Taljai Hills, Pune - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)

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.
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People Also Ask About Taljai Hills

  1. What are the tips to remember Taljai Hills?

    A few tips to remember during your trek to the Taljai Hills:
     -Wear running shoes with a good grip as you will have to hike up a winding road of bituminous soil. During monsoon the roads are often slippery and may lead to a fall if you are not wearing proper shoes.
    -Carry sufficient drinking water during your trek.
    -Carry energy bars, glucose biscuits and other dry food.
    -Umbrella, rain shield (during monsoon)
    -Sunscreen
  2. What Taljai Hills is famous for?

    Taljai Hills is famous for the Taljai Mata Temple located atop the hill. The place is also popular among the tourists who want to go for trekking, morning walks, bird watching or outdoor picnic in the hillside. As you hike up the Taljai Hill, you can spot a number of peacocks and snakes amidst the lush green trees that you can feast your eyes on. Being home to a large number of migratory birds Taljai Hills attract ornithologists who want to see and capture in their cameras the intriguing behaviours of these birds and other wild animals. One of the most attractive things which makes the Taljai Hills popular among birdwatchers is the sight of dancing peacocks during monsoon.
  3. Are food items allowed to be taken inside?

    You can carry drinking water and snacks during your trip. But for the sake of the safety of the animals inhabiting the forest of the Taljai Hills, it is recommended not to carry spicy food inside the forest. If a food particle is dropped accidentally, it may be eaten up by the animals and birds leading to some unwanted complications.
  4. How to reach Taljai Hills?

    From Pune airport or railway station you can take state buses or taxis and reach Swargate Depot or Datte in 24 mins (approx.) bus stop via Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Road. From there you can take a cab and reach the base which is located about 4 km from the bus terminus. The rest of the distance you have trek up to the hilltop. The most convenient trekking route to Taljai Hills is via Shivaji Maratha College route.