01 April 2015

A is for Aba Bagul Udyan

So it begins! One month of frenzied blogging and commenting. In the process we do read some very interesting blogs, unique ideas and wonderful people.

I had two choices for A both really interesting ones and it was a difficult one. So I wrote about the Alice garden and here we are, at the Aba Bagul Udyan. This is the park's  common name but technically, it is the Late Vasantrao Eknath Bagul Udyan. Udyan/Vatika are the Marathi words for park/garden. I have used them interchangeably in my posts.

This park is located right on a main road, a very busy road at that, yet remains quite inconspicuous. I had several visiting opportunities with a botany group but alas, I could not join. Housed in an area that I frequent, it was quite a shame that I stayed away for so many years. This blogathon seemed a good way to make good many such pending visits. 

I remember the area from early 1980s when it was a rocky bare space through which flowed a 'nullah' (a storm water drain that flows into the river). Over last 3 decades the city has grown tremendously and 'developed' and like many other parts, this area is unrecognisable now. I cant say who is to be credited for the change but the garden I am about to describe is presently under the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). 

On entering the Udyan, the Star Apple tree (Chrysophyllum cainito) is the first thing that gets attention. Its canopy of green and golden brown leaves casts a cool shadow in which rests a lion! A statue of course! 

Star apple, Chrysophyllum cainito
Star Apple

Parks, gardens, Star apple
Distinctive leaves of Star Apple

leaves, pune, identification
Chrysophyllum cainito
The park has a tiled walkway that goes around the perimeter and also meanders through the well manicured lawns. Aerial roots of a banyan tree have created a 'wall' of sorts. Walk deeper into the park to see the 'nullah'. Obviously designed by professional landscapers, the Aba Bagul Udyan also has a large play area for kids, one that is quite popular with locals. The park also has the Bhimsen Joshi Kaladalan (an art gallery) and a musical fountain cum laser show. This 20-minute is on from Mon to Fri at 745pm and on Saturdays at 730pm. I have heard excellent reviews of the musical fountain and its the only one of its kind in Pune that I have heard of.

The musical fountain and its seating area

Art gallery
I spotted the Madhavi lata (Hiptage benghalensis) - a liana with fluffy toothed flowers. It was in full bloom and its flowering heralds the spring season. The genus Hiptage is derived from 'Hiptamai' - a Greek word that means to fly. The Madhavi lata has a three winged fruit that can 'fly' - is propogated by wind. 

Other significant trees that I spotted include the Triangular leaf fig (Ficus natalensis ), a really tall Rubber plant, a well grown Raktarohida (Aphanamixis polystachia), Satween (Alstonia scholaris) and Seeta ashok (Saraca asoca).

Ficus elastica
 Due to the water body, I am sure, this must be a good site to see birds. 

What do you see? The Heron? The Anaphamyxis polystachia? The bridge?
Here is a short video of the musical fountain at this park:

All in all, a great place in Sahakar Nagar to exercise or relax or introspect or dream! 

Before I end, A is also for Alice Garden which is an urban jungle of sorts. You may like to visit that too.

Entry Ticket: Yes INR 20 for adults. 
Timing: 6AM to 10AM and 4PM to 8PM
Parking: Available
Drinking water: Available (quality not checked)
Rest rooms: Available (quality not checked)
USP: Trees, Musical Fountain
Location Map here


Vinitha said...

That is a nice park! I am envious. I don't see such parks in Chennai

Happy April A2Z

Archana said...

Its indeed a wonderful park. Thanks Vinitha.

Rhonda Albom said...

Looks and sounds like a beautiful park and a perfect choice to start out the challenge. Why is the walkway tilted, is it leaning away from the water? Welcome to AtoZ 2015.

Archana said...

@Rhonda, that is a bridge over the stream. The image does not capture the bridge fully hence the walkway looks tilted... Thanks for visiting :)

Maris said...

Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing this park.

EvalinaMaria said...

Great start, good luck with the challenge!
Evalina, This and that...

Faye North said...

I love musical fountains. I saw one in France at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Thanks for showing me one in another part of the world. Enjoy the Challenge!

Faye at Destination: Fiction

Cat said...

Wonderful- I get to visit somewhere I've not been, this kind of blog is fun for me!


Archana said...

Thanks Faye. Maybe someday I can go to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in France to see that fountain. :)

Archana said...

Thank You Cat! :)

Unknown said...

Lovely post.. the park looks amazing... I think more cities should follow suit.. We need more parks :)