One Day Picnic Spot Near Pune | Weekend Getaways Near Pune
Colourful flowers, small foot way through green bushes, various countryside foods, fresh vegetables, various horticultural activities, tree bound swing, sliders, huts, tents, natural cool water, Tulshi vrindavan, & fabulous entrance, these are the features of Karan Agri Tourism at Bhambarde near to Pune.
Karan Agri Tourism is located at Bhambarde, 5 KMs away from Ranjangaon Ganpati (one of the famous Eight Ganpatis) on Ahmednagar-Pune Highway. This tourism spot is developed by Mr. Ramesh Karbhari Sangpal in around 2 acres on a hill top. Tourists like Ganpati devotees, Industrial employees from Ranjangaon MIDC & group of families from Pune city are taking the experience of rural culture.
One can arrange small function, birthday parties, with your loving ones & family members. You can plan outing for couple of days, as lodging facility with delicious homely made food is available at Karan Agri Tourism. Special dishes are Maaswadi, Maharashtrian Thali (home made), rural culture fooding facility. Tourists can visit nearby holyplaces like Goddess Malganga, Goddess Donlai & most popular Mahaganpati at Ranjangaon.
Mr. Ramesh Sangpal is rewarded with 'Krishi Paryatan Gaurav' award on 16th May 2008 at Balgandharv Hall feliciated by Mr. Ajitdada Pawar.
Given that many temples tend to close during noon, we decided to start early in the day so that we get sufficient time to spend in the temple, but the good part is that both these temples are open through the day. We planned to first visit the Maskoba temple, which is on Khed-Shivapur-Saswad link road and then on return visit the Kanifnath temple which is Pune-Saswad road near Bopgaon.
To reach to the Maskoba temple from my place in Wakad, there were mainly two options. Take the Pune-Mumbai by pass, going towards Bangalore and take the Katraj by pass and then take a left and get onto the Khed-Shivapur-Saswad link road from Khed (after Ramnagar). The other option was to not take the Katraj by-pass but rather cross over via Katraj to the Pune Saswad road and then just past Hiware take a right and get onto the Khed-Shivapur-Saswad link road from the other side. The first option meant a much longer drive on the Khed-Shivapur-Saswad link road and I wasn't sure of how the quality of such a link road will be. So I decided to take the second option. Being the 3 day weekend, we found lot of traffic on the road and saw very many vehicles getting onto the Katraj by-pass, possibly going towards Panchgani or Mahabaleswar. In fact there was a slight traffic jam near the Warje flyover. The road connecting from Katraj (from near the Katraj Zoo) to the Saswad road, is also pretty crowded (even on regular days). So after being forced to drive slowly till I managed to get onto the Saswad road, we finally got a bit of clear road.
The Pune Saswad road is a state highway and while the road quality was good, it wasn't very wide. There is a small ghat section on this road, which isn't very clear from the Google map. We were driving in our automatic gear i10 and I had to put the car in gear 2 to ensure that I could negotiate some of the steep bends and climbs in the ghat. The last 2-3 kms when you turn right into the Khed-Shivapur-Saswad link road to get the temple is fairly decent road. A small stretch in the Kodit village is pretty bad. There are signs at some places and at some you may have to ask someone for the directions. The last 100 m or so is properly laid concrete road. Surprisingly, this temple isn't really visible till you are almost at it.
The temple is wonderful with some exquisite carvings from Mahabharata and other Indian mythology. The entire top perimeter of the outside wall is full of carved idols. The main temple is in the center and is more brightly colored. The outside walls are just white washed and still need to be colored. Only some patches here and there are colored in it. The place was almost deserted from visitors but there were local people busy cleaning up the entire area. On inquiry, we found out that there is a big bhoj from 12 noon to late in the evening, every Sunday and they were busy cleaning up for that. This being a Saturday, not many people visit this place.