Morachi Chincholi – the peacock village near Pune

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

A famous village in the midst of non-descript villages! Morachi Chincholi village – the names means peacocks and tamarind trees. This village is famous for its tamarind trees (which no one is interested in) and hundreds of free-roaming peacocks and peahens (which everyone is interested in). I like watching birds and was very curious when i heard about this village as almost every peacock i have seen before was in a zoo, apart from the few which roam around the BITS Pilani campus.

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

How to go to Morachi Chincholi village from Pune (Magarpatta City):


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The route is pretty straight-forward. Go towards the Nagar Road, turn right on it (i.e. opposite to the direction of the airport and towards ahmednagar). Keep going until you reach Shikrapur. There, you should see large signboards advertising the homestays and eco-tourism in Morachi Chincholi. You have to take a left there and keep going for another 15-16 kms on a not-so-bad road until you see an arch (with peacock statues on the top) on the right. This is the entrance to the village.

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

The village is not very big i.e. the one road which runs through it is probably a 2-3 kms long. But, the peacocks are everywhere. You have to drive long the road, stop somewhere and then wander on to the fields. This is the best option to find them. Just staying in the  car and hoping that one would land in front of you car can happen, maybe in your dreams 🙂 Having said that, we did get one which crossed the road ahead of us!

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

We ventured into the fields a bit and managed to see quite a few peacocks. But the problem was that they were extremely fleet footed and often went into the tall grasses literally becoming invisible. Once, we were just looking around standing near the edge of the road and suddenly a peacock rushed out of the bushes just a metre ahead of us. He was there all the while and we hadn’t even noticed him. Probably, a sudden movement by us startled him.

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

Morachi Chincholi is not just about Morachis, but also chincholis! There were lot of tamarind trees around and we picked up a few seeds to take back home.

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

When i and Parthipan returned from our scouting inside a field, i saw that Akshara had two nice peacock feathers in her hand. It seems that a villager had chatted up Vidhya while we were away. She was the one who told Vidhya that there were hundreds of peacocks in the area and that the best time to see them would be early mornings and late evenings. She had also gifted two feathers to Akshara who looked very happy with her new toy.

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

There is also a small temple in the village where it seems bhajans happen in the evenings. There are many “resorts” and eco-tourism centres within the village which offer overnight stays (along with guarnteed sightings of the peacocks!). They also arrange bullock cart trips into the village. We just requested one such parked bullock cart for a photo-op and he was kind enough to oblige.

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

Morachi Chincholi peacock peahen village near pune

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38 Responses

  1. Anjali Shukla says:

    Morachi Chincholi is best weekend getaways near Pune. Anyone can enjoy at Morachi Chincholi with family. I really enjoyed Morachi Chincholi trip in January.

  2. Jay Mishra says:

    It is one of the best picnic spot near pune. You can enjoy there whole day. Great place to enjoy the weekend. I must recommend to this place for enjoying holiday.

  3. Afsha Pathan says:

    Hello…I visited Morachi Chincholi in last month only and it was the best experience.. It is just 50 kms from Pune and we can reach there in just 1 and half hour. We were planning to visit any agrotourism place, and one of my friend suggest me about Morachi Chincholi. It was the best weekend getaway i must say. There were huge amount of peacocks in Morachi chincholi. I think wild peacocks are more than the local villagers , we all get surprised as peacock roams in to the village as local villager. We all get refreshed after visiting Morachi chincholi.

  4. BookVenues.in says:

    Morachi Chincholi one of the best place to visit in Pune. Like the blog, very descriptive and useful…

  5. Anshuman Datta says:

    Hi,
    Very interesting account of the place but there is a huge disconnect with what you say and what is actually on the ground.

    We were there on 28th August 2014 based on this article only, all we could find is a village with nothing around. Only couple of locals chatting around whom on enquiring asked us to go inside a resort (mayur krushi paryatan…..with ultra exorbitant charges) wherein we may find peacocks.

    We also enquired about whether there are any peacocks in the open – they denied about anything like that – they continued to push inside the eco resort (as per above). We even continued to drive on the same road wherein there’s the gate with peacock statues for a whole hour – we couldn’t find anything near to what you have mentioned. Only thing what matches is the temple (your photograph).

    I would like to know exactly what it is that’s going on in that place. I would also like to hear from other fellow travellers about their experiences at Morachi Chincholi.

    Anshuman

  6. Rajaram S says:

    yes, it is . For most part, the route is on nagar road

  7. rajesh says:

    Hi , I like your blog. Want to know that whether the road is safe & secure as we both are travelling in the morning to see peacock from pune city.

  8. We visited Morachi Chincholi twice in this month – in our first visit we could spot only 1 peacock in the agri tourism resort but we loved the villages and the natural surroundings – we went again 3 weeks later and guess what we were rewarded with a sight of 15-20 peacocks and many of them dancing – awesome sight. Must go if you love rural landscape and serenity – INR 100 for the resort seems a little higher but if next time I am going to stick to what Rajaram suggests – try spotting them in the village and the farms – that will be super fun!
    BTW – this is an awesome website – keep enriching it please. I will try to do my bit – but this is super! Thanks for putting this up.

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