Famed as a popular health resort, Panchgani is a hill station situated in Maharashtra. This holiday destination is created out of pristine forests and natural vegetation that entices tourists from across the globe.
Panchgani Maharastra - North India
It once served as a summer retreat for the British after its discovery by John Chesson who is the founder of Panchgani. At present the hill station is endowed with colonial cottages, a cool and lull ambience, woody places and dense, moist forests.
During the colonial times, the British are accredited in introducing many different plant species like silver oaks and poinsettia that add to the enthralling beauty of the place. Panchgani is situated among five hills, hence came the name Panchgani (Panch – five, gani – hills).
If you own a bike or can find means of renting out one, then do not miss out on taking a bike ride along the hills to reach Panchgani.
If you are a nature freak, you can get your camping kits ready as you can camp along the forests near Panchgani.
Fondly known as a flyer’s paradise, Panchgani is one of the few places where you can enjoy paragliding in Maharashtra. The fresh green scenery of the place and the spectacular view adds to the thrill of flying.
During the monsoon season experience the thrill of waterfall rappelling at Panchgani with the showers cascading from above. The Sidney viewpoint is one of nature’s hectic beauty that offers the most beautiful valley view you would have ever gaped upon. There are many places that make you fall head-over-heels in love with nature like the Dhom Dam, Venna Lake and the nearby hill station of Mahabaleshwar.
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By air : The nearest airport is the Pune airport about 55 miles in distance. The Chatrapati Shivaji international airport is the nearest airport with international flights.
By train : The Pune railway station is the nearest railway station which is 95 kilometers from Panchgani.
By road : There are regular buses and taxi services that reach Panchgani from all major towns and cities in the country.