Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for September 4th, 2008

Mor” means peacock and “Chincholi” means dense tamarind trees in Marathi.

Morachi chincholi is a small village which is around 85-90 kms from Pune on Pune- Ahmednagar highway. This information does not catch your attention unless and until you read next lines. Yes, this village is now a peacock sanctuary which shelters more than thousands of peacocks.

Peacock in Morachi ChincholiI and my friend were very desperate to visit this place. We started early in the morning as it is the best time to see peacocks. We came to ‘Malthan phata’ and had to turn left to reach Morachi Chincholi. We took a small tea break there. We packed some wadaa-paavs with us. The road was not-so-good and not-so-bad condition; covered with green fields on both sides. We got to see many birds like Brahminy Myna, sunbirds, cattle egrets, Jungle Mynas, Jungle Babblers, etc.

As we entered the village, we could clearly hear peacocks mewing. We parked our car at road side and went walking to near by fields. We saw few beautiful peacocks in the fields. It was just ultimate – peacocks in their natural habitat. We met two young school-going local boys. They agreed to show us more peacocks. We followed them through the fields. We did find few peafowl. We tried to click but in vain as they ran very fast. More we went nearer, faster they ran.

We were able to trace few peacocks on tamarind trees. After all the intense efforts, I got one snap of peacock as I desired. See image above.

These villagers are protective and conservative about the peacocks. Peacocks too are very familiar with them. We saw a woman fetching water from the well and she was accompanied with a flock of peahens. There are sources of food and water kept in tubs for the peacocks in the fields. It seems some NGO from Pune works for this cause.

We decided to return back and were thankful to our young friends who spent their time with us. We offered them some money for buying chocolates but they denied accepting it. Then we forcefully offered them those wadaa-paavs which we got and they accepted.

While returning back, a village woman asked us for lift till Shirur phata. Her name was “Babbai”. She was very talkative and happy that we came to see birds all the way from Pune. Yeh, Pune is far off city for them. As we exchanged our cell number with her, she invited us to visit Morachi Chincholi again and promised us that she will then cook jhunaka-bhakri for us. Believe me, she called us for next consecutive Sunday mornings to ask whether we have any plans to visit on that weekend. If at all, I visit this place again, I am morally bound to meet this simple village woman called “Babbai”.

We came back in the afternoon with wonderful memories of this Indian beauty. Yes, what we get in Asia is typical “Indian blue peacock”. Peacocks are found in many different colors across the world e.g. White, Brown, Green, Pied, etc. but none of them look as graceful as our “Indian blue peacock”.

How to reach –
Route 1:

  1. Take Pune-Ahmednagar highway and travel till Shikrapur village approx. Distance is 30-35 Kms.
  2. Travel few meters and ask for Malthan phata.
  3. Take left from this Malthan phata and travel straight for some kilometers.
  4. Ask local people for Morachi Chincholi.
  5. You need to take another left turn which comes straight to Morachi Chincholi.  Village ‘Ganegaon’ falls in the mid which is 7-8 Kms.
  6. Travel ahead from Ganegaon to reach Morachi Chincholi. Approx. distance from Ganegaon is 9-10 Kms.

Route 2:

  1. Take Pune-Ahmednagar highway and travel till Shikrapur village.
  2. After Shikrapur, travel more 200 mts and take left turn for ‘Kanhur Mesai’ village.
  3. Kanhur Mesai village is approx 17 Kms from here.
  4. From Kanhur Mesai, Morachi Chincholi is approx 2.5-3 Kms.
  5. Total drive is approx 25-30 Kms.

Route 3:

  1. Take Pune-Nasik highway and travel till ‘Rajgurunagar’. Distance is 40-45 Kms.
  2. After Rajgurunagar, take right turn to ‘Pabal’ village.
  3. In Pabal, from Jain temple travel straight to reach Morachi Chincholi.
  4. Morachi Chincholi is approx 20-25 Kms.
  5. Total drive is approx 60-65 Kms.

Best time to visit: Early morning or evening in the months of June to September (basically Monsoon season)

What you get to see: Lots of peacocks in their natural habitat along with other birds like Brahminy Myna, Jungle Babblers, etc.

Note: You have to carry our food and water. No facility in the village (unless you know someone like Babbai 😉 … )

Other updates: A trust called ‘Jaymalhar trust’ can provide accommodation for night halt for Rs.500/- per day and also dinner/lunch for Rs.50/-. They have developed a cement platform for feeding peacocks. The peacocks daily visits the platform before sunrise and after sunset.
Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

Read Full Post »

It was 3:30 pm on Sunday and I was doing nothing at home. It was instant plan to go to Ramdara. My friend confirmed by SMS and at 4 pm we started for Ramdara. As we drove, we noticed that there was sudden change in climate. The sky turned very cloudy at once and signs of rain were pretty much clear.

We reached Ramdara after an hour of bumpy rides. Not entire road was in bad condition. There were few scenic views too. There was a patch which is covered by Pearl millet (Bajra) fields on both sides of the road and it looked amazing. Fortunately there was no rain till then. There is huge parking area near the temple. As soon as started towards Ramdara temple, some birds caught our attention. We headed to the opposite side of lake to catch some birds. I tried to capture Iora bird. My friend went and spotted Baya weavers and their nests. These small yellow beautiful creatures were busy building their nests; few were engaged in feeding their young-ones. We sat there watching and clicking them. It is always immense joy to watch birds and observe their behavior. After some time, the rain drops alarmed us and we packed our cameras back in our sacks. There were light showers.

We went inside the temple. Ramdara has beautiful temple surrounded by small lake and coconut trees. The temple has beautiful idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman along with other sculptures of different deities in hindu religion. The nandi in the temple is worth a dekko. There is also hermitage of Dhundi baba near the main temple.

How to reach:

  1. Start from Swargate and take Solapur highway.
  2. Cross Hadapsar, Manjri etc. Travel straight till you reach “Loni Kalbhor” Toll plaza.
  3. As soon as you cross Toll plaza, you will have to cross a bridge.
  4. After crossing this bridge, you will see a fade “Ramdara” sign board on left hand side showing to turn to right side. Take immediate right turn to go to Loni kalbhor village.
  5. After distance of 2 mins drive, we will get a small chowk. Take again right turn from there. (You may ask local people)
  6. Now enjoy some bumpy ride to Ramdara temple. It is 7 kms distance from here.

The environment in Ramdara is pleasant. We can enjoy a good one day outing here. You can visit this place throughout the year.

For One-day outing – Start in morning and reach by 9:00 am so that you can also see some birds. Carry our food and water bottles and mattresses. You can enjoy playing games, etc under dense tree shades. I guess there are rest rooms also at the back side of temple. You can return by afternoon or evening.

PS: You can enjoy guavas here sold by local people from their guava gardens.

For Bird-watchers – Start for Ramdara early morning and reach there by 6:00 am.
Birds you can see – Sunbirds, Baya weavers, Red wattled lapwings, Drongos, Small bee-eaters, Ioras, Mynas, Bulbuls, and Doves.
Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: