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Panchgani – The hill station in Maharashtra, India

Nearest Airport : Pune
Climate : 16 degrees in winter, 30 degrees in summer
Best Time to visit : September to May
Panchgani is located at 17.92, 73.82 (co-ordinates)
Altitude: 1334 Meters

Scenic Panchgani was discovered by the British during the British Raj as a summer resort (among the many other resorts developed by the British in the 19th century), and a superintendent named John Chesson was placed in charge of the hill station in the 1860s.
The five hills surrounding Panchgani are topped by a volcanic plateau, which is the second highest in Asia after the Tibetan plateau. These plateaus, alternatively known as “table land”, are a part of the Deccan Plateau and they were raised by pressure between the earth plates. The area has high seismic activity, with an epicenter near Koyn?nagar where the Koynanagar Dam and a hydroelectric power plant have been built. Panchgani is known for its many boarding schools since the late 1800’s. They attract student from the nearby cities of Mumbai and Pune, and also from abroad.

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The name is unique, with the name of Panchgani being derived from the five hills around it. At an altitude of 1334 m it is just 38 m below Mahabaleshwar. These 38 m translate themselves into a breathtaking 20 kms approach from Mahabaleshwar, that swoops around bends with abandon, offering heart stopping views of the river krishna on one side & the coastal plains on the other. Panchgani is the quintessential hill station, with the Raj stamped indelibly all over it. It can be seen in the old architecture of the old British buildings, the parsi houses, & the boarding schools that have been for a century or more.
If you are on a tour of Panchgani, try exploring the town, riding on the back of a pony. You can ride through little villages and farms and imagine yourself touring the countryside, and is the recommended means of going through the countryside. On a serious note though, if you really wish to see the scenic beauty, then pony ride is a good option or else you can take a taxi or rent a bicycle. Do not forget to check out the enchanting River Krishna while you are there.

Places nearby and worth seeing:

Sydney Point: This site is situated on a small hillock facing the Krishna Valley. From here one can see the the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam and Pandavgad and Mandhardeo.

Table Land: Situated around 60 mts high, this flat large expanse of laterite rock is the second longest mountain plateau in asia. There are some spacious caves that can be seen from here and one of them is Devil’s Kitchen. Depicted in a number of movies.

Parsi Point: From here we have a view of the rice and wheat fields of Chikli village and flowing past is the Krishna river. A look through the telescope and a rough guide to the area for five rupees should give you a fair idea of what to see.

Devil’s Kitchen: The Devil’s Kitchen situated to the south of tableland, is also a place of mythological interest. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here for a while and used this place to cook their food. There are some legends regarding this, though most of them appear to be mere tall tales. Some people claim that Pandvgadh Caves (near Wai) are also built by them and bear their name.

Dhom Dam: Water sports is a great attraction for tourists, located 21 kms away from Panchgani. This is a beautiful boating spot and here one can enjoy with Scooter boats and Speed boats.

The Lingmala Falls: The Lingmala Falls in Mahabaleshwar can be reached by road. It lies on the Mahabaleshwar-Poona road. The stream here precipitates over the face of steep cliff, unbroken when the torrent is swollen by rain but ordinarily divided by projecting rocks about one third of the way down into thin silver streaks and sprays often circled by rainbows. The forest bungalow of lingmala is also close by.

Rajapuri Caves: About 10 km from the town, the caves have a religious importance as there is a temple of Lord Karthikeya, (Lord Shiva’s son) here. A temple of local goddess Ghatjal Devi is also in the area. A small local fair is held at the time of the harvest season.

Satara (45 Km): A district headquarters, Satara was the capital of the Maratha empire form 1699. The places of interest here include the Shri Bhavani Devi Jalamandir, Ajinkyatara Fort of Satara and Shri Kshetra Mahuli (6 Km).

Wai (12 Km): Wai is a small holy town situated on the banks of the river Krishna. Wai is known for its ancient temple of Lord Ganapati, the Kashivishweshwar temple and the Buddhist caves at Lonara (7 Km).

How to get there:

Distances: 98 kms from Pune, 266 kms from Mumbai via Mahad, 20 kms from Mahabaleshwar

Air: The nearest airport is Pune (100 Km) which is connected by Indian Airlines and other airlines with Delhi, Mumbai and other cities /towns.

Rail: The nearest railhead is Satara (44 Km) but the convenient railhead is Pune (100 Km), which is a major railhead on the Central Line.

Road: Panchgani is connected by motorable roads with Aurangabad 330 Km, Mahabaleshwar 19 Km, Mumbai 258 Km, Nashik 306 Km, Satara(via-Wai) 44 Km, Pune 100 Km)

Places to stay:
Listing (link)
Cliff Inn Resort (link)
Comfort Inn Dhanhills (link)
Blue Country Resort (link)
Hotel Millennium Park
Ravine Hotel, Panchgani (link)
Basilica Hotel, Panchgani (link)
Mount Castle, Panchgani
Summer Plaza Resort, Panchgani (link)
Lords Panchgani Club, Panchgani (link)
Prospect Hotel, Panchgani (link)
IL Palazzo Hotel (link)
Rahil Plaza Hotel, Panchgani
Summer Palace, Panchgani (link)
Sai Palace, Panchgani
Aishwarya Hotel, Panchgani
Five Hills, MTDC, Panchgani

External articles:
1. Photos of Panchgani (link)
2. Schools located in Panchgani (link)
3. Sunset at Panchgani (link)
4. Panchgani at (link)
5. Blog and photos (link)
6. Blog at Umang Dutt (link)
7. Motorbike ride to Panchgani (link)
8. Photo of Panchgani (link)
9. Riding on the clouds in Panchgani (link)
10. Lots of photos of Panchgani (link)
11. Dragon clouds at Panchgani (link)
12. Nature at Panchgani photos (link)
13. Photo Gallery at Panchgani (link)
14. Review of Il Pallazo (link)
15. Beautiful photos of Panchgani with blog (link)
16. Trip to Panchgani (link)

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