Panchgani, Maharashtra: My Tryst With Clouds & Heights

I am a sucker for all things fluffy. Yes! You may call me a girl who will most likely believe fluffy unicorns exist. And if you guide me to a place where I can find one, I will gladly pack my bags and move.

Leaving jokes aside, what will you call vacationing on a hill station like? An invigorating climate that makes you feel like flying the top of the world? Or a feeling where you wish to roar like a tigress, taming life? Or just a normal trip where you get to add on tons of warm clothes and sip hot chocolate?

Well, if you go to Panchgani, you will most likely feel like me; hugging fluffy clouds, kissing heights, living in a rainforest and running wild.

It was a typical Mumbai afternoon for me while I was switching windows on my laptop, gorging on burnt garlic noodles, and having my standard affair with Tripoto. I needed a break, I could feel that. A break from my ruthless laptop- chai meetings, and endless calls.

I came across Panchgani. It was raining heavily in Mumbai, and I assumed it will most likely be raining there too. Much to my surprise and with a long list of other destinations in my hand, I was ready with a backpack and an early morning bus ticket to the beautiful hill station. I ignored all damn choices, and these included Lonavala, Khandala too! 

5 a.m. and I waited at the bus stop with my bright red backpack and the same old ripped jogging pant that all of you are well aware of. The bus was late, and I gladly played with the street dogs around. It was raining, and after a brief delay of 15 minutes, the bus arrived. I could hear people snoring. In fact, everyone on the bus was sleeping. It will be a boring ride, I said to myself and rested my butt on the seat. Oh, what relief! And I snoozed gladly in some time too! 4 hours 40 minutes later, the bus took a stop suddenly, and I got up rubbing my eyes. It was raining heavily, and I looked out of the window, I was overlooking the valley, the feeling was heavenly. I was in Panchgani. I could feel goosebumps with a chill down my spine. I was excited, and my sleepy eyes were wide open with my heart singing, “I love a rainy night.” like a chipmunk.

I got down and into a puddle, making my way to Panchgani Cottages. A homestay I can gladly call home. It was 6 in the evening, almost dark, I changed my clothes and made my way to the local market. It kept on pouring cats and dogs. My monkey soul and that lovely weather made me dance a little on the street. It was getting dark but the city gleamed in the rain like falling diamonds. I walked down the market, making my way through the beautiful street, spotting convent schools, guys- girls playing around, couples walking hand in hand, crickets quarrelling and the evening turning into a dark night. 

I was in Panchgani; kicking Mumbai’s heat and falling in love. 

Parsi Point: Situated at 4,242 ft above sea level, this point overlooks the Krishna valley and gives us a panoramic view of the Dhom Dam backwaters. The place was picturesque and with rain leaving me drippy wet, it was a bliss letting my thoughts run wild while I watched the storm approaching. 

Oh! The lush green valley and that fragrant breeze.  

Table Land: A flat large expanse of land on the cliff or rather laterite rock making it the second longest mountain plateau in Asia, was bliss with the clouds. I remember myself lying down on the grass, letting the breeze touch my face, making its way to my heart and setting it free like every damn pain leaving my body. 

Sherbaug: A walk to remember! Housing beautiful birds and the fresh breeze with all that water pouring in. Sherbaug is a picturesque place in Panchgani where one can enjoy a picture perfect surroundings. 

Sydney Point: Scenic hilltop to (or “intending to”) taking your breath away. Sydney Point was much like the Parsi point, and it overlooked the river. 

Strawberry Farms: Well, what can be better than a red, juicy, flavourful strawberry? Nothing, right. A place to enjoy strawberry picking and right where you could have tonnes of strawberry cream and smoothies. YUM!

So, what do you think? 

Would you like to visit Panchgani this monsoon? 

Tell me in the comments guys! And if, yes, you need to hurry before it gets sunny. 

How to reach there? 

By Air: The nearest airport to get to Panchgani is Pune which is about 55 miles away. The main international airport in proximity is Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.

By Rail: The closest station to reach Panchgani is Pune, which is about 95 km away. Cabs and buses are easily available from Pune to Panchgani at a pretty reasonable price.

By Road: The town is well connected to the main cities of India by great roads. Regular bus services are available from a lot of cities including Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad and others.

Duration: 4 days or even a long weekend. 

Places to eat: Chai Bun Maska, Lucky Cafe and Bakery, Ne’thing for Chocolate, Jaffer Bhai’s Restaurant. 

Places to stay: Panchgani Cottages, Pan Hill, Il Palazzo Hotel.   

Until my next post,

Some strawberry flavoured milk for you guys!

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