Pune is the seventh largest metropolis in India and the second
largest in the state of Maharashtra.It is situated 560 metres (1,837 feet)
above sea level on the Deccan plateau at the right bank of the Mutha river.Pune
city is the administrative headquarters of Pune district and was once the
center of power of the Maratha Empire. Pune is known to have existed as a town
since 847 AD. It was the first capital of the Maratha Empire under Chhatrapati
Shivaji Raje Bhosale. In the 18th century, Pune became the political centre of
Indian subcontinent, as the seat of Peshwas who were the prime ministers of the
Panchgani (पंचगणि) is a famous hill station and municipal council in Satara district in Maharashtra, India. It is renowned for the many premier residential educational institutions.Scenic Panchgani was discovered by the British during the British Raj as a summer resort, a nd a superintendent named John Chesson was placed in charge of the hill station in the 1860s. He is credited with planting many plant species from the western world in Panchgani, including silver oak and poinsettia, which have flourished since then in Panchgani. Mahabaleshwar was the summer resort of choice for the British, but it was uninhabitable during the monsoons. Panchgani was developed as a retirement place for the British because it remained pleasant throughout the year. John Chesson was deputed to find a suitable place. He surveyed the hills in this region in the company of one Mr Rustomji Dubash, and finally decided on this nameless area in the vicinity of the five villages:Dhandeghar, Godavli, Amral, Khingar, and Taighat. The place was aptly named Panchgani, and Chesson was made Superintendent.
Sydney Point: This point is situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley. One can see from here the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam, and Pāndavgad and Mandhārdeo. Sydney point is about 2 km from Panchgani Bus stand.
Table Land: This flat large expanse of laterite rock is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. Some spacious caves including the “Devil's Kitchen” are visible from here.
Parsi Point: This scenic point is situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar, and overlooks the Krishna valley and the blue shiny waters of the Dhom Dam.
Devil's Kitchen: Situated at the south of the table land, the Devil's Kitchen has a mythology associated with it: It is believed that the Pāndavas of the Mahābhārat epic had stayed here for a while. Pāndavgad Caves (near Wāi) are also said to be built by them then.
Mapro Garden: Situated on the curvaceous roads between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar, it is easily accessible by buses originating both from Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.
About The Route
Moderate Route with 2 lane (no divider) for most part
Total buses in this route 12
Approximate Distance 98 Kms
Approximate Travel Time 01:50 Hrs
* the above might differ from time to time and operator to operator based on climate, bus condition, etc.