Location : Aurangabad | Category : Stopover Trips | Distance from Pune : 265 KMs
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Best Season: Monsoon
Embraced into the Sahyadris, this little hill station 40kms from Aurangabad lies at an altitude of 1067m. It the most popular picnic spot in this area and is nearest from Khulabad in Aurangabad district. Originally called as Maheshmal (name of the village), not only is it endowed with a beautiful water body but also has spiritual importance. 
 
National highway 211 breaks into two routes- one going to Ellora and the other to Mhaismal. The small ghat road climbs straight up to the hill station. En route lies the Girijamata temple adorned by a beautiful lake. A fair held here on every  Chaitra Pournima. A little further is the Balaji temple, an outstanding replica of the Balaji in the South. Various spots on the ghat offer a spectacular view of the lush green forests and the underlying villages.
 
Mhaismal is also famous for the Grishneshwar temple and Devgiri fort that are situated in the vicinity.  Another must visit place is the Gorakhnath Caves, a holy place where it is believed Gorakhnath performed his penance. 
It is the perfect place for 2-3day trip away from the cacophony of the city. 
 
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By Nitish Waghmare
20 Dec 2013

Mhaismal is one of my favorite destinations for a quiet picnic with my family. The silence and religious edge gives the place a very heartwarming touch. The drive through the ghat is thoroughly enjoyable in spite of it being a little tricky to drive during the monsoon. But it is completely worth the effort.

By Amit Ghaspurkar
20 Dec 2013

A fantastic outing at Mhaismal. The view from the Girijamata temple is simply breathtaking. We stayed at Hotel Panchavati which is pocket-friendly and convenient. A two day stay is quite comfortable to visit all the places. While coming back, we took the road to Ellora caves as wells. All in all, a weekend spent well!

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