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Best time to visit Panchgani

Best time to visit Panchgani

From high rises to hills. From dusty skies to dewy mornings. From mad symphonies to sweet silence in the air. If you’re looking to escape the frantic nature of cities like Mumbai and Pune, then head to Panchgani. A little jewel in the state of Maharashtra, this hill station is a tiny pocket of green and grey. 

Snuggled in the protective arms of the Sahyadri Mountains, Panchgani is wrapped in the finest greenery, brushed with the softest mist and kissed with beautiful weather around the year. So, if you need to beat the heat or make a retreat, Panchgani has much to offer. Each season sweeps through Panchgani, revealing something that the other hid. To help you discover the many faces of Panchgani, we’ve put together a guide of Panchgani’s seasons. Read through and you can decide when is the best time to visit Panchgani.    

Peak Season - September to December – January to March

Off Season - June to September

Shoulder Season - August 

 

Travel Season

Min/Max Temperature

Weather

March to June

20-34°C

Summer - Hot and dry

July to September

22-29°C

Monsoon - Moderate to Heavy Rainfall

October to February

17-34°C

Winter - Pleasant and Cool

 

Panchgani in Summer (March-June) 

Temperature - The air temperature during the season of monsoon fluctuates between 20°C and 34°C in Panchgani.

Weather - Panchgani opens the gates slowly for summer. The heat and summer sun gradually make their way into the hill station, making the first half of the season pleasant. March is essentially a transition period when winter slowly hands over the hills to summer – the weather is warm, with a bit of winter chill to keep you comfortable. However, as the months go by, the hill station gets hotter and drier, with temperatures even touching 38°C. Humidity seeps in and the air can be a bit balmy.

Significance - Summer means strawberries and sweetness! This is the time for the annual Mapro Strawberry festival. Enjoy fresh strawberries, visit the chocolate factory at the Mapro Garden and try special dishes like a strawberry bhel and strawberry chocolate pizza. The region bursts with these ruby red delights and you’ll find different varieties of the fruit to enjoy.  

Why you should visit now - Summer means wide blue skies and a hill station open for exploration. Mornings and late afternoons are mostly pleasant, allowing you to trek to Sydney point, Rajpuri Caves, go boating on Venna Lake and go shopping in the market. 

Things to know before the visit - Panchgani is hot, during the second half of the summer season. The heat can sap your energy if you’re planning to trek or indulge in any adventure sport. The hotter section of summer does mean fewer tourists, though. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit during April and May. However, if you’re looking for more moderate weather, March will be your best bet.

Tip - Dry and hot weather means you need to stay hydrated and comfortable. Loose, breathable fabric is ideal for this weather. A bottle of water will keep you hydrated and energised to take on the summer heat, so don’t step out without it. 

Enchanted by what you hear? Then it’s time to consider a trip to the hills. Wander over to our holiday packages and find a holiday that matches the perfection of Panchgani. 

 

Panchgani in Monsoon (July-September) 

Temperature - The air temperature during the season of monsoon fluctuates between 22°C and 29°C in Panchgani.

Weather - The weather works its magic on Panchgani in the monsoon. The clouds treat the hill slopes with gentle consideration, releasing moderate showers to slide all over Panchgani gently. The temperatures drop after a hot summer, bringing relief to all. Monsoon droplets bring the flowers of the region back to life and blooming. As the season progresses, the rainfall could get heavier and the air colder. Cold fog rolls in and obscures the view. 

Significance - Right smack in the middle of the monsoon is the famous and beloved Ganesh Chaturthi – a festival revered in Maharashtra and the rest of India. Join the locals in their celebrations. Revel in the beautiful decorations of the festivals – the colours, the prayers and the processions. 

Why you should visit now - Panchgani uncurls and blooms under the loving caress of the rain. The green is greener, and the waterfalls fall harder and heavier. The air is filled with romance and beauty. Whether you’re single, travelling with a partner, or with family – Panchgani during the monsoon transforms itself into an intimate little town. You can share cosy moments with nature, a book, or your loved ones.  

Things to know before the visit - If you’re prepared for the weather in Panchgani in monsoon, you may be able to participate in a few outdoor activities during this season. Keeping gumboots and a raincoat ready means you can head out for walks when the rain is moderate. Be prepared, though, for fog and mist to block the views that Panchgani is famous for. 

Tips - Panchgani is relatively thin of crowds during monsoons, which means better deals on hotels and more of the hill station to yourself. Be wary of the monsoon season though. Playful and moderate showers can transform into heavy downpours, which make the slopes slippery and a little dangerous to navigate. Before you set out on your trip, check the weather!

 

Panchagani in Winter (October-February) 

Temperature - The air temperature during winter fluctuates between 17°C and 34°C in Panchgani.

Weather - Soft winds blow into Panchgani during the winter, scattering the heavy clouds and dissolving the mist. Without them to obstruct the view, Panchgani opens up to the skies. The entire hill station becomes clear and a little chilly. December sees a slight dampness in the air. However, January adds a little warmth creating a perfect balance of warm days and chilled nights. 

Significance - If you’re in Panchgani during the winter, then you can celebrate the festival of lights – Diwali – in this beautiful hill station. The entire hill station is lit up with lamps and colourful lights. Following this, you have the classic December festivals of Christmas and New Year. Winter is the time for festivities and merry-making, so let Panchgani sweep you up in all its enthusiasm and cheer.

Why you should visit now - Clear skies, comfortable weather and beautiful views, make it imperative to step out of your resort or hotel and take advantage of Panchgani’s natural beauty. Hiking, trekking and other activities suit this weather. You won’t feel too hot and you can look at the natural beauty around you to your heart’s content. Panchgani during winter also transforms into a romantic paradise for honeymooners.

Things to know before the visit - Since winter is the best time to visit Panchgani, you will encounter plenty of tourists and honeymooners. Viewpoints and famous locations might get a bit crowded at this time, with everyone clamouring to take pictures of the scenic beauty. Furthermore, it might be a little harder or more expensive to find the resort that suits your needs, considering that this is one of the peak seasons in the hill station. Book your accommodation, accordingly, keeping your budget in mind.

Tips - Just a little dampness and a lot of chill means you need to keep some light woollen clothes on hand. Make sure you’re warm and well covered during the day.

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