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Panchakki (water mill) takes its name from the mill which used to grind grain for the pilgrims. This monument located in Aurangabad, displays the scientific thought process put in medieval Indian architecture. The complex of Panchakki had been a place of external abode of the great Sufi Saints who gathered to India in 12th Cent A.D. The Panchakki, is a calm and peaceful place that visualizes the life that existed in the medieval period. Visitors having sensitive imagination may hear the beats of drum and the humming noise of the people moving around the complex.
The water flows down through clay pipes based on the Siphon System from the distance of 11 km. This marvelous water mill wax designated to generate energy to turn the large grinding stone, serving as a flour mill.
The Panchakki with all its glories and enchantments has a unique place in the history.In fact it was the residance of populer saint “Baba Shah Musafir ". The panchakki has its own underground water channel, having the source some where towards the North of the city about 8 Kms. away in the mountains. The construction of this water channel from the main source to the Panchakki was started during the life time of saint “Baba Shah Musafir " some time in the year 1624 A.D.
The complete water channel is made up of earthen pipes finely lined up and at appropriate distances, masonry pillars are erected which serve as natural suction pumps to make the water flow through the pipes with force through the distance of 8 Kms. Finely, the water rises " syhonically " to a huge elevated masonry pillar from where it falls down into the main tank to make an attractive "Water Fall".
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Panchakki: How to reach Pancahkki
You can reach Panchakki by Air, Train or by Road as per your convenience and cost.
How to Reach Panchakki by Flight
Aurangabad airport is (approximate) 12 kms from Panchakki. Aurangabad has a good national airport, which is well connected to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi & Hyderabad.
How to reach Panchakki by Rail
Aurangabad Railway station is nearest one to Panchakki, which is approximately 8-10 kms away. There are a plenty of private car services you can hire or you can avail the bus service from railway station to the Panchakki.
How to reach Panchakki by Road
You can hire a private car, an auto rickshaw or you can use the public transportation like city buses to reach there. The drive is an approximate 4-5 kms from Central Bus Stand and 8-10 kms from Railway Station.
Things to vist near Panchakki
The other interesting place near the panchakki are, Governemnt Medical College & Hospital (Ghati), a walking distance away from Panchakki, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University is about 2 kms away, PES college walking distance away, Dr. Ambedkar Law Collge, walking distance away, and the Eidgah (where Muslims pray Eid's namaz twice in a year) are 1.5 kms away. The Navkhanda Palace (Maulana Azad Girls College) is 1 kms away from panchakki.
Panchakki: Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Panchakki is during the months of October to February (winter season) and from June to September (monsoon season), these are the best time to visit Panchakki, as the weather is really pleasant during these months.
Although March, April and May are holiday season (most of the school & colleges are shut downs during these months) in India, but the temperature is really high during these months i.e. between 37 °C to 44 °C making the weather really hot and humid making it difficult to travel around the caves.
Panchakki: Visitor Information Centre
For more information about Panchakki you can contact the MTDC office in Aurangabad at below address:
MTDC (Holiday Camp)
Station Road, Aurangabad,
Maharashtra- Pin Code 431001
Telefax: 0240-2331198, 0240-2334259
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