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Panchgani - Mecca of Maharashtra

STATE - MAHARASTRA
   
DISTANCE - 265 KM From Mumbai, 160 KM From Pune

CONNECTION
 
By Air : The airport at Pune is nearest to Panchgani.

By Rail : Pune is a popular railway station for tourists to Panchgani at a distance of 98 km from Panchgani. Though the railway station nearest to happens to be at Wathar.

By Road : State Transport buses run from Pune and Bombay. There are also MTDC / private luxury buses, that plies daily in either direction between Bombay and panchgani.
 
ABOUT PANCHGANI
 
Panchgani is a picturesque and frequented hill resort. This is an ideal base for some good trekking. Situated at an altitude of 1334m, it gets its name from the five hills around it. The Krishna River that meanders through the farms, ravines and hamlets on one side and the coastal plains on the other side has a special charm. Panchgani displays architecture of Old British buildings and Parsi houses. Horses are the best mode of travelling, which will gently gallop you through the thick, lush green trees, to unmarked routes, to the caves and the Kamalgad fort. The bazaar is also a place worth visiting.

Panchgani derives its name 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 18 km approach that swoops around and bends with abandon, offering splendid views of the river Krishna on one side, and the coastal plains, on the other. Panchgani is the quintessential hill station. It can be seen in the architecture of the old British buildings, the Parsi houses, and the boarding schools that have been around for a century or more. Pratapgarh is one of the forts built by shivaji to strengthen and to dominate the road system of the empire. Pratapgarh is closer to Mahabaleshwar and one can trek to this Shivaji's hill fort of Pratapgarh from Mahabaleshwar.
 
PLACES OF INTERESTS IN PANCHGANI
 
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.

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.

Sydney Point : This point 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 are also easily seen.

Parsi Point : This windy road situated on the way to Mahableshwar overlooks the Krishna valley and the blue mirror like waters of the Dhom Dam.

Dhom Dam : Dhom Dam water sports is one more amazing attraction for tourists which is 21 kms away from Panchgani. A beautiful boating spot.
 
RELIGIOUS PLACES IN PANCHGANI

  • Chavneshwar Temple
  • St. Peters Church
  • Catholic Church
  • Agiary Ghatjai Mandir
  • Kedareshwar
  • Sambhavnath Jain Temple

WHEN TO GO PANCHGANI
 
Panchgani has a pleasant weather all through the year. Though the monsoons in Panchgani see a lot of rain. The best time to visit Panchgani, is from September to May.
 
WEATHER FORECAST
 
Panchgani has a moderate climate all through the year. Summers (March to May) are pleasant and temperature varies between a minimum of 20°C to a maximum of 35°C. Winters during December to February are cool and the average temperature is around 16°C. Annual rainfalls are of medium level during monsoons in June to September.

 

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