About Taljai Hills
Maharashtra is blessed with a number of picturesque travel destinations that has a magnetic pull to nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Whether it is the verdant hills or dense forests, monsoon adds a mystical charm to these places when they look rejuvenated and green.
Taljai Hills is a popular weekend getaway in the city of Pune, which is a favourite of tourists for its abounding natural beauty and exotic fauna. Tucked in the Western Ghats with a pleasant climate virtually round the year, the place has a number of attractions for environmentalists and shutterbugs. The open forest area provides a relaxing haven for morning and evening walks.
Taljai Hills is popular among the Punekars for the famous temple of Taljai Mata Devi located atop the hill. The road to the temple is a zigzag bituminous trail along the forest area which you have to hike as no vehicles reach up to the summit of the hill. Since the forest is not dense, you have a good opportunity to explore the place as you hike up to the temple.
During your trip you can spot number of migratory birds, rare species of butterflies, peacocks and rabbits in their natural habitat. The temple area is well maintained with paved sitting area where travellers can sit and rest for a while. En route the Taljai Mata temple you will come across a pond where you can see ducks swimming in playful moods.
It is a rare sight to delight! Taljai Hills is a perfect spot for outdoor picnic and excursions where you can be one with nature and unwind your fetters for some time. From the temple top, you can enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view of the Pune city at the backdrop of the emerald green Western Ghats.
Other Essential Information About Taljai Hills
Location: WaghJai Road, Taljai Forest Area, near Parvati, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Best Time: The jogging track remains open between 5AM -9AM and 4:30PM -7PM. But the best time for visiting the Taljai Hills is between 5AM -6AM (during winter and spring as summers are really scorching in Maharashtra) when the atmosphere is cool and you can spot various wild animals in their natural habitat.
Timings: Every day from 5AM- 10AM and 4:30PM -7PM
Price: There are no entry fees.