Pashan is an interesting suburb near Pune. Pashan has Baner in the North, Bavdhan to the South, Sus village to the West and Pune University to the East. But what highlights this pretty neighbourhood is Lake of Pashan.
Pashan lake is relaxing and refreshing with all the nature around it. It is a perfect getaway from the hustle of the city. Choose a clear sunny day to visit here. This will make the water bright and shiny. They have lined the tracks with trees like Bamboo, Gulmohar, Neem and several other trees, so you always have a dark green shade. These trees attract a lot of birds and butterflies.
The artificial Lake
It is a manmade lake, which was made to resolve the water requirements in the area. Built-in the British era, it is a dam across the Ram Nadi. Water from this lake was used as drinking water around Pashan and surrounding areas.
There are a lot of marshy areas around the lake which are not fit for exploring. But still, you have many trees for oxygen and water attracts some rare birds. Its a calm and peaceful place, as not many people visit here. There are two tracks for walking, jogging or running.
Bird Watching at Pashan Lake
The area around the lake is also a popular spot for bird watching. Even with my untrained eyes, I could spot some Kingfishers, Storks, Herons and some black ducks on the water. Other than birds there are also various species of butterflies around here.
Recently, the lake is facing many environmental issues, due to urbanisation. One of them is the silting of the lake.
Initiatives by PMC
But PMC is really developing this area around the lake. Initiatives such as planting trees and bamboo grooves alongside the lake to protect it. And the construction of a 300-metre path along the western shore has improved the matters now. PMC is looking for ways to make the water of this lake potable again.
- Where: Pashan
- Distance from Pune: 12 km
- Best time to visit: On a sunny morning
- Fee: Entry is free
- Pashan Lake Timing: Morning 6-11 am, Evenings 4-6 pm