The Taljai hill and temple is one of the best visiting tourist attractions in Pune. The temple is located in the heart of the city, Sahakarnagar area, and is dedicated to Goddess Taljai. The temple is positioned on a small hillock which also holds a preserved forest. Today, the condition of Pune city is getting worse by every passing day. With the concrete jungle growing and expanding the city borderland in all direction, a hillock rewarded with dense trees, chirping birds, colorful butterflies, dancing peacocks and serene atmosphere in the heart of the city can just be dreamt of. After all, the Taljai hill makes this dream come true. This place is also a well-known hot-spot for hopeful bird watchers and ornithologists, with the Peacock being the major attraction.
Taljai Forest Area, Pune, Maharashtra
Type of Place
- Hill Station
- Picnic Spot
- Senior Citizen
- Pune International Airport
- Pune Railway Station
- Opens On All Days.
Timing : 05:00 AM To 07:00 PM
Lunch Time : 10:00 AM To 1:00 PM
Entry Fee : Free
- Situated right in the heart of the city, the Taljai Hill is a popular trekking and picnic spot for Punekars as well as tourists. The main attraction on the hill is the Taljai Mata Temple. If you are lucky enough, you might come across many peacocks and even a few snakes while on your hike up the hill. A no vehicle zone, the hill is covered in lush green trees, especially during the monsoons. The Taljai Hill is a must visit for nature lovers and amateur bird watchers.
- Goddess Taljai, the temple is one of the main attractions of the Taljai Hill. The hillock is supposed to be named after the goddess Taljai. The Taljai Mata temple comprises two sanctums. The outer sanctum is a large hall where generally the devotees pray from, whereas the inner sanctum is where rests the divine Goddess Taljai. The surrounding of the temple is well maintained with sitting arrangements, tree shades, etc. Navratri (Durga Puja) is the best time to visit this temple. The temple set up grand functions during nine days(Navratries). The entire temple is decorated with flowers and lightings at further make this temple more captivating. Moreover, the divine hymns and prayers chanted during the Navratri Puja which takes you to a world beyond mere spirituality.
Things to Buy
- Pune has a whole world of offerings when it come to beautiful goodies. You will love to shop for stunning local handicrafts, antique items like gramophone records or rare coins, exquisite leather items, comfy Kolhapuri Chappals, trendy fashion accessories, stylish footwear, designer dresses, Chiwda (rice flakes) and slippers made from rubber. Be sure to bargain for your favorite stuff as the local vendors tend to overcharge for the tourists.
Things to Eat
- Mango Mastani at Sujata Mastan, Chicken biryani at Blue Nile, Chicken kathi kebab.
Things to enjoy
- Aside from the Taljai Temple, the Taljai Hill has its own admirer. Glorified with lush green woods and a pleasant environment, the hill is one of the top tourist places to visit in Pune. The Pune Municipal Corporation, considering the importance of this hill has taken special attempt to preserve and maintain its serenity. Convenient paved pathways, jogging and walking tracks, artifacts for kids and decent compound wall for undesirable intrusions help the visitors to enjoy the best of the nature.
- Taljai-hill-peacock: Taljai Hill is sanctified with a discrete flora and fauna and hence has been a significant attraction among bird watchers, photographers, etc. The hill has an excellent population of peacocks and rabbits. The best time to visit hill is during early morning and in the evening.