Mahabaleshwar (4,500 ft asl) and Panchgani (4,400 ft asl) is a twin hill station situated at a distance of 20 kms from each other in the western ghats of Maharashtra. Well known for its strawberry produce, Mahabaleshwar carries a bit of the old world charm as it has been a summer destination since pre-independence colonial era.
Panchgani (means five hills) is well known for trekking and other adventure activities such as paragliding, go-carting, horse riding to attract all segments of guests.
Mahabaleshwar and Pachgani have now evolved from summer holiday destinations and hill stations into an all-season getaway.
There are a number of heritage hotels (With distinct Parsi Zoarastrian hospitality) here that offer excellent heritage hospitality / Parsi ethnic cuisine and a stay here is nothing short of an experience.
There are bungalows around the area that are excellent for families and popular for small family groups to arrive and spend a couple of days.
There are number of view points, forts and an ancient Mahabaleshwara temple that are well visited. Drives around the area are very scenic. Mapro Jam factory in Pune road is also popular.
Stay Duration: 2-3 nights Seasonality: October – May is the best time to visit