A really long hiatus from travel. I had 2 options – Continue to travel(a lot of sun) and look like an orang-utan at my wedding(yes, I got hitched :)) or stay indoors, visit a dermatologist and hope (and pray to all gods – good and bad, old and new) to lose my Himalayan nose sunburns. Jeevan and I discussed this and decided that it may be worth the sacrifice (Tch Tch). So, for about 6 months, I hardly trekked or travelled. I swore to my gonna be hubby that I will resume as soon as D Day was over.
With the new year, came my first trip to Pondicherry. Though it was work, my colleague ensured I got a good flavour of the place. I wish to go back and explore Auroville but that’s gonna be a different post. This blog is about my trip to Pune after a year and a half (Ya.. It HAS been that long). Aishu(who was my maid of honour.. I should ask her to do a guest post on her Mangalore trip) did all the planning and we trekked the jinxed mountain – Sinhagad on the first day. Amit, Aishwarya and I headed towards Sinhagad around 3PM, started climbing at 4:15 PM and were on the peak by 5:15 PM. This with enough breaks and lots of talking. It is an easy trek but the view from the top is very pretty. I so wish I had trekked during monsoons. Oh, I miss Pune monsoons.
The next morning, we woke up really early and headed out by 5:00 AM to spot some migratory birds at Bhigwan. It’s surprising that a place so close to Pune gets such rare birds and yet is not a very famous spot. I went all the way to Gujarat to spot Flamingos and did not see even one Bhigwan helped us spot not just Flamingos but so many more pretty birds.
A 150km drive and a short boat ride later, you will be in the middle of Bhima river hoping that the leader of the flock decides to land and the followers follow. We had some bird watchers with us who helped us identify them. Here’s a list of birds we spotted
- Painted Stork
- Openbill Stork
- Large Cormorant
- Little Cormorant
- Grey Heron
- Glossy Ibis
- White Ibis
- Purple Moorhen
- Red Walted Lapwing
- Blackwinged Stilt
- Great Blackheaded Gull
- River Tern
Bird spotting is very unlike us but we did enjoy the experience. Post this, we headed towards Bhairavnath temple which is close to Bhigwan. One of the few temples I have seen in Maharashtra with good handwork. Meeting Amit, Priyanka and Aishwarya after a month with lots of time on hand was something I so looked forward to.
The trip ended with a successful attempt of Aishwarya getting an anklet tattoo and a failed attempt of me getting a bird tattoo. Sometime soon I’m hoping! All in all a fun action filled trip!