Panchgani is a small town on the way up the Pasarani ghat to Mahabaleshwar from Wai. A quaint village Panchgani is well known for the international boarding schools which dot the entire hill town. Panchgani was the pseudo capital of paragliding in Maharashtra however as of now it has been suspended due to government regulations.
18kms away from Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani set at the foot of five hills is blessed with pleasent weather around the year. The five hills surrounding Panchgani set atop a volcanic plateau opens up numerous vistas making Panchgani a photographer's paradise! Major attractions of Panchgani are Sydney Point, Table Land, and Parsi Point.
Table Land - Panchgani
The primary attraction in Panchgani, the Table land is a vast expanse of flat laterite rock surrounded by hills. Table Land in Panchgani has been the location for many hindi movies!
A short drive from Panchgani will take you to the ancient Rajapuri caves, a relegiosly important spot, the Kartik swamy temple is the major attraction here. The temple is beleived to be built from the sand taken from the caves. The ponds or 'kunds' around the caves is beleived to be holy and a dip in these kunds curative! Two sculptures of Nandi are located in front of the caves. A local fair is held every year at Rajapuri during the harvest season.
Trekking in Panchgani
Panchgani offers some stunning trekking trails that let you appreciate the natural beauty of this region. The most popular trekking trail in Panchgani is the 2hr trek down to the backwaters of Dhom dam from behind Panchgani electricity sub station.