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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the History and Culture of Panchgani?

Kirat S DEC 10 2012
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Panchgani, the valley of five hills, is christened after the fact that it is surrounded by the 'panch' (five) ‘gani' (hill) viz. Dhandeghar, Godavli, Amral, Khingar, and Taighat.

As with many other hill-stations in India, Panchgani was discovered and developed as a summer resort by British. A British superintendent by the name John Chesson is credited with planting many Western plant species. Originally, the British wanted to develop Mahabaleshwar as a summer resort. Chesson, surveyed the hills in the neighbouring areas of Mahabaleshwar and selected an area that is today known as Panchgani. Since then, this beautiful little hill-station has grown in popularity among travellers. Till 1980's Panchgani was famous as a education hub and a health resort. From then on it also became a prominent tourist destination. Find out more about the history and culture with the best places to visit in Panchgani.

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