Friday, February 12, 2010

Pu La Deshpande Park

Okayama park a.k.a Pu La Deshpande park of Pune, openly highlights the grand living disparity of Indian Society - chaotic, unplanned, growing Indian cities (like Pune) implusated by occasional exception of planned execution and impeccable maintenance.

Yes, Okayama or Pu La Deshpande park of Pune is that fantastic exception of this city.

Pu La Deshpande park
This amazing park, located at foothills of small Parvati hillock, is indeed a good tranqulizier for visitors just coming out of congested and chaotic Pune city traffic.
Okayama park of Pune is symbol of friendship between Pune and Okayama cities and has been built with Japanese collaboration. You can easily spot Japanese and international tourists enjoying the beautifully designed park.

This park has been named Pu. La. Deshpande park, after popular Marathi writer and actor Purushotam Laxman Deshpande and is impressively well maintained by otherwise notorious and negligent PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation).

Till the entrance of the Pu La Deshpande park, Pune visitors wouldn't find anything different but crossing the gate of Pu La Deshpande park is the step to beautiful transformation from disorderly to disciplined and orderly.

Walkway of Pu La Deshpande park

Built on 10 acres of land, Pu La Deshpande park begins with sturdy bamboo trees and colourful plants leading the visitor to artifical, yet beautiful and green, hillock of the park with the natural back-drop of Parvati hills. For Pune's Pu La Deshpande park visitors enchantment begins with the soothing water canalsbeautifully cutting through the green grass and colourful plants.

Plants in Pu La Deshpande park
Even before Pu La Deshpande park tourists can complete appreciating, one encounters a beautiful pond with two small islands for birds and amphibians of the park. With backdrop of green hillock backdrop, small bridge this small pond with two green islands is indeed marvelous.

Pu La Deshpande park's small pond is the heart of the park not only for the visitors but also its nautral inhabitants : the rich marine life and chirping birds.

More Photo of Centre pond rim Pu. La. Deshpande park
More Photo from Hilltop of Pu. La. Deshpande park

More Photo of centre pond of Pu. La. Deshpande park

Birds in Pu La Deshpande park
East of park has mini cascaded waterfalls, If visiting Pu La Deshpande park during afternoon then tourists can evidently feel the refreshing moisture and lower temperature while walking towards it.

Waterfall pond in Pu La Deshpande park
While walking towards the west, do stop by and enjoy the aligned agri-farming section.

Farming tracks in Pu La Deshpande park
North East of Pu La Deshpande park (way towards exit) is my favourite because walking amongst the neck high colorful plants gives feeling of being in the woods and the beside steady flowing canal stream is very refreshing makes you feel part of the energy flow.

Architects of Pu La Deshpande park smartly used this downhill trail to open into center pond, which however was dry yet beautifully maintained.

center Pond of Pu La Deshpande park
After crossing this second center pond, of Pu La Deshpande park,is the most audible water stream donating a great pacifying feeling.Make sure you sit and enjoy the free natural peaceful energy overflowing in abundance in this area of Pu La Deshpande park.

Before visitor of Pu La Deshpande park can step out park offers one more mesmirizing mini vista looking over the pond and overlooking bridge of the park.

More Photo of peaceful ambience of Pu La Deshpande Park

Pu La Deshpande park is like a self sustaining natural ecosystem, where humans are indeed visitors gradually exposed to other natural beings.
From Pu La Deshpande park, visitors take away the calm and placetness, much required for peacfully dissolving into mad urban race.
So whats the disparity I mentioned earlier?
Pu La Deshpande park cuddled by Parvati Hills shanties indeed make this well maintained park look a lavish luxorious spending.

Parvati hills huts behind Pu La Deshpande park
Also Security guards managing the Pu La Deshpande park are indeed creditworthy on ensuring the high orderliness of the park.It makes me wonder why cant same management look after the wonderous Empress Botanical garden, plagued by young romeo-juliets.

Near by places to visit:
Saras Bagh, Parvati Temple, Peshwe Energy Park , Ramakrishna Mutth

Directions:
Located on Sinhgad Road in popular Parvati Hills area and next to Ramakrishna Mutth and 5 kms from Saras bagh.
Entrance ticket is Rs 5.00 per person and Rs 5.00 for car parking. This is money well spent.
Pu La Deshpande on Google Maps

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9 comments:

Kannan said...

Nice post.

Travel India said...

India is such a wonderful place to travel the adventure tours, Historical monuments, safari tours, Himalayas tracking tours and many more thousands of visitors came across the world to travel India.

smith said...

Here the post is very nice. Park's pictures are really beautiful and scenery looks awesome in the pictures.
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Ambica Reddy said...

Awesome post. Awesome Collection of Pics and your writing skills are good. Thanks for sharing information about Pu La Deshpande park in Pune. If want to know more information about India Travel Guide for ur Trip.

Pratiksha Jadhav said...

Super post. I've been thinking about this topic. India is great place to travel adventure tours & also popular for its hill station. Thanks for sharing information about different parks in Pune.Panchgani hill station temperature stays around 120 C during the winter months, and hardly rises above 350 C during the summers.

anjali gupta said...

It was lovely reading your post. I'll definitely visit Pu La Deshpande park once i'm in Pune. Get to know about various hotels in Pune.

Khushi R said...

Nice post of the Pu La Garden. Its a very soothing place which contains natural flow of water from canal which is been spread across the garden. Do visit Pu La Deshpande garden to experience serenity.

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