Panchgani is a trip not to be missed if you live in the Pune/Mumbai area. There is a kind of tranquil atmosphere here, which cannot be found in the city. Not only this, but it is also steeped in rich heritage. Originally designed as a summer resort for British officers, it boasts of pleasant climate throughout the year. A specialty of this region is the strawberries and cream, which is a must have. The area specializes in berries, due to which much of the local industry is based on fruit-related products such as jams, jellies, syrups and the like. It is also home to Mapro and Mala's, two of the leading fruit product companies in India. It is also home to some of the best schools in India, many of which are residential. Panchgani is only 100 km from Pune and 266 km from Mumbai. It is 18 km from Mahabaleshwar.