Located at an elevation of 1334 above sea level, Panchgani is a gorgeous hill station in Maharashtra. Nestled at the middle of five hills in the Sayadhari ranges, it is a mesmerizing and scenic holiday destination, which remains pleasant throughout. The destination is also a natural relaxation sight, at an altitude of 1334 km; just 38 m below Mahabaleshwar offering heart taking view of Krishna River in the west.
Scenic Panchgani was discovered by John Chesson in 1860. During the British raj it was used by British officials as their 'summer resort'. He surveyed the hills in this region and finally decided on this nameless area in the vicinity of the five villages. Panchgani has many old British buildings, Parsi houses and educational institutes.
This is one of the most popular scenic points, named so being a favorite among the parses'. It overlooks the Krishna valley.
Located about 10 km from Panchgani, it houses a temple of Lord Karthikeya. There are four main caves; three are linked by underground tunnels and one is separate.
It is situated on the hillock facing Krishna valley, named after Sir Sydney Backward. It is an ideal place to enjoy the scenic beauty, flowing Dom Dam and the hills of Pandavgarh and Mandardevi.
Situated about 21 km away from Panchgani, it is a major tourist attraction. Apart from a gorgeous boating spot, it offers exciting rides of scooter and speed boats.
Situated south of the tableland, it is believed to be the place where the Pandavas lived and used for their cooking.
Situated at an elevation of 4550 above sea level, it is the highest part of Panchgani. Several caves are located here devil's kitchen being the most popular. Tourists can also enjoy horse riding, mini trains and merry go rounds.
When to Visit
Panchgani though has a moderate climate all throughout the year but the best time to visit is September to May. June to September is monsoon months and good time for rain lovers.
Being the land of natural beauty, it is delightful for those who prefer natural products. The Wednesday market or bud ka bazaar is the busiest part where items like handicrafts, footwear, fruit items and jams and marmalades for which it is famous are a great pick for all.
There are no gourmet restaurants in Panchgani but there are abundant street food and the very best rose ice-cream. Appetizers like patties, keema pao and pao bhaji are a must to eat.
Panchgani has plenty of accommodation options. Tourists can choose from hotels, guest houses, bungalows and private cottages. Tourists can also consider hotels run by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation.
How to Reach
Pune is the nearest airport at a distance of 98 km.
Wather is the closest railhead at a distance of 71 km. However Pune is also a preferable option as it has excellent road connectivity.
Panchgani is well-linked with the roads of Mumbai and Pune and all the major cities in the region.