Nature & Wildlife Areas in Pune

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Nature & Wildlife Areas in Pune

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  • Sharni
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    Taljai, nestled in Pune, Maharashtra, India, stands as a revered hill and forest enclave, cherished by nature enthusiasts, avid hikers, and devoted birdwatchers. Its significance in the heart of Pune is nothing short of a divine blessing. Over the past few years, the combined efforts of local authorities and non-governmental organizations have brought about remarkable transformations, especially in the realm of cleanliness and maintenance.

    When you explore Taljai, you'll be greeted by a beautiful temple dedicated to the revered Hindu deity Taljai Mata. The surroundings are lush and captivating, offering stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere. The area is abundant with various plant species, including medicinal plants, and it serves as a haven for a wide range of bird species, delighting birdwatchers who visit the place.

    For those seeking an active sojourn, Taljai offers a network of scenic walking trails and a rejuvenating jogging track. The longest trail, spanning an impressive 6 kilometers, meanders through the captivating depths of the jungle. Fortunate souls may even catch a glimpse of the majestic dance of peacocks.

    Recently, a formerly vacant plot along the trekking route has been thoughtfully developed into a lush green expanse, adorned with inviting seating arrangements. This enchanting oasis offers a mesmerizing experience, providing the perfect backdrop for quality time spent with loved ones. Photography enthusiasts are bound to be captivated by the raw beauty that unfolds at every turn.

    Taljai, with its harmonious blend of natural splendor, spiritual sanctity, and recreational allure, continues to weave its enchanting spell, casting a captivating aura that draws visitors to its serene embrace.
    Written 29 June 2023
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  • lotusdiamond
    Chandigarh, India1,258 contributions
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    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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  • Prajnya Kondli
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    One morning on a Saturday, Prateek my younger bro took all of us to Baner, at the “Rustle Nest” – A French Bistro & Bakery! Baner located in North-West Pune is advanced as a residential and commercial locality placed alongside the Mumbai Highway! We entered the stylishly luxurious Bistro for a heavy breakfast and to catch up with some talk that would keep us engaged for two hours or so! Wow, Yippee! This was a wonderful chance to not only indulge in an incredible breakfast and even an engrossing tete-a-tete! We flicked through the Menu and directed the waiter to bring in a selected platter of French Omelettes!

    The ambience of this French Bistro seemed pleasant with comfy couches to be seated in, with large wooden tables and we can view the green spot of potted plants grown outside the bakery through huge windows! Moreover, this Bistro is even pet-friendly! Besides, if you don’t want to grab a bite seated inside you can even opt to purchase a variety of cakes and biscuits packed in paper bags for your weekend brunch!

    Our dining table which was in an enclosed space at the Bistro was laid with dishes with quirky names like “Herb Chicken Omelette”, “Farmer’s Omelette”, “Thai Crab Omelette” and “Grilled Prawns Benedict Omelette”! Of all these Omelettes the “Thai Crab Omelette” was a mixed version of Thai and French Omelettes! The Prawn Benedict Omelette included poached eggs, grilled prawns, a bowl of beans in a red sauce and some pieces of chicken ham sausages! Wow! The lavish spread was worth a try! We sipped “Café Latte”, a glassful each which was tempting indeed and besides the yummy butter cookies as well!

    The Omelettes were fluffy and appetizing with prawns, eggs, chicken meat and crab in them and all of them were gobbled up with gusto by us and with a hearty dash of Chilly flakes and Oregano! With an adequate addition of buttered toasts along with the Sausages too we were stuffed until, we began enjoying ourselves by clicking pics on the cozy couch on which we had been seated !

    Well, time spent at this impressive French Bistro was worth it and the blowout binge panned out by Prateek was fetching indeed as we ventured to discover such gratifying pleasures this morning in Pune!
    Written 26 August 2023
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  • sham_rashida
    Mumbai, India13 contributions
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    A barren land converted into a forest by the owners and birds.Lake for swimming instead of a swimming pool.Coconut milk tea instead of regular cow/buffalo milk.One day outing is less, recomend to stay overnight so you can hear early morning twitter of different birds.
    Written 10 July 2023
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  • Chirag A
    Bangalore28 contributions
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    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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  • Sumithran
    Navi Mumbai, India802 contributions
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    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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  • jivora
    Mumbai, India93 contributions
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    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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  • mhussain_bohra
    Mumbai, India185 contributions
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    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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  • Global-Bhatakanti
    Pune, India546 contributions
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    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
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    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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  • satishkhot
    Pune, Maharashtra, India20 contributions
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    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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