back in time to a place where mists still surround trees and the clip clop of
horses can be heard in the quiet. To a place where the air is fresher and
healthier, and the laidback pace whispers, ‘chill’. A quintessential hill town
reminiscent of the British Raj, Panchgani transports you to an era far removed
from the ‘smart phone’ one that we are living in right now. If all you want to
do is rest and relax, just get into your car and drive down, or rather up, to
A summer retreat developed for and by the British, Panchgani is full of old world charm. Its quaint churches and by lanes, bungalows and cottages and an year round pleasant climate make it the ideal holiday destination for the rich and the famous, many of whom own bungalows there. While Panchgani offers recreational activities for the young and the old, it does not crowd you like other hill stations. It lets you set the pace, which is indeed a total blessing in today’s age. Just about a 100 kilometres away from Pune, Panchgani can be enjoyed either as a weekend retreat or a weeklong vacation spot.
Driving your own car to Panchgani puts you at an advantage since it lets you not only avoid the high fares commanded by autos and taxis in Panchgani, but also gives you the freedom to explore the hill resort at your own pace. If you do not have your own car, rent one from Zoom, which has several options for you to consider:
Hatchbacks: Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. Whether you want to go on a temple tour or relax by the shore, the Figo gives you freedom to explore Panchgani however you want.
Sedans: Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or a Honda City, or move several notches up with our BMWs and Mercs for hire. Pamper your parents or your significant other by choosing one of these options for your special trip.
SUVs: If you are going with a big group, take a pick from our Scorpios or Ecosports. Travel in style while all your seating needs are taken care of. No need to worry about cramped rides and leg space, our SUVs have room for all.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
Visit The Caves, The
Temple And The Fort: The Rajpuri caves have
religious significance, and are one of the most visited tourist attractions of Panchgani.
The ponds or the ‘kunds’ surrounding these caves are deemed to have water with
mystical properties that cure all kinds of illnesses, and most devotees take a
holy dip. The Karthikeya temple, which is built inside the cave
premises, is also a must visit shrine for people visiting Panchgani. Another
cave worth visiting is the Devil’s Kitchen, a place where the Pandavas
reportedly stayed while on their Wanvaas. The Kamalgad Fort, at a distance of
about 70 kms from the city, offers amazing views of the lush forests and
greenery interspersed by the Dhom waters, and is a great picnic spot.
Go to Table Land: The Table Land is Asia’s second longest mountain plateau, and apart from providing awe inspiring views of the surrounding areas, is the popular place for adventure sports like paragliding. Apart from Table Land, other picnic spots/ viewpoints worth visiting are the Sydney Point and the Parsi Point.
Insider’s Tip: Panchgani is indeed quaint, with not many ATM and credit card machines. Carry enough cash to last you through your holiday.
This destination is flocked with tourists throughout the year since it has a moderate climate perennially. The ideal time to visit this place is from September to May. However, the peak tourist season is the winter season from December to February.