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Lying in the suburbs of Pune in the state of Maharashtra, Pashan Lake is one of the finickiest places that render an opportunity to relax and refresh away from the maddening crowds of the city. The name of the lake is a Marathi word is located off the Mumbai-Bangalore thruway by-passing Pune city. The road of the lake Pashan even serves as the main approach road for Mumbai-Pune expressway. Pashan is flanked by Baner in north, Sus village on west, Bavdhan in south and Pune University in east. Pashan is mostly a suburban colony of Pune and its large segment is under the various governmental and educational institutions.
The lake is a natural habitat for many domestic as well as migratory birds for whom this lake is a stop for a halt before flying to the adjoining state of Keralas Kumarakom Lake. The lake is enveloped with the serene and natural ambience with magnificent sunsets laid on the horizon, making it truly a nature lover’s paradise.
It is a man-made lake and has been created out of bund around a small stream, named Ram Nadi. Ram Nadi originates from Bavdhan and flows via Pashan, Sutarwadi and Baner to Someshwarwadi and ultimately flows into the main Mula River. The man-made lake has a total catchment area of 40 sq km. the water of the lake is used for growing crops by the people of old Pashan Village, all the year round. It is also supplied to the Governors House, which is in close proximity.
In conjunction with the lake, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has put up a 300 m footpath, which is called as the nature trail. A bamboo plantation and a wall have also been built just next to the lake to allure birds and to protect the lake. The birds such as grey heron, purple moorhen, white and red lapwing and little egret are common to view at the sight. Also, house crow, coot, white breasted kingfisher, jungle babbler, Mahratta woodpecker, cattle egret and cotton teal visit the lake. Boating facility is available at the lake.