Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani | Series 2
Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani hill stations near Pune was a getaway during British era. It still carries the old world charm and beauty of the days gone by.
But till the time I upgrade to an iPhone I will do my best here.
After last week’s post on Mall Road & Savoy Village, Mahabaleshwar, today I will post about a characteristic feature of Mahabaleshwar without which it seems incomplete – Strawberries!
I was not a lover of strawberries because I had only the yuck artificial essence filled ice-creams and jams which leave a very horrible aftertaste always.
But when we moved to Pune, I was introduced to fresh fruit for the first time and today I am a convert. V and I finished 3 kgs in 3 days!
Strawberry harvesting is a big agricultural produce for Maharashtra and it can be found in abundance during the months of December till April.
Except once all my trips have been during these months only so I have enjoyed them galore.
Another thing which I couldn’t get enough of was the abundance of such beautiful flowers.
I have travelled a lot as a child especially in the mountains and hills of northern India.
My dad took us to all the gorgeous locales of Ranikhet, Mukteshwar, Lansdowne, Kullu, Manali, and plenty more.
I have such fond memories of those trips and those locations.
Till I saw these lovely flowers again during this trip I never realized that I was missing them in my travels.
This is FTW of childhood and memories.
Whenever you visit Mahabaleshwar, you would find farmers or traders sitting on the pavement around Venna Lake, Mall Road and other places selling orange carrots, pink radishes and charcoal grilled corn hob.
There is no way you can have only one. It is a perfect non-fattening snack and healthy too if you can ignore the hygiene part of it.
And if you can’t just buy them, wash yourself later and enjoy!
In the next post on Mahabaleshwar I will cover another food destination Mapro and street food including charcoal grilled corn cobs and tandoori rotis. So stay tuned.