August 2017 ( TR#16)
A day’s trip to Mahableshwar in monsoon can be described by Beautiful weather, In the cloud, Misty, Cold, Light Rain, Grilled Corn, Hot tea(s) and by these images -:)
10th June 2017 : We had a small get together at Orchard Resort near Baneshwar. It is very good resort right on the highway but still calm inside. The food was good. There is a small hill right behind the resort. All of us had a nice morning walk on the hill and after the breakfast, we saw Baneshwar temple and garden. Baneshwar temple architecture is from the medieval period. The temple was constructed in 1749 by Peshwa Nanasaheb, son of Peshwa Bajirao. Baneshwar is a conserve forest area and wildlife sanctuary where a variety of birds, flowers, plants can be seen. Baneshwar is worth visiting for jungle lovers and trekkers as well as for pilgrims.
15th Jan, 2017
Bhigwan is a town near Pune, Maharashtra in Central India. It is located on the Pune-Solapur Highway around 105 km from Pune on the backwaters of Ujani dam. Bhigwan is famous for birdwatching especially flamingo and wild life photography. One can do a day trip to Bhigwan from Pune.
We started at 6 AM from Pune and reached Bhigwan at around 8:30 PM. After a short break for breakfast, started out for Bird watching. The first stop was near a bridge. We could spot a lot of birds such as Heron, River Turn, Spot billed Duck, etc. The second stop was a Diksal, near Bhigwan. ( right side road which goes towards Sugar factory) . You can hire a boat here to take near Falmingos and a lot of other water birds.
We, me and wife, along with a few family friends, go for Taljai Tekdi for 5-6 Kms morning trail on every Saturday. It is accessible available from Sahakar nagar or Sinhagad Road. It is really unbelievable that it is right in the city !! The trail is very beautiful in monsoon and winter. You can easily spot peacock on the trail. After the trail, do not miss Tea with lemon grass & Ginger just near Taljai temple.
People staying in Pune are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful tekdis, forts, water bodies and dams !!
Bhuleshwar temple is about 785 year old !! Its a miracle to see the temple in comparatively good conditions weathering all the history of Yadavs, Moguls, Adilshahi and British. The Temple was built during the period of 1230 AD during Yadav Rulers. There are classical carvings on the walls. It has been declared as a protected monument. As you can see from the picture below, they have applied protective color for the protection of dome. I am not happy about this as it destroys the originality.
Bhuleshwar is about 55 kms from Pune via Pune-Solapur highway. The approximate travel time each way is about 1 to 1.5 Hrs depending on traffic. We started at 10 and were back home by 3:30 PM. The road condition is good upto Yavat. The road from Yavat to Bhleshwar ( 8-9 Kms) is not that great.
There are a number of restaurants and dhabas on Pune-Solapur road for food. We had lunch at Kanchan. The restaurant is good, clean and prices are also reasonable.