There are a number of indoor break-out rooms which include two large lounges and a Foyer area (shown above); a semi-circular room for reflection and multi-faith prayer (Ma Mi Room); and several outdoor sit-outs. The quiet spaces surrounded by nature have a definite impact on the body, mind, and soul of an individual.
Asia Plateau is located in the beautiful, lush green environment in Panchgani, a hill station in the Sahayadri Hills, 1300 metres above sea level.
The campus can be broadly divided into seven large areas –
- Residential buildings - Rock View & Valley View
- Reception in Rock View
- Main Building
- Outdoor Sit-outs across the campus
- Rural and Ecological Centre (known as Grampari)
The entire campus is strictly a no-smoking and no-alcohol zone. Violation of this guideline is taken very seriously. Though the weather is pleasant, light woolen clothes are recommended. We suggest you bring your walking shoes as well.
The North-East room gets this name as it was constructed as a dedication to many friends of IofC from the North-Eastern part of India. This is a conference room equipped with a projector, sound system, whiteboard, and WiFi. It has a seating capacity of around 75 people.
Dedicated to friends from Australia and the Australian Architect - Gordon Brown, who graciously designed and overlooked the construction of the Centre at absolutely no cost. The Australia Room is equipped with a projector, sound system, whiteboard, and WiFi. It has a seating capacity of around 70persons
A small discussion room with a sound system, WiFi, and HDMI screen. It has seating for about 12 persons around tables and around 20 persons in theatre-style seating. Samvaad makes an ideal venue for small group discussions or brainstorming sessions.
The Auditorium has a seating capacity of 395 seats which was the number into which the cost of building the auditorium was divided and donated by friends and organisations both. Fully equipped with projection, simultaneous translation systems for 6 languages, stage lighting, performance stage, Green Rooms, and WiFi.
'Ma-Mi' is the Burmese way of addressing a elder woman. Built-in the memory of Daw Nyein Tha, the Head Mistress from Burma who's tomb lies in Panchgani. This is a unique circular room that is used for multi-faith prayers and one will find religious books from almost all faiths in this room.
A large 1300 sq. ft. enclosed area outside the Auditorium with easy access to all facilities in the building. Equipped with sound and WiFi
Valley View and Rock View make up our 2 residential complexes with a total of 95 rooms. The rooms are tastefully furnished. Bed linen, blankets, towels, and toiletries are provided. Each room has a capacity for four persons – two single beds and two bunk beds. Depending on the type of programme conducted, accommodation is generally planned for single occupancy; twin sharing, and in a few cases triple sharing.
The Centre has large kitchen facilities, planned to receive natural lighting. It is divided into distinct separate sections – the vegetarian section; the non-vegetarian section; the baking section; the vegetable cutting section; cold-rooms; dry grain stores, etc. There are two dining halls. The big dining hall has a seating capacity of around 200 people. The small dining hall has a seating capacity of around 30 people.
HOW TO REACH ASIA PLATEAU
Panchgani is about 100 kms from Pune, the nearest airport Mumbai is 248 kms away. Direct luxury buses and taxis are available from Pune and Mumbai. Travel by road is the only way to reach Panchgani from these cities.