Tiger Path Ride and around the Bombay Point

Trip Start Oct 21, 2012
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Tiger Path Ride

Flag of India  , Maharashtra,
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

We stayed at the MTDC Hotel run by Maharashtra's State Tourism Department.  As with most government owned properties, the location was superb and sprawling.  Again like with most government properties, maintenance was predictably shabby with scant disregard for any sense of aesthetics.  Nonetheless, the location made up for everything else.

Early the next morning, we set off for a walk to the Polo Grounds and from there through the forest on a well laid bridle path called the Tiger Path Ride.   The earlier Governor's residence is at the upper end of the MTDC property.  Most of the Rides were laid as proper bridle paths for use by horse and carriage in the British days.  The best and broadest such paths are around the original Governor's residence.

The Polo Grounds in September are not surpisingly, carpeted with wildflowers.  Cheerful clusters of yellow smithias opened up as the sun rose higher in the beautiful sky.


The Carnac Point and Falkland Point are two view points off the Tiger Path.  Both are now overgrown and not on the regular tourist circuit.  The Bombay Point is at one end of the Tiger Path.  The old and once regal bandstand there is poorly maintained with litter all around.  Sunset views from here are supposed to be the best.  In reality it is the same view from any clearing on  the west facing cliff edge !

From the Bombay Point another ride - Dan to Beersheeba Ride - connects the Fitzgerald ghat road to Poladpur and Mahad.

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sandeepachetan
sandeepachetan on

The pictures are really inviting. Do you need any sort of permission from the forest department or the like to do these trails ?Any idea of a local guide/nature enthusiast who takes people on these trails ?

indianature
indianature on

No permissions required. You can go on your own, Mahabaleshwar is full of such rides and trails, no need to take any guide in my opinion, but you could if you want to. You will find plenty of people touting their services at the main roads of Mahabaleshwar!

sandeepachetan
sandeepachetan on

Thanks for the reply, indianature.

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