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Misal Pav At Mahalaxmi (Kothrud) That Eases Your Soul

Misal Pav At Mahalaxmi (Kothrud) That Eases Your Soul

Mahalxmi’s special misal has created a lot sensation on social media platform including Facebook and Instagram. A lot of foodies also reviewed it one of the famous and delicious misal places in Pune. So Elitepune decided to explore this place.

Glimpse Of Ganesh Visarjan 2017 Pune- Ganpati Bappa Morya

Glimpse Of Ganesh Visarjan 2017 Pune- Ganpati Bappa Morya

5th September 2017 was the last day of the Ganpati Festival, which was celebrated with full joy and sadness. This day people take Ganesh idol from the pandals and march forward for the visarjan (immersion of Lord Ganesha).

Karla Caves Near Lonavala- Strong Architecture From An Ancient Era

Karla Caves Near Lonavala- Strong Architecture From An Ancient Era

What comes to your mind when someone says Lonavala during the monsoon season? Lush green view, beautiful roads, and emerging black clouds. During monsoon season, Lonavala is one of the places you can’t afford to miss.

So after a long hectic week and a working Saturday, I decided to explore places near Pune. And the first place that showed up on the internet was Lonavala. Lonavala is an approximately 60KM drive away from Pune with well-connected roads.

Karla Caves Lonavala
Karla Caves Lonavala

Little Background:

Karla Caves are built after cutting the mountain rocks during the Buddhist Era, which is said to be two thousand years old. It is a complex rock cut architecture of ancient India. The cave is well decorated with sculptures of women, men, and animals.

carving on the walls of Karla Cave Lonavala

Route:

To reach Karla Caves from Pune, we took old Mumbai highway via Khadki. From there this cave is around 60km with a pleasant road.  There was no traffic as we started a bit early.

The Journey:

It was Sunday and we (my sister and me) were too excited to visit this place. Hungry and riding for 30 min we stopped at one place to have our breakfast. Idli and Medu Vada with Sambhar and Coconut chutney. It was not a hotel or a famous restaurant but they served hot and fresh Idlis and Vada.

Idli Wada Sambhar on the way to Karla Caves

Fortunately, it wasn’t raining and we reached there in about two hours.  The roads were very narrow and steep. There was an entry fee of Rs. 15/person for Indian citizens and around 200/- for foreign tourists. There were shops along the way on both the sides. They were selling sweets, home decoration items, ornaments and food items. The place was crowded and people were celebrating with full zeal.

Boy playing musical instrument- Karla Cave Lonavala

After a small trek, we reached our destination Karla Caves. There was nothing to see in the initials ones. There were a hall and carvings on the wall.

Inside Karla Cave Lonavala

The main cave place of the monks is the room where monks used to meditate for hours. The cave is standing on the parallel pillars and the roof is made up of wood arches. The cave is beautifully crafted and was one of the beautiful among others.

main cave- karla cave lonavala copy
Main cave- Karla Cave Lonavala
Karla Cave
Karla Cave

These caves were built in 2nd Century BC. The reason why these caves have survived all these years because they are maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Carving on the wall of Karla Caves
Carvings on the wall of Karla Caves

We took few photographs and selfies too. These caves are well maintained and are proof of our strong architecture from an ancient era.

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Pune Is Now Serving The Charcoal Ice Cream, Yes Black Is The New Food

Pune Is Now Serving The Charcoal Ice Cream, Yes Black Is The New Food

Pune is now serving the Black Charcoal Ice Cream and is available just a bite away. It is delicious and one must not miss it.

Best Of The Food Places In Pune To Satisfy Your Craving

Best Of The Food Places In Pune To Satisfy Your Craving

If you are traveling to Pune or you want to satisfy your craving for food, you must check-out the below places. They just do not offer the best food in Pune but also delights you with their services.


My Diary

Now I must agree with the famous quote that says”Good Food Good Mood”!

Mahalxmi’s special misal has created a lot sensation on social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. A lot of foodies also reviewed it one of the famous and delicious misal places in Pune. So, Elitepune decided to explore this place with an empty stomach and full of hopes. 😛

This article consists of:

  • Drooling food images 😛
  • Location
  • Food (misal obviously)
  • Ambiance
  • Price
  • Service

People who don’t know about what misal is? It is a popular Maharashtrian dish consist of misal (hot spicy sprouted moth beans) and Pav (Indian bread).

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Location:

Hotel Mahalaxmi is not hard to find out. It’s on the right side behind Shivaji Putla if you are coming from Deccan. Refer image below.

Hotel:

For more precise directions click on the link: Google Map

Food:

We went during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival and got an amazing surprise, they were serving unlimited misal! Can you imagine how it feels, when you get your favourite food at a reasonable price?

Hotel Mahalaxmi Misal Pav- Kothrud (1)

Let us come to my favourite part, Misal Pav! I really like their concept of special misal. Special! now you know why it’s special. I would say it was overloaded meal, misal was perfectly spicy with added sprouts and sev.

Hotel Mahalaxmi Misal Pav- Kothrud (1)

They provided everything separately so that you can customize your taste. To be very honest, I have never tasted such an amazing misal-pav before. The plate was loaded with Pav, Misal, Curd, Sprout, Rassa and Jalebi. Everything on a single plate, a wow factor about this place!

Hotel Mahalaxmi Misal Pav- Kothrud (1)

Ambiance:

They have sitting arrangement inside and outside the hotel. Not much to say about ambience, you may not find fancy antique like 4 or 5-star hotel but it indeed offers the best misal.

Price:

Friends, I would say it was worth the price. Average price for two people is around Rs. 100/-.

Really affordable and a must try place for college students, colleagues throwing a party or family reunion.

Service:

Ah! our stomach was completely filled with the never-ending Pav and Jalebis. In other words, great service provided by Mr Kedar Natu (Facebook page) and Kaka (sitting at the reception sorry forgot his name) and the entire staff.

Hotel Mahalaxmi Misal Pav- Kothrud (1)

Finger Bowl:

What an amazing place! I really can’t express my feeling here. I never expected this place would offer such a great food and service at a much affordable price.

Hotel Mahalaxmi Misal Pav- Kothrud (1)

Try it out and let us know in the comment section about your experience.

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