Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pashan Lake

Type: Bird Watching site
Near: Pashan, Pune

Route: Hinjewadi road/Sutarwadi
Time visited: December 2011
How to reach: If you reach from sutarwadi side side theres a arch and muddy trail that goes right next to the lake. The other way probably is from the temple side.

Visited Pashan lake yesterday. The chill in morning made the views very exciting. We could see egrets, kingfisher, hopoe, laughing dove, bee eater, drongo, pond heron, ducks, sunbirds etc.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Type: Bird Watching site
Near: Patas
Base Village: Warvand
Where: 60 Kms from Pune
Route: Pune-Solapur road
Time visited: December 2011
How to reach: On Pune Solapur road, after toll road ends, after Kedgaon look for Warvand village. A small road takes you right till reservoir. The road is extremly in bad condition and you may have to park road few meteres before the reservoir.
Best Time to visit: Early morning November-January

About: Warvand is a small village and the reservoir is known birding place. It said that you can see Purple Moorhens, Pheasant-tailed Ja├žanas, Brahminy Kite, Indian Great Reed Warbler, Cotton Teal, Cormorants, Open-Bill Stork, heron/egret species and variety of ducks

We started at about 6.30 AM. After hearty breakfast and some great snaps on the way we reached Warvand/Varwand by 8/8.30. We parked our car when we no longer could drive in some in small building that looked like a school. A few minutes walk lead to reservoir. There were less nomber of birds as compared to Kavdi but it was worth visit.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Kavdi AKA Kavdipat

Type: Sunrise and Bird Watching site
Near: Loni Kalbhor
Base Village: Kavdi
Where: 20 Kms from Pune
Route: Pune-Solapur road
Time visited: November 2011
How to reach: On Pune Solapur road, 2 minutes after the toll plaza watch out for Manali Resort. Take a left turn about few meters ahead. Theres a narrow road travelling through farms. Cross the railway crossing and about 1.5 kms ahead park your vehicles in temple complex. The Pat or Bandh as called in marathi is right infront of you.
Best Time to visit: Early morning November-January

About: Kavdi is a small village and is known as birding place. There are more than 50 varities of birds spotted here which include different types of kingfishers, Ibis, Kites, Egrets, Wagtail and Heron birds. Other than that Red vented Bulbuls, Drongo, Sunbird, Hoopoe and variety of stork and ducks can be easily seen.
We started at about 5.30 AM to reach Kavdi Pat in the chilly saturday morning. We reached at about few minutes to six and we were surpised to see few people all set to capture the sunrise with tripods and different cameras.

The entire landscape was breathtaking. The fog had engulfed the area and it was literally flowing rather wandering on the calm of the the river.

As the redness started to spead we could spot some early arrivals. We took our positions right at the center of the bridge to catch few early snaps before the sunrise.

Once the light started to spread across the whole area was filled with chirping of hundreds of birds.

We proceeded back to home at around 10am after a  yummy Vadapav. Will cherish forever the mesmerizing sunrise and the beautiful birds.

Updates December 2011: After this weekend I have been several times there to catch more snaps and everytime it simply amazes me.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Daulatabad fort AKA Deogiri

Marthwada-Vidharbha Circuit- 8 days, 1750 KmsPune-Ahmednagar-Parbhani-Navagarh-Jintur (480 Kms)
Jintur-Lonar-Mehekar-Karanja (216 Kms)
Karnja-Amravati-Chikhaldara (153 Kms)
Chikhaldara-Semadoh-Chikhaldara (50Kms)
Muktagiri (44Kms)
Muktagiri-Achalpur-Akot-Shegaon (120 Kms)
Shegaon-Mehekar-SindkhedRaja-Jalna-Aurangabad- (265 Kms)
Aurangabad-Nagar-Pune (236 Kms)

Type: Hill Fort
Base City: Aurangabad
Route taken: Shegaon-Jalna-Aurangabad
Time to see around: 4 Hours
Time visited: October 2011
My Meter reading from Pune: ? Kms

Daulatabad fort or the Deogiri killa, in Aurangabad is a rare kind of construction, which is a combination of the ground fort and the hill fort. The fort is built on an isolated pyramid-shaped natural mountain peak. The rock around is chiselled skilfully making the climb from side really impossible.

The fort area is surrounded by three levels of impregnable fortifications known as kots. The outer one, Amberkot covers the old Daulatabad town. The second one, Mahakot, is currently the boundary of the actual fort. Around Mahakot, surrounding the fort was a water body.

A official guide will charge cool 750/- buck for 3 hours visit and won’t really come till top.

The main entrance is in Mahakot and has eight gates.

After the first gate there is huge courtyard with number of Cannons.

There is watch tower are the second gate. Inside you will stepped wells (Baolis) on the right.

Once inside there is a huge water tank called Hathi Haud on the left.

Presently Bharat Mata temple is large magnificient construction with large pillars right near the water tank. Some Jain sculptures indicate this could have been Jain temple earlier which was converted to mosque.

The huge Chand minaret on the right is fascinating.

The third gate is called  Kalakot.

There are huge vessels where boiling oil use to be kept to be poured on enemy.

After the 4th gate, there a beautiful palace called Chini Mahal on the right.

The blue hand painted carvings are still clearly visible.

A huge cannon called Mendhtof is seen at the top of one of the watch towers. One has to then cross a deep waterbody (moat).

This is followed by a dark zig-zag passage, carved through the rock known as Andheri. It is pitch dark inside and confusing pathways.

This is followed by a flight of 400 odd steps up to reach the main fort.

Theres a durbar hall and few other rooms with balacony. There are few cannons on the top.

After visiting the Daulatabad fort we finally proceeded back to Pune. It was indeed a memorable trip!!!