Nature/ Wildlife Areas in Pune

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Nature & Wildlife Areas in Pune

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  • Manoj Madhukar Jadhav
    Pune, India221 contributions
    Good place for morning, evening walk. Many people come here for exercise, jogging and for a small walk.
    Written 25 April 2022
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  • lotusdiamond
    Chandigarh, India1,232 contributions
    Bhimashanker is a holy place and linked with one of the Jyotirling , as per beliefs of Hindus. It attracts lot of devotees every year and specially during special festivals. You need to drive through hills and Ghats to reach this place. Drive is beautiful specially during mansoons. You get to see many beautiful view. Good place for photography lovers. Not much of facilities are available at this place . This place is away from city of Pune and famous for nature enthusiast. Many people go to this place for trekking also. There is no place to stay overnight so better you plan your visit accordingly.
    Written 6 May 2020
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  • Sumithran
    Navi Mumbai, India762 contributions
    This small sanctuary is a couple of hours drive from Pune, about 10 Kms off the Pune-Sholapur highway. The forest check post is closed but one can drive around. There are a couple of watch towers giving a panoramic view. The vegetation is mostly scrub like. Few chinkaras and ponies can be seen grazing. Many varieties of birds can also be seen around the seasonal ponds.
    Written 21 August 2021
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  • Dyena Mugen
    Sydney, Australia77 contributions
    Family friendly: An easy to medium hike from Baner to Pashan Hill.

    Depending on your fitness level, this walk is great for those who can handle steep hills as well as steep flights of steps especially when you are starting from Baner Hill side.

    The entrance from Baner Hill was obscure and tricky for people who cannot read the local language. When you reach the top you will see Navaragha Temple which you can’t miss as it’s a bright white building. At this point you want to walk to your right, up some stairs and around the building.

    There is a biodiversity area where the cows chills out. The inclination can be felt as you walk further up and you’ll see some exercise equipment (kids love it). Certainly a nice place to set up a picnic although very little shade. I was glad to see very little litter /rubbish can be seen on this hill!

    When you finally get to Pashan Hill, you will notice the difference as you walk along the floor surface. There were also less open spaces as you become surrounded by luscious tall trees and rocks covered in moss.

    The walk becomes easier and easier at the tail end of Pashan hill. Walking along the hill, you will see on your right the contrast of nature vs. man made buildings. As you exit, you will head on to sus road. At this point, you have walked approx. 6k.

    I have learnt every hike is different; the first time was with my family of four and the second a group of 30 adults and children! Both were very unique experiences.

    Enjoy!
    Written 2 October 2021
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  • Chirag A
    Bangalore28 contributions
    A wonderful place for bird and nature lovers..

    We visited the place on a weekday, last week of December, started at 4 AM and reached around 6:30 AM. Parked our car at Kranti Flamingo point, a guide reached out and quoted 900 for one and half hour boating.
    We sealed at 800 bucks and went ahead, it was all water for atleast 2 kms due to late rains, and the guide wasn't confident about Flamingo sighting, however he called up other folks and got to know there are few at a point.
    Our excitement increased and we also got to see quite a many other species on the way. There were around 10-15 Flamingos , few of them flew and got to view an amazing sight. Guide offered going further for watching other species, and we agreed at a total of 1500 bucks. Further 1 km and we got to see some of them very close by. Returned back and stopped by at two more points.
    Returned back after 3 hours to the spot, had poha and chai at Kranti point which was okay.
    There are also stay options and is economical and neat, but needs to be booked in advance.

    To note:
    Weekends are super busy so try a week day and leave a gap of one or two day after the weekend as crowds and flamingo don't go well together. Early morning boat ride is worth the efforts and bucks. Dslr with long lens is must if you are into photography.
    Birds sighted -
    Painted Stork
    Purple Heron
    Flamingo
    Sea Eagle
    Grey heron
    Brown kite
    Sea gulls

    For any more details dm at Instagrm - chi2clicks
    Written 2 January 2022
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  • jivora
    Mumbai, India90 contributions
    I am penning down this review as I struggled to find an unbiased one before I planned the trip.
    I travelled to Morachi Chincholi – Jay Malhar Krushi Paryatan Kendra in August 2018, with a mighty bandwagon of my family. We represent all possible age-groups, health restrictions, interests and enthusiasm amidst the lot of us. So, you may please consider this a fairly agnostic review.

    WHAT IS MORACHI CHINCHOLI?
    A hidden away village (Chincholi) that is home to at least 10,000 peacocks – Mayurgram. The best season to visit is, of course, the monsoons – as the sighting is better.
    Jay Malhar is a large farm-house that is home to a lot of child-friendly activities with rural flavour – gardens, play area, rain dance, pool, magic show, bullock cart ride, tractor ride, puppet show etc. The main attraction, however, is the national bird. They can be seen in a decent number at the ‘Mayur Katta’ from the viewing gallery during specific hours of morning/evening.
    The offering comes with per head charges that include all meals. One can choose to stay there for a night (advised for Mumbaikars) or make it a day trip from Pune/Nasik.

    PROs:
    Unique experience – for us shaheris who’re too bored with Lonavalas, Khandalas and Matherans.
    Amazing Staff – go on a weekday and the staff will treat you very well. They take care of your dietary requirements, comfort and show you around too.
    Lots to do – especially if you have a couple of children on you, it's quite fun really. All the activities are interesting for all.
    Cottages – the cottages are pretty, squeaky clean and comfortable. The light tends to go off at night – but the place is cool enough in the monsoons for it to be ignored.
    No Network – This is a plus for me. No emails from work, no calls, no meeting reminders ….
    Unadulterated Nature – Wake up to the sound of peacocks as common as those of crows and sparrows. No restaurants, no highway, no vehicles, no fancies.
    Pocket-friendly – It's really easy on the pocket. It’s a great experience for the money you spend

    CONS:
    Tourists – this is the worst part. Imagine being up at 5.30am to watch the peacocks in their morning routine at the Katta, and a large group of loud, ill-mannered, ridiculous tourists barging in with no respect for the sanctuary or the rules. People such as these are common here – for whom, the behaviour between an animal reserve and amusement park is no different.
    Drive – about 4-5hours of drive from Mumbai, which will ensure you encounter bad roads, heavy-traffic patch, no-directions etc.
    Food – while the team tries their best to serve you the best food – its not extremely pleasing to the palate. It’s not inedible – but we city-dwellers may find the salt and spice on the higher side
    Peacock Spotting – we did not see more than 7-8 peacocks, not more.

    One must know that this aint a resort – and hence have expectations accordingly. It’s a farmhouse managed by the local villagers where you have an opportunity to spot a ton of peacocks (if you’re very quiet and lucky).
    Written 7 September 2018
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  • satishkhot
    Pune, Maharashtra, India20 contributions
    It is a bird sanctuary within the city limits of Pune on the banks of the Mula Mutha River. It attracts migratory birds all the way from Siberia.
    I came here first in in 1975.
    It was a quiet but beautiful bird sanctuary. However would ask real bird watchers to come soon as builders have their eyes on it.
    Written 27 August 2018
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  • Vinay M
    Pune, India13 contributions
    If you are looking for a real escape to nature- this is the place. If you want a perfect getaway with no hustle bustle and simple homemade and organic food, this is definitely the place. Wow just loved the time spent in this totally hidden and unassuming place with so much to offer. From fresh clean air, to breathtaking views, totally fresh food, ample load of activities and above all, total connect with nature. From bullock cart, to pets, play area activities, to a variety of homegrown fruits and vegetables to being surrounded by lake from 3 sides and no commercial sound except nature, you will love this to the core. What made it more special is that it is truly hidden and you’ll not realise till you reach (don’t get mistaken by kaccha approach road and no habitat on the way), it’s a hidden gem indeed!!
    Written 21 February 2021
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  • Global-Bhatakanti
    Pune, India496 contributions
    Shantivan Picnics (शांतीवन पिकनिक) is one of the best resort around Pune I came across. Location: about 30 km (50-60 min) from from Swargate beyond Khadakwasla Dam and Sinhagad fort, just above backwater level.
    Activities: a few play areas for children (below 10 years). For adults some outdoor things to do like badminton or vollyball as sports. Even have adventure like Burma bridge, zapeline, etc. You can also enjoy rain dance from 3-4 pm.
    Food: pure veg only. Buffet lunch. 2 subji Puri chapati salad rice and dessert. Taste is average. There was dhokla and bhel for high tea. Only tea, coffee on request.
    Can park about 15 cars. Overall it's about 5.5 acre property located on hilly terrain so feels good. A lot of trees so won't feel heat. For day package, can rest in common area on baj/cot.
    Price /cost/ Package: INR 650 for adults include lunch and high tea OR breakfast and lunch OR high tea and dinner. Overnight package is 1750 per person from breakfast to breakfast.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Prashant S
    221 contributions
    The place is good but it is very much difficult as reaching there is tough job without any sign board on road
    Written 27 February 2019
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  • Prashant S
    221 contributions
    It is having full of greenery which makes this place enjoyable and relaxing. We soend atleast half day time
    Written 27 February 2019
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  • mhussain_bohra
    Mumbai, India185 contributions
    It was one of the greatest trip we had as friends had for a quiet a few months. The greenery, natural settings and visiting the Bhimashankar temple, it was quiet a great trip.
    Written 29 December 2016
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