Panchgani, literally mean the place of five hills, is a renowned hill station in Maharashtra. This majestic hill resort is located at 1,334 mt altitude. Panchgani is a vibrant scenic destination and its beauty multiplies with the backdrop of hilly terrains at one side and coastal plains at the other side. This place had been used by the British officials as their summer resort.
The Panchgani hill station is known for its unpolluted air and it is believed that the oxygen content in atmosphere is more here compared to other regions. Due to this many people select this for convalescing from diseases. The ambience is very cool and calm and the exquisite environment is a perfect background for rejuvenation.
Panchgani is spotted with many attractive colonial period cottages with all luxurious facilities for the tourists to spend their vacation in perfect seclusion and enjoyment. This place is bestowed with buildings of British architecture, Parsi houses and the boarding schools. The town, a natural relaxation spot, adds its comforts with the soothing effect of cool breeze rustling through the thick woody regions. Panchgani has many western plant species including poinsettia and silver oaks, which are originally planted by British people.
Fresh air, unspoiled natural beauty, breathtaking panoramic views and lush greeneries make this place one of the most sought hill station in Maharashtra. This place is renowned for international quality education and there are at least three dozen schools offering high standard facilities for the children. The Mahabaleshwar Hill Station and Venna Lake are some attractions nearby.
When To Go
Panchgani has a moderate climate all through the year. But the best time to visit is from September to May.
September to November offers pleasant climate making it perfect for sightseeing and all types of tourist activities. The months from December to February has moderately cold weather, and is also ideal for tourist activities but one may require light woolen clothes during this period. These months are also favorable for enjoying honeymoon in Panchgani. Monsoon months offer medium rainfalls and are good time for rain lovers.
- Winters (December to February) are cool and the average temperature is around 16°C. Winter months are ideal for holidaying, sightseeing and other types of tourist activities. In short, the perfect time for Panchgani tourism.
- Summers (March to May) are pleasant and temperature varies between a minimum of 20°C to a maximum of 37°C. The climate is moderately hot making it ideal for sightseeing. Besides, these days are best for enjoying adventure activities in Panchgani.
- Monsoons (June to September) are accompanied by medium level of rainfalls. The place receives less crowd and monsoon lovers as well as peace seekers are sure to enjoy their visits.
Travel within city
Panchgani is a hill station that is located near Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra. Since it is located amidst five hills, traveling around the place can be a little difficult. Only powerful vehicles can climb the slopes. Some of the local transport options are taxis, jeeps and motor bikes.
Local transport in Panchgani is mainly through tourist taxis and they can be hired on a daily basis. They cost around Rs 600 per day. This is a good option for visiting nearby areas. Jeeps are also available and they are ideal for climbing the steep slopes. They cost around Rs 500 per day and are a good option for visiting some of the plantations in the area.
Motor bikes may also be available for hire; however they may not be a safe option for inexperienced riders. They cost between Rs 200 and Rs 300 per day.
At a distance of 10 kms from Panchgani and 20 kms from Mahabaleshwar are the Rajpuri Caves popular for being a religious place. It is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva’s son, Karthikeya. It also has thermal springs and the pilgrims believe the water to have been blessed with curative powers. A temple and Kamlgad Fort in vicinity and a local fair held in the harvest season are also popular attractions here.
Lord Karthikeya Temple
Lord Karthikeya temple is located at Rajpuri Caves in Panchgani. The temple is dedicated to Lord Karthikeya (Lord Muruga, Son of Lord Shiva). Rajpuri caves got the religious importance due to this famous temple. Thaipooyam festival during January-February month is celebrated here with lots of enthusiasm. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during this period.
The temple premise is a calm and cool place and is a best suit for people looking for serene environment for relaxation and meditation. The spiritual atmosphere adds impetus to relaxing moments.
Parsi Point is a renowned picnic spot lies on the Mahabaleshwar road in Panchgani. It offers panoramic views of picturesque Dhom Dam backwaters and the lush green Krishna valley. Sydney point is another breathtaking beautiful spot near Parsi Point.
The grandeur view of Wai village from these points are mind blogging and eye catching. This is a spot in Panchgani which is blessed with all worthy natural beauties. One can spend many hours in this calm and cool ambience enjoying the fragrant breeze emerging out from the hilly ranges.
Sherbaug, a picturesque and naturally well designed landscape, is an eye feasting valley in quaint hill resort Panchagani. Serbaug thrives with a wonderful children’s park and a beautiful rose garden. This unspoiled and unpolluted land is the home to many kinds of bird fauna, various kinds of rabbits, turkeys and swans.
Serbaug visitors can see the majestic scenes of young children participating in various artistic and sculptural activities here. Clay pot making and sculpturing are the important promotional activities undertaken here for the benefits of children.
Tableland has been credited with the privilege of being Asia’s second longest mountain Plateau. This is a wide expanse of laterite rock and this place offers the grandeur view of Panchgani hill station itself. One can get breathtaking views of Rajpuri caves and the place known as “Devil’s Kitchen�? from here.
Tableland provides a natural protection for the Panchgani from strong winds, heavy rains and it helps Panchgani to keep its ambience enjoyable for tourists. Table land serves as a great sports and games place for children and young.
Paragliding is a popular sport tourists can enjoy in Panchgani. Various local adventure operators are available on the table land where this sport can be enjoyed. The charge is around Rs 1500 for a 15 minute indulgence. All the requisite training and necessary gears are provided by the trainers.
Wai, located at the banks of Krishna River, is a pristine city nearby Panchgani. Wai is blessed with imposing seven Ghats known as Gangapuri, Madhi Aali, Ganpati Aali, Dharmapuri, Brahmanshahi, Ramdoh and Bhimkund.
Many temples are located in these Ghats. These Ghats enclose many water ponds, waterfalls and hillocks. Some important temples in Wai region are Kaunteshwar, Chakreshwar, Kaleshwar and Chimneshwar in Brahmanshahi ghat, Rameshwar temple, Chilavali Devi temple and Ramkund in Ramdoh ghat and Mahalaxmi temple in Dharmapuri.
An ancient fort named Pandavgadh is a nearby attraction and is renowned among the trekkers. The hilly terrains approaching the fort poses medium to tough challenges to the adventurous tourists.
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