Baramati Agritourism Centre:A Fruitful Excursion
This centre has introduced new concepts such as biological method of insect control as shown above, Green House(Israeli technology) to help maximum production from agriculture,Sugarcane planting by tissue culture method and plantation of Rosa glandulifera to counteract cancer
Maharashtrian food is served.For lunch there was jowar or bajra bhakri, chapattis, rice, varan, pickle, papad, bhaji, thecha, wangiche bharit, jhunka/ pitla, green vegetable and sprouts or usal.This you can have while sitting on the ground on "paats" or on stools.
Emu eggs are large!
We went on tractor rides and bullock cart rides
This is a great place to take children too.At an impressionable age,they can learn about fruits,vegetables and grains and this can help inculcate healthy eating habits and also encourage them to be outdoors in the sunshine rather than in front of television or video games.
In winter this place organises "Hurda picking" tours for which luxury buses are organized from Pune to Baramati.Hurda are corn cobs.They also have village folk dances,music and games such as Kabaddi,Gotya and Vili Danda.We went to a sugarcane factory close by and saw the process by which this daily ingredient is made.We had to skip the Jaggery making unit tour as we had no time.They do have simple accomodation to stay in,overnight.One can also view schools there and have a look at the Gram Panchayat system.
It was truly a learning experience.Back to nature for sustenance! A taste of the village life!!
Agri Tourism Development Corporation,Karnik Heritage,FC Road,Deccan Gymkhana,Pune 4