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Discovered during British Era by John Chesson is a scenically blessed settlement called Panchgani in Maharashtra. Panchgani also spelled as Paachgani is a famous hill station of Western India situated in the Satara District in Maharashtra. Nestled amidst the five hills in the Sahyadri Mountain, Panchgani was developed as a British retirement place, since it was blessed with temperate weather throughout the year. Panchgani is located at a distance of 241km from and 98km from Pune.
Perched at an altitude of 1334mt there are many sightseeing spots in Panchgani. Offering the picturesque backdrop of hills on one side and coastal plains on the other, Panchgani has enthralled the mind of many travelers. Nearby Panchgani at a distance of 19 km is another hill station called Mahabaleswar. Surrounded by the thick wooded forest of Silver Oak trees and meandering river stream of Krishna, Panchgani has emerged as an adventurers’ hub. Camping, rock climbing, and paragliding in Panchgani have hyped the interest of many travelers. All the Panchgani’s points of interest are in easy hiking distance.
Offering the panoramic view of Krishna Valley is Sydney Point one of the prime tourist attractions of Panchgani. Sydney Point is located at a distance of 3km from Panchgani Bus Stand. Visitors can hike their way towards this pictorial view point of Panchgani. This view point was named after Sir Sidney Beckwarth, who was the member of the council and temporarily succeeded Sir John Malcolm as the Governor of Bombay in 1830. On a clear day visitors are bewitched by the view of glistening water of Dhom Dam seen from Sydney Point.
Table Land at an altitude of 1387mt is the highest point in Panchgani. It is said to be the Asia’s second longest mountain plateau. Table Land is the paragliding take off point in Panchgani. This barren land is one of the vantage points in Panchgani which is known for offering the view of surreal beauty inbounding this serene hill station. The pictorial location of Table Land has been used for many renowned Bollywood movies.
Situated on the way to Mahabaleswar is another view point of Panchgani called Parsi Point. Parsi Point is famous for showcasing the outstanding view of Dhom Dam and the luxuriant Krishna valley. The serene ambiance and scenic view of adjacent valleys has made Parsi Point a place to find solace amidst nature in Panchgani.
Constructed in 1982 on the river Krishna is Dhom Dam of Panchgani. It is located at a distance of 21 km from the main centre of Panchgani. Enclosed by lofty mountains sprawled with emerald green forest Dhom Dam is one place with boating facility in Panchgani. Visitors can indulge in scooter boating and speed boating in Dhom Dam.
Devil’s Kitchen is situated in the south of Table Land at a distance of 2km from Panchgani. According to mythology, Devil’s Kitchen is the place where Pandavas of Mahabharata stayed for a brief period during their exile. This place was used for cooking their food. At present time Devil’s Kitchen is a favored sightseeing spot of Panchgani.
Located close to Panchgani is an art village called Devrai Art Village. It is a safe abode for the highly skilled Adivasi craftsmen and artists from the naxalite affected areas of Gadchiroli & Chhattisgarh. The unique artifacts inspired by the culture and nature have caught the attention of many art lovers visiting Panchgani.
How to reach Panchgani: Travelers can either take a direct bus from Mumbai or Pune towards Panchgani. Or they can boards a train till Satara Railway Station from there they can take a shared vehicle till Panchgani. The distance between Panchgani to Satara Railway Station is 45km.
Best time to visit Panchgani: October to May is the best time to enjoy the surreal beauty and temperate weather of Panchgani. The best time for paragliding in Panchgani is from November to February.