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Panchgani

Away from the hustle bustle of city life, lies one of the less publicized hill stations of Maharashtra, Panchgani. It is also known as the “Mecca of Maharashtra”. This hill station stands 38 meters below Mahabaleshwar, at an altitude of 1334 meters. A 21-kilometer drive from Mahabaleshwar to Panchgani is sketched by meandering flow of Krishna River and the landscape of the coastal plains.

A unique geographical feature of this hill station is that it is shaped by flattening volcanic rocks. Panchgani is named so because of the five hills that surround it. The enchanting beauty of Panchgani can be enjoyed by taking a pony ride around the town. The old buildings of this region have the charm of British Raj. Panchgani also houses as many as 20 boarding schools. The immaculate beauty of this hill resort and fresh air acts as the most magical doctor, which is said to have healed many TB patients. The presence of valleys and steep slopes makes it suitable for trekking too.

   
Places to visit
Apart from the Parsi and British styled buildings and mansion, Panchgani offers the tourists a wide range of look-out points, water falls and caves.
   
Table Land
 
It is a vast expanse of laterite rock. This plateau is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. At 60 meters of height this plateau offers a thrilling view of hills and caves. One can also see the magnificent ruins of Kamalgarh Fort.
   
Devil's Kitchen
 
This famous cave of Panchgani has a mythological history to itself. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed in the cave for a while and used it for cooking their food.
   
Dhom Dam
 
Dhom Dam. 21 kilometers from Panchgani is famous for water sports. It provides boat rides for tourists to explore the beauty of Krishna River and the sprawling greenery that surrounds it.
 

 

Sydney Point
 

This point offers the view of the sparkling waters of Dhom dam and Krishna river.

   

Rajapuri caves

 
These caves are situated 10 km away from Panchgani. These caves house the famous temple of Lord Karthikeya, (Lord Shiva's son) and local goddess Ghatjal Devi. A local mela is also held here during the harvest season.
   

Shopping

 
The local bazaars on the streets are extremely quiet. Panchgani does not offer any special items for purchase but a stroll in the bazaar attracts the tourists to various chappals, shawls, etc. The bazaars of the hill station are famous for their evening food stalls.
   

Getting to Panchgani

 
Nearest airport is Pune
Nearest railhead is Wathar, 45 km from Miraj-Kolhapur section of South Central Railway. However convenient railhead is Pune.
By road, Pune-Panchgani is 98 km Mumbai-Panchgani via Pune is 270 km. Mumbai Panchgani via Mahad is 266 km. State Transport buses ply from Satara, Pune, Wai, Mahabaleshwar, Mahad.
   

Where to stay

 
Though most of the tourists stay at hotels in Mahabaleshwar, there are a few hotels and guesthouses in Panchgani.
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