Panchgani Hill station in Western Ghats of Maharashtra

Monkey at Table Point

Only sixteen kms from Mahabaleshwar, the hillstation of Panchgani is lesser known to tourists but no less inviting. Swoops around bends with abandon, offering heart stopping views of the river krishna on one side & the coastal plains on the other. Once strongly recommended for consumptive Britishers, the air here is rich in oxygen content and the water is said to contain traces of hemoglobin boosting iron.Panchgani is the quintessential hill station, with the Raj stamped indelibly all over it. It can be seen in the old architecture of the old British buildings, the parsi houses, & the boarding schools that have been for a century or more. A key geographical feature is the table topped plateau (panch = five, gani=plateaus) shaped by flattened volcanic rock.

In the evenings it turns into a makeshift fair with ferris wheels, pony rides and a variety of food stalls.Panchgani is often referred to as the 'Mecca of Maharashtra' If you want to enjoy the beauty of the hill Station Panchgani you may go for a pony ride. The ride through the hamlets, farms and ravines with the gorgeous greens and the ravishing river Krishna of Panchgani will surely enchant you.


The hills of Panchgani is about sixteen km from another popular hill station of Maharashtra namely, Mahabaleshwar. Situated in the Western Ghats Panchgani is close to important cities like Mumbai and Pune.

Places to See

In Panchgani there are so many old British buildings and Parsi houses though the most famous are the educational institutes. There are as many as twenty boarding schools in Panchgani.TableLand plateau

Panchgani with its pristine natural beauty and rejuvenating oxygen levels boats of a TB Sanatorium. Patients are known to get better faster at Panchgani owing to the pure environs offered at Panchgani.


Panchgani is a pleasant hill resort that does not experience major temperature variations. Though the monsoons are rather heavy. The temperature ranges between sixteen and thirty-five degrees throughout the year. The months from September to May are the best time to visit Panchgani

How to Reach There

By Air: The airport at Pune is nearest to Panchgani at a distance of 98km.

Road & Rail: Pune is a popular railway station for tourists to Panchgani at a distance of 98 km from Panchgani. Though the railway station nearest to happens to be at Wathar. Panchgani is well linked with Mumbai and Pune through road.

Accommodation is available in the hill station of Panchgani. Hotel run by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation is one of the many better accommodation options at Panchgani

Randa Fall , Near Ghoti

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Randa Fall , Near Ghotiv

Photos of Warkari Procession to Pandarpur to Meet Pilgrimage of Lord Vithoba Mauli

Over one lakh Warkaris chanting ''Jai Hari Vitthal'' and ''Gyanba Tukaram'' started the 21-day annual Ashadhi Ekadashi pilgrimage to Pandharpur from Sant Tukaram Devasthan in Dehugaon as part of Tukaram Maharaj's Palkhi procession via Alandi to Vithoba Pilgrimage Pandarpur.

The local villagers drew rangolis in front of their houses to welcome the Palkhi, which has become an inseperable part of Maharashtra's culture.

The prestigious Palkhi poojan and aarti were performed by Villager as part of welcoming Lord Vithal devotees

A sea of Warkaris holding Patakas (Saffron flags) and Tulsi saplings converged in the temple premises amidst chants of ''Gyanba Tukaram''.

They were playing veenas, mridangas, dholkees, chipalyas and tashas. A group of Warkaris is called a Dindi. Dindis come from across the state, majority of them from Marathwada, to Dehu for the procession.

As the palkhi moved from Dehu, the atmosphere was filled with devotion. The pilgrims played phugdi.

The Maha Puja is performed by a devotee who enters the temple first and this time the honour went to Pandurang Bua.

Cheif Minister of Maharastra performs Puja on Ashadhi Ekadashi.

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