This is a post I should have written early January. Echoes of music from Pune muffled the bird calls we heard in Panchgani in the last week of December. This was a family trip: Vijay's brother Vasudev and his family, and the four of us. Here are a few pictures from the trip.

Outside the Nana Phadnavis Wada at Menavli, on the way to Panchgani

Shiva temple on the banks of River Krishna. This is where Swades was shot.
Panchgani main road; its a cute little typical hill town.
An interesting visual at the Strawberry Inn, a nice Parsi eating place, where they have good paintings, and where they play hindustani classical music. The food's good, too.
Strawberries being sold outside the MAPRO farm near Panchgani...
...also, fresh carrots and turnips
Elphinstone Point/Needle Point (the board said Niddal Point!)

Paragliding...would love to do this!

Backwaters of the Dhom dam on River Krishna
We stayed at a home stay called Shubham Nivas, with a nursery in its backyard. This place only gives you a room and nothing else, not even chai. For food, one has to take a 5-minute walk to Strawberry Inn, which is a great place. We also drove half way to Mahabaleshwar, and saw some of the breathtaking viewpoints there.
Ideally, one must stay in Panchgani for a month during monsoons... must be an overwhelming experience.


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