Hidden gem in Panchgani

We are always on a hunt for tranquil locations. We have been to Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar so many times and we are lucky to find a new place every single time.

This photo above was the place we stumbled upon a couple of years ago.

And this June we went on a long drive on a weekday to arrive at a ticketed forest area giving a stunning panoramic views of Panchgani mountains. There are benches on the way to rest and soak in the bird calls.

Imagine walking into a canopy of trees, with nothing but the bird sounds to keep you company. It is an easy trek upwards to a small deck which hosts a 360 degree view to the mountains and tree-cover of Panchgani

As we went on a weekday, we had this gorgeous area all to ourselves. Imagine walking inside a forest (feeling safe) all by yourself with no crowds to take away your peace! It is (definitely) a plastic-free zone so if you carry your snacks with you, you have to make sure you take the plastic with you and drop it in the dustbin at the exit.

Imagine sitting here and reading a book!

We absolutely adore and crave for such places and we are lucky to find them at good times. There are a few such gems left and slowly mankind will eat up all the green spaces that once existed – sorry for stating this bitter-harsh truth. On one hand I feel that there can be so much done to avoid this savage future, but on the other hand I feel that it is already too late! We are already headed downhill, but we can surely reduce our pace.

Things we carry without fail to such treks : caps/hats, sunglasses, water bottles, little snacks like dry-fruits, small empty bag to keep our own garbage, cameras, tripods, good footwear.

P.S : It rained for literally 9 mins when we were here and we managed to shoot a few glimpses for my Friday music! Stay tuned!

For anyone and everyone promising to leave only your footprints there, sharing the location

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