Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Panchgani


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For me, Panchgani had always been either a transit point or a place to visit strawberry fields and shoot the breeze on the tableland.
Last month we decided to visit Panchgani and spend a couple of nights and enjoy whatever the place has on offer.
Panchgani has been famous for its residential academic institutions where a lot of parents, from neighbouring urban sprawls like Mumbai and Pune, sent their children to be groomed into adulthood.
Panchgani is very laid back as compared to its happening neighbour Mahabaleshwar hence frequented only by those who wish to unwind by going for long walks, listening to bird song and 



eating delicious omelettes in ‘Lucky Store and Bakery’ and parathas in Akbarallys or maybe drive 


down for a Parsi meal to the homely restaurant ‘Rustam’s Strawberry Inn’ on the road to 


Mahabaleshwar.
One place that should not be missed is the Mapro Garden on the road to Mahabaleshwar. It is very 


beautifully maintained and you can pick up your stock of squashes and juices of fresh berries apart from the visit to the wonderful chocolate factory in the complex.
Anytime of the day you feel bored or feel like inhaling fresh air, just go for a walk on the tableland. 


If you like to ride horses, you can do that too or if you feel like going for a ride in the horse cart, 


even that is possible! The options are available for whichever way you wish to spend your time.
Then there are stalls selling the famous corn patties which are yummy to be followed by 


strawberries with fresh or ice cream! Heaven!
Panchgani has me hooked. Shall visit again soon!! You should too!
We stayed in Millennium Hotel which is behind the tableland and not on the main road but we loved it for its ‘away, but there’ location. There are quite a few accommodation options available to suit all types of budgets.

By road Panchgani is just 95kms from Pune and 250kms from Mumbai. Pune and Mumbai are well connected by air, rail and road, nationally and internationally.

31 comments:

  1. Wow! your post with its lovely photographs gives the effect of actually traveling to these places- Thank you for the experience.

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    1. Thank you Rajeev. Pleasure to share!

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    1. Go for it! It is in your backyard! Just 95kms away!!

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  3. Lovely post and the food pictures make me hungry :) Plan to visit soon.

    Haricharan, http://movieroundup.in/

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    1. Thank you Haricharan. You must visit!

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  4. Sounds like my kind of place, I love long walks and watching birds.

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  5. Beautiful post :) Would love to visit Panchgani. Loved last photo of fresh strawberry ice cream :)

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  6. Hari OM
    Okay, am adding that to my list of places 'must see' next time in India!!! Magic two words. Chocolate. Factory....................YAM xx

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  7. Lovely photographs ! I liked the ice cream one best :-P

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  8. Very nice.I have heard a lot about it and your pictures speak a thousand words

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  9. I love the pics buddy!! :D Very delightfully done!

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  10. I saw all ur pictures and kept :) :) :) it felt like i was there...will remember now to do all that if and when i visit Panchgani.

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  11. Panchgani looks beautiful. Nice post!

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  12. I was there last weekend and completely agree with you it a place to unwind but it's better to visit during monsoon or winters , it was terribly hot and humid :(

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  13. Visited these lovely places long time ago but the winds of change are all visible in your lovely captures, Deepak!

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  14. May I add here about a very interesting place in Panchgani to know about? It is called 'Initiatives of Change', or the older name, MRA Center. MRA stands for Moral Re-Armament. It is an international center for learning and reconciliation. IAS officers, senior corporate managers, and many other level functionaries get deputed here for training. The center was established in late '60s by a group of committed people, including Mr Rajmohan Gandhi. The training here is of different kind. It is on the lines of ' Be the change you want to see in the World.' Trainees go back with a resolution to bring about a change in themselves to begin with, to make a difference in the lives of people around them, to ultimately reach the society.

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  15. @Deepak, I am sure you had a jolly time at Panchgani. I loved the photos you have shared on the blog. I am a food enthusiast and really loved the pictures. The colors reveal the flavors of the food. Great job!

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    1. Thank you Cyrus. Glad you enjoyed your time here.

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  16. You consistently give good advice I can use. Panchgani had always been either a transit point or a place to visit strawberry fields and shoot the breeze on the tableland.Panchgani hill station an enormously popular hill station – nestled cozily amongst the five Sahyadri hills.

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