There are lots of stray dogs, frogs, lizards, birds, etc. on campus. Birds occupy much of the cafeteria that hop around while you eat (I commented today on how I’m getting used to so many things here that when I return it will be strange to not have- such as bird joining me at meals).
There is filtered water on campus and taps all over campus as well. I started off drinking with a filter straw, but within a few days started drinking it straight and haven’t had any problems.
Food is all vegetarian and really amazing (in my opinion). I’ve only had a few upset stomachs and have avoided most fresh vegetables, but started eating them already now (again within a few days). It’s quite mild. I haven’t found anything at all that was too spicy, but there is also raita (yogurt) at almost all meals.
Campus is about 30 minutes away from Pune and about an hour from the main city area.
A free bus runs multiple times every day to take students to and from the city.
*I later discovered that much of the art was props for a Bollywood movie being filmed!
I was nervous about the campus size as in pictures it looks huge, but the first day in daylight it was obvious that it is small and well-designed. One of my favourite parts absolutely are the staircases that lead up many of the buildings and create little caves at the top. I have spent some time of every single day since before here on the top of one of these buildings, typically reading and/or sun-tanning.
One of my favourite spots:
It is BEAUTIFUL and also a completely unreal representation/ a bubble of India (similar to Quest).
I have now seen just about all of campus and am on the lookout for private locations and secret pathways. I will keep you posted.