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Ananda ValleyI visited ‘Ananda Valley’ with my colleagues last saturday. It was a more of a team building activity than a picnic. We gathered near our office and started at 8:30 AM.

Best thing I like about Pune is – as you drive few kilometers away from city immediately the scene changes, you can breathe fresh air and enjoy nature. It was bit of cold and pleasant atmosphere in the morning. On the way, we enjoyed some garama-garam pattice which I got from Hindustan bakery.

To reach Ananda Valley:

  1. Take Pune-Nasik Highway, Cross toll entry (take return toll of Rs. 31.50/-) at Moshi.
  2. Drive till toll exit.
  3. After Exit look for 2 petrol pumps (BP, HP) on the left side.
  4. Take left after the 2nd petrol pump take the road that goes to Kadus village. You will leave the highway at this point.
  5. Drive more 10 kms to reach Kadus village.
  6. Ask for Dr. Kataria’s Farm i.e. Ananda Valley. After 1 km, look for sign on your right.
  7. Total distance is approx. 50-55 kms from Pune on Nasik Highway(NH-50).

We reached there at around 10 AM. Our booking was already confirmed and the concerned person explained us the details about the activities of the day. There were many other groups from different IT companies. We had breakfast which consisted of Pohe, Upma, Kokam Sharbat, tea, coffee and farm-fresh bananas.

Eco TourOur guide then took us for an Eco-tour. We followed him as he took us to different spots. We clicked some snaps in the garden on the way. We traveled from one direction to another and finally came at a hill. We climbed up and panorama from here was amazing. We could see lake and some greenery of the fields from the hill-top. Then we descended down to climb another mountain. This is a good trek. I found a pair of vulture hovering over us in the sky. They were at great altitude and capturing them in camera was O-O-Q (out of question). 😦

By the time we returned, it was lunch time and we were hungry. We enjoyed delicious Maharashtrian Thali (with Jowar Bhakri, Pithale, thecha and all that stuff). Then we took some rest.

In the afternoon, we enjoyed a bullock-cart ride and also some tatoos and mehendis. We played few games of carom and Fuss ball. Magic show was on but we took no interest in it. It seemed very boring and we just ignored it.

We didn’t indulge ourselves in any kind of actual team building-like tasks or games like other groups; the only reason was our group itself was small and other reason was, we just wish to relax. But we interacted more among ourselves. At end of the day, I felt I knew my colleagues more than yesterday and that was what it mattered for us.

AV is better option for corporate picnics than a family outing. They now have accommodation facility for overnight stay for families. I still feel rainy season will be better to visit as it will be green. This is certainly NOT the place for bird watching and photography.

+ points: Nature, Food, Hill climbing, team building activities.
– points: Less activities in the afternoon, no boating.

We came back in the evening. Ours was different kind of team building outing. 🙂

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