Oxygen machine in Pune city

Pune is blessed with a terrain which is surrounded by the Sahyadri ranges and decorated with a few dozen hillocks. (Tekadi) Punekars, for years with the help of a few NGO’s have jointly protected the tekadis from concrete development and a lot of them are now under the forest department and a paradise for morning-walkers and fitness enthusiasts.

The tekadi behind ARAI, also known as Vetal Tekali, is one very close to my heart as I have been here since school days with my father. It is hard to believe that a natural landscape like this exists right in the middle of the city. This tekadi connects Kothrud, Erandwane, Pashan and can be accessed to come on top from all sides.

What I admire about the culture of tekadi in Pune is that almost everyone adheres by the unsaid nature’s law and contributes towards the well being of the place. I have seen so many grandpa’s carrying water all the way from a tank to water the newly planted saplings on the tekadi.

The tekadi is beautiful in all seasons but mesmerizing beyond words in the monsoons. The pond in the stone quarry in the middle of the tekadi is filled with flora and fauna and witnessing a peacock or two is a casual thing for everyday walkers here!

I sincerely and genuinely wish it stays as it is in the future and continues to bless us with the immense oxygen and serenity that it has in abundance.

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Jungle in the middle of the Pune city

March 2022 was the hottest March since the last 122 years – said the Indian Meteorological department in the news today. We as humans, have successfully ruined most of the green cover that kept the earth sane. In the chaos of all these realistic thoughts racing my mind, I find solace in beautiful green pockets and that 1 hour spent takes away all the tiredness like magic.

Today, we visited Chittaranjan Vatika, a not-so-new public garden managed by PMC. It is hard to believe that such a beautiful green space exists in the middle of the city. The park is covered with dense trees and has a vast collection of flora. The walking track of roughly 1.5 km is elegantly designed to go through the entire park. Covered benches for resting, gazebos for senior citizens and play area for children tick all the points and make this an amazing place for everyone in the family

One fascinating aspect of Chittaranjan Vatika is the tiny traffic park which is made to teach kids about the traffic signs and rules. This arena is aesthetically encompassed inside the park premises and that is what makes the park special.

I have been here multiple times over the years and I am so glad that it remains the same level of awesome. Kudos to PMC and the Parks Department for maintaining it so well. These are the lungs of our city and we HAVE to take care of them as citizens too!

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