Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sights and Sounds of Panchgani

For pure holiday-makers, Panchgani is a paradise. The weather was beautiful, though afternoons used to be very hot, not the best of times for you to venture out. But early mornings, evenings and nights used to be very pleasant. It even poured for two evenings there that made the conditions there very windy. 

Every time we are there, we prefer to eat out once. So if it has been Hotel Ravine for many years and Mount View Hotel last year, this year we decided to go to Il-Pallazzo hotel, one of Panchgani's oldest and arguably amongst the best and finest hotels. The hotel is set amidst a beautifully-maintained garden amidst tall trees. Ably run, owned 
and managed by Kobad Davierwalla and family, right down from his ancestors, the hotel  also offers great food. It was Mamu's birthday, so he treated us all to a sumptuous and delicious dinner there. And what a dinner it was! Celery soup with toast and preservatives, chicken farcha, some baked vegetarian dish, prawn moily with rice, parathas, egg-on-tomato and chocolate mousse for dessert; for Rs 350/- per person, that was quite much! Great food, very tasty and served with lots of hospitality. We had a lovely time at Il-Pallazzo. 

To round up matters, we paid darshan to the Ganapati temple in Wai, a small temple town in the foothills of Panchgani. This is one of our must-dos in our trips to Panchgani. And Wai during sunset looks like a picture postcard of a village town we got to read about in our textbooks when we were in school.  

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