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My friend Prasad asked me whether I would like to join them for Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary and it was instant “yes” from me. We gathered at 5:45 AM near Swargate and took Pune-Solapur Highway.

To reach Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary:

  1. Start from Swargate and take Solapur highway.
  2. Cross Hadapsar, Manjri etc. Get return receipt of  Rs. 22.50/- at “Loni Kalbhor” Toll plaza.
  3. Cross village “Yavat” and travel straight till you reach village called “Chowphule”.
  4. From this junction, take right turn to go to village “Supe”. Drive approx 5-6 Kms. After crossing a small ghat you will reach “Supe”
  5. “Supe” falls on this road i.e. “Chowphule-Morgaon” road. If you get confuse, ask villagers for “Mayureshwar Sanctuary”.
  6. From “Supe”. Take right hand road and drive more 2 Kms, we can see small tea stalls on left side and on right side there is entrance for sanctuary.
  7. You can park your vehicle at check post as vehicles are not allowed inside.
  8. Total distance is approx 70 Kms.

Mayureshwar Wildlife SanctuaryWe saw beautiful sunrise as we drove. We also found few birds – Indian Roller, Black-winged Kite, Grey Hornbill, and most pretty and equally shy Grey Patridges. On the way, we had a tea-break. We enjoyed delicious Idli-chutney got by Prasad.

We made entry of our name and check-in time at check-post. The person showed us the 1000-feet view of “Machaan” and we started walking in that direction.

Things to remember:

  1. Binocular, cap, scarf (if).
  2. We were told that camera is not allowed inside so better don’t display your cameras. Keep them in backpacks till you walk for while.
  3. Wear good shoes (no chappals, floaters, sandals) as the path is rocky.
  4. Water bottles, snacks, fruits (are best options as you can have them while trailing).
  5. Don’t talk/laugh/shout loudly as wildlife creatures will become alert and run away from you.
  6. Do NOT throw plastic bags, papers, things in sanctuary. It can be hazardous to Chinkaras.
  7. PLEASE don’t take your vehicle inside. It is best to walk in woods and enjoy being with wildlife than creating nuisance to them.

As we explored the sanctuary, we saw varieties of birds like Eurasian Collared Dove, White-throated Kingfisher, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Shrike, Laughing Dove, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Indian Silverbills, Eagle, Babblers, etc. We waited at few places to capture them. The landscapes too were beautiful.

Indian Gazelle (Chinkara)Finally Indian Gazelle a.k.a. Chinkara gave us its first glimpse. I took out my binos and watched them. Then we found few more herds of Chinkaras. They were very shy and fast-runners, and we could not click much satisfactory snaps. After walk of 3-4 Kms we reached ‘Machaan’. We climbed up and the view from top was awesome. We did spot few more herds from top and enjoyed watching them. We rested there for half an hour and munched apples. We decided to take different route while returning.

And our wise decision paid-off, a Chinkara itself came on the hilltop to check us out. It was really wonderful experience. We clicked few snaps. Later on, we found many Chinkara herds on the way back.

I was really happy to see Indian Gazelle in wild. Their glimpses themselves are rare and we could see them in numbers. Thanks to my dear Bino!:)

We started back before 12 noon and had fruit jam-sandwiches (thanks Sachin for getting them) while returning.

It was indeed an amazing wildlife wander!!! 😀

For more pictures – http://flickr.com/photos/ruhiclicks/sets/72157613433903509/detail/

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