April 13, 2010

Something That Touched My Heart

I love visiting zoos in any new city I go. I feel capturing as many animals as possible in my camera. May be in very near future we will be able to see them only in photos. Many animals have already been extinct and many on the verge of extinction.
This time when I visited Katraj Snake Park and zoo; I found very unusual place in that. There were three graves. Many zoos have graves of their beloved animals who died in their zoo. But these graves were totally different. They were of Dodo (Extinct since 1681) and Indian Cheetah (Extinct from 1952); these animals are already extinct from Indian forest. The Third grave caught attention. It was only dug and kept open… for Tigers who are on the verge of extinction. For couple of seconds my mind stopped working. I felt very sad, guilty and helpless. Is it too late to save them? Maybe… may not be…

My contribution is very small but I really want that third grave to be open and gradually removed…

Save the tigers…

April 12, 2010

Pune – Must try eat outs

During this trip we discovered some good places to eat variety of food.

Tony Da Dhaba – If you are adventurous enough for trying different food then definitely visit this place. Tony Da Dhaba is about 35 kms from Wakad (Pune) on old Pune – Mumbai Highway. I wont mention what we tried (not I exactly; the other two people with me). Better ask for the special cousins which are not listed in regular menu card.

Sinhagad – Any small restaurant on the Sinhagad fort for Zhunka, Bhakari, Kanda Bhaji and Curd.

11 East Street Restaurant – This is a gem we found in Pune Cantonment area. One of the most happening areas in Pune. 11 East Street Restaurant is a London themed restaurant with sports bar and Double Decker bus with Cake and Pastry shop in it.

Kayani Bakery – Very famous in Pune for its delicious freshly baked cakes. Try the regular and fruit / chocolate cake here.

ABC Farms – This is another great place to hang out on weekend nights. This time we went to Curve restaurant to try Wood fire Pizza.

Pune – A day with Adventure

Woke up bit early in the morning and drove down to Hadapsar. There is a Gliding center at Hadapsar where you can learn Gliding and also become licensed Glider Pilot. If you don’t have time for learning then drop down to this place on any Sunday to take a ride.
As this place is an undertaking of Civil Aviation Department, Government of India; Joy rides on Sunday are at subsidized rate of Rs. 187 only. All gliders are in very good conditions and all the glider pilots are very experienced; my pilot had an experience of 51 years.
It was indeed great experience to fly in a two seat glider; a small aircraft without engine. For no doubt Gliding center becomes the must visit place in Pune and a must visit place again for me.

Pune – A Day with History

Saturday morning; we headed to Sinhagad “Lion’s Fort” (Formerly known as Kondhana) about 25 Km from Pune.
This place had great importance in history. Battle of Sinhagad was fought by Tanaji Malusare the General of Shivaji in 1670. Climbed the steep cliff with the help of Monitor Lizard (Ghorpad in Marathi). Tanaji fought the fierce battle like a lion and lost his life. His brother then took over and captured the Kodhana fort. Later renamed as Sinhagad in the honor of Tanaji’s death. Now this place is only remain in the form of ruins.

This is a must visit place in Pune to get the great view from top and try some delicious Maharashtrian food like Zhunka Bhakari, Curd in earthen pots, buttermilk, onion bhaji, also don’t forget to try “Tutu” the local fruit looks like Blueberries/blackberries.

In the evening we went to see the Sound and Light Show at Shaniwarwada. This place also has great History. Shaniwarwada was built by Peshwa Baji Rao I in 1736. It was the throne of Peshwa rulers from 1736 ~ 1818. Later surrendered to British. In 1928; it was destroyed by fire.
Light and sound show reveals the History since the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to the Peshwa Baji Rao II.

Pune – A Day with Nature

Nearest city from Mumbai; now an IT hub. We had been to Pune many times but this time I wanted to explore it in my way…

We reached Pune late afternoon; headed to Katraj Snake Park and Zoo. This zoo was really well maintained as compared to the other zoos I have seen in India. Animals are kept in much better conditions here. We got to see crocs, ghariyal, white tiger, tiger, leopard, spotted deers, and porcupine. Also got a chance to see many non-venomous snakes in open, giant King Kobra and several other snakes.

Katraj Snake Park and zoo Snaps