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Old 22nd October 2012, 19:46   #1
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Default Yeh Dil Maange 'Mor' - Watching peacocks at Morachi Chincholi

'Morachi Chincoli' is a small village in the Pune district - quite famous for peacocks.

I visited the place with my family on Saturday 20th Oct 2012. It was arranged by the Ecology Club of my organization. Around 10 odd families and 7-8 volunteers of the club. We took a private bus (so no Duma snaps!).

The trip started on Friday night and we reached Morachi Chincholi in Pune district around 5:30AM after a 5 hour journey.

This was the first shot of the day after reaching the place. It was dark outside.
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Dusk. We could hear the peacocks. We were told that early morning - at the time of sunrise - is the best time to spot peacocks.
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6:20AM and the first peacock makes an grand appearance. The sun was still not out, the light was not good for photography. Most of these photos are taken with a 70-300mm telephoto at its maximum zoom and ISO cranked all the way upto 3200. Please excuse the poor quality.
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Very cautious walk.
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Another one joins in. This one has really long train (the long colorful feathers).
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Majestic pose!
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More join in - No pun intended
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Ah! Best pose! I am loving it.
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A female peacock, rather a peahen!
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I missed my binoculars. Forgot to carry them.

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6:45AM -> A beautiful sunrise
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We are able to see the surroundings much better now.
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Flora and fauna
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The peacocks are all around. You can hear them throughout the day. But spotting needs careful observation.
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The resort owner - Thopate kaka - helps us to spot one more peacock.
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To our sheer delight, he breaks into a dance!
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The peacock train (known as 'pisara' in Marathi) in its full glory!
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A closer look.
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Simply beyond words.
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Its just 7:15AM in the morning and this day has already joined my list of 'best days of my life'!
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Thopate uncle points us to another one. This one is farther away and the sun is behind it.
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All the haze and poor light made photography a rather difficult job. After heavily adjusting mid-tones and contrast, this is the best I could get.
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That's the resort owner - Thopate Uncle
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My kids spot a mini-tractor.
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7:30AM -> We get into the bus again and travel to a nearby place - apparently another good spot for peacock spotting.
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The group was rather large.
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The noise from the group made the peacock run away. But this one was a really majestic bird. Just look at how long the peacock train is!
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Spot the peacock contest!
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Heading back to our Agro Tourism resort - Mauli Resort
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A new peacock was waiting for us and ran away as soon as we got down from the bus.
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Its 8AM. The major event of the day is already behind us.
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Time for nature photography in the beautiful early morning light.
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Caught a dragonfly in mid-flight!
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Instructions at the Resort
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The artificial pond just next to the resort.
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The rooms of the resort.
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A quick peek inside one room.
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Some information about nearby places.
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A swing.
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9:00AM -> The next fun event starts. A bullock-cart ride
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Do note the amazingly small turning radius!
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Notice the neck-band with nails? Apparently the nails prevent a wild animal like leopard going for the dog's throat. Clever..isn't it?
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3rd fun event of the day -> A tractor ride.
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More fun at the resort.
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My kido got a hang of it after a few tries.
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Wifey posing with the mini-tractor. The mini-tractor was fantastic. Wish I could drive it. It was a 4x4 with 2 low ratios.
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My daughter in the driver's seat and quite thrilled about it.
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10:00AM -> The group decides to explore the area and play a few games in the field where you see the mango trees.
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I was dead tired by now. The overnight bus-ride was not very comfortable. The 8 o' clock breakfast had also made me sluggish. I decided to just lie down and take rest instead of participating in the games.

Everything was happening in super-slow motion. It was feeling like its 12 o' clock, but the watch was showing 10:15AM! During a normal office day, the day is just getting started at that hour and here so much has already happened since morning.
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My daughter with the girl gang.
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12:30PM -> Lunch time
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Bhakri - Thecha - Usal - kakdi - Pithla - loncha - papad - daal - bhaat AND jalebi! Absolute fantastic food.
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Captain Afzal talking passionately about the environment conservation cause.
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I was tracking this fellow since early morning. Lazy bugger bloomed around 12 noon!
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An energetic group photo.
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Post lunch we got into the bus and went to Nighoj which is famous for nature made potholes. Its around 25kms away from Morachi Chincholi.
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A small suspension bridge.
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A snap from the bridge.
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The other side.
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See those holes? Those are made by the river and are unique in shape and size.
See that garbage? That is dumped by ignorant humans.
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A pink dragonfly!
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We were told that the potholes get more interesting towards the bridge. But you need to approach the area carefully.
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Some interesting formations.
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My tired baby.
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A panoramic view of the temple, the bridge and the river.
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That's a tricky pass. One slip and you could fall 25 feet.
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3:45PM -> Bright sun. It was pretty hot. We start back towards Mumbai.

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A stretch on Chakan-Talegaon road had a whole bunch of these orange flowers lining the road.
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Birds flying back.
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6:00PM -> We catch a fabulous sunset from the bus
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A rare day when we got to witness the sunrise as well as the sunset!
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A beautiful day came to an end. Reached Mumbai around 9:30PM.
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A special thank you to the Ecology Club volunteers who executed this memorable outing flawlessly. You guys rock!
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Wow amazing pics sir!! The sunrise pics are incredible! And its just great to see so many peacocks in one place at such close proximity. I was supposed to visit last month with a few friends but had to cancel last moment due to an emergency. Seems like I'v missed quite a trip! Will definitely try and visit sometime!

Cheers! thoroughly enjoyed the logue and pics!
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Great travelogue. I have been contemplating a visit to Morachi Chincholi for a long time now. How did you book the accommodation? Can you explain the process..?
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Great travelogue. I have been contemplating a visit to Morachi Chincholi for a long time now. How did you book the accommodation? Can you explain the process..?
Thanks thumpingheart and MaxTorque!

For this trip, all the arrangement was managed by my organization's Ecology Club.

There are multiple Agro Tourism resorts in the village. We were at Maulee Center. Here's the link to contact details for booking:
http://www.chincholimorachi.com/chin...ntact-persons/

And here's the link to the options available and charges:
http://www.chincholimorachi.com/cate...chi-chincholi/

Please do a broader search for Morachi Chincholi on Google and you will find other resort options in that area.

Enjoy!

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Amazing pics SDP, I have been there before, it is absolutely amazing, and your pics are simply fabulous. Very well narrated, though I am sure this trip must have left all of you pretty drained.
Evenings over there bring all the hidden peacocks out with a competition going on (Meeeaaaooooh - Meeeaaaooooh), we had the opportunity to capture around 8 of them in one frame.
I loved the dragon-fly pics, that was an awesome click!

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