Morachi Chincholi is a beautiful village located near Pune. It can be a one day trip or one can chose to stay for 1 night. We started our trip from Pune at 6:00 AM on a Activa.
It was a beautiful journey right through the serene roads and scenic beauty. While on the road we got to witness the locals at the mundane chores few vibrant faces for chit chat. We took couple of breaks enroute to take in the breathtaking views we came across.
We reached Jay malhar krishi paryatak kendra at around 11:00 AM. It had an entry ticket worth ₹800 which included welcome drink, breakfast, lunch and evening snacks. Inside there were various activities like archery, rain dance, magic show, puppet show, bullock cart ride and tractor ride. The whole premises is around a school. At the entrance there is a mini museum which had exhibits of various tools used in farming from ancient times as well as few tools from the modern day farming. It has a mini zoo with caged rabbits, ducks and turkeys. Apart from these they have camels, horses and cows. After that we came for lunch which was delicious. One of the best vegetarian lunchs I have had ( which is very rare considering I have non vegetarian preferences ).
Post lunch we saw that a class was going on and once it was done we got an opportunity to interact with students as well as their teacher. It was an amazing experience. Through the conversations we learnt how the place got it's name "Morachi Chincholi"." Mor" Means Peacock and Chinch means tamarind. The village is rich in peacocks and tamarind trees which I noticed upon learning this, and hence the name Morach Chincholi.
After this we for a magic show which was interesting. It has a huge ground accompanied by a small park. Across the park there is lush green forest. If you are lucky you happen to spot few peacocks wandering. Peacocks are very sensitive to the human presence though and they run away the moment they sense any presence. At 4:30 sharp we went to the pandal meant for peacock viewing. There is a stage where the peacocks come to feed. It's kept at a distance but you get a good view of peacocks and peahens.
After the trip we came out of the paryatak kendra and saw a small hill range in front of the entrance with sunrays kissing them though the clouds. We trekked to the top of the hill which had wild flowers across it's other side looking at a beautiful sunset.
Morachi Chincholi makes a perfect monsoon getaway and one of the best offbeat places to visit in Maharashtra. It gets you in touch with the laid back you who finds joy in little things. It is an journey into simplicity, away from the mirage of contentment in the cities.