10s of different and beautiful wild species of birds specially Greater Flamingo in India, that too not near Pune can only be seen at Bhigwan. Wild life in India can be enjoyed at Bhigwan during Feb – March season when lots of species are around.
Bhigwan is a small dusty town on the border of Pune and Solapur district in Central Maharashtra. It is located on the Pune-Solapur Highway. The distance between Pune city center and Bhigwan is about 105 km. One can travel to bhigwan by various means of transportation.
How to Reach Bhigwan ??
1) State Transport Buses bound for Solapur from Pune can 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.
2)Some of the Solapur/Chennai bound fast trains stop at Bhigwan. There are couple of trains which start from Pune at early dawn and will take you to Bhigwan by early morning ( 2 hour travel time). Check time table for the details.
3) The next possible option is obviously personal car or vehicle. Important birding locations are located at about 10 kms from Bhigwan. The roads are very narrow. For example road from Diksal to Bhilarwadi Sugar factory (The main Birding road) is very narrow. The distance can be covered in less than 3.5 hours as the road is flat with medium traffic. Two wheeler is very convenient to cover the vast Bhigwan area. However one should not take two wheeler on road/way in marshy area around water body or river.
View Bhigwan, Maharashtra in a larger map
To see birds in their natural habitat is just magical. Just take you binoculars and big zoom camera and indulge in day full of chirping and clicking.