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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular places to explore around Panchgani?

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Panchgani is surrounded by many beautiful places that are at an easy reach. So, if you are in Panchgani than why not go ahead and visit these lovely places that are at an easy accessibility? Excited? Read on about some of the most popular places around Panchgani:

  • Mahabaleshwar

    17 km away from Panchgani the enticing hill town, Mahabaleshwar is located. Mahabaleshwar with its waterfalls and craggy hills is a canvas of vibrant colours and subtle hues. Enthralling and captivating, it was referred to as Malcolm Perth during the English rule.
    Touted as a devout center, Mahabaleshwar has a lot more on its platter. An ancient temple is the basis of an intriguing legend where the source of River Krishna and four other rivers is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow. Said to be the summer capital of Bombay during the British era, it is marked by various 'points' which offer spectacular views of the majestic Western Ghats.
    Easiest way to reach Mahabaleshwar from Panchgani is by a cab or by a bus and it would take you an hour or so to reach.

  • Pune

    Celebrated as Maharashtra's cultural capital, Pune bursts with educational institutes, museums and hill forts. Besides being a cultural and educational hub, Pune has ample attractions to satiate most visitors.
    Pune, with its glorious Maratha history and Osho connection, a host of sightseeing attractions, pleasant weather, and a largely dynamic crowd of students and young professionals, proves wonderful for a vacation. The list of not to be missed attractions is infinite here but a couple of most interesting hot spots are the Pataleshwar Rock-cut temple and the Sinhagad Fort. The temple is dedicated to martyred Maratha heroes, while the fort is well for a grand Maratha triumph over Mughal invaders.
    Pune is 95 km from Panchgani and best mode of transportation is either by a bus or taxi which would take you around somewhere close to 2 hrs to reach.

  • Mumbai

    Charismatic, electrifying and open-hearted, Mumbai is the city of dreamers, stalwarts and the common man. A vibrant combination of seven islands on the Konkan coastline join together to make Mumbai. Splendid Victorian architecture, urban lifestyle, business hullabaloo and the entertainment industry welcome you to this energetic abode.
    Set amidst chaos, mayhem and obdurate beauty is the Gateway Of India, Mumbai. A city with a historic past, a vibrant present and a bright future, Mumbai is rightly called the City of Dreams. The largest city in the country is an intriguing witness to the stark disparity between the glistening skyscrapers and the biggest slum dwelling in India. Also home to the world famous Indian entertainment industry, the Financial Capital of India is touted as one of the most cosmopolitan cities. An inspiring cultural pot, Mumbai plays host to diverse ethnicities and distinct spiritual beliefs. A visit to this mystic, charming and enthralling metropolitan will not disappoint you.
    Mumbai is 247 km from Panchgani and takes four hours to reach. The best way to reach is again roadways.

  • Wai

    Wai is only 13.8 km away from Panchgani. It can be said to be located on the outskirts of the Panchgani city. Being an easy drive down, it just cannot be missed. Situated on the basin of the river Krishna, it is a bestowed with the charismatic seven ‘ghats' including the Gangapuri, Madhi Aali, Ganpati Aali, Dharmapuri, Brahman Shahi, Ramdoh and Bhimkund.
    It is a revered place for the Hindus because of the numerous temples located on these ghats. Important temples in the region includes Kanteshwar, Chakreshwar, Kaleshwar and Chimneshwar in Brahman Shahi ghat, Rameshwar temple, Chilavali Devi temple and Ramkund in Ramdoh ghat and Mahalaxmi temple in Dharmapuri.
    Also, with these ghats being encircled by charming hillocks and waterfalls complementing the splendor, tourists rarely miss visiting this place once in Panchgani.

So, take on your journey a little further ahead and enjoy yourself to the fullest...

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