Birding Trip to Nandur Madhmeshwar

Nandur Madhmeshwar wildlife sanctuary is situated in the Niphad Tehsil of Nashik District in Maharashtra. This sanctuary is a hub for thousands of resident and migratory birds. The sanctuary comprises the catchment area of the dam which was constructed across the Godavari River just below the confluence of Kodwa and Godavari rivers at Nandur Madhmeshwar. The water released from Gangapur and Darana water reservoirs is stored at Nandur Madhmeshwar dam and is subsequently released from here through canals for irrigation purposes. Due to this the water level is always fluctuating at Nandur Madhmeshwar dam. The sanctuary is spread over a protected area of 10000 hectares.

There are more than 230 species of birds found here out of which 80 are migratory species. Other than birds many other interesting forms of wildlife can also be spotted in this sanctuary. Nearly 24 species of fishes have been recorded in the reservoir.

The entry fee for the sanctuary is Rs. 30/- per head and Rs. 30/- for vehicle. They will issue a fanciful receipt which does not state any department or authority but simply says “Receipt for Payment to Government”. There are few machans erected by the department from where you can stand and watch the birds. But these were not of much use to us as the water level was too low and we have to walk few kilometres to reach the water body to see the birds.

How to Reach:
The nearest airport is Aurangabad at a distance of 180 km.
The nearest railway station is Niphad at a distance of 12 km on Mumbai-Bhusawal line.
The sanctuary is approachable by road from Nashik on the Aurangabad highway which is 30 km away from Nashik via Niphad. It is very near to Vinsur MIDC Naka.

Accommodation:
There are tents available for stay which is managed by the Forest/water department. Food can be arranged through the local villagers. But the wash room facilities are very poor. Also there is a government guest house which I was told is not very clean or well maintained. But this guest house is surrounded by lot of trees and you can see many birds around this place. A local villager Mr. Amol Darade who is a bird enthusiast himself, can arrange accommodation in a private villa if you could inform him in advance. The villa which is situated in the middle of a vineyard is really a very nice place and the caretaker a highly accommodative local guy, will arrange food from the nearby restaurant. Mr. Darade will also provide you with guides who will assist you in reaching the locations where you can spot the birds. These guides are equipped with binoculars and are really helpful in locating and identifying the birds. The charges are Rs. 400/- for a four hour trip. Mr. Amol can be contacted on 08007858599.

Also Niphad area is famous for vineyards & wineries which are very close to the sanctuary. In fact you can combine the birding trip with a visit to one of the many wineries and vineyards which are located within 15 km from the sanctuary.

The receipt issued at the main entrance
The receipt issued at the main entrance
The villa where we stayed in the middle of the vineyard
The villa where we stayed in the middle of the vineyard
Interior of the Villa
Interior of the Villa
The grapes are ready for Harvest
The grapes are ready for Harvest
The black grapes
The black grapes
The green grapes are ripe and ready for Harvest
The green grapes are ripe and ready for Harvest
The big bunch
The big bunch
Inside the vineyard
Inside the vineyard
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Red Wattled Lapwig in the field
Red Wattled Lapwig in the field
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
Egret
Egret
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Egret
Ready to Take off
Ready to Take off
In the Field
In the Field
The Nests of the weaving birds
The Nests of the weaving birds
Sandpiper
Sandpiper
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In flight
Up in the air - Painted stork
Up in the air – Painted stork
Spotted Billed Duck
Spotted Billed Duck
Spotted Billed Ducks
Spotted Billed Ducks
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
More Ducks
More Ducks
Nest of Swallows
Nest of Swallows
Swallows Perching on the Wire
Swallows Perching on the Wire
Lone Swallow
Lone Swallow
Cormorants Perching on the Tree
Cormorants Perching on the Tree
Cormorants Perching on the Tree
Cormorants Perching on the Tree
Purple Moorhen
Purple Moorhen
Purple Moorhen
Purple Moorhen
Ducks on Flight
Ducks in Flight
Black Shouldered Kite
Black Shouldered Kite
Black Shouldered Kite in Flight
Black Shouldered Kite in Flight
Flowers in Bloom
Flowers in Bloom
Mongoose
Mongoose
Flowers in Bloom
Flowers in Bloom
Morning Bloom
Morning Bloom
The odd one out
The odd one out

Bird Watching Trip to Bhigwan & Mayureswar

Bhigwan is a small dusty town located on the Pune Solapur highway. The distance from Pune to Bhigwan is 100 kms. The nearest town is Baramati which is 27 kms. The major birdwatching points are Kumbhargaon and Diksal on the periphery of the catchment area of the Ujani dam built on the Bhima River. Kumbhargaon is aptly called as the Bharatpur of Maharashtra. During winter season this area hosts large variety of migratory birds.

Boating services are available from “Agnipankha Flamingo Birding Point” managed by Mr. Sandip Nagare (Contact no. 0996061065/8975017405). Mr. Nagare also arrange for the stay and food at Kumbhargaon for bird enthusiasts. It is an excellent place to try the home made food and also fresh fish from the backwaters. His competent guides can take you in their boats to the major points where you can observe flamingos and other water birds. The guide who accompanied us during our visit was very cooperative and was patient enough to wait for us to take the photographs of the birds and was very helpful in identifying the birds. You need to make advance bookings for accommodation during weekends as they have very limited facilities available in the village. Alternatively you can get accommodation in Baramati which is 27 kms from Kumbhargaon where there are many decent hotels available. The best time to visit this area is from December to March.

During our visit we could spot a variety of birds like Greater Flamingos, Painted Stork, Open Billed Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Cormorants, Black Headed Gulls, Purple Heron, Rudy Shelduck, Wooly Necked Stork, King Fisher etc. etc.

Sunset Near Pune on the way to Bhigwan
Sunset Near Pune on the way to Bhigwan
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Painted Stork
Painted Stork

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Painted stork

Black Headed Ibis
Black Headed Ibis

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Black Headed Ibis

Black Ibis
Black Ibis

Black Ibis on flight

Spoonbill Spoonbill

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Spoon Bill (4)

Open Beak Stork
Open Beak Stork

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Open Beak Stork

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Grey Heron
Grey Heron

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Pond Heron
Pond Heron

Pond Heron (2)

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Egret

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Drongo

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Bee Eater
Bee Eater

Bee Eater (2)

Bee Eater (3)

Cormorant
Cormorant

Cormorant (2)

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck

Rudy Shelduck (2)

White Breasted Kingfisher (1)

White Breasted Kingfisher (2)

Osprey on flight
Osprey on flight
Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Red Wattled Lapwing
Red Wattled Lapwing
Yellow Wattled Lapwing
Yellow Wattled Lapwing

Ducks, Terns Etc.

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Ducks & Terns (2)

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Ducks & Terns (17)

Ducks & Terns (18)

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Mayreswar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated near Supe village in Baramti Tehsil, in Pune District. It is 40 Kms from Baramti town and 74 Kms from Pune. The forest department office at the entrance will issue the entry pass and vehicle pass. They are also supposed to provide a guide but unfortunately when we reached at the gate in the early morning there was no guides available. The entrance fee is Rs. 30/- per person and the vehicle entrance fee is Rs. 100/- per vehicle. Camera charges Rs.50/-.

There are around 125 Chinkaras in the sanctuary and sighting is almost guaranteed. There are few observation towers, where you can wait for the Chinkaras. This sanctuary is home to many bird species as well.

Chinkara
Chinkara

Chinkara (2)

Brahmini Myna
Brahmini Myna

Brahmini Myna (2)

Brahmini Myna (3)

Parrot
Parrot
This wonderful sunrise on the way to Mayureswar
This wonderful sunrise on the way to Mayureswar
Cucoo
Cucoo

Parrot twin (1)

Parrot twin (2)

Shrikes, Robin Etc. Etc.

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (1)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (2)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (3)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (4)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (5)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (6)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (7)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (8)

Kite
Kite

Kite

Others (1)

Others (2)

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Others (5)

Romancing the Flamingos at Sewri Mudflats

Sewri mudflats are located along the Sewri jetty. It is on a walkable distance from the Harbour Line station, Sewri. If you could reach there on a January morning you can witness the sunrise which is a golden treat. With the orange and red splashed across the sky, the view is really a spectacular one. This area is home to a variety of migratory birds, mainly flamingos.
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Thane Flower Show by Piramal Vaikunth – A Photowalk

This flower treat was a Christmas-New Year gift from Piramal Vaikunth to Thaneites. They have organized this grand flower show at Piramal Realty, Balkum and opened to public from 22nd December to 03rd January 2016. Inspired by the Chelsea flower show of UK, in this flower show Thaneites can see one million flowers of 180 different species and 18 differently themed gardens.

The Main Entrance
The Main Entrance

The Rikshaw of Roses The Rikshaw of Roses

The Orchid Garden
The Orchid Garden
Orchid
Orchid
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Orchid
Orchid
Orchid
Orchid
Old Typewriter and the Trunk
Old Typewriter and the Trunk
The Log Pile
The Log Pile
Orchid
Orchid
Orchid Decoration
Orchid Decoration
More Orchid
More Orchid
Orchid
Orchid
The Maratha Horse Garden
The Maratha Horse Garden
The Persian Garden
The Persian Garden
The Persian Garden
The Persian Garden
The Persian Garden
The Persian Garden
The Wishing Well Fairy Garden
The Wishing Well Fairy Garden
The Garden of Buddha Blessings
The Garden of Buddha Blessings

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22 Piramal Vaikunth Thane Flower Show

The Black Sheep on the Hill Garden
The Black Sheep on the Hill Garden
The Teapot Garden
The Teapot Garden

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26 Piramal Vaikunth Thane Flower Show

27 Piramal Vaikunth Thane Flower Show

"Little Sultan" The Replica of the First Passenger Train Run between Victoria Terminus and Thane
“Little Sultan” The Replica of the First Passenger Train Run between Victoria Terminus and Thane
The Value House village and Train Garden
The Value House village and Train Garden
Old Bombay Garden
Old Bombay Garden

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34 Piramal Vaikunth Thane Flower Show

The Brazil Landscape
The Brazil Landscape
A Cart Full of Flowers
A Cart Full of Flowers

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The Enchanted World of the Nutcracker
The Enchanted World of the Nutcracker
The Plant and Bottle Decoration
The Plant and Bottle Decoration
The Bullock cart Garden
The Bullock cart Garden

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The Tree House
The Tree House
The Toyland Garden
The Toyland Garden
The Bottle Decoration
The Bottle Decoration
The Bonsai Garden
The Bonsai Garden

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Bhopar – Nature Trail

Bhopar is a village near Dombivli. It is 4kms. from Dombivli railway station east and is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. There are rikshaws available from Dombivli railway station to Bhopar. This grass land is rapidly diminishing due to the ever expanding Kalyan-Dombivli municipality.

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Gandhari – Nature Trail

Gandhari is a small patch of grass land situated on the banks of Ulhas River at the outskirts of Kalyan. Some part of it consists of dense forest as well. This area is rich in a variety of flora and fauna, a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The growing Kalyan city is a threat to the ecosystem of this area. During our four hours stay we sighted many birds – Openbill Storks, Bee Eaters, Cukoos, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Plovers, Oriental Honey Buzzards, Babblers etc. This area is home to varieties of butterflies also.

On the central railway take Mumbai- Karjat local and get down at Kalyan Junction. A rikshaw from Kalyan railway station can take you there in 15 minutes. There are share rikshaws available from lal chowk which will cost Rs. 40/- per head.

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SIMHASTHA KUMBH MELA NASIK 2015 – A Photo walk of Second Shahi Snan

As per mythology the drops Amrita (Nectar) fell at the Godavari River in Nasik when Lord Vishnu flew to heaven after the Samundra Manthan. So the place considered sacred and is of very religious importance. In the lunar month of Magh when Sun and Jupiter are in Leo (Singh Rashi) zodiac sign Kumbh Mela is held at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik.

Millions of pilgrims come here to wash away their sins in the holy river, Godavari. The two bathing ghats, Ramkund in Panchavati and Kushavarta holy reservoir in Trimbak become the main centre of attraction for the thousands of Sadhus and millions of pilgrims from all over the country.

Trimbakeshwar Temple and in the back ground Brahmagiri Mountains
Trimbakeshwar Temple and in the back ground Brahmagiri Mountains
Sadhu blowing the Conch
Sadhu blowing the Conch
A Sadhu near the temple at Trimbakeshwar
A Sadhu near the temple at Trimbakeshwar

Sadhu at Kushavart
Sadhu at Kushavart

Proceeding towards Ramkund for the holy bath
Proceeding towards Ramkund for the holy bath

A foreign tourist interacting with a Sadhu
A foreign tourist interacting with a Sadhu

Pilgrims proceeding towards Ramkund for the holy bath
Pilgrims proceeding towards Ramkund for the holy bath

Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath

Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Different Sects of Sadhus proceeding towards the ghats for the holy bath
Sadhus at the bathing ghat
Sadhus at the bathing ghat
Sadhus at the bathing ghats
Sadhus at the bathing ghats
The Holy Dip
The Holy Dip
The Holy Dip
The Holy Dip
The Holy Dip
The Holy Dip
View of the Bathing Ghats
View of the Bathing Ghats
Another view of the bathing ghats
Another view of the bathing ghats
Another view of the bathing ghats
Another view of the bathing ghats