Enjoy visiting the famous Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary at Bhigwan Village to spot some iconic birds of this area, and historic hilltop Bhuleshwar temple on a full-day excursion tour from Pune. Private chauffeur and guide.
What to Expect
Start your early morning tour after meeting a bird watching expert as your guide and private chauffeur in the hotel lobby/ airport in Pune city. The drive to Bhigwan will take approximately 2 hours. Bhigwan is a small village around 100 km away from Pune, and is referred to as the “Bharatpur of Maharashtra”, as it becomes a hotbed of migratory birds during the winter. Bhigwan is at one end of the huge Yashwant Sagar reservoir, forming the backwaters of the Ujain dam.
Some of the famous birds are, The rudy shelducks, or Brahminy ducks, which are winter visitors to South Asia. Ciconia episcopus, is a large stork about 80 cm in height. It is a shining black colored bird, with a white wooly neck and white belly. The breast and lesser wing coverts are purple glossed. Black drongo, is black in color with dark blue gloss. Its iris is dark crimson brownish, and it has a small white spot near the gape. The Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) is a migratory bird which breeds in Europe in summer and visits South Asia and Africa in winter. The Red-naped Ibis, Pseudibis papillosa is a large bird seen all across Indian planes. The Small Indian Pratincole (Glareola lactea), is a 17 cm, small wader bird, and resident bird. The spotted owlets, Athene brama are small owls, which are often seen in a group of 3-4 birds, in open country and many more.
Enjoy visiting this amazing site on hilltop. Bhuleshwar is famous for the temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on a hill and was built during the era of Yadavas.
Originally, it was a fort called as 'Mangalgadh'. The temple was built in the 13th century. There are beautiful carvings that dominate the walls from the beginning, enhancing its stone structure. Bhuleshwar has historical significance as it's the place where Devi Parvati danced for Lord Shiva, and after they went to Kailas and get married.
Stop off at the jaggery making factory for more fun. The private guide will assist you in making necessary stops on the way for breakfast or lunch. At the end get dropped off at the hotel/ airport in Pune city.
- Private bird watching expert
- Drive to Bhigwan and back
- Visit to Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary
- Visit to hilltop Bhuleshwar Temple
- Visit to jaggery making factory
- Hotel/airport pick-up and Drop off in Pune city only
- Private chauffeur with air-conditioned car
- Fuel, parking, surcharge and government taxes
What's Not Included
- Boat ride
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions
Meeting is at hotel lobby
Please advice the complete name and address of hotel while booking.
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Know Before You Go
Please dress modestly and ensure you have adequate sun protection and drinking water. This is a great tour for those interested in photography.