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Perched on the edge, the farmhouse property in Mahabaleshwar overlooks the Krishna River valley 2000 feet below, the Dhom dam lake on the right side, the Balkavli dam on the left side. On the rugged age-scarred mountains across is the Kamalgad fort. Mysterious whisperings of the silver oaks as the wind caresses their graceful plumes. An aristocratic Kingfisher or a friendly Peacock greets one on the coffee table.
The farmhouse property in Mahabaleshwar envelops one in the wonder and splendour of Krishna River and pure Ozone. The sky above the mountains depicts the sunset as the vibrancy of colors moves from the heavens to the Krishna river. While admiring the full moon or the billions of stars, some of the stars descend in the valley below in the form of the lights in the distant villages dotting the expanse. The environment unwinds the deepest cell in you.
An exotic villa in a gated 2.5 acres of expansive land. All rooms overlooking the Krishna River, the valley, the mountains, features like Kamalgad fort and ‘mhataricha daat’ and the mesmerizing sunset, the summer Sun descending into a bowl formed by the mountain
ranges. Two spacious double heighted living rooms on each floor with floor to ceiling glass walls. Wrap up verandah. Seven bedrooms, two of them octagonal with full-size
French windows to enjoy a 360° view and large luxury bathing rooms with Jacuzzi and TV. A beautiful garden with a three-hole mini Golf course, a swimming pool, walkway and a two-storeyed Garden Cabin which doubles as a pavilion to watch friendly matches. Staff quarters are at the far corner near an open well providing abundant water. Boasts of 52 varieties of big growing trees including rare medicinal ones, a mini botanical garden in the offing. After a busy night, ensuring that there is no trespassing by the rabbits, the mongooses, the porcupines and the deer from the adjoining forest, the four German Shepherds love to rest in their cozy little house built in red stone.
At 4500 feet above sea level, Mahabaleshwar, a notified eco-sensitive zone, is the highest and most popular hill station of Maharashtra in the lap of the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the 25 hottest bio-diversity hotspots in the world according to Norman Myers, home to over 5,000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species and 179 amphibian species which are not found elsewhere in the world. The Sahyadri Range, the part of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, are well known for their rich and unique assemblage of flora and fauna. One hundred km from Pune and 260 km from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is known for its salubrious and pleasant weather throughout the year (15° C to 25° C), dense forests, wild life, ancient temples and as a source of five rivers including Krishna. The Panchganga temple in the older Mahabaleshwar contains a spring of five rivers, the Koyna, Venna, Savitri, Gayatri and Krishna, which keep the ‘Shivaling’ of Lord Shiva perpetually washed with water, in the sanctum sanctorum.
While Lord Shiva lends his name to this enchanting town and blesses it with unmatched natural beauty with enchanting views of the plummeting Ghats, a walk on its street is reminiscent of British-era nostalgia, being the erstwhile capital of the Bombay Presidency during the British Raj. The cool climate
and red soil bestowed it the tag: the strawberry garden of India, the berry bounty, strawberry, raspberry, mulberry, gooseberry abounding in the garden of every farmhouse property in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani.
The approach to the town and the property in Mahabaleshwar is through the multiple road arches formed by the huge Indian banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) near the town of Wai at the foothills of the Pasarni Ghat.
The Western Ghats are older than the Himalayas, the genetic lineage of the plants going back to the original Inhabitants of the land we today called India, then called Jambudvipa (the island of Jamuns).
The intricate mountain ranges and dense forests induced the great Maratha King Shivaji to choose the town – Fort Pratapgad – to defeat the mighty general of Adilshah of Bijapur kingdom, paving the way to the formidable Maratha empire. A visit to the Pratapgad fort is a pilgrimage in the history of India and its warfare.
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