Unboxed Writers App for Phone and Tablet

Here are more ways to stay at forefront of Unboxed Writers and stay informed and inspired! Download our app for Android Phones and Tablets. Click on the image to Download Now!


Like Us on Facebook

Follow Us on Twitter



Cattitude: Cause We Support


The Cattitude Trust is a Public Charitable Trust started to reach out to cats in distress, particularly in Chennai (India).

To know more about Cattitude, 'Like' them on Facebook.


Creative Commons License
All content displayed here by Unboxed Writers is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://unboxedwriters.com.

Excerpt, Don't Copy: You may not publish an entire post. You may republish an excerpt of not increasing 250 words.

Give Credit: You may not use any material from our site without giving due credit to the individual author and Unboxed Writers. You must hyperlink directly to the post.

Author: Author of the post retains all copyright, and reserves all rights not explicitly granted here.

Old Hills, New Eyes

If you live in Maharashtra and are searching for that ‘lovely’ hill station to escape the heat, think again. There is no brilliant hill station close by. Lonavala is hardly a hill station anymore. Matheran – you’ve been there, love it  but it’s too dusty to go in the summers; you need to wait for the rains…

You are left with Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. Both are done to death but then, think again. Maybe all you need is a new perspective.My tip is find accommodation in  Panchgani and then do Mahabaleshwar. And here are a few more tips..



1. Find a homestay: Make sure, it’s open, welcomes in the fresh air and then roam around the streets searching for old buildings, enter compounds and click photos and discover new sights and sounds.


2. Eat a meal at Purohit’s (either at Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar): They offer a Gujarati thali that isn’t oily and rich and, well it’s mango season –so sin a little.


3. Skip the sunset points  and all the other points at Mahableshwar: They aren’t beautiful at all and the horses there are really mishandled.But check out this beautiful iron bandstand at Bombay Point… and imagine how it would have been when the bands played here every evening…


4. Visit Mapro Gardens at Panchgani: Go there and find your favourite bit about the most touristy point in these hills. Yes, it’s the brilliant strawberry and ice-cream – no surprises! It isn’t always in season but asking never hurts,


5:Talk to a stranger : Learn about lives others than your own. You will be humbled and rewarded by insights into lives far tougher than yours.


6. Watch people on the streets of Panchgani: And be surprised.


7. Visit the oldest bakery in Panchgani : And eat the best biscuits ever and pack some for the ride back home. The chocolate cream roll is tempting and disappears into your tummy rather fast…


8: Get some freshly roasted groundnuts: Preferably  from that old man at the corner.


9. Get lost : And then discover more in the bargain… like these government buildings,


10: Ask the owner of the place you stay for his favourite vantage point: They always say the one closest to their property is the best in the city. Honestly, it doesn’t matter as long as you get something fabulous to look at.

Bhavani  is a traveler by choice, photographer by interest and writer by desire. She crafts tours at Audiocompass.In and blogs at merrytogoaround.com

Similar posts
  • How To Pack For A Perfect European Autumn!       It is hard to deny that the most beautiful season has finally come with its inevitable fall of leaves, chill in the air, and a sense of impending renewal. How delightful it is to relax as you hug a favourite blanket, and, of course, drink hot chocolate or spicy tea as the season ambles by. It doesn’t matter who [...]
  • Memories Of Doon’s Magical Monsoon Moments of truth. Everybody has one or maybe several. So it is with times of inspiration. Everybody has that reference of sight, smell, sound, touch, feeling or piece of imagination that inspires. For me, one of the strongest times of inspiration is when the sky opens to pour its heart out in a manner unrestrained and unabashed. [...]
  • 7 Secrets To Becoming A Professional Travel Blogger “How to become a professional travel blogger? Naturally, this is a right thought, because you cannot rush into a new adventure being unprepared. Understand that starting a travel blog is not difficult; it ‘s hard to develop it properly, and not to give it up after a couple of weeks because it turned out to [...]
  • Mussoorie And Landour: The Literary Connection The twin towns of Mussoorie and Landour are famed for their scenic beauty and the rare winter line phenomenon. However, not many people know that they have a rich literary heritage and highest density of authors anywhere in the world. While Landour is home to many writers, the most well-known being Ruskin Bond, who shifted [...]
  • Lakhamandal: The Lost City About 20 kms off the pristine hill station of Chakrata in Uttarakhand, from the other side diagonally opposite to the entry from Kalsi, we hit the dirt road that would take us to the very historic city of Lakhamandal, situated on the banks of river Yamuna. The road, moderate in size, neither too tiny nor [...]

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our Authors

Be the first to read the latest on Unboxed Writers!

Subscribe for FREE and get the latest in your Inbox! You can unsubscribe at any time.
Email *


Editor & Founder:
Reema Moudgil
Design Director & Founder:
Vani Bahl
Media Consultant:
Poonam Goel

Mission Statement

Who are we? We are writers. And here, in this space, we put pride and passion back into writing. We give ourselves and each other creative freedom and respect.

* We create an environment where content generation does not entail degeneration of inspiration and spirit.
* We create content that we believe in and identify with.
* We recognise that to create is always of more value than to berate.
*We critique without malice and arrogance.

This site is about us writers, what we stand for but more importantly, about creating something valuable, inclusive, thought-provoking. In this space, we do not just stand for ourselves but for all those who listen to a compelling inner voice that tells them, "Create!"

Unboxed Writers Share

Join the other awesome people who get the new posts right away by email!
Be the first to read the latest on Unboxed Writers.
Enter your email and stay on top of things!