Introduction to Panchgani
Geographical Location of Panchgani
Panchgani is located atop a volcanic plateau at a distance of 18 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar, 100 kilometers from Pune, 285 kilometers from Mumbai and 45 kilometers from Satara. The region receives heavy showers during monsoon and experiences cool winters and moderate summer months with low humidity. With population ratio of 13,280, proportion of male and female are 57 % and 43 % respectively.
Panchgani has over 40 reputed English medium and boarding schools established by the British, Parsi and other settlers in this region. Strawberry Festival is a big attraction in Panchgani which is renowned for its strawberry plantations and also Initiatives of Change, an institution for global charity is situated in Panchgani. Parsi houses, resorts and boarding schools will transport a person back to the old glorious days while on a trip to Panchgani. Marathi is the local dialect of Panchgani.
Places to Visit in Panchgani
Panchgani is famous for the second longest mountain plateau in Asia known as Table Land with huge stretches of laterite rock formation also housing the large Devil’s Kitchen caves which is believed to have sheltered the Pandavas once. Parsi Point and Sydney Point are also famous spots, mounds overlooking the Krishna Valley and a breathtaking view of Dhom Dam is visible from these two points. Mapro Garden enroute Mahabaleshwar from Panchgani is also worth visiting.
Best time to visit Panchgani is between months of September and May.
How to Reach – Pune Airport and Railway Station is closest located at a distance of 98 kilometers from Panchgani while local buses and state transport buses ply regularly from Mahad, Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar, Satara, Pune and Wai.
Accommodation Options in PanchganiPanchgani is a hill station and hence there is no dearth of hotels, resorts and guest houses in this area and there are plenty of accommodations for tourists according to their preferences. Some of the popular hotels in Panchgani are as follows:
The thrilling part about staying in Ravine hotel atop a quarry with a bird’s eye view of Dhoom Valley in Panchgani along with the option of camping in tents customized for guests with artificial sand beaches, waterfall, pond and landscaped garden with bonfire in the open. The delicacies served here will soothe a person’s gastronomical appetite. Moreover the hotel has all the latest amenities from electronic safes to free Wi Fi, TV etc.
Address: Wai-Panchgani Road, Sydney Point, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168- 241060
Hotel Gitanjali is situated at the heart of Panchgani within walking distance of Panchgani bazaar; nestled in lush greenery and free from cacophony of city noises. With 24 furnished rooms with latest amenities, indoor games arena for children along with a restaurant serving multi cuisine platter, this hotel is bound to charm its guests with excellent room service like an icing on the cake.
Address: Opposite IDBI Bank, Main Panchgani Market, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Ph no: 09820202029
Situated amidst dense foliage close to the tableland close to Panchgani Bazaar, Hotel Mala’s actually began a humble journey decades back with a few rooms meant to accommodate students of boarding schools in this area. The fresh air, lush greenery, scenic landscape will transport a guest to a foreign world free from the city life yet gifted with facilities like conferencing, restaurant, banquet hall , parking, foreign exchange and many more.
Address: Rowen Road, Near Table Land, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168 -240338
Hotel Mount View Heritage
Overlooking the Krishna River Valley amidst landscaped greenery with archaic architecture, Hotel Mount View Heritage is a heritage hotel established during the colonial times in 1923; situated very close to Mahabaleshwar and a great site to research about flora and fauna abundant in Panchgani. Equipped with free Wi- Fi, minibar, furnishings in every room, mini theater arena, outdoor games arena, a multi cuisine restaurant and excellent room service, this hotel is a haven for tourists.
Address: Main Road, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168- 240305
Wonder Woods Panchgani
Nature lovers will be in for a treat at this resort in Panchgani overlooking Tableland dating back to colonial days. Built in European style, the bungalow type hotel offers concept rooms with furnishings, tree houses, tents, adventure stay, play arena for kids, Wonder Woods is a paradise for tourists situated close to Sydney Point and Parsi Point.
Address: Dr. Pise's Orthopedic Centre Road, next to Vidyaniketan Junior College,
Panchgani, Satara, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168- 241463
IL Palazzo Hotel
This is Panchgani’s oldest heritage hotel cum resort providing excellent lodging and customer service coupled with exotic meals since 1925 with landscaped gardens laced with silver oak and eucalyptus trees. Fitted with latest amenities like CCTV, Wi-Fi, mini fridge, electronic safe, Il Palazzo will ensure its guests a pleasant stay in the lap of nature.
Address: Shirinbai Davierwalla Marg, Beside Ambedkar Garden, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168- 241300
Established in 1912, possibly this is the oldest heritage hotel in Panchgani and also the hotel with the highest elevation. The hotel is also favored by guests for its splendid, lip smacking food served. The hotel offers rooms, honeymoon suites at affordable rates with great customer service.
Address: Ring Road, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168 -240263
Summer Plaza Resort
It is the only resort in Panchgani offering pure vegetarian cuisine with sprawling landscaped garden and 24 furnished rooms encircled by hills on all sides. Mini fridge, TV, doctor on call, in house movie theater, outdoor games arena, multi cuisine restaurant, discotheque, conference rooms; Summer Plaza resort is a perfect holiday destination for guests seeking solace and isolation from city life.
Address: Khinger Road, Near MSEB, Panchgani, Maharastra-412805
Ph no: 02168 -241408
Tariff: INR 3,764 - 10,552
Hotel Millennium Park
Equipped with latest amenities, luxury lodging, sumptuous cuisine, swimming pool, discotheque, games arena, conference room and banquet facilities, Hotel Millennium Park has the best to offer to its revered guests. The hotel offers dream suite, premium suite, family rooms, super deluxe and deluxe rooms and tents.
Address: S. No. 13, Godavali Village, Behind Bharati Vidyapith, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168 -241771
Tariff: INR 3,641 onwards
Blue Country Resort
With 44 luxurious suites and rooms, the resort is situated in the foothills of tableland and offers a breathtaking view of the valley. The resort is a great destination for conferences, weddings, holiday getaways and family and office picnics. The resort houses a swimming pool, spa, multi cuisine restaurant, jogging track, car parking, bonfire facilities, landscaped gardens and many more amenities.
Address: Khingar Road, Panchgani Satara District, Panchgani, Maharastra-412805
Ph no: 02168 – 241521/2/9049063368
Tariff: INR 3,332 - 5,369
Lords Shahee Resort
Located very close to the strawberry farms and in the midst of nature with flora and fauna surrounding the resort, it is a heaven away from the hustle bustle of city. With indoor games arena, restaurant, intercom and swimming pool, Lords Shahee resort is serving its customers for 15 years in Panchgani.
Address: Village Bhillar, Panchgani Mahabaleshwar Road, Satara District
Ph no: NA
Tariff: INR 3,000 - 6,000
Hotel Sai Palace
Situated barely 5 minutes from Panchgani bazaar and bus stand, Hotel Sai Palace offers luxurious cottages overlooking the valley with furnished rooms offering panoramic view of the scenic landscape. Doctor on call, restaurant, fast food corner and parking space, this hotel will assure a comfortable stay in Panchgani.
Address: Panchgani Bazaar, Panchgani, Maharashtra
Ph no: 094206 28396
Tariff: INR 1,358 - 2,468
Raval Bungalow Panchgani
A renowned weekend getaway in the mystic slopes of Panchgani, Raval Bungalow is a tourist hotspot. Dhoom Dam, Krishna River valley, scenic green landscape can be viewed from the Open terrace of the hotel while an in house restaurant and luxurious rooms make for a pleasant stay in Panchgani.
Address: Next to Arham Nagar, near Octroi Nakka Panchgani, Maharashtra-412805
Ph no: NA
Mention must be made of Dhanhills hotel in Panchgani as well which is famous destination in the misty hill station overlooking the valley.
Mayur Agro Park, Nest Holiday Home, Hotel Parijat, Mount Castle, Cliff Inn Hotel, Signature Crest, Hira Baugh, White House, Aishwariya Hotel, Pan Hill Hotel, Gulmohar Bungalow, Baba Agro Holiday Home, Serenity Home, Vijay Guest House might be options for tourists with limited budget on a holiday. Nevertheless there are several more options in Panchgani besides the hotels mentioned above and all hotels accept online reservations and booking.
The tariff of budget hotels in Panchgani starts from approximately INR 1365 -2000 and can vary depending on preferences and amenities. Hotel residency is a budget hotel in Panchgani situated atop the river valley with parking facilities, internet access and other facilities at affordable rates situated very close to Panchgani market. All these budget hotels are scattered across Panchgani and most are situated at the center of the city; however they offer all the latest amenities and comfortable rooms at reasonable rates. Online booking is also available for the budget hotels in Panchgani and more information about these hotels and their tariffs can be found online.
Food and Restaurants in Panchgani
Panchgani hill station and Municipal Council situated in Satara district of Maharashtra is a blend of every culture; Gujarati, Marathi, Parsi, Mughlai, Jain, South Indian, Continental, Chinese, Punjabi to mention a few. Although the city does not have any special cuisine, yet the local people primarily stick to a Maharashtrian diet comprising rice, dal, chapattis, vegetable curry or sabji and pickle.
Sometimes the platter is spiced up with Misal (a concoction of pulses and onions), Onion fries, Vada Pav and sweetmeats on special occasions. Panchgani is famous for its juicy strawberries grown aplenty in the region along with fresh fruits and vegetables like wild fig, deep purple mulberries, raspberries, grapes, zucchini, lettuce, pumpkins, corn, desiree potatoes, cherry tomatoes, mint, radish, cabbage etc.
Hence it’s a known fact that a city so rich in fresh fruits and vegetables will produce a sumptuous platter to its residents and tourists. Panchgani is famous for both its vegetarian and non vegetarian restaurants serving yummy delicacies and especially desserts.
Given below is a list of restaurants in Panchgani:Purohit Lunch Home and Restaurant (Pure Vegetarian)
Address: Wai - Panchgani Road, Shivaji Chowk, Panchgani Market, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168-240281/240280/0940350111
Specialties: Thaalis comprising meal of Chapatti, Bajra Roti, Dal, Sabji, Curry and Yoghurt, Dal Tadka, Dal Fry, Veg. Pulao, Corn or Makhai Masala, Idlis, Sandwiches.
Bagecha Garden Restaurant and Cream Center
Address: Panchgani- Mahabaleshwar Road, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168-260894/09422400394
Specialties: Bhajjia’s, Makhai or Corn Patty, Strawberry and Cream Rose Ice Cream.
Address: Near Sydney Point, Tal. Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Satara, Maharashtra
Ph no: 952168 - 240944 – 240948
Specialties: Situated inside Cliff Inn Resort, Basilica Restaurant offers the best and authentic Chinese and Mughlai food platter in Panchgani with three restaurants, an open garden, closed air-conditioned and an Indian restaurant. Cheeseburgers, onion rings, exotic South Indian curry, North Indian cuisine and Punjabi delights.
Address: Hotel Millennium Park, Street No. 13, Godavali Village, Behind Bharati Vidyapith, Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar, Satara, Maharashtra
Ph No: 02168 -241771
Specialties: Offering exquisite vegetarian and non vegetarian delicacies varying from Gujarati, Jain, Konkani, Punjabi, Chinese and Continental, Pride Restaurant on the premises of Hotel Millennium Park is a popular foodie’s paradise in Panchgani.
Address: Wai-Panchgani Road, Sydney Point, Panchgani, Satara, Maharashtra
Ph no: 02168-241060
Specialties: Overlooking the magnificent Dhom valley in Panchgani; Melting Pot, the multi cuisine restaurant of Ravine Hotel serves excellent non-vegetarian and vegetarian platter including South Indian, Chinese and Mughlai and lip smacking desserts.
Address: F Plot 470, Dokson Road, Panchgani, Satara, Maharashtra-412805
Ph no: 02168-241064/242249/09821765618
Specialties: Authentic Biriyani Platter and exotic Bar-B –Q
Lucky Restaurant and Bakery
Address: Main Road, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Satara, Maharashtra-412806
Ph no: 02168-260343
Specialties: Cream Filled Doughnuts, Chicken Roll, Potato Wafers, Egg Delights, Bun or Brun Maska with Chai ( Bun or Bread Toast served with syrupy milk tea)
Friends Treat Restaurant
Address: Wai - Panchgani Road, Shopping Center,Panchgani, Satara, Maharashtra -412805
Ph no: 09975801055/08600000684
Mantra The Restaurant
Address: Wai - Panchgani Road, Panchgani, Satara, Maharashtra -412805
Ph no: NA
Satara Milk Center
Address: Panchgani Market, Dr. Bilmoria Road, Satara, Maharashtra-415000
Ph no: 02168- 91240542
Specialties: Desserts and milkshakes including Basundi, Strawberry Milk and Lassi are a heavenly delight to indulge in at Satara Milk Center.
Rustom’s Strawberry Inn
Address: Seven Acres, Bhose, Main Road, Panchgani, Satara, Maharashtra-412805
Ph no: 02168-241094/241807
Specialties: Authentic Parsi food and desserts served at Strawberry Inn is something to relish for like Sali Boti, Chicken Farsca, and Mutton Cutlets in Gravy, Strawberry and Cream.
The Red Rose Bakery
Address: Shop No. 185, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Satara, Maharashtra-412806
Ph no: 02168-240423/241332/09970930498
Specialties: Fan biscuits and jam biscuits Brownie, Cookies, Brown Bread, Puff, Pastry along with variety of breads and buns served fresh from the oven.
Mapro’s Food Court (Veg)
Address: 15/1B, Gureghar, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar Road, Satara, Maharashtra-412806
Ph no: 02168-240112
Specialties: Vegetable sandwiches, Grilled sandwiches, Wood oven Pizzas, Soups, Milk shakes, Strawberry and Cream Ice Cream.
Hilltop Ice Cream Restaurant
Address: Dr. Bilmoria Road, Near Shivaji Chowk, Panchgani, Satara, Maharashtra-412805
Ph no: 02167-240693/9730311709
Specialty: Strawberry Ice Cream
Akbarally Parantha House
Address: Wai- Panchgani Road, Panchgani Market, Shivaji Chowk, Satara, Maharashtra
Ph no: NA
Specialty: Finger licking Parathas and non-vegetarian platter.
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