaleshwar tour packages.