OSHO GARDEN, PUNE

It was 10th of April, 2016.

Even it was mid April, but the temperature in Pune city was quite normal as compare to other cities of India. It was Sunday and I was looking for something to do. While surfing on internet, I found out about this beautiful garden within the city. Osho Garden. Located in Koregaon Park area which is very prestigious area of the city. Well, doing something is always better than doing nothing..!! So  I decided to visit this garden. It was evening time, I kicked my bike, put on helmet and went for small bike ride within the city.

Something about this garden :

Away from the common din of the life in Pune, Osho Teerth Garden takes you to an altogether different world. Developed beside the famous Osho Commune International and the Osho Ashram, a different kind of serenity and solemnity can be breathed in the surroundings here. The garden belongs to the Osho International Commune and has been developed taking into consideration the teachings and preaching of Rajneeshji i.e. Osho.

The waves of mysticism and pantheism can be experienced in the surroundings here. This is arguably the most peaceful and beautiful place in Pune. You can visit this garden any time of the year, but Spring is undoubtedly the best time to come here as you can see loads of flowers blooming and blossoming briskly on the branches all around. Coming here early in the morning offers you a chance to experience the divine tranquility and utmost quietude. Those who are interested in meditation and contemplation come here early in the morning.

If you are in Pune and wants to spend sometime with nature in a peaceful and pleasant place, then this is the place.

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TIKONA FORT

It was 8th January 2017.

New year was started few days back and everybody were settling down in their life with new hopes, new expectations and  different new year resolutions then last year. In my case, it was new job. I was also confirming myself at new place. With this new beginning, we decided to visit Tikona Fort.

Total distance to Tikona fort from my place is around 80 km. My plan was to leave at 7 AM form home and have some breakfast midway and reach there max by 10:30 AM. Well, when you want roam around with your roommates, you should not stick to any plan.3 friends on 2 bikes and we finally managed to leave our home at 10:15 AM. Ya that’s correct. At that time I wanted to be there. Anyways, we took old Bombay-Pune highway to reach destination so it took lesser time than anticipated.

It was already late so we decided to have lunch on the highway. So we stopped at famous dhaba on the way. It was good place but was as costlier as decent restaurant within the city. Food was good and helped us to satisfy out appetite. Till the time clock was displaying 1:15 PM.

Again we started for Tikona Fort with full stomach. By time time 2:00 PM we were at our first wonderful place near to our destination. The place was “Pavana Dam”. If  you are a fan of natural beauty then you will just fall in love with this place. Amount of water that you can not even imagine, is in front of  your eyes. Wind that makes some waves in the still water and gives you a feel of sea. Some mountains, a river bank, good wind, wonderful atmosphere, all those thinks put just one thing in your mind. “I want to have a house here”.  Then you realize that you can’t even afford your shared rented house in Pune. 😛 😀 That is also very costly so you leave this thought behind and just enjoyed the moment.

Left this place at 2:45 PM and reached Tikona Fort at 3:00 PM. After reaching there we realized that this is not actually a big fort but it is a trek..!!! At 3:15 PM, we were really not in the mood of trekking but we got there so we had to reach the top most point there. We started and successfully completed that in one and half hour. It was moderate level difficulty for someone like me who is at beginner level in trekking. Temperature was also comparatively high, we were out of water, one of my friend had motion sickness, trek route was also difficult but with all these challenges some energetic songs on JBL speaker(Ya, we had one JBL with us 😛 ), Nimbu Pani midways, some comments on each other made it easier to reach the top. Nearly the height of 3500 ft gives you a gigantic view of mountain series and water reservoir.

We returned to parking around 5:15 PM. Then we had Kanda Bhaggi, Poha, Chai over here and played Gaalli Cricket with local kids with just flat wooden strap, tennis ball and cycle wheel as stumps. 😀 It was really very interesting and memorable game. At 6:15 PM we started towards Pune but again Pavana back-water lake forced us to enjoy sunset at the same place where we started. The same place was totally different than what we had visited the very same afternoon. Same place can just show you altogether different view. This sunset was very beautiful. The atmosphere was so pleasant that we didn’t leave from there till it was complete dark. Our journey towards city began at 7:30 PM from there.

SINHAGAD FORT

It was the 10th day of December 2016.

After having lunch on the day of Saturday at home, friends want to roam at some NICE place. Then we decided to visit Singagad Fort.Total distance to this place from my location was 50 km. We started around 1:00 PM. With the help of google map, we reached swargate and then we realized that we don’t have enough fuel in our bike. 😛 Ya, we are careless bachelors.. 🙂 We found fuel station nearby very easily but due to recent effect of demonetization, it was difficult to convince then to take our payment via Credit Card. Well, at the end we managed to purchase fuel in some round figures and convinced him to accept credit card and the time was 2:15 PM till then.

Then our next stop was Khadakwasla Dam. Pune city technically ends here. Spent some time here with tea and wadapau. It was sunny day, half an hour was enough amount of time on this place.

Again, we started towards our destination Singagad Fort but before reaching there we got one point there at some height and one person was selling Linbu Pani there.Clicked some photos there. Ya, we had DSLR with us. I doubt our photography skill but when you have camera in hand, it is obvious that you consider yourself a skilled photographer 😛 😀

And finally we reached our destination Singagad Fort aound 4:00 PM. You can have a view of Pune city and wonderful natural beauty from the height of 1300+ m (4250+ ft). It was still sunny day so sun was shining with charm of heat as it was the month of December so this sun was not too hot at evening time with some wind. Around 100 steps and a walk on the top of fort helped us to kill 2 hours of time. Then the atmosphere was so pleasant that we didn’t leave from there till it was complete dark. We had Pithla Bhakri (famous maharashtrian dish) from local vendors over there.

It was well spent evening with friends and bike ride made it really memorable to me.