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National Water Academy
Training for Excellence
Ashok Pillar

Participant's Guide

Many of you will be coming to NWA for the first time. This page contains some useful information that is intended to make you familiar with the conventions and procedures in vogue at NWA. We suggest that you read the following pages carefully before you arrive at National Water Academy, Pune. You may also download the printable version of this entire information.
We do hope that your stay with us will be pleasant and rewarding.


National Water Academy is located on the western side of the Pune city on Pune-Sinhghad Road near Khadakwasla village. It is 12 Kms. from Swargate, 18 Kms. from Pune Station and 29 Kms. from Pune Airport.

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Reaching NWA campus is perhaps the only difficult part of attending a program at NWA. Although we are trying to make available transport on arrival, presently we are unable to do so, particularly when participants arrive individually. Transport to railway station/ bus station is usually provided on the day of departure. Participants will have to make their own transport arrangements to reach NWA.

Khadakwasla being outside Pune limits, three-wheelers may sometimes be reluctant to come or charge something extra. Pre-paid service is available at Pune railway station and airport and is the best option. A reasonably good bus service is available from the Railway station (Route No. 49); from Shaniwarwada in city center (Route No. 50, 51 and 52). These last three routes also come via the Swargate inter-state bus terminus. The bus service runs upto 2230 Hrs. Facility of Radio Cab is available in Pune. ( OLA cabs : 020-33553355; Easy ride cabs : 020-27400800; Wings cab 020-40100100 ). Facilty of pre-paid taxi is also available from Pune Airport. The NWA campus is located right on main road, with a bus stop close to the hostel entry gate, and therefore there is no distance to be walked from the bus stop. Check-in desk at the hostels operates round the clock.

Reaching NWA when arriving in Pune at late night can be a little difficult. Although Pune is generally considered a safe city, NWA is located somewhat outside the city limits and travel at midnight is not exactly the best thing to do.

As a policy, NWA requires the participants to attend the program completely, from first session to the last session. Attendance certificates are given only to the participants who attend thus. For this, it is advisable to arrive a day before and plan the departure after 1700 hours of the concluding day. Accommodations allotted to Participants should normally be vacated within 24 hours after the conclusion of the course to facilitate preparation for receiving the next group of participants.



NWA has a hostel capacity of 55. Participants are normally accommodated on twin sharing basis. All rooms are double bedded and can be used as family accommodation when allotted one-in-a-room. In general, family accomodation is not available for the officers attending the training at NWA. Participants are requested do check beforehand, the availability of independent accommodation, if you intend to bring along your spouse. The NWA mess located in the hostel provides full boarding at affordable, controlled rates.


Climate and Clothing

Pune enjoys a temperate climate, pleasant almost all year round. Khadakwasla is particularly cooler than rest of the city. The weather is warm in March, April and May. The winter is mild between Nov-June, though what is mild and what is severe is a matter of individual perspective. The rainy season is normally from June to September. Dress is generally informal.
As a general guideline, following curves can be used to know average weather conditions at Pune throughout the year. This data is representative and for general information only.

Average Temperature Average Rainfall
Note: Above charts are average of approximate weather conditions from 2000 to 2012

To get latest weather update, and next week forecast, please click here.


Security of Valuables

It is best not to bring valuables or expensive gadgets and NWA can not accept any responsibility for any loss.


Hours of Work

The Academy starts at 0930 hrs. Normally, every day there are 4 lecture sessions each of 75 minutes duration. On the concluding day, we try to finish a little earlier to enable participants to catch a evening train/flight.


Library Facilities

We have excellent library facilities for the use of participants. A computer center with ISDN Internet facility is also available. Daily newspapers are made available in Guest House/mess/Club Room/Library.


Medical Facilities

Falling sick away from home can be an upsetting experience and we hope that you will come to NWA in good health. No medical facilities are available in NWA or nearby. If consultation with a doctor is essential, then arrangements will be made to take the participant to one of the hospitals or consultant in Pune. There are a few Chemists shops near CW&PRS campus, but they may stock only a limited range of medicines. If you forsee that you will need some medicines while at NWA, do bring a sufficient supply with you.



Laundry facility is available in the hostel. Ask the attendant in the hostel for laundry work. Please note that all housekeeping work in NWA is outsourced. All workers in the hostels are contractor's employees and NOT NWA employees. The payments for washing, pressing etc. are to be made directly to the attendant by the participants. Arrangements are being made for self-operated launderette machines.



A branch of Canara bank with ATM facility is located in the CW&PRS office complex near the main gate. This is the nearest bank at about 1km distance from hostel. Participants can use this bank for transactions.


Minor Repairs

Requisitions for any minor repairs of furniture and fittings ( Electrical / Plumbing) in the hostel rooms may please be given to the hostel attendant.


Places of Interest in and near Pune

Pune is situated at an altitude of 570 m on the Sahyadri hills in western Maharashtra, Popularly known as the 'Queen of Deccan', it is spread over an area of 138,76 sq.km. and has a population of 30 lakh. Its pleasant climate and proximity to the glitzy state capital Mumbai has made Pune the second most important city in Maharashtra. Earlier considered a 'city of pensioners' for its moderate climate and quiet life, Pune is now a growing metro with all the advantages, and disadvantages, that go with a metro.

For many years Pune was the pulse of the Maratha land and has give India some of its most memorable personalities. Shivaji, the Maratha King who defied the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb was brought up in Pune. The city also served as the headquarters of the mighty Maratha empire under the Peshwas until its annexation in 1818 by the British East India Company, after which it continued as the regional capital of Bombay Presidency during the monsoon. Pune is famous for many greats who took birth or worked here. Amongst them, the great freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak; Gopal Krishna Gokhale one of the builders of modern India; Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve who throughout his life fought for the upliftment of women, started a college for them and established the first Indian University for women; Mahatma Jyotiba Phule who for the upliftment of the depressed classes. Shrimati Anandibai Joshi the first lady to complete medical education (in the USA). Pune is also known for its support to arts and culture, particularly classical music.

The city of Pune is distinctly divided into the older half, where the localities have been named after the days of the week, and the more modern, bustling, spacious Cantonment.



Simhagad, a pre 1450 AD mountain fort is about 14 Km from NWA. The state highway on which NWA is located, is named Simhagad road after this fort, which was one of the most important forts in Maratha empire. Shaniwar Wada Here lie the ruins of the Peshwa palace built by Bajirao- I in the 18th Century. For a long time the palace was the seat of political power in Maharashtra and sill continues to be the symbol of Pune's culture. Not much remains of the palace today apart from the imposing outer wall and the ruins of the main building. Particularly memorable is the balcony on the Nagarkhana which gives a remarkable view of the inner enclosure.



There is a famous Ganesh Temple built on a small hillock which used to be surrounded by a lake. Several years ago, the lake was drained out in order to make way for a park. Now there are beautiful green lawns and fountains, it is a nice place to spend evenings. Paravati Hill This is one of most famous landmarks of Pune. Though the hill is in the southern half of the city, it is visible from almost every part of Pune. There are 108 steps that lead to the temple dedicated to Parvati and Devadeshwar. There are also temples dedicated to Vishnu, Ganesh and Kartikeya. Climbing to the top of the hill can be rewarding as one can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of Pune.


RajaKelkar Museum

The Museum houses a one- man collection of rare historical exhibits from the Mughal and Maratha Periods. Among the collection are some beautiful paintings, musical instruments, lamps, nutcrackers, foot scrapers and several other interesting curious. However, the show stealer is the Mastani Mahal, which wasbrought from its original setting and re-erected here.


Shinde Chhatri

This memorial dedicated to the Great Maratha nobleman Mahadaji Shinde is situated 2 km from the race course in a place called Wanavadi. The building is a great architectural achievement, which combines imposing austerity with beauty.



This three-storey mansion is famous for its entrance, which is surrounded by a balcony. The carved woodwork on the balcony is a fine example of Peshwa art.


Pashan lake

The lake is 2 km away from Pune and is particularly worth a visit during the winter months when a number of migratory birds gather there. A must for bird watchers.


Bund Gardens

The picturesque gardens are situated on the bank of Mula Mutha rivers about 2 km from the Pune Railway Station. Facilities are provided for boat rides in the backwaters of the river.


The Agha Khan Palace or Kasturba Samadhi

This building is a famous landmark in Pune. It is the place where Mahatma Gandhi Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadeobhai Desai were imprisoned during the Quit India Movement in 1942. Marble memorials were latererected in the memory of Kasturba and Mahadeobhai both of whom breathed their last here.


Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute

The institute is situated at the foot of Law College hill and is immediately recognizable for its striking oriental architecture. There is a museum here, which exhibits nearly 20,000 manuscripts from the collection of Bolhar, Kielhorn and Bhandarkar.


Chaturshringi Temple

The temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The presiding deity is goddess Ambreswari. An annual fair is heldduringthe nine days of Navaratri in the month of Ashwin (Sept - Oct).


Film and Television Institute of India

The Institute, which is on Prabhat Road, conducts courses in all disciplines of the film industry including acting, directing, editing, music, screenplay and photography.


National Defence Academy

Situated in picturesque surrounding at Khadakwasla, 17 km from Pune, NDA is the training ground for the young officer cadets who are commissioned into the Army, Navy and Air force.


Pataleshwar Caves

The cave temple, which is dedicated to Lord Pateleshwar, the God of the nether world, is on the Jungli Maharaj Road in the Shivajinagar area of the city. The shrine dedicated to Shiva, the Nandi and the huge pillars are believed to have been carved out from a single rock.


The Pune University

The magnificent University buildings built in Italian Gothic style are located in Ganeshkhind. The lawns are beautifully maintained and an added attraction for the students is the large swimming pool. The building was formerly the official residence of the Governor of Mumbai during the monsoon, when the regional headquarters of the Mumbai Presidency temporarily moved from Mumbai to Pune.


Bharat Ithihas Samshodak Mandal

This historical research Institute was set up in 1910 by V.K. Rajwade. Among the exhibits are paintings, maps and charts, illustrated manuscripts, weapons belonging to the Mughals, Nizamshahis and Marathas and some documents in Persian and English.


Peshwe Udyan

The Pune Zoo is ideal for pleasantly whiling away a few hours. It is maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation and has facilities for boating and elephant rides.


Laxmi Road

In many ways this road, stretching from Lakdi bridge in the west to the Quarter Gate area in Pune cantonment is the typical Indian bazzar. Shops dealing in textiles, electronic goods, jewellery, cosmetics, kitchenware, toys, gift items and sweets and savories, line this road which is in all possibility the busiest street in the city. Hawkers displaying their wares on the pavements contribute to the cluttered look of the narrow street. City buses thunder past, competing for road space with four wheelers, two wheelers, cycles, pedestrians and cows. But while Puneites will grumble occasionally about the overcrowded road, they would'nt exchange for anything else. It is the best place to shop in Pune, but even if you don't have serious shopping in mind, strolling through Laxmi Road is an enjoyable way to spend an evening.


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