15 Best Gardens in Pune - 2020 (With Photos & Reviews)
Maharashtra is famous all over the country for being a nature lover’s paradise and there are many gardens in Pune that offer solitude to the weary soul. City life can get exhausting and everyone desires a break from the routine once in a while. The Pune gardens are the perfect place to rejuvenate your mind and refresh your body. The sheer natural splendor acts as a salve to the exhausted city dweller and everything else is a perk.

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Take your kids along for a refreshing picnic and check out the ponds in the gardens. Go for a morning jog if you have a busy schedule. On weekends, you can check out the zoos and snake parks to experience a truly thrilling adventure. There is even a butterfly park if that’s your thing, and a botanical garden if you are a botany nerd. The Japanese garden is extremely eye pleasing too. There is something for everyone in Pune.If you have decided to visit Pune but are unsure about where to start exploring, you have landed at the right place.

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Here are some of the best gardens in Pune:

01

Bund Garden

Bund Garden

One of the most popular gardens in Pune, the Bund is a hotspot among locals. Kids and senior citizens visit the garden most frequently during mornings as it is a great place to enjoy some jogging and exercises.

The garden is well-maintained with lush greenery and a landscaped layout. The Fitzgerald bridge nearby is another tourist hotspot. Bund Garden is located near some of the most snacks bar and restaurants of Pune, so do check them out if you get hunger pangs after your bout of exercises. Bund garden is the perfect place for workout fanatics and those who love to jog.

Location - Sangamvadi, Pune, Maharashtra

Entry fee - no entry fee.

Timings - 6 am to 9 pm, every day.

02

Saras Baug

Saras Baug

Located on the top of a dried-up lake, Saras Baug is one of the most magnificent places in Pune. It is the perfect place to take your kids along with you for a quiet picnic in the lap of nature. Spread in 25 acres, there are beautiful vibrant flowers of all varieties and a small lake that has gorgeous lotuses blooming in it.

The garden also features a breathtaking temple of Lord Ganesha in the complex, so do remember to check that out. Enjoy an afternoon of serenity at Saras Baug, far away from the hectic city life.

Location - Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - no entry fee.

Timings - 9.30 am to 9 pm, every day.

03

Kamala Nehru Park

Kamala Nehru Park

Considered one of the most gorgeous parks in Pune, Kamala Nehru park offers some magnificent feasts to the eyes. In spring, there are hundreds of wildflowers blooming and the verdant greenery is a sight for sore eyes.

There are a variety of sculptures installed here and there and they give the garden a very luxurious vibe. Enjoy the natural splendors around, take a relaxing walk, or just sit and watch the park visitors engaged. Experience relaxation like never before in the midst of captivating natural beauty.

Location - Harshvardhan Society Lane, Deccan Gymkhana, Erandwane, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - no entry fee.

Timings - 6 am to 11 am, 4 pm to 8.30 pm, every day.

04

Pune Okayama Friendship Garden

Pune Okayama Friendship Garden

Spread over 10 acres and offering some of the most breathtaking views, Pun Okayama is the idyllic getaway destination for every local and tourist. The Friendship garden is designed like a Japanese garden and it features a gorgeous canal running in the middle.

Take your time and try to spot the colorful little fish in the canal. The landscape of the garden is captivating and every corner offers a new view, prettier than the last. Enjoy the pollution free environs and a complete disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Location - Sinhagad Rd, Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, Dattawadi, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - INR 5 per person.

Timings - 6 am to 10.30 am, 4 pm to 8 pm, every day.

05

Shunyo Park

Shunyo Park

Lift up your spirits and rejuvenate your mind and soul at Shunyo Park. The garden is a huge hit among locals and tourists alike. It is replete with tall trees and dirt paths that make you feel as if you have been transported to a dense jungle.

The garden is the perfect hideout spot for those looking to get away from the humdrum of city life. Breathe in the pure air and experience serenity like never before. Shunyo Park is indeed a blessing for Punekars and visitors.

Location - Shunyo Park, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - INR 5 per person.

Timings - 6 am to 9 am, and 3 pm to 6 pm, every day.

06

Empress Garden

Empress Garden

Stretched out over a whopping 39 acres, the Empress is one of the largest gardens in Pune. The park is famous for housing a huge variety of flora, some of them extremely rare.  The calm and quiet is a relief from the traffic noises of the city and the fresh air is rejuvenating to the senses.

Enjoy a peaceful walk in the garden or take your family along for a picnic. Empress Garden also hosts flower exhibitions every once in a while, so check them out while you are in Pune.

Location - Empress Garden Kavade Mala, Ghorpadi, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - INR 15 for adults and children above 3 years of age.

Timings - 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, every day.

07

Tathawade Park

 Tathawade Park

Tathawade Park forms one of the major landmarks in the city. Spread over almost 3 acres, the gardens are covered in lush greenery and gorgeous flowers. The jogging track is very popular among the locals. The pond in the center of the garden features some colourful fish.

It is an extremely relaxing experience to spend a few hours by the lake and watch the fish play in the water. The garden also features a Pakistani tank and a staging area where regular performances are held.

Location - Hingne Budrukh, Anurekha Society, Ganesh Nagar, Karve Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - no entry fee.

Timings - 6 am to 10 am, and 4 pm to 8.30 pm, every day.

08

Peshwa Udyan

Peshwa Udyan

Located next to the Ganpati temple, Peshwa Udyan is one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. It hosts a wide array of rides and slides ideal for kids, along with a miniature train ride known as Phool Rani.

There is a zoo inside the park complex where you can witness the sights of various animals, reptiles and birds in their natural habitat. Enjoy a day of fun and adventure at the zoo, followed by a relaxing walk in the garden.

Location -
 Sane Guruji Road, Municipal Colony, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - INR 20 for adults, INR 10 for children.

Timings - 10 am to 1 pm, 2 pm to 5 pm, every day.

09

Katraj Snake Park

Katraj Snake Park

Snake Park is a part of the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo and is considered one of the most popular gardens in Pune. Featuring a wide array of reptiles, and birds, the Snake Park is home to over 22 species of snakes, including the majestic King Cobra.

This park attracts visitors of all ages and is a place for learning along with entertainment. The park hosts snake festivals and snake awareness programs throughout the year to educate people about these magnificent creatures and clarify any misconceptions. Visit the park on Nag Panchami to participate in one of these educational tours.

Location - Rajiv Gandhi park, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - INR 3 for adults, INR 2 for kids.

Timings - 10.30 am to 6 pm, open every day except on Wednesdays.

10

Baner Pashan Biodiversity Park

Baner Pashan Biodiversity Park

Stretched out over 200 acres and is located in the suburbs of Pune-Baner and Pashan, this biodiversity park offers some of the most magnificent views around. It is indeed one of the most visited parks in Pune because of the sheer natural splendor one witnesses when here.

Get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful city from the vantage point, go for a relaxing walk in the deep woods, or celebrate a picnic on the hill. The verdant greenery is refreshing to the eyes and the park offers a sense of calmness and tranquility to the senses.

Location - Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - no entry fee.

Timings - 5.30 am to 6.30 pm, every day.

11

Sambhaji Park

Sambhaji Park

Sambhaji is one of the most versatile gardens in Pune. The park is nestled in lush green environs, with beautiful green grass and deep woods covering the grounds. It has some special attractions too. The aquarium at the park attracts people who love to watch little fish splashing about in the water.

Botany aficionados will love the large selection of rare trees, like Mani Mohar, Bhadraksh, Kanchan. Every year on Diwali, flower and fort exhibitions are held that attract tourists from all over the country.

Location - Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - no entry fee for the park, INR 1 for children for the aquarium, INR 2 for adults.

Timings - 8 am to 11.30 am, 4 pm to 8.30 pm, every day.

12

Chittaranjan Vatika garden

Chittaranjan Vatika garden

There is something for everyone at Chittaranjan Vatika garden. The jogging track is long and serpentine, perfect for those of you who like a good sweating session in the morning. Kids section has exciting rides and slides that will keep your tiny tots busy for a while.

There is a dedicated section too that teaches kids about traffic rules. An art gallery for those of you who are art connoisseurs, and a botanic garden for botany and nature lovers. Breathe in the pollution free air and enjoy all the amenities Chittaranjan has to offer.

Location - Model Colony, Ashok Nagar, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - no entry fee.

Timings - 6 am to 11.30 am, 4 pm to 8 pm.


13

Rajiv Gandhi National Park

Rajiv Gandhi National Park

Stretched over 130 acres, the Rajiv Gandhi National Park offers a wide array of flora and fauna in its natural habitat. The park is divided into 3 parts. The animal orphanage harbors street animals, the Snake Park hosts over 130 species of reptiles and snakes, and the zoo has magnificent beasts like leopards, sloths, elephants, and black bucks.

The national park is a perfect day outing for kids who love animals, as well as wildlife enthusiasts. Do attend the exhibitions on snakes and check out the local library.

Location - Pune-Satara Road, Opp. Katraj Dairy, Katraj, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - INR 15

Timings - 9.30 am to 6 pm, open every day except on Wednesdays.

14

Gram sanskruti udyan

Gram sanskruti udyan

One of the most unique parks in Pune, Gram Sanskruti Udyan offers an insight into average village life in India. Over 700 statues in different forms display various activities and occupations that take place in a rural setting.

There are beautifully constructed wells and farms, animals and schools that transport you to the quaint settings of an Indian hamlet. The udyan takes one back to the good old days of bullock carts and rustic charms of a simple life. Enjoy the one-of-its-kind park with your kids and let them get acquainted with the concepts of barter systems and gram panchayat.

Location - Someshwarwadi, Pashan, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - INR 50

Timings - 10 am to 8.30 pm, every day.

15

Butterfly Park

Butterfly Park

Butterfly Park is one of the most amazing gardens in Pune, with its wide variety of butterfly species on display. The park attracts tourists and locals alike from all over the country to witness the tiny colorful creatures hopping from one flower to another.

Enjoy the rare species enclosures and have fun exploring the butterfly pictures in the gallery. There is a lot of information about the rare species and you can also witness the light and sound shows held on weekends. Take a walk through the gardens and enjoy this unique park full of beautiful butterflies.

Location - Aranyeshwar Marg, Aranyeshwar Nagar, Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra.

Entry fee - INR 5 per person.

Timings - 10 am to 5 pm, every day.

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22 July 2019
Excellent
Place: The scenery there is really breathtaking. All the hills and the lake view is amazing. The place makes you stay there for life long. If you really want a peaceful, beautiful and close to nature place then this place should be on your bucket list. Hospitality: The host Rahul Slave was really humble and a cheerful person to talk. They will try to give their best by providing all kind of basic needs and anything you could ask for at such a remote place. Food: The starters are really amazing. I enjoyed the food as a non-vegetarian. I was really impressed with the tea and poha breakfast. I recommend you to try the breakfast. Activities: They have multiple activities including DJ, Bone Fire, Cricket, Archery, Boating, Badminton, Karaoke etc.
06 May 2015
Excellent
We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so worth every penny spent. The trek trails, the surroundings, the backdrop were all just WOW! It was completely worth every penny spent. I personally want to visit here again. The trek was well organized too; thus enhancing the whole trek experience. Thinking back there are no negative experiences at all. It was perfectly a great and a nice experience. The rates were also not that costly and it was definitely worth the time and money we spent on this vacation. I am so recommending this to everyone out there.
10 August 2015
Excellent
We had a good trekking experience here in Lonavala. Pune and Lonavala are places that can be viewed in a couple of days. While we planned for a long vacation here, we chose to have a beautiful planned itinerary which involved this trek, and we are super glad that we took it. Regarding the trek, it was a great experience.
11 January 2016
Excellent
Bhimashankar Trek In Maharashtra is one of its kind of a special trek that is such a country side trek. One can’t experience such a trek generally in other trek trails. Lonavala is by itself a beauty and this trek adds more grace to it. I had a great time at this trek. I personally loved the trek trails so much that I am planning to do this trek again sometime. As a trekker, you will experience bliss as the trek takes you back to the good old country trek experience. As a nature lover I had a great time with the surroundings.
27 June 2015
Excellent
The trek was fun and exciting. The locality and surroundings were brilliant. I have been to many treks but this trek was one of the best trek I ever had. I seriously recommend this trek to all those who want to go out with friends. Worth spending on this trek :)
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I booked the Ashtavinayak trip from Pune and we visited all the eight temples of Lord Ganesh and the temples were renovated very well and there is also a lake Shree Vighnahar Ganpati Temple where boating is available.
It is one of the best trips of my life. If you love adventurous and trekking place then you will love to visit Lonavala and Khandala, The views are brilliant and the vibe nice and Lonavala lake is very beautiful lake, surrounded by mountain. The scenery is very heart warming, I instantly fall in love with the place.
17 February 2020
Excellent
It was our first experience there on trekking. Thrillophilia package includes guide so we have a good guide there and he helped us well during this entire trek. The food they gave is quite nice and delicious. Bhimashankar was my personal favourite place in this trek. Our group was of 12 people but we all enjoyed it nicely. Good place and Highly recommended.
21 February 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place with lots of scenery, the relaxing and calming sunrise was mesmerizing and we loved it. Our guide was a funny and amazing person, he was also taking care of the group and briefed us well about the way and do’s. we had a group photo at the top and the trek was very memorable, will look to do these types of treks again. Thanks
26 February 2020
Excellent
Nice place with a well-mannered guide, I booked it from Thrillophilia for me and my sister, the trek went super fantastic and we had a good company there with us. The only problem was waking us early but as u reach the Bhimashankar, you will feel alive. Must try.

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