Have You Walked Pune’s Lush Green Corridor Yet?

Pune Tekdis
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Once a pristine little city Pune, was the favourite destination of several people from across the country, till rapid urbanisation took over. The bustling metropolis obviously lost its lush green pockets, that gave way to the concrete monstrosities that make city’s what they are today..

What remains is the few green pockets, that are a quiet reminder of what cities should be like and this is where we transport you this weekend…

Here’s our curated list of some of Pune’s best Hills and Tekdi’s that are worth visiting for your refreshing morning walk or an aggressive training session, if you are a fitness enthusiast:

Vetal Hill

It is also known as the ARAI tekdi since the access road leads up to the Automotive Research Association of India campus located on the hill. This Tekdi apparently, derives its name from the ancient Vetal temple situated on the hill.

You can access this elevated stretch from the uneven hilly terrain, or drive up the access road, park your vehicle and enjoy the scenic view from its highest peaks.

The highest point in the city, this hill runs right across with a view of the MIT College, SNDT Women’s University, ILS Law College, Gokhale Nagar, Symbiosis Society and the Chatturshrungi temple.  A dedicated exercise area is also available here.

Taljai

Taljai Hills

A lush green hill in the heart of Pune, Taljai is a photographer’s paradise. It has an extensive population of varied flora and fauna.

You can spot peacocks in their full glory or, wild rabbits beating around the bushes. The beauty of the varied species of butterflies and birds adds to its glory.

Named after the Hindu Goddess Taljai Mata, it is located at Sahakar Nagar. Taljai is open for visitors from 5 – 10 am and again from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. The road to the hill passes through the campus of the Shivaji Maratha College. Local lore suggest that a playground with a ‘Haunted House’ on the way up is to be stayed clear off!

Parvati Hill

This hillock that stands 2,100 feet above sea level is the second highest point in Pune. The hill has 103 steps leading to the various temples of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Bhagwati Parvati, Vitthal and Rukmini among others. Some of these are made of black stone that dates down to the rule of the Peshwa dynasty.

It will hardly take 10 minutes to travel to the foot of the hill from Pune Station that is a  distance of approximately 9 kilometres.

Pune Tekdis
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Hanuman Tekdi

Yet another gem in the natural treasure trove, Hanuman Tekdi is a small, yet rejuvenating hilltop famous among students, due to its proximity to Symbiosis college. One can ascend this hillock from Senapati Bapat road (next to Symbiosis), BMCC road and Fergusson College road.

It is best to avoid visiting this Tekdi after sunset, keeping in mind the recent reports of increased thefts in the area.

Durga Tekdi

It is a hill situated at Nigdi within the Pimpri Chinchwad limits. As the name suggests, there is a famous Durga Devi(goddess) temple which is a popular destination.

The 75-acre large piece of land houses close to 1.7 lakh trees of several species. It also has a lake which often has frolicking ducks too!  It is also famous for the various species of birds that flock here. Durga Tekdi is located at Nigdi behind Bhakti Shakti Chowk.

Baner Hill

The third highest point within the city limits, at an elevation of 2224 ft, the Baner hill gives a breath-taking view of Baner and Pashan from either side.

The temperatures are believed to be a degree lower here. Unlike the other hilly terrains, it however lacks adequate security and proper fencing.  It can be reached from the Pashan-Baner Link Road, Baner road, NH4 Bypass (Via Pashan Hill) or from Lokseva E School, Pashan-Sus Road.

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#All details and distances are purely for reader information. Readers are advised to check safety measures and finer details at the suggested locations.

Loveleen Kaur

Loveleen Kaur

She loves travelling, dogs, sarcasm, humour and anything that spells F O O D, in that order. A writer on a journey to make positive stories a morning ritual and give society what it needs the most - optimism !!

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