Bhigwan is a small dusty town Located on the Pune-Solapur Highway in Solapur district at Central Maharashtra,India. Bhigwan Town is known as mini Bharatpur or Bharatpur of Maharashtra, famous for bird watching and wildlife photography. This small town has the backwaters of Ujani dam is wintering home for list of migratory birds such as Greater Flamingo, Eurasian Spoonbill, Bar Headed Goose, Collared Pratincole and the Osprey, bird of prey. Bhigwan is also home to the fastest bird of animal kingdom - the Peregrine falcon. The Best Time to Visit sanctuary in in between November to March. During this Period one can see lot of migratory Birds and weather is also pleasant.
The distance between Pune city and Bhigwan is 105 km. One can travel to Bhigwan by various means of transport. State Transport Buses bound for Solapur and onwards from Pune take you to Bhigwan in 3.5 hours. The obvious advantage of ST bus, is that one need not drive. However Bhigwan is a vast area. The birding spots are as far away as 9 to 10 kms from Bhigwan main town. So this mode is not convenient. There is also a train station at Bhigwan. However both ST bus and train are not convenient. The personal transport is best way to explore Bhigwan region.
There are two areas where one can see the migratory water birds,
1) Diksal area and
2) Kumbharwadi area.
1) To reach Diksal, please reach Solapur end of Bhigwan town. Take left (if you are travelling from Pune) before the River Bridge. The road goes to Karmala/ Diksal. At end of the bridge, where fishermen have set up a small roadside village. From here, one can hire a small fishing boat to locate exotic species.
2) To Reach Kumbharwadi area, once you reach Bhigwan, Cross the town and travel along Solapur highway after Bhigwan for about 9 kms. Take left and further travel for 2 km on rough road. I took Kumbharwadi Route.
I always wondered how flamingos look in real life and when I came to know about Bhigwan Bird sanctuary I planned to visit it. I decided to drive on my bike (TVS Jupiter) which took me 3 hrs from pune to reach Kumbhargaon. The Road condition is really good just small bad patch between Solapur highway and Kumbhargaon. Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary is the main stop for wonderful water birds such as Flamingos, Grey heron, Painted stork, Brown Headed Gull, Red-naped Ibis, Little Ringed Plover and Osprey fish eating bird of prey.