Entering Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar, like Matheran, is a hillstation. Hill-stations function as an escape from the summer heat, frequented mainly by the British in the time of the Raj (the British occupation that ended in 1947 when India gained independence) but now gaining in popularity as more middle-class Indians gain the means to take vacations.

Unlike Matheran, I entered Mahabaleshwar under my own steam.
And much in need of a coffee!

From my journal:
...it was level at first and felt great to be cruising along a quiet secondary road...but the hills loomed threateningly in front of me...

...once it started, it was steady uphill for miles...

...quite peaceful, just me and my bike plodding along at about 8 kilometres per hour...

...no longer any cultivation, just thick forest on either side, dropping on one side down towards the valley floor, now satisfyingly far below...

...just before town I had to pay Rs 5 (5 rupees) at a checkpoint and stopped for coffee and some delicious potato wada, a deep fried batter round a spicy potato filling, delicious...

...I'm tired!...