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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular festivals and events celebrated in Panchgani?

Kirat S DEC 10 2012
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Panchgani is the perfect definition of the happy little hill town where people enjoy at every occasion and celebrate every festival with equal fervour. Being a part of Maharashtra Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the major festival in the region also the Strawberry festival hosted every year in the town is something to look forward to. Lets read about them in details:

  • Ganesh Chaturthi

    Ganesh Chaturthi is marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, who is regarded as the god of wisdom and prosperity in Hinduism. The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi continue for five, seven, or ten days. Some even stretch it to twenty one days, but most popularly it is celebrated for 10 days. The dates usually falls between 19th of August to 15th of September. Panchgani celebrates the festival in much fervor and gaiety. The first and last days are the most significant ones and during these ten days the city is soaked in the vivacious colors of celebration.

  • Mapro Strawberry Festival

    Panchgani is better known as the strawberry country. The temperate climate of the region makes it an excellent location for strawberry production. To avoid the humid climes of commercial Mumbai, the Britishers, before the independence of India, discovered this place as a summer retreat. They also saw this as an ideal location for growing various crops like strawberries.

    Over the years the locals have adopted the crop and continued to cultivate it. Yet, the until recently crop didn't catch on high demands in the market. Now strawberries have started giving high returns in comparison to the other traditional crops. In fact, in the later part of yielding season, you can walk into most farms and they will let you pick and eat strawberry for free.

    Due to such prosperity,
    Mapro (Mahabaleshwar Products), the local giant in food products, has started the Mapro Strawberry Festival to celebrate strawberry in Panchgani. A four-day paradise for strawberry lovers, this festival is held on every Easter weekend.

    You will find the best of strawberry varieties such as the
    Sweet Charlie, KamaRoza, Interdown etc. along with the world famous Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, all under one roof. Mouthwatering delicacies like Chocoberrywitch (a divinely delicious dish made of wheat bread, with chocolate sauce and freshly picked strawberries); Strawberry chocolate pizzas (pizzas with rich dark chocolate and strawberry toppings); Strawberry bhels (an excellent mix of corn and strawberries) and many such exceptional creations are only a few of the irresistible strawberry-based dishes that is offered in the festival. It is truly a heaven for strawberry lovers.

Go ahead and have a refreshing time in Panchgani...

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