October 24, 2011

Chokhi Dhani Mumbai Review

Location : From the Mumbai Nashik Highway turn towards Kalyan. You will find Chokhi Dhani (चोखी ढाणी) .

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Parking Space : Ample parking for Cars/Bikes
Time : 5pm to 11pm.
Entry Fee : Rs.500 (adults) and Rs.300 (children). We have to give a preference of the time we would like to have dinner at. This doesnt make the place chaotic at dinner time.

The Entry fee includes Entertainment, welcome drink (Jal Jeera), Snacks (lot of it) and Dinner (too much of it).

July 16, 2011

Lonavala MTDC Review

Location : Karla, Lonvala.. Nearly 3 kms from the centre of Lonavala..
If travelling via the express highway, its better to get out of the 2nd exit to lonavala.  If you take the first exist, there is a possibility of getting stuck in the traffic heading towards amby valley.

Ample parking space for Cars/Bikes.

The resort also has facitilites for boating as it has a small river flowing right behind the resort..
This location is also a paradise for birds.. especially KFs.. I saw Pied, Common and White breasted KF.
Other birds sighted : Minivet, Tits, Egrets, Cormorants.

Tarrifs : Change according to season. I paid 1300/- for a Garden AC cottage (double bed) in July'11.
There are a lot of cottages/suites over the vast spread of the resort.
But if visiting in monsoon season, its better to pre-book online.
[url=http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/index/index.aspx]::The Official website of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation[/url]

Room service : non-existent. But we had a problem in the geyser at 9.30 in the night and it was fixed at that time.

Restaurant : This is the pathetic part of the resort. Though the food is really good, the service at the restaurant is really pathetic. On any day, the food wont arrive before 30-45mins of placing the order.

attaching some images for reference :)

March 20, 2011


How to reach Kavdi from Mumbai...
Distance is just 180kms..
Take the old NH4..
Do not take bypass at dehu road..
Instead keep going straight through dehu road.. chinchwad etc..
Keep following the directions for Solapur, which are pretty visible nearly throughout..
Once you NH9.. Keep going till you reach the first Toll booth..
Cross the toll and keep looking for a small little village name called Kavdipet (its not Kaavdipet)..
Take a left and keep going straight.. You will reach a railway crossing.. 
Keep going straight till you reach the so called river.. This is where the birds are found.. 
One can walk on the dam type structure to go on the other end too.. do explore the area..

Keep in mind.. this area is absolutely untouched.. there are no tea stalls.. no shops.. so make sure you take your own stuff :)
Happy birding..


February 21, 2011

300mm birding @Bhigwan...

Date : 20th  Feb 2011 ..

Bhigwan is a small town located on the Pune-Solapur (NH9) highway.. the main attraction of the town is the birdwatching sight at backwaters of the Ujni dam..

It takes atleast 2.30hours to 3 hours to reach bhigwan from Pune..

I made a halt at pune overnight.. started at 5.30am and reached Bhigwan at 8.00am..
Earlier the better.. more chances of spotting the birds..
Once you reach the highway at bhigwan take the first left which will take you to the Diksal area..backwaters of Ujni dam..ask locals for directions..
At Diksal  short boat rides are avaiable.. We paid 100 per head (expensive) for a short ride in the backwaters to spot Flamingos.. This year there are only 2 of them as per the villagers..

Also made me realise that 300mm is not at all enough for birding :(

I couldnt visit other areas coz of lack of time on hand..

here are some of the photos from the Diksal region..

January 28, 2011

Dajipur Bison Sanctuary...

did a short trip to Dajipur recently..
Dajipur is a bison sanctuary situated very close to Kolhapur..Around 80kms from kolhapur..
the only problem there is no stay is available close to the sanctuary..one has to come back to radhanagari where lodges are available or has to go ahead to phonda for stay..
radhanagari is 25 odd kms away from dajipur.. and phonda is 13kms ahead..
tank up at radhanagari or phonda as no petrol pumps in dajipur..

Cars are allowed to enter the sanctuary.. but make sure that the car has good ground clearance as the whole 21kms is kaccha rasta..

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