Situated in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Panchgani is a popular hill station and is notable for the educational institutions in the country. This exotic holiday destination is made up of pristine forests and natural vegetation which entice tourists from all over the world.
This beautiful mist clad hill was discovered by John Chesson and was then converted into a summer retreat for the British. Currently the place is endowed with woody places, colonial cottages, lull ambience and dense, moist forests.
The British are credited in introducing many plant species like poinsettia and silver oaks to add to the enthralling charm of the hill station. Situated among five hills, this place came to be known as Panchgani (Panch – five, gani – hills).
Activities to do in Panchgani
Being situated at the perfect destination the weather is cool and pleasant throughout the year. If you own a bike or in a position to rent out one, do not miss out on the great bike ride along the hills so as to reach Panchgani. If you love nature and yearn for at least a night’s sleep under the stars, then pack your camping kits as you can camp in the forests in Panchgani. Fondly called by adventure seekers as ‘The Flyer’s paradise’, Panchgani is a great place for paragliding activities. Other such adventurous activities include.
Facilities in Panchgani
Food and beverages:
Panchgani has a number of hotels, coffee shops, snack kiosks, resorts, restaurants and wine parlors. During your trip to Panchgani, you should try out the great local cuisine which has an aromatic flavor cooked out of the fresh and natural vegetable and fruits grown there.
Public facilities such as police stations, transport, public toilets and security are available readily in Panchgani and in the areas around the hill station.
Attractions at Panchgani
With pristine forests and a great view of the valley, Panchgani is an exotic travel destination. With the thrill of the waterfall cascading from above during the monsoon period, Panchgani is the perfect holiday destination. The Sidney view point is nature’s hectic beauty where you can stand and stare with your mouth opened in awe. Come places of interest you can visit includes,
Best time to visit Panchgani
September to May makes the best time to visit Panchgani. With the onset of summer, the temperature remains comfortable and pleasant.
How to reach
The nearest airport is the Pune airport about 55 miles in distance. The Chatrapati Shivaji international airport is the nearest airport with international flights.
The Pune railway station is the nearest railway station which is 95 kilometers from Panchgani.
There are regular buses and taxi services that reach Panchgani from all major towns and cities in the country.