To experience the limitless wealth of nature, to view landscapes that are beyond description, to tread paths were angels do dare; in short, to expect the least unexpected, visit Panchgani, the land that enjoys nature’s most personalized attention. Famously called the ‘Mecca of Maharashtra’, Panchgani, the hill station, is nestled between five hills in Sahyadri Mountain ranges and hence the name. Panchgani is among one of the most visited tourist spots in Maharashtra. River Krishna flowing through the valleys is a breathtaking sight to view. Panchgani, at an altitude of 1335 meter is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Here are the top 5 places to visit in Panchgani.
1. Table Land
Table Land, which ranks second in the list of longest mountain plateaus in the whole of Asia, is an absolute delight that defies all description. It is amazing to see such huge plain on a hill. At 4550 feet above sea level, the 95-acre plain makes your jaw drop in absolute amazement. You can give your legs a wonderful exercise by walking along or you may travel on horse back to cover the vast expanse of land. The views of valleys are spectacular. So are the sunrise and sun set views.
2. Sydney Point
Sydney Point, situated on a hill that faces Krishna Valley, is yet another site that offers views of spectacular landscapes. It was named after Sir Sidney Beckwarth, Commander in Chief, who succeeded Sir John Malcolm as Bombay’s Governor in 1830. Though his tenure was short, his name has come to last. The views of hill ranges, Krishna Valley, Dhom Dam and Kamalgad Fort are stunning. If you are here in the evening you are going to be stunned by the sunset view. In short, it is a perfect place to feel oneness with nature.
3. Kamalgad Fort
Kamalgad Fort, which covers an area of around 4 acres surrounded by steep rocks, is located at a height of 4522 feet. The earliest history of this fort is not known. During the British rule, the fort succumbed to the British. The fort was used by the British to execute war prisoners. Though there is not much to see in the fort now, the history makes your mind heavy. May be the stunning views of the surrounding areas can bring back comfort.
4. Kate’s Point
Yet another mind-blowing destination in Panchgani. The place is named after Sir John Malcolm’s daughter Kate. Situated at 1290 meters height, the point offer stunning views of waterfalls, valleys and hill ranges around.
5. Parsi Point
What can you expect in Panchgani? To be full of nature, naturally. So is Parsi Point, which offers spectacular views of the mountains, Krishna valley and the backwaters of Dhom Dam. The point is located on the way to the hill station. The serene atmosphere taps the very essence of your soul.
Panchgani has a lot to offer. It is so full of natural beauty that you find it difficult to shift your body and mind to visit another destination here. The compelling beauty of the hill station make you want to visit the place again and if you have already been to this place, I am sure you would agree with me. I would like to know more about other tourist attractions here and any updates from you are most welcome.