08 April 2015

G is for Gool Poonawala Garden

G was one alphabet where the garden recall was almost instantaneous. Not because I visit it often but have seen it often! Yet another site on my frequently used roads, only to be admired from the car but never visited. This blogging challenge got me to make a dedicated trip to the Gool Poonawala Garden located in Salisbury Park, Pune. 



This is basically set up as a jogging track. The oval track is surrounded by a wall of Silver Oak and Acacia trees. I spotted a colony of bats living in the Acacias. The centre of the park predictably has pretty lawns and some seating. I did not see anyone jogging but there were several walkers mostly senior citizens and ladies from nearby residential buildings. Possibly the demographic may be different at another time of the day.

Jogging track, Pune
Jogging Track
Plenty of seating
Jogging track, Pune
Look carefully and you will see the bats hanging on these trees
A couple of imposing Ficus benjamina's loom over the entrance and one is immediately on the track. Turn left or right to jog/walk around the entire site. The park is flanked by the road on one side, homes on two others, but the fourth side seems to be merging into a jungle of sorts that often crops up in land that is not 'developed'. There is a gazebo that would be ideal for folks to exercise when its raining. Its not very rich in terms of diversity or age of trees but then this garden is more about exercising/jogging rather than botany. Come here to work out, or Yoga or for Pranayama. 
Trees, Udyan, Jogging
A jungle of sorts is seen at one edge of the garden

An great initiative by the PMC for local residents. The Sachin  Tendulkar Jogging Track in Rajendra Nagar area is a similar but smaller garden that people of the area would surely be enjoying daily. 

Info:
Entry Ticket: Nil
Timing: 6AM to 10AM and 4PM to 8PM
Parking: Available and Free
Drinking Water: Available (hygiene and quality not checked)
Restrooms: Available (hygiene and quality not checked)
Location Map here

11 comments:

Vinitha said...

This looks like a great place for an evening walk. I like the jungle in the corner

Archana said...

I liked that part too. Thanks Vinitha. :)

SHANAYA TALES said...

This would be such a great place for a jog. :)
*Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

Amaryllis Turman said...

Found you from the A-to-Z Challenge website
Great post. Looks like a nice place to visit.

Archana said...

Yes it must be Shantala. Maybe you can check it whenever you visit Pune :)

Archana said...

Thanks for stopping by Amaryllis. :)

Charlotte said...

I think this park is very interesting with bats, a jungle and lovely trees. Here you can find protection from the heat and sun. A nice and shadowy place to go for a walk :)

Nicky said...

That's a pretty little park. Nice that it's put around a jogging path. We have something like that in my home town, except it's all trees, all around. It's very peaceful to walk though.

(Blogspot won't let me comment with my Wordpress ID. My A - Z challenge blog can be found here: http://out0fprint.wordpress.com )

Archana said...

I have used this blog theme to discover parks in the city. And there are quite a few, contrary to what I thought... Thanks for stopping by Charlotte.

Archana said...

Thanks Nicky. I shall visit your blog at the earliest. :)

Chicky said...

This surely looks like a great place for a walk or even just to sit quietly and read a book.