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access_time September 13, 2013 chat_bubble_outline 5 comments 7562 views

A weekend trip out of Mumbai? You must visit Panchgani, says Ankita Karkera Sarma

A panoramic view of Panchgani

A panoramic view of Panchgani

Being a Mumbaikar, I hate to say that spending weekends in this metropolitan city these days is all about mall hopping & grocery shopping. Just when you think you have a weekend to yourself to relax, you get tied up with bills, household chores, cleaning. So celebrating my birthday in Mumbai was out of question. We looked around online for offbeat places & came across this beautiful hill station in Satara, called Panchgani.

Known for premier boarding schools, this small town in the Western Ghats still has its old world charm intact. If you’re the kind who avoids touristy places, then Panchgani is the right place to be.

Situated near Mahableshwar, Panchgani used to be a retirement place during the British era because it remained pleasant throughout the year. Mahabaleshwar was the summer hill station for the British, but the monsoons made it difficult to live in. To develop the town, the British hired and encouraged contractors, masons, tailors, dhobis and other workers from the surrounding areas to settle in Panchgani. That’s how this town came to be what it is today. Panchgani derives its name from the fact that it is surrounded by five hills or ‘Paach Ganis’ as the locals call it. The town overlooks the gorgeous Krishna River flowing through the valley.

Quaint little streets with old wooden British-style and Parsi homes, colourful poinsettias laid on your way, zig zag roads thickly canopied by long silver oak trees and chirpy sounds of birds, they all welcomed us with open arms.

 

Things To Do In Panchgani

Horse carts wait for customers

Gawk at nature’s beauty at Tableland

The highest point in Panchgani (4550 ft above sea level), this flat large stretch of rock is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia offering a magnificent view of the Krishna Valley and the small town of Panchgani. Go there before 9 AM and you’ll find the whole place to yourself.
Since our hotel was right below Tableland, we took a secret, steep trek used mostly by locals and boy, were we surprised by the view!

Go Jammy at Mapro Food Park

Don’t mistake this for Mapro Garden which is closer to Mahableshwar. The newly opened food park is situated on Wai-Surur road and it falls on your way back to Mumbai. Learn how preserves and jams are made, buy Mapro products at a discounted rate, try their ice-creams and sandwiches.

Connect with the almighty at Wai

Also known as ‘Dakshin Kaashi’ or the town of temples. Use of huge stone slabs is the major characteristic of Hemādpanti architecture which reflects widely in these temples.

Spend some kiddie time at On Wheels Theme Park

 

Where To Stay In Panchgani

Stay At Hotel Prospect

Hotel Prospect Sunset cottages

A really well maintained Heritage property with small cosy cottages tucked in the middle of lush greenery right below Table Land. We stayed there for 2 days and felt like we were transported to the ‘50s. Lovely Parsi food served with retro music. Sunset cottages offer a beautiful view at dawn. The owners are quite easy going and made our stay very pleasant. Home away from home
Panchgani boasts of hotels/rental bungalows which give you a magnificent valley view which is just to die for. Hotel Ravine has a few of these rooms. Booking well in advance helps but if the valley view rooms are unavailable, don’t bother. Honestly, apart from the view, the property has nothing interesting to offer.

To book a hotel in Panchgani, click here to know more – <cnk website link>

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Ankitak

Dealing with quarter-life crisis is the hardest thing to cope with, and travelling makes it easier. That’s what Ankita Karkera believes. A Digital Marketer by profession, Ankita loves planning her holidays online. When she’s not busy with that, she usually bunks office and gets the artist in her out. Follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/ankitakarkera

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5 Comments

  1. tantra
    September 13, 18:44 tantra

    Hey! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout
    out and say I really enjoy reading your posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics?
    Thank you!

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  2. nik
    June 05, 04:54 nik

    good articles

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  3. Clarissa
    June 10, 10:07 Clarissa

    nice articles

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  4. Larisa
    September 06, 02:26 Larisa

    Appreciate the recommendation. Let me try it out.

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    May 07, 12:32 Mumbai to Panchgani Cab Rental

    Panchgani is the best picnic spot, whenever one thinks of short vacation from Mumbai this is th best place that comes in mind. Thanks for sharing. EO Cabs

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