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India officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the most populous liberal democracy in the world. India is a union of twenty-eight states and seven federally-governed union territories. New Delhi is the capital of India.
 
Mahabaleshwar one of the few Evergreen Forests of the world, is a hill station located in the Satara District in the Western Ghats range of Maharashtra, India. Located about 120 kilometers from Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 square kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. Many tourists also visit nearby Panchgani. After the construction of a new highway, it is only a 5 hour drive from Mumbai. It reaches a height of 1438 meters at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson and Sunrise Point.
 
Mahabaleshwar, the queen of hill stations, served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj, and today is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot. The area is also an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, and is the site of the Mahabaleshwar Temple. Mahabaleshwar comprises of three villages, Malcolm Peth, Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village.
 
The first historical mention of Mahabaleshwar dates back to year 1215 when the King Singhan of Deogiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar. Present Mahabaleshwar came into existence in the year 1829-30 and from old records is mentioned as Malcolm Peth, but in practise today it is known as Mahabaleshwar.

Mahabaleshwar experiences a boom with day tourists, owing to the clear air, town character with rich culture, high quality of life and conspicuously original history. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people also combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in India.

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