The Taljai temple and hill is one of the worth visiting tourist attractions in Pune. Located in the heart of the city, Sahakarnagar area, the temple here is dedicated to Goddess Taljai. The temple is situated on a small hillock which also holds a preserved forest. Today, the condition of Pune city is worsening by every passing day. With the concrete jungle spreading and expanding the city boundaries in all direction, a hillock blessed with dense trees, chirping birds, colorful butterflies, dancing peacocks and serene atmosphere in the heart of the city can just be dreamt of. However, the Taljai hill makes this dream come true.
About Taljai Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Taljai, the temple is one of the major attractions of the Taljai Hill. The hillock is believed to be named after the goddess Taljai. The Taljai Mata temple comprises of two sanctums. The outer sanctum is a large hall where usually the devotees pray from, whereas the inner sanctum is where rests the divine Goddess Taljai. The surrounding of temple is well maintained with sitting arrangements, tree shades, etc. The best time to visit this temple is during the Navratri. The temple organizes grand functions during these nine days. The entire temple is decorated with flowers and lightings at further make this temple more captivating. Moreover, the spiritual prayers and hymns chanted during the Navratri Puja take you to a world beyond mere spirituality.
About Taljai Hill
Apart from the Taljai Temple, the Taljai Hill has its own fan followers. Blessed with lush green woods and a pleasing environment, the hill is one of the best tourist places to visit in Pune. The Pune Municipal Corporation, analyzing the importance of this hill has taken special efforts to preserve and maintain its serenity. Proper paved pathways, jogging and walking tracks, artifacts for kids and proper compound wall for unwanted intrusions help the visitors to enjoy the best of the nature.
Taljai Hill is blessed with a discrete flora and fauna and hence has been a special attraction amongst bird watchers, photographers, etc. The hill has a good population of peacocks and rabbits. Moreover, one also gets to see enormous species of butterflies and birds if visited at proper timings. The best time to visit the Taljai hill is during early morning and in the evening. During early mornings and late evenings, one get to see the tranquilizing views of sunrise and sunset from this hill.
Taljai Hill is also famous for its mini Ghat. The steep sharped curved road that climbs up the hill simply adds spice to your visit to this hill. While climbing up the hill you will come across a huge playground with a ‘Haunted House’ in one of its corner. There are numerous stories associated with this house however none of them have any strong backgrounds. But a look at this house during late evening can simple pass a chill through your spine.
Located just 4 kilometers from the Swargate bus-stand, Taljai Hill offers you the best of environment in the overly crowded and polluted city. The hill is located close to some of the key destinations including:
- Sarasbaug Temple – 4 kilometers
- Parvati Hill Temple – 3 kilometers
- Katraj Bus-stop – 5 kilometers
- Kothrud – 7 kilometers
- Shivajinagar – 8 kilometers
- Pune Station – 9 kilometers
Efficiently commutable from almost all the places and effectively connected with almost all modes of transport, reaching Taljai Hill is not a difficult task.
Taljai temple and hill today are definitely one of the best attractions in Pune. One can simply plan a trip to this hillock to enjoy its serenity embedded in spirituality. However, if you are looking forward to explore the forest on this hillock, it’s open for the visitors from 5:00 A.M to 9:00 A.M and from 4:30 P.M to 7:00 P.M. You may also explore other attractions located close to this temple including the Parvati Hill Temple and Sarasbaug Temple. Hope the above information help you while visiting this place and ensure you enjoy its true beauty.