Panchgani – Popular Hill Station in Maharashtra, India

Panchgani is a quite and delightful hill station situated at an altitude of approx. 1335 m and is just 98 km from Pune in Maharashtra and 16 km from Mahabaleshwar. Swoops around bends with abandon, offering heart stopping views of the river Krishna on one side and the coastal plains on the other. The twin hill-stations of Panchgani have an undying allure that continues to attract hordes of tourists each year. Panchgani was initially settled by retired Britishers, but due to its pleasant atmosphere throughout the year, others also came to settle here.

Panchgani derives its name from the five hills surrounding it and are topped by a volcanic plateau. It is also known as ‘Mecca of Maharashtra’. Tourists can enjoy a network of nature walks through the woods, thickly canopied by lush trees and vegetation. In the evening, it turns out to a makeshift fair with ferris wheels, pony rides and a large number of food stalls. The ride through the hamlets, farms and ravines with the beautiful greens and the ravishing river Krishna of Panchgani will surely fascinate you. The fresh breeze is just one of the several ingredients that makes it laid-back and relaxing.

There are loads of places that are must watch. A well-known Ganesh Temple is located close by in Wai. Table Land is a flat stretch of laterite rock and the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. Some wider caves including the “Devil’s Kitchen” can be seen from here. Tapola is yet another enjoyable water sports centre. One can also enjoy eating Strawberries with cream, which are served at various joints located on the road to Mahabaleshwar – Panchgani and on the lake. Sydney point is about 2 Km from Panchgani Bus stand.

How to Reach There:

By Air:
Nearest airport is at Pune, at a distance of 98 km.

By Rail:
Nearest railway station is at Wathar, at a distance of 45 km. Pune railway station is well connected with major cities and is about 100 km away from Panchgani.

By Road:
Panchgani to Pune 98 km, Mumbai (via Pune) 270 km, Mumbai (via Mahad) 260 km, Mahabaleshwar 18 km.

By Bus:
Regular buses connect Panchgani with Pune, Satara, Mahabaleshwar and Mahad through State Road Transport System.

By Taxi:
Taxis are available from Mumbai, Pune, Mahabaleshwar, and Mahad to Panchgani.