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Mahabaleshwar Club

 

Mahabaleshwar Club - II, Painting by Chitra Vaidya The Club was set up by few British Army Officers in 1881 who decided to have an Army Officer's Club in Mahabaleshwar. They proposed to convert the old Army Sanitarium Blocks into the Club's Chambers and convert the Frere Hall into a Club House. That was over 130 years ago and that makes our Mahabaleshwar Club one of the 30 oldest surviving Clubs of India, after the departure of the British. Today, the elegant grill gates open to invite members to The Club: a complex of charming colonial style structures built of exposed brick with arched windows and sloping roofs.

The unique red brick buildings of the Club, their deep red floors contrasting with the greenery outside, the flowerbeds ablaze with colour and the unmarred blue skies of Mahabaleshwar hold a special place in our hearts and memories.

The lovingly cared for gardens, flower beds and foliage make it a pleasure to relax in the generous shade of the old trees or stretch out on a hammock or garden chair.

(source : website of The Club, Mahabaleshwar)