Trip to Panchgani

Panchgani, on the way to Mahabaleshwar from Pune, is one of the famous hill stations in West India. The serene ambiance is quite contrary to the hustle-bustle of Mahabaleswar. Just over a 200 km drive from Pune, this hill station is a perfect mountain retreat for the nature-craving souls who want to rush out of the concrete walls. Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Panchgani is named after the “panch” or five hillocks that surround the valley.

Sydney Point

Sydney Point was named after Sir Sidney Beckwith, who was Commander in Chief in Panchgani. The viewpoint offers a mesmerizing view of the Krishna Valley and the Dhoom Dam. One can climb up the stairs and from there, there is a small suspension bridge that offers a panoramic view of the valley. The other viewpoints like Tableland is so visible from here.

Parsi point

The panorama gives jaw-dropping view. It is such a delight for sore eyes. We were wondering how beautiful it must be during the monsoons. Just next to Parsi point is the famous restaurant, The Rainforest which offers lodging as well. This is one of the best must-eat places in Panchgani.

Kate’s point
Beautiful valley view from Kate’s point
Needle point view point
Elephant head point

This viewpoint is absolutely the best to see for the Sahyadri mountain range – the beautiful peaks of Kamalgadh, Pandavgadh, and Mandardeo.
Situated at an altitude of 1290 m, this viewpoint is named after former British governor Sir John Malcolm’s daughter Kate. Three different viewpoints comprise this place viz Kate’s Point, Echo Point, and Needle Hole Point or Elephant’s Head Point. Elephant’s head point is a nature’s marvel – the rock formation looks sublime!

Wilson Point

Named after Sir Leslie Wilson, Wilson Point is a vast plateau range. Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar. This point is the highest viewpoint in Mahabaleswar, being close to 1439 m. Both Sunset and sunrise can be enjoyed from this viewpoint – however, we missed both as it was sweltering summer. The road to the viewpoint is quite broken and has few u-pins so one should drive very carefully.

Wilson Point
Babington Point

This can be covered on way to Wilson point. Babington viewpoint offers a gorgeous panoramic view of landscape and I could not imagine the sheer beauty of the green carpet post monsoons. It is only about 2.5 km from the Mahabaleshwar market, so you can also plan for a short picnic at the spot. However, please be responsible and do not litter the area.

Elpinestone point / Arthur’s Seat

Elphinstone Point was named after Mountstuart Elphinstone who was the Governor of Bombay Presidency at that time. Discovered in 1830 by Dr. Murray, this viewpoint offers commands a panoramic view of the idyllic ravine created by River Koyna and River Savitri. Arthur Seat is also adjacent to this viewpoint.

There is an interesting myth about Arthur’s Seat that if you drop a coin here, it floats right back to you. We heard about it when we were near Wilson’s point and laughed out heads off! When we had finally visited Arthur’s Seat, we realised why this may be true. The gusty winds are so strong that a coin may just float if dropped – hence the myth! Try the myth at your own risk.

There are several food stalls – hot maggie can definitely spruce up the beautiful viewpoint experience.Parking near these viewpoints is chaotic so please plan accordingly.

How beautiful it must look after monsoons!
MaPro Strawberry garden

Over time, MaPro garden has become a huge tourist spot. One can easily spend 3-4 hours roaming around not only in the strawberry garden but also in the chocolate factories. There are several food shops offering strawberry milkshakes and cream products. The price is a bit on the higher side but the shakes are very delicious! When We were visiting, there was a strawberry festival going on. There was the famous Tasha dhol performance and also a dance parade by the Marpo staff. Also, Mapro products are at 10% off here. You can get free samples for the drinks before deciding what to buy.

Strawberry festival
Strawberry milkshake and chocolate dipped strawberries

How to reach :

By Railway : Nearest station for Mahabaleswar is Wathar. One can easily available cabs or buses to commute to the city centre.

By Air : Nearest Airport is Pune Airport. You can hire out-station cab or Zoom car to drive over to Mahabaleswar which is around 120 Km by road.

Reach me on Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions regarding the travel to Panchgani/ Mahabaleswar. 

Did you visit Panchgani – what places did you like? Do not forget to comment below about your experience.

Happy Travelling!

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Published by Ordo Ab Chao

Indian Blogger

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