Panvel is the most populated city in Raigad district in Maharashtra. It is known as the gateway of Konkan region. The city is the headquarters of the Panvel sub-division of Raigad district. Panvel is an important junction point as many major highways meet and pass through the city. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Sion-Panvel Expressway, NH 4B and NH 17 start from here while NH 4 passes through Panvel.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Panvel are Ketki Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1000), Hotel Vrindavan (Tariff - Rs. 800), and Sai Farms Tariff - Rs. 1200).
The official language of Panvel is Marathi.
Ceremony of Dahi Handi on Krishna Janmashtami and Ganeshotsav are the poplar festivals celebrated in Panvel.
Places to visit
Tourist places around Panvel are Karnala fort (10 kms), Karnala bird sanctuary (13 kms), Shirdhon (8 .4 kms) Matheran (50 kms) and Ballaleshwar Pali (2 kms).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Panvel is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (30 kms)
Panvel railway station is one of the most important junctions on the Konkan Railway.
There are two main bus stands in Panvel - ST stand on the national highway & NMMT stand near railway station. The ST buses are available from Panvel to Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Badlapur, Dadar, Uran as well as beyond city. NMMT buses are available from Panvel to Thane and Vashi. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Panvel include Inter City Travels, Neeta Travels, Naik Travels, Raja Travels, National Tourist and Paulo Travels. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling
Panchgani is a famous hill station in Maharashtra that was frequented by the British, during the British Raj, as a scenic summer getaway. Aside from its scenic setting, the hill station is also known for its premier boarding schools, some of which have been around since the late 19 century.
Places to Stay
Some hotels you could choose to stay in while at Panchgani include Blue Country Resort (Tariff – Rs 5000), Ravine Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 3600), and Wonder Woods (Tariff – Rs. 1600).
The official language of Panchgani is Marathi.
Panchgani celebrates many Hindu festivals with much grandeur. There is also the Mapro Strawberry Festival, which is usually held over Easter weekend.
Places of Interest
Wai (10 km from Panchgani), is a city situated on the banks of the Krishna river, is highly recommended for tourists. Other attractions include Sydney Point, Table Land (highest point in Panchgani), Parsi Point, and Devil’s Kitchen (a spot associated with the Mahabharath). Dhom Dham, about 21 km from Panchgani, is also a great spot for boating and other water sports/activities.
How to Get There
The closest airport is at Pune, which is 95 km away from Panchgani.
The closest railway station is the Pune Railway station, which is about 95 km away. Wathar is another railway station close to Panchgani; however it is not well connected.
Panchgani is well connected by state road transport and public bus services. There are many buses that ply between Pune and Panchgani. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. The number of bus booking sites is increasing by the day. So, whenever you want to book your tickets online log on to anyone of them and get your tickets.