It was an extended weekend and we planned a short trip to pune-panchgani-mahaballeshwar from Hyderabad. We booked our flights from Hyderabad to Pune in advance, which costed us only 1800 per person. On 25th January 2016, we boarded Air India flight from Hyderabad at 10:00 and reached Pune by 11:30. We stayed for 2 days in Pune, which was much required to catch up with friends and then left for Panchgani on 27th January 2016. We booked Honda Amaze through Zoom Car, which costed us around Rs. 4114 for 2 days. We started from Pune at around 4:30 pm to Panchgani, which is a small hill station in the Satara District of Maharashtra. Panchgani is not much commercialized and thus offers a peaceful and scenic environment, it is a perfect weekend getaway from Pune or Mumbai. The stretch between Pune and Panchgani is 101.5 km and it can take over 2-3 hours to reach your destination. While travelling from Pune you can take the Mumbai Pune Expressway to Pune Bypass (NH4) → Surur on National Highway 4 (also called NH-48) → Wai → Panchgani. We were not familiar with the route so we covered the entire journey with the help of Google Maps. It really saves time!! It was an awesome drive experience as the roads are well constructed and luckily we didn’t meet much traffic on the way. We reached our destination at Panchgani at around 7:00, which was a very beautifully built garden bungalow in the outer stretch of the city and offers an amazing valley view.
We booked our stay through https://www.airbnb.co.in/ and the link to the bungalow is below:
There was one other beautiful ecofriendly organic living, home stay, Red Stone Organic farm at Panchgani. I would really recommend this place:
Moving back to our bungalow, the view outside was fascinating and you could take a gasp of fresh air in perfectly chilled weather. About 1 km from the bungalow there is a local market where we had pao bhaji followed by a cup of tea. For tipplers ;), the place also has a wine shop where you will probably find all your loved brands. We packed our dinner from a restaurant named “Friend Zone” and ordered Chicken masala, dal tadka, Jeera rice, and chapattis. The bill totaled around 800, which I thought was a little more asked for depending on the quantity. We headed back to our room, collapsed on the swing in the garden area, and tried hard to get the bonfire, but failed because we did not have kerosene/petrol. It was then not possible to sit outside in the cold without a bonfire so we moved in. We then played “Never have I ever”, which turned very interesting as many secrets were revealed. I must say it is a very interesting game to play with your friends. We then slept with a promise to wake up early, which was more than impossible for all of us. ;) However, we managed to wake up at 9:00 and left home at 10:00 after having Maggie and tea as they provide all utensils in the bungalow. However, you must wash the utensils before leaving as it is not a hotel or resort but someone’s home that can be used for short stay at the place.
The next morning we started from Panchgani to Mahabaleshwar. Here are the places that we covered during our trip in sequential order: