Mar 3, 2012

If Mahabaleshwar is known as 'The Grand Canyon of India', then No doubt Panchgani is 'The Switzerland of India'. Panchgani refers to 'Five hills of Sahyadri' which are 'Larger extension of table land'. Another explanation to it - five villages around the Pachgani named as, Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral and Taighat. The magnificent views of the backwaters of Dhom Dam can be adored along the whole nothern ridge of the mountains. Other than that picturesque scenary of Krishna valley with cultivated green fields, numerous hamlets over the mountain make this more special. Panchgani is also well known for its number of schools, and sanitariums. 


Panchgani can be visited throughout the year, however it rains heavily during the monsoons. The best time to visit is from September to March. Our curvaceous route for the day from Pune was: Magarpatta - Katraj (Snake Park, Pune) - Pune Banglore Highway (NH4) - Wai - Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar - Tapola [Reverse in return while boating at Venna lake] 
This time, In our group we had Tarachand, Komal, Sonal, Rajesh, Mausmi, Gyan, Meenal and not to mention me. We enjoyed the sunrise in the early morning with breakfast. Everyone had got some or the other yummy stuff with them.

Tourist Points at Panchgani:

Harrison Folly: We had our first break of the day at this point. It was a very large table land, where your shadow will follow you in different directions. We enjoyed good view point with Panchgani on one side and Wai on the other. This point wouldn't disappoint you. Sometimes Paragliding activity also organised from here by private enthusiasts.

Sydney Point: One funny incident happen as we took wrong turn, and reached a 'Flies point - Makkhi point' 'The garbage point', :P where none of us was able to breathe. All of a sudden many flies were inside the Tavera as someone kept the window open for a few seconds. At this point, entry fee is charged for entering Panchgani [Per person and for the vehicle] Once at the top of the Sydney point, one can see blue shiny water of the Dhom dam. It is situated on a hilltop facing the Krishna valley. We had some quick clicks at this point. 

Parsi Point: We passed through the scenic point situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar, and overviewed the Krishna valley and glittering water of the Dhom Dam. This point is good to visit during monsoon, but still, good to relax and have snacks. 

Table Top Point: Panchgani is topped by a volcanic plateau, 'The Table Land' which is the second highest in Asia after the Tibetan plateau. This is the most famous and most visited point in Panchgani. We spent 2-3 hours admiring the beauty of this place. For entertainment one can go for horse riding, Merry-go-round, mini train etc and for food lovers there are quite a few food/chaat stalls. With a couple of games counters, the place took us back to our childhood days of being at Fun-Fairs.

Pandav Feet at Panchgani Table Land.
We opted for horse-cart as sun was at top of us. It charged 300 for 4 sitters that included below points:
  • Pandav Feet: As per belief, Five heros of the great epic 'The Mahabharat', had cooked here, and left their feet marks. 
  • One Tree Point: Famous shooting point for Indian Movie Songs - precisely the love songs.
  • Shutting Point: This is the point where you have most panoramic views. 
  • Ganesh Visargen Point: There is small water place at the table top point. This point in major utilised for horse bath. 
  • Pandav Cave (Drop Point): Also known as 'Devil's Kitchen', has a mythology associated with it. It is believed that the Pandavas of the Mahabharat epic had stayed here for a while. 
Pandav Cave at Panchgani Table Point
The place had been an important part of many Indian movies - 'Gadar', 'Swadesh', 'Taare Zameen Par', Agent Vinod' to name a few. We also paid a long distant visit to Palankhet, Sydney point, Gliding Point, Five Table land during our horse-cart ride. (If you have ample time, just roam on your own, rather than opting for horse-cart or horse-riding)

Tapola, The mini Kashmir: 
The road trip to Tapola was amazing with couple of yards covered by umbrellas of Banyan Trees. The blue water bodies on both sides - Koyna and Solshi rivers made it even more pleasant. The hot Sun didn't let us spend too much of time here and we moved ahead to the next stop...We'll definitely come back sometime again in monsoon.


On our return trip, We covered Lodwick and Elephant head point at Mahabaleshwar. One hour walk in dense forest was awesome. (For info on Mahabaleshwar during monsoon, please visit "Trip to Mahabaleshwar)

An eve at Venna Lake: This was the most entertaining part of the day. All of us were ready to row the boat on our own. We decided not to rent a driver and started rowing ourselves. The naive drivers (i.e. we) were floating it to the un-intensional directions. :P  While two were enjoying the driving lessons, others were busy in admiring the beautiful sunset. We struggled for parking the boat back on the shore and took a sigh of relief when were off the boat. We yelled "Bach gayee!!!" 
Sunset at Venna Lake


Mapro Garden: The Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar belt is known for its Strawberry Gardens. Situated on the curvaceous roads between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar, it is easily accessible by buses originating both from Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. A heaven for tourists hungry for strawberry delicacies as well as factory fresh items like jams, syrups, mock-tails, squashes and confectionery items by Mapro Foods Pvt Ltd. At the tasting counter, you can actually taste the squash of your choice before purchasing it for free. We picked up 'Kesar' flavoured squash, some chocolates and Kachchi kerry. 

Oops, how did I forget to mention about the astrologers roaming around. I was always caught up by them as target and got a new name "CHAPTER".  

3 comments:

  1. We have a travel website which is a Maharashtra travel Guide in which we have a page for Panchgani with lot of information regarding the place. We also have information regarding Panchgani Hotels for which we provide direct link to the hotel websites


    We also have a page for blogs on Panchgani. Do let us know if you would like to

    feature your blog
    in the Panchgani Blogs page in puneritraveller.com.

    Please write to puneritraveller at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice info, It helped me. Just visited Panchgani last weekend only with my frds.

    ReplyDelete
  3. good photos very nice photography

    ReplyDelete

Recent Popular Posts

Follow by Email

What are you seaching

'Mae De Deus' church - Saligao 3D World 4D Shows 4G For the Global Garden A rainy day at Alibaag - Mini Goa A week in Goa A(H1N1) Swine Flu Advisory in India Aai Museum Aare Ware Beach Adlabs Entertainment Adlabs Imagica Agoda Fort - Sinquerim Aguada Fort Ajanta-Ellora Caves Alandi Alibaag Beaches Amba Ghat Ancient Arthur's Seat Ashtavinayak Temples in Maharashtra Audio Tour Aurangabad Baga Beach - Goa Bagmandala to Veshvi Boat Trip Band Beach Best beaches to visit in Goa Best Blog TV Best Blogging Tips and words Best Home Poem Best Places to visit in India Best Places to visit in Mumbai Bhaja Caves to Lohagad Fort Trek Bhaje Caves and Waterfalls Bhigwan Bhorgiri Bibi Ka Makbara Bird Sanctuary Birds in India Birthplace of Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Boat trip Bonfire Bushi Dam Calingute Beach Watersports Camp Temgarh Camping in Maharashtra Camping near Mumbai Camping near Pune Camping sites in Maharashtra Carnival Caves in India Caves in Maharashtra Children Parks Chiwla Beach Control your foot Copying/Moving blog posts Corporate Outing Dam Dapoli Beaches Day trip Devagiri Fort Devbag Devdeveshwar Temple Devrukh Dinner Diveagar Shrivardhan Harihareshwar Dona Paula Dona Paula - Panaji Doomsday - the day of the Last Judgment Earth Hour Elephant's Head Point Elphinstone Point Enjoy Summer Time Entertainment Event Every Poem ewedding Family Garden Farmhouse fauna favicon tutorial Ferry Festivals in India First Trip to Goa Flamingo Flea market flora Flower Food For Thought Poem Fort of Gates Fort Resorts Forts Forts in Maharashtra Free Wedding Site Frequently used Blogging words Ganpati Temple Ganpatipule Garden Getting Hitched Ghazal Night Ghogaon Goa Festival Goa India Goa Project Event Half Day Trips Happy New Year Poem Harihareshwar Pradakshina Marg Harnai Fish Market Harnai Port and village Harrison Folly Hedvi Highest Hits on You-Tube Historical Places to visit in Pune Home - Ghar How to add favicon to your blog/website How to add/upload favicon to blogger domain I and You I like the way I love the way I wanna Poem India's Biggest Conch ISKCON Temples around the world Jain Temples in Pune Jain Temples near Lonavala Jain Temples near Pune Jogeshwari Prasanna Temple Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra Jyotirlings Kaas Kaas Pathar Kalasha Temple Kanakdurg Fort Trek Karla Bhaja Caves Kashid Beach Kate's Point Khandoba Temple Khopoli Kolaba - Alibaag Fort Kondhur Konkan Beaches Konkan Museum Koregaon Park Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary Lake Last Days on Earth Latest Poems Lenyadri Hills Lighthouse Lion Point Lodwick Point Lonavala Lord Kartikeya Temple Pune Lord Shiva Mackie’s Saturday Night Market Mahabaleshwar Points Mahaganapati Ashtavinayak Temple - Ranjangaon Mahaganpati Devasthan Mahashivratri Malganga Devasthan Temple Malvan Maral Marleshwar Marriage Anniversary Poem Matheran Hill Station Matheran Toy Train Mind and Body Game Mini Taj Miramar Beach - Panaji Monkey Point - Khandala Monsoon Moonrise Move/Copy Blog Posts from one blog to another Mulshi Dam Mulshi Lake Mumbai in a day Murud Janjira Fort Music My Poems Nature Needle Hole Point Neelkantheshwar Old Goa and Panaji Tour Om Namah Shivah Om Sai One day trip Online Darshan Booking orchid Painted Stork Palande Murud and Karde Beach Palkhi Panchgani Points Pandav Cave Point Panshet Panshet Dam Paradise Cruise Photographs Photography Place to visit near Pune during monsoon places in maharashtra Places in Malvan Places near Ahmadnagar Places near Aurangabad Places near Baramati Places near Bhimashankar Places near Calangute Places near Daulatabad places near devrukh Places near Ganpatipule Places near Khadakwasla Places near Lavasa Places near Mahabaleshwar Places near Mulshi Places near Mumbai Places near Nasik Places near Panchgani Places near Pune Places near Ratnagiri places near sangmeshwar Places near Satara Places near Shirdi Places near Tapola Places to visit in Goa places to visit in pune Places to visit in Shirur Places to visit in Shivneri Fort - Junnar Places to visit near Dapoli Places to visit near Lonavala Places to visit near Nasik Places to Visit near Pune Places to Visit near Pune - Mumbai Places to visit near Ratnagiri Places to visit near Shirur Poem about 'Life is Beautiful' Poem about Food for Thought Poem about Home Poem about Thanks You Poem about You Poem writing Poetic Rhymes Poetry - The Poem Points to visit in Matheran Potholes near Takli Haji Power Of You Pratapgad Prati Shirdi Pre wedding shoot Pune Celebrations Pune Events Pune Gardens Pune in a day Pune to Alibaag Trip Pune to Lavasa Purinder Fort Raga Lawns Raigad Raigarh Fort Rainy Season Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park Rajmachi Garden Rameshwar Temple - Chaul Ramling Temple Ratnadurga Fort Ratnagiri Remember Me Replica Temples in India River Ropeway Ryewood Park Saaswad Changavteshwar Temple Purandar Fort Trek Sach Poems Sai Baba Temple SaiBaba Temple Map Saint Dnyaneshwar Sangmeshwar Sarasbaag Satara scuba diving Seven Deadly Threats to Humanity Seven Wonders Parks Shirdi Shirdi SaiBaba Temple Shirgaon Shiv Sagar Shiv Temples Shivaji Maharaj Shivneri Fort Shravan Month Shree Pabal Tirth Shri Girijatmaj Lenyadri Ganapati Shrivardhan-Harihareshwar Trip Shwetamber Digambar Jain Temples Sindhudurg Sindhudurg Fort Snake Park Katraj snorkeling Soljai temple St. Alex Church Stalls Star Gazing Stork Garden Pune Sulaiman Pahar Sunrise Sunrise at Calangute Beach sunset Supermoon 2016 Supermoon in Maharashtra India Supermoon Photography Supermoon Photos Swimming Pool at Fort Swine Flu Helpline Numbers Swine Flu Information Swiss Tent Table Land Tapola tarkarli Team Events Temghar Dam Temple Temple near Pune Temples in Pune Temples near Pune Thanks Poem The words containing blog Theme Park Thibaw Palace Things to do in Goa Thoseghar Three D will rule the world Three Magic Words Time waited for my first blog. Tomb Tourists Places to Visit near Pune - Mumbai Travel Trek Trek in Pune Trip To North Goa Trip To South Goa Ujjani Dam Valley Vday Velneshwar Venna Lake Vetal Temple Vighanahar Temple Ojhar Vote Earth waterfall We have a long way to go Weekend Trips What is Swine Flu When the earth will end? Whenever Wherever Poem wild wildlife sanctuary windmills Wonders of the world Yamai Devi Yenpe ZaPalooza
copyright@placesinmaharashtra. Powered by Blogger.

LENS (Like! Enjoy! Navigate! Share!)

Follow me @ sachinkgupta.com

Your Live Feed