Bhimthadi Jatra is held in Pune every year, around December. The first Bhinthadi jatra was held in 2006. Since then, they have conducted it every year. This was the 11th season they have hosted in Pune. Me and Mr. H have been visiting this place for last 3 years.
About the place
Bhimthadi derives its name from Bhimthadi which is located on the river of Bheema. In ancient times, a local fair used to be held at the banks of the river Bhima which led to the idea of Bhimthadi fair. Historically, the place has evidence related to the bravery acts by the Peshwas. The place was famous for deer species called ‘Chinkara’ and ‘Pony / Colt’.
The main objective of these stalls at the Bhimthadi jatra is woman empowerment. The event is hosted by local self help groups, NGOs, household businesses, etc to showcase their products and skills. This would in turn help women as entrepreneurs and make them financially independent. Most of the products are freshly prepared and sold.
Best time to visit : Evening
Mode of transport : There is suitable parking for 2 wheeler and 4 wheelers. We went by 4 wheelers since it was a night time.
Things to carry:
Carry lots of water
Wear comfortable shoes
Camera for pictures
If visiting day time
- Hat/scarf if going during daytime
We visited the Bhimthadi jatra on last day. This year it was held from 2nd to 5th March 2017,on agricultural ground, Pune. We visited the place around 8 PM. The timing were 10 AM to 10 PM. We were actually stuck up in some work There was huge rush and lots of space was reserved for car parking just outside the main gate.There were no parking fees but the entry charges were quite high INR 30. Last year we paid INR 20 as entrance fees to be precise.
But this year, it was a well organised event, and I suggest do visit the place when it comes again to Pune.
This time it was held at a larger space and at the a bigger level. What i liked most is they did have a mobile ICICI ATM at the entrance as many of the stalls were accepting only the cash.
There were more than 100 stalls this time. The main category i would say was agro items and lot of items at a reasonable prices. Food items like staples, dry fruit items, local produce, pulses, snacks, juices, crushes, were all exhibited. Lots of varieties of papad, masala, juices were available. It was a good channel to exhibit and sell the items directly to consumers. There were no hidden charges. Handicrafts items were another specialty.
People had flocked in numbers and there was a hell of rush.
We shopped few papad and masala and headed straight to the food stalls. The ukdiche modak was one of the most relished item among the visitors. We also got 2 (each at INR20) for us. They were big and tasty. The ladies did the modaks in front of our eyes.
Varieties of thalis and dishes were available. Veg and non veg section was separated this time.
During evenings, music bands performed live during the event. Sitting space was huge.
Overall, the event was well organized and received very good response. I wish they conduct such events more often in Pune where we can get touch with local food and local things. I could not capture much of the pics as it was a night time. But yes, whatever is captured should be enough to visit this place. And yes, the good news is that it would be held again in December 2017.
If you have any queries, please feel free to ask in comments. I will try my best to answer the same ASAP. Also I would suggest visit this place for an experience which you can cherish forever.