Saturday, January 26, 2008

Japanese garden aka Pu La Deshpande Garden

Continuing the series of gardens in Pune, this week I visited the Pu la Deshpande garden on Sinhghad Road, Pune. the garden is also know as the Pune Okayama Friendship Garden or the Japanese Garden.

The entrance to the garden has a wall decently cut stones and laid very beautifully.

The visit to the garden was a pretty pleasant one with the entry fee of Rs 5/-. The garden was surprisingly clean with security guards.

The excursion map showing the best route to enjoy the garden.

The garden is just touching the sinhghad road and has ample of parking space, the parking charges are Rs 5 for a four wheeler and Rs 2 for a two wheeler. There is drinking water and restrooms available. The restrooms were pretty neat.


Pines arranged make a neat sight with the water flowing near them.

There grass in the garden is also lush green and well maintained. There are enough wooden benches to sit and some even covered places just in case of Rain / Sun.


Water falls are a typical of Japanese gardens.

Japanese Gardens are the most beautiful and highly developed of all present day gardens. They are known for their elegant naturalism and charm.


The water was extremely cool and clear, infact this was the most clear water I saw in a Japanese garden.


The Pune Okayama Friendship Garden is based on one of the major gardens of Japan i.e. "The Korakuen Garden" in Okayama City, Japan. The Korakuen Garden has a history of 300 proud years. The Pune Okayama Friendship Garden is spread over 10 acres, representing the culture & intricate ideologies of an authentic Japanese Garden.



The characteristics of the garden are a composition of fire, harmony, Line, spirit world and water. Thus the garden expresses the various elements to speak about light and darkness, soft and hard, stillness and motion, warm and cold. It is based on the Yin and Yang phiLosophy. The wide Lawns express the space, which enhances the elements with a great foreground.



To experience the great vistas, the simple Lines are incorporated in the planning to give direction and system to the visitor’s flow. The garden recreates the spirit of Zen. It has rice and coffee plantation, thus it is a place to see and enjoy the spirit world and can also involve the visitors to take part in the institutions in it. in the park.

Where is it: Map it

Monday, January 07, 2008

Model Colony Lake aka Lakaki Lake

This weekend I visited a beautiful place in a beautiful city. Lakaki lake or the Model colony lake as people call it is a stone's throw from the busy Ganeshkind road

and the F.C Road. This was a place like an oasis in the desert of busy streets. The lakaki lake is on it's way to becoming one of Pune's most beautiful natural reserves without a doubt, with gentle grassy mounds and green shrubs encircling the lake.
Bhagyesh's trips around pune
Walking path: Over three quarters of the lakes circumference is a railing and a walkway. The walkway is covered by trees on one side and is laid with stones.

No Hawking Zone: There are no hawkers allowed (at least as of the moment).
Silence Zone: The lake falls in a silent zone due to nearly 100% residential area around it.
Timings: 6am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm

Birds: The lake has some birds in the water and the trees are such that encourage the birds of different kinds to come in.
Bhagyesh's Visit to Model colony lake
You can take amazing sunset and sunrise photos from the lakaki lake.
Cleanliness: The lake was reasonably clean with just around 2 bottles seen in it, btw the lake has a No Plastics policy

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