Panchgani was discovered by the British during the colonial period and it was a popular summer resort of the British to refresh themselves away from the scorching heat of the northern plains. In 1860 a British Superintendent, Sir John Chesson was given the charge of this hill town who enhanced the beauty of this place by planting various plant species and trees all around the town. He also developed the infrastructure of this small unpopulated town by encouraging various professionals. He also introduced boarding schools, hospitals, farming and agriculture to the town and presented a new makeover to it. In 1863, the beautiful hill resort of Panchgani was declared as the Hill Sanatorium for the Europeans by Sir Bartle Frere. Since then, it has been one of the most scenic hill destinations in the state to be preferred by the tourists for enjoying a refreshing escape.