Strawberry Fields Forever

Discover India|March - April 2020

Strawberry Fields Forever
Fringed by the Western Ghats, Panchgani in Maharashtra welcomes you with strawberry farms, glowing sunsets, and gushing waterfalls.

JUST A FIVE-HOUR drive from Mumbai, with the scenic Western Ghats along the way, lies the quaint hill station of Panchgani. Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, it’s ideal for those looking to unwind in the lap of nature. As you approach Panchgani, the landscape transforms. It’s visibly greener, the air fresh and crisp, the madness of urban chaos, a distant memory.

It is said that this hill town was discovered by John Chesson, a retired warrant officer of the East India Company, who was directed by the British establishment in the mid-19th century to look for hill locations with suitable weather conditions, and where schools could be established. Chesson found that the soil and weather of Panchgani were favourable for strawberry cultivation. With time, many European and Parsi families began to settle here, and soon thereafter, churches, schools, and fire temples were built.


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March - April 2020