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Bhigwan Bird Watching

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| Bhigwan Village, Baramati 413130, India
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Bhigwan is a small dusty town on the border of Pune and Solapur district in Central Maharashtra, in India. Bhigwan is located on the Pune-Solapur Highway. The distance between Pune city center and Bhigwan is 105 km. One can travel to Bhigwan by various means of transport. How to Reach Bhigwan ? 1) State Transport Buses bound for Solapur and onwards from Pune take you to Bhigwan in 3.5 hours. The obvious advantage of ST bus, is that one need not drive. However Bhigwan is a vast area. The birding spots are as far away as 10 to 15 kms from Bhigwan main town. So this mode is not convenient. There is also a train station at Bhigwan. However both ST bus and train are not convenient.South of Bhigwan town, exists a widespread backwater formed due to a man made dam built on the Bhima river. The dam is called as Ujni dam. The backwaters is spread over a wide region and is mainly a shallow waste water reserve. There are two areas where one can see the migratory water birds. 1) Diksal-Parewadi area and 2) Dalaj - Kumbharwadi area. To reach Diksal, please reach Solapur end of Bhigwan town. Take left (if you are travelling from Pune) before the River bridge. The road goes to Karmala/ Diksal. Diksal is a small village on this road at distance of 6-7 kms from Bhigwan. Take right from Diksal and travel by road which heads to Bhilarwadi Sugar plant. After the right turn at Dikasal, the road cuts through the backwaters. On both sides of this road one can see backwater and birds. The road is however very narrow. This road has been built on the old railway line. One can see remains of shunting stations and station platforms on this road. Very heavy vehicles are not allowed on the bridge on this road. After travelling for about 4 kms, one reaches, end of the bridge, where fishermen have set up a small roadside village. From here, one can hire a small fishing boat to locate exotic species2) The personal transport is best way to explore Bhigwan region. The Pune to Solapur road is very busy road with lot of widening work under progress. One needs to drive carefully on this route. Once you reach Bhigwan, Cross the town, and reach the southern end of the town. Drive along NH9, for 8 km beyond Bhigwan towards Solapur,till you reach a village Dalaj no 2. (near Bhadalwadi lake). Here take left and reach the banks of backwaters. Birds can be seen at the backwaters near villages Kumbharwadi, Dalaj. To reach other village called as Diksal, one should start from Bhigwan, take left at the southern end of town, drive along SH68, till you reach Diksal corner. Take right along Kettur Bhigwan road to reach banks of water to see the birds.such as flamingo etc. To reach Dallaj no.2, travel along Solapur highway after Bhigwan for about 9 kms. Take left and further travel for 2 km on rough road. Always remember village names and enquire whenever possible. Native people are friendly. However all the villagers do not understand about the birds and birding locations etc. Most of the villagers in the area are unaware of the importance of ecosystem around them from the point of view of birdlife and migration etc. There are more than 100 medium or large dams in Maharashra. However, Ujni (bhigwan) is unique. There are no hills around here. Many other maharashtra dams do not host large populations of migratory birds due to very high water depth and clean water. The Ujni backwater is shallow and spread out in vast area. The discharge of water from Pune region dams such as Panshet, Pawna, Khadakwasla, Varasgaon, Temghar, etc flows to Ujni after passing through Pune City. The semiwaste water in this ujni dam backwater area has built very good wetland based ecosystem and helped agriculture also. The rainfall in Pune region decides the water level in Ujani dam. Lesser the water, shallower it is. More birds can be seen in winter. However this causes big problem for resident nesting birds in late summer, due to water scarcity.
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Though it is harsh summer , but I clicked around 100 flamingos, worry visiting. Nagar is the owner offers choice of food. Fish is fresh catch. Reach at night , do a early morning boating and leave . The heat is not bearable.

3  Thank krishnan825
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

I never imagined that such a good bird sanctuary exists near Pune. We hired a boat and had long ride of 2.5 hours inside the lake for bird watching. We got to see lots of water birds such as Flemingo, ibis, heron, ecrates etc. They...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Very nice experience, really peace of mind if you like birds than don't miss this place. You can see different types of birds in a crowd We visited our tour with mr.sandeep nagre very cooperative staff..

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

We visited Kumbhargaon in the beginning of the month and it couldn't have been more rewarding. There are thousands of birds including the migratory; though flamingos were exceptionally less this year. As we are very passionate about birdwatching and photography we stayed for 3 nights...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Visited Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary for two days on 30th and 31st of March 2018. Enjoyed homestay with Mr. Sandip Nagare (Mobile number 9960 610615). Useful information of the visit: • Stay was at Agnipankh Flamingo Point at Kumbhargaon (about 100km from Pune off the NH...More

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Went to Agnipankh Flamingo Point at Kumbhargaon. As Guided by Mr. Sandip Nagare did booking on weekdays in the last week of February 2018. Please avoid weekends as there is mad rush. Home stay arrangements with attached toilet rooms and non attach one. Prefer attach...More

1  Thank Prashanti76
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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Bhigwan is an excellent place for birding enthusiasts. The back waters of Ujani dam. After monsoon the back waters carry water hence attract lot of different species of birds including Flamingos. There are homestays developed by locals with basic but clean boarding facilities. Birding safaris...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Went here twice, first time for hour and half boat ride and two days later fir sunrise 3 hour boat ride. The staff are great told us about the birds name and where from, the lake is so peaceful. If your in the area you...More

2  Thank Susan F
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Went to Agnipankh Flamingo Point in Kumbhargaon. About 100 km from Pune. You will not have too much traffic after you leave Pune in the morning and will reach in about 1.5 hours. The Highway is in a good condition and the road once you...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Bhigwan (Kumbhargaon) is around 100km from Pune and it would take roughly 1.5 hrs to reach the location by car. You can contact Sandeep Nagare (9960610615) if it is a group visit and book in boats and accommodation in advance. He an also advise you...More

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Shivani B
31 March 2018|
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Response from Prashanti76 | Reviewed this property |
For migratory birds Feb is the best time as you get maximum all the species. for rosy starling birds Jan is the best time. There are few homestay kind of accomodation . Best is Agnipankha flamingo birding point. Their guides... More
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suresh r
20 January 2018|
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Response from swapnil j | Property representative |
yes, & it is present now in jan, Feb ,march Form bhigwan bird watching Mob- +918308383050 (Swapnil jarad)
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Thanks sir for visiting Bhigwan bird sanctuary. Form bhigwan bird watching team For your future visiting contact Mob- +918308383050 (Swapnil jarad)
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