Panchgani

Why To Go

Panchgani, a favourite hill station among the tourists, is a hill station in Satara district in the state of Maharashtra. Situated in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri range, and as such its name, is a majestic hill station that allures tourists for its natural beauty.

Brits spent their summers at this place during their regime due to its pleasant atmosphere. This hill town is placed at an altitude of over 4000 feet and and famous for various sunrise or sunset view points. It is very close to Mahabaleshwar which is like a twin city to Panchgani. Panchgani is 100 km away from Pune and around 250 km from Mumbai.

It’s known for the Table Land, a huge volcanic plateau which stands at an elevation of 1387 feet. Lookouts like Sydney Point and Parsi Point offer views of Dhom Dam lake and Kamalgad   Fort. To the southeast, the Rajpuri Caves are surrounded by sacred ponds and contain a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Kartikeya.

With beautiful colonial period cottages, Green forests, fresh air, woody areas and also premier educational institutions added with cool ambience make the place a perfect retreat for those who seek to lose in the vibes of nature. The added attraction is the Krishna which is flowing near to the township.

The temperature in Panchgani is around 12 degree C during the winter and sometimes reaches 34 degree C during the summer; however the humidity level is very low.

Travel Tips

Panchgani is a perfect winter destination and as such is best visited between October and early April. The weather remains moderate and pleasant making it apt for sightseeing and exploring the town. The monsoon season that is between July and early September is also a good time to visit. The region turns into a lush green carpet and has its own charm. Do not litter the place by depositing plastic and any garbage. Keep emergency medicines and a first aid kit along with you.

Things To Do

With abundance of natural and scenic beauties, Panchgani is an ideal holiday destination amid various sunrise point views, colonial period buildings, garden, caves etc. The Table Land, the second longest mountain plateau in Asia and stands at a height of over 1300m is covered with laterite rock. Try out for horse riding here. Sydney Point, Parsi point are popular tourist spots. Devil’s Kitchen is associated with Mahabharata; Pandavgad cae is also nearby. Sherbag is a picturesque garden with birds, rabbits and turkeys.Mapro Garden is yet another attraction and famous for strawberry produce. Angling and fishing can be done on the river. Trekking, cycling, horse riding is available at this place. Paragliding is available for the daring hearts also. Shopaholics can buy some collectibles from the markets nearby to keep back a part of this place. Try out special Maharashtrian dishes along with Chinese, North Indian, Gujarati, Punjabi, Mughlai dishes.

Getting Around

Bicycles, taxis and horses are available to take tourists at the nearby places surrounding the region. However, the best way to explore the hilly town is by walking.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

This place does not have its own airport. The nearest one is at Pune which is 98 km away and connected by roads. Pune is connected with regular flight all across the country. You may also take a flight to Mumbai airport, which is around 120 km. Buses, cabs are available from Pune or Mumbai to Panchgani.

TRAIN

The closest railway station to Panchgani is Wathar, but it is not so well-connected. Getting down at Pune station would work out better in terms of convenience. Pune is a well-connected railway station. You could direct pre-paid taxi service to Panchgani from Pune railway station. Wathar is the closest railway station, 45 km away and is connected by limited number of trains only. The journey takes around 1 hour to reach Panchgani. There is a major railhead at Pune which is connected by trains on regular basis, which connect this place with other major metro cities of India. You may avail private cars, pre-paid taxis from Pune station to reach Panchgani.

ROAD

There are public buses and hired cars available from Mumbai via Pune on regular basis to take people at this place. You can also hire private cars, sumos or take your own vehicle to reach Panchgani.

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Surrounding Attractions

Panchgani is surrounded by abundant beauty. Mahabaleshwar is another hotspot which is closest to this township also. There are dams which can be visited during the stay also. Dhom dam offers a mystic view of the Krishna River. There are Sydney point, Kate’s point, Parsi point, Lingmala falls, Devai art village to keep the tourists busy. You may visit to Mahabaleshwar, which is 14 km from Panchgani, Lavasa, 62 km away and Pune, 67 km from this town. You may also travel to Goa, the exotic beach town which is at a distance of 270 km from Panchgani.
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