20 Famous Historical Places in Pune You Can't-Miss In 2020
Historical Places in Pune includes Aga Khan Palace, Shaniwar Wada, Sinhagad Fort, Lohagad Fort, Shivaji Bridge, Shinde Chhatri and many more.

All historical places have a magnificent and intriguing story to tell. Each of them stands as a testimony of this ancient city that has changed hands since the 758 AD between the Rashtrakootas, Peshwas, Mughals, and British empires. Every dynasty has left its footprints on the numerous forts, bridges, museums, wadis, temples, and palaces.

Be it the Shivneri Fort that was the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, or the Aga Khan Palace where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned, and the intriguing Rasalgad, all stand witness to some of the most momentous moments in the country’s history.

The city has much more than dynastic landmarks. Equally interesting are places like Bhide Wada, where the first movement of women’s education started, Pataleshwar Temple of the underground gods, and the National War Museum dedicated to Kargil war heroes.

Here are some of the famous historical places in Pune:

01

Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad Fort
Located around 35 kilometers from Pune, this majestic 2000-year-old fort is one of the most important historical places in Pune. The fort has witnessed numerous battles like the 1670 battle of Sinhagad. Named after the saint Kaundinya, it has changed hands between Koli, Peshwa, and Mughal kings.

It is located atop a plateau in the Sahyadri Mountains and houses the Kaundinya Eshwar Temple, some beautifully carved hidden caves, bastions, and tombs of Rajaram Chhatrapati and Tanaji Malusare. Don’t miss to see the majestic Pune and Kalyan Darwaza, a brewery, and bunkers.

Location: Sinhagad Ghat Road, Thoptewadi, Maharashtra. 

Price: Rs, 20 per adult. 

Timings: Every day 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
02

Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada
Symbols of Maratha pride and grandiosity, this is a 17th-century residential fort that was built by Peshwa Bajirao. Once you step inside, you are greeted with imposing architecture with rich Mughal influences spread over 600-acres. Its famous doors include Dilli Darwaza, Khidki Darwaza, Ganesh Darwaza, and Mastani Darwaza, used by Bajiro’s companion.

There is a huge fountain shaped like a 16 petal lotus. There are bastions, intricately carved pillars, and wall paintings that display scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana. What we see today are the remains after many British attacks and unexplained 7-day long fires. This is one of the few historical places in Pune to hold a light and sound show every evening.  

Location: Shaniwar Peth, Pune.

Price: Rs. 5 per adult. 

Timings: Every day 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
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03

Aga Khan Palace

Aga Khan Palace
The awe-inspiring Aga Khan Palace is considered to be one of the most important landmarks in India, and not only Pune. Built-in 1892 by Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III, this huge 19-acre building has a beautiful architecture with Italian and Mughal influences.

The palace housed Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi, Sarojini Naidu, and Mahadev Desai at the time of their imprisonment. There is a beautiful collection of rare pictures and belongings of the Gandhi family including his Samadhi. It now houses the Gandhi Memorial Society and has shops where you can pick up authentic Khadi clothes and see spinning being done on ‘Charkhas’.  

Location: Pune Nagar Road, Kalyani Nagar, Pune. 

Price: Rs. 5 per adult. 

Timings: Every day 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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04

Lal Mahal

Lal Mahal
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Lal Mahal stands as a testimony to the bravery and magnificence of the Marathas, Lal Mahal is one of Pune’s most popular attractions. This is the place that was the family home of Shivaji Maharaj and one can see various stages of his life through beautiful paintings and murals here. The original monument was destroyed by various enemy attacks.

What you will see here is a restored building, very majestic nonetheless This is the place where Shivaji had cut the fingers of the invader Shaista Khan. There is a small replica of Raigad Fort here, which is quite fascinating.

Location: Shivaji Road, Durvankur Society, Kasba Peth, Pune. 

Price: Rs. 3 per adult.

Timings: Every day 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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05

Parvati Hill

Parvati Hill
Located in the Southern part of the city, Parvati Hill is not only the highest point of Pune at 2,100 ft. but is also culturally and historically important place. The hilltop is visited by thousands to see the 17th-century temples of Lord Ganesha, Vishnu, Karthikeya, and Goddess Parvati. Don’t miss the Parvati Museum here, which houses ancient manuscripts, weapons, and coins.

Located nearby are other popular attractions like Sati Monument, Vetal Chabutra, and Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa’s Samadhi. Reachable after climbing 103 steps, the summit offers breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding hills. 

Location: Saras Baug, Pune. 

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Every day 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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06

Lohagad Fort

Lohagad Fort
Lohagad Fort, being the power seat for the Nizam, Mughal, and Maratha dynasties, holds an important place in the country’s history. Located at a height of around 3500 ft. in the Malavali hill ranges, it is now a UNESCO protected site.

It is famous for its impressive architecture and has massive gates like Ganesh Darwaza, Narayan Darwaza, Hanuman Darwaza, and Maha Darwaza. Don’t miss to see the beautiful wall carvings and the lush natural scenery around. 

Location: Near Lonavala in the Sahyadri region. 

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Every day 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
07

Pataleshwar Cave Temple

Pataleshwar Cave Temple
One of the most unique historical places in Pune, the Pataleshwar Temple is dedicated to the God that lives beneath the earth. This 8th-century shrine is famous for its magnificent architecture that has been carved out of a single rock. The walls are adorned with beautiful paintings and carvings.

In the central area, you will see a huge Shivalinga reposed inside a small cave. Several surrounding caves have idols of Lord Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman, Sita, etc. Don’t miss to visit the museum here, which is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records. It houses a single grain of rice that is believed to have 5000 letters carved on it. 

Location: Jangali Maharaj Road, Revenue Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Pune.

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Every day 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
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Shivaji Bridge

Shivaji Bridge
One of the most important architectural landmarks in Pune, Shivaji Bridge is a must-visit while here. This massive structure, also known as Lloyd Bridge, though was built over 110 years ago, is still known as ‘Nava Pul’ or the new bridge. Walking over this bridge, built over the Mutha River, will take you back to the grandeur of the majestic Mughal era.

Don’t miss to see the bridge’s beautiful black basalt stone arches, carved poles, and flower motifs. Historians believe that some ancient Hindu and Jain relics are buried beneath the bridge.

Location:
Near Pune Municipal Corporation Building.

Price:
No entry fee.

Timings:
Accessible at all times.
09

Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple

Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple
City’s most revered Ganpati Temple, built around 120 years back, is a must-visit while in Pune. Scores of people visit the temple to pray to Lord Ganesha and is one of the best places to attend the grand celebrations of festivals like Gudi Padwa, and Ganeshotsava. The idol here is adorned by over 40 kilos of gold and is an absolutely beautiful sight.

It was built by a sweetmaker Shri Dagdusheth after he lost his son and the temple’s trust, has since then carried on social work like providing medical care, education, building old age homes & orphanages, etc.  

Location: Ganpati Bhavan, 250, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Road, Budhwar Peth, Pune. 

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Every day 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
10

Shinde Chhatri

Shinde Chhatri
Shinde Chhatri stands as an ode to the grandiosity of the Maratha empire and its leader Shri Mahadji Shinde. This building, which was initially a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Upon the passing of Mahadji Shinde the work stopped, which was finally commissioned in 1965 by the political leader Madhavrao Scindia.

The structure looks resplendent in hues of gold, green and brown and consists of floral carvings, glass panels, pillars, and colourful facades, lit up by humongous chandeliers. The central hall is where the leader was cremated. The inner galleries have paintings that depict his life and valour.

Location: Wanawadi Road, Cantonment Area, Pune.

Price: Rs. 5 per adult. 

Timings: Every day 6:0 am to 9:00 pm
11

Chatushrungi Mata Temple

Chatushrungi Mata Temple
This temple, famous for its location on a mountain slope, is one of the most revered Hindu temples in Pune. Dating back to over 300 years to the era of the Peshwa merchant Durlabh Sheth Pitamberdas Mahajan who constructed this temple, it is an important abode of Goddess Chaturshringi and Lord Ganesha.

An interesting thing here is a miniature version of the temple is constructed for devotees who are unable to climb the 100 steps that lead to the inner sanctum. The place is visited by thousands during the 9 holy days of Navratri to see the chariot procession and showering of flowers by helicopters. 

Location: Senapati Bapat Road, Near Pune University Road, Gokhale Nagar, Pune. 

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Every day 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.
12

Nana Wada

Nana Wada
The 17th-century Nana Wada stands as an ode to Nana Phadanvis, one of the bravest Peshwa fighters. This is one of the oldest historical places in Pune designed in unique architecture. The timber ceilings are made in traditional wadi-style, there are huge golden-yellow arches, carvings on the walls, and Cyprus tree-like pillars.

You will see a Diwan Khana on the first floor, which also has some manuscripts in the Modi script prepared by Nana himself. An interesting feature here is the emergency exit dating back to the time of its construction. Nana Wada is now housing a school. 

Location: 715, PMC Vidyalaya Road, Budhwar Peth, Pune.

Price: No entry fee.

Timings: Every day 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
13

Vishrambaug Wada

Vishrambaug Wada
An important architectural landmark of the glorious Maratha regime is Vishrambaug Wada, built in the 18th-century by Peshwa Bajiro as his residence. This yellow-red building, standing quietly amidst a crowded market, can be seen from far away due to its magnificent Maratha style architecture.

The building has a carved pillar, ornamental ceiling, basalt stone floors, and huge arches. It was used as a prison for a while and now is occupied by government offices. 

Location: 619, RB Kumthekar Road, Perugate, Sadashiv Peth, Pune. 

Price: Rs. 5 per adult.

Timings: Every day (except Monday) 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
14

Shivneri Fort

Shivneri Fort
One of the most important historical places in Pune, the Shivneri Fort is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Famous for its striking and intriguing architecture, this 16th-century fort is located in Shivneri. Its humongous gates, arches, and walls take one back to majestic Maratha times.

The fort is now a popular weekend trekking destination. Trekkers especially love the western slope known as the chain route. This is where the Maratha troops used to climb up the fort using chains. Explore ancient caves, natural springs, mosque, and a pond known as ‘Badami Talav’. 

Location: Junnar, Pune District. 

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Every day 5:30 am to 7: 30 pm.
15

Rasalgad

Rasalgad
The fact that not much is known about the history of this fort except that it was captured by the British from the Peshwas, makes it one of the most intriguing historical places in Pune. Due to its location amidst lofty green hills and lush valleys, it has become a popular trekking destination.

Once you reach the summit, you will see two majestic gates that are still in good condition. There is a Veer Maruti idol and a Zolayi Devi Temple at the top. Don’t miss to see the 16 water cannons near the fort. 

Location: Khed, Maharashtra. 

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Can be visited anytime. 
16

National War Museum

National War Museum
As one of the best historical places in Pune, National War Museum is sure to fill you with patriotism and pride. This one of a kind museum is self-funded by the city’s citizens to honor the war heroes. It houses never seen before memorabilia, murals, documents, and pictures related to the Kargil War, various Maratha Kings, and other important events.

People love to see the replicas of combat vehicles like MIG 23 BN Jet, INS Trishul, etc. There is even a captured Pakistani Patton Tank here including different kinds of guns and rocket launchers. Don’t miss to try your hand on paintball at the museum’s shooting area. 

Location: Prince of Wales Dr. Road, Ghorpuri Lines, Dobarwadi, Ghorpadi, Pune. 

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Every day from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 
17

Tribal Museum

Tribal Museum
Tribal communities have always been fascinating, and this museum is a great place to get to know these elusive people, which otherwise is not possible. The place houses a wonderful collection of artefacts belonging to over 47 tribes of Maharashtra. You will see their jewelry, photographs, weapons, hunting tools, and musical instruments.

Masks used during tribal dances, paintings, utensils, and clothing also form a major part of these collections. Built-in 1962, this museum is now a part of the Tribal Research and Training Institute and is a major contributor to education and research about these communities, their lifestyles, and culture. 

Location: 28, Queen’s Garden, Near Old Circuit House, Bund Garden Road, Pune. 

Price: Rs. 10 per adult. 

Timings: Every day (except Sunday)- 10: 00 am to 5:00 pm.
18

Dehu Gatha temple

Dehu Gatha Temple is the largest and the most revered temple in the city. Dedicated to Sant Tukaram Maharaj, it was built in the 17th-century around the banks of Indrayani River. The most unmissable aspect of the temple are the carvings of legends about the Saint. They are easy to read and people believe that everybody who visits this temple must read at least 3 of these.

There is also an idol of Lord Pandurang inside. The best time to visit is during the month of Ashadh (June-July), when colorful processions are taken out in the memory of the Saint and people recite the legends about him. 

Location: Dehu Village Haveli, Maharashtra. 

Price: No entry fee.

Timings: Every day
19

Mahatma Phule Museum

One of the best places for those interested in knowing how the Indian culture evolved, Mahatma Phule Museum never fails to surprise. The museum was initially the residence of the prominent social activist Jyotiba Phule and was converted into a museum in 1890 and named as Lord Ray Museum. It houses life-like models of prehistoric elephants, snakes, birds, and insects.

Other sections contain exhibits, paintings, and models related to irrigation, handicrafts, science, power generation, refining, etc. The museum has a library of rare books on these subjects. Not many people know that the museum has been publishing a science journal ‘Srushti Dnyan’, in which one can read articles by the best scientists and researchers of the country. 

Location: 1204/10, Ghole Road, Shivajinagar, Pune. 

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Every day 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
20

Bhide Wada

Bhide Wada occupies a very important position in the societal development of Pune, especially for girl’s education. This is the site of one of the first schools for girls when it was taboo for them to study. Established by Savitribai Phule and Fatima Begum, the status quo of the erstwhile glorious place is in the doldrums.

It is worthwhile to visit this place, which deserves to be declared as a heritage monument. One can still see imprints of royal Maratha architecture in its dilapidated pillars, carved facades, and arched windows. 

Location: 257, MH SH 114, Tulshibaug, Budhwar Peth, Pune. 

Price: No entry fee. 

Timings: Can be visited anytime
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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 :)
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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  1. Which are best forts I can visit near Pune?

    Not just for sightseeing or history whiffs, the forts near Pune are heaven for the trekkers as most of the forts are located high in the rugged terrains. Some of the best forts are:

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    Sinhagad Fort (36 km from Pune)
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  2. Which are the best tourist places I can visit in Pune?

    The city of Pune has so many places to visit. Check out this list of best places to visit in Pune which a tourist cannot afford to miss. 

    1. Shaniwar Wada Palace3.0 Km from Pune City Centre
    2. Parvati Hill8.3 Km from Pune City Centre 
    3. Aga Khan Palace5.9 Km from Pune City Centre 
    4. Vetal Tekdi - 9.5 Km from Pune City Centre 
    5. Pashan Lake - 11.9 Km from Pune City Centre 
    6. Shinde Chhatri - 6.1 Km from Pune City Centre 
    7. Peacock Bay - 19.5 Km from Pune City Centre 
    8. Lal Mahal3.2 Km from Pune City Centre 
  3. Which are the hill stations I can visit near Pune within 200 Km?

    Indulge in nature walks, breathe in the freshness, climb the mountains, picnic by the waterfalls, and create new memories worth treasuring. Here are some the best hill stations near Pune within 200 Km:

    1. Lonavala: 67 km (Known for relaxing stays, waterfalls, camping)
    2. Khandala: 71 km (Known for see food, resorts, leisure weekend)
    3. Lavasa: 39 km (Known for treks, water sports, getaways)
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  4. What is Pune city famous for?

    Astonishing Architecture: Right from ‘wadas’, which are the traditional houses of Peshwas to meditation centers like Osho Ashram, majestic forts, and temples, these landmark places are a must-visit.

    Majestic Mountains: The Sahyadri ranges surrounding the city are dotted with ancient forts, trekking routes, hidden caves, and romantic getaways. 

    Food: Right from lip-smacking Maharashtrian food like vada pavs and pav bhaji, you can also find delicious Momos and rolls sold all over the city.  

  5. What are the places to visit near Pune?

    Pawna Lake: Located around 56 kilometres from Pune, this lake is an ideal spot to spend time camping and sightseeing amidst lush greenery.

    Kolad: Located on the banks of the Kundalika River, this is a must-visit for adventure enthusiasts. You can enjoy kayaking, Burma Bridge, trekking, and river crossing here. Kolad is around 145 kilometres away from Pune.

    Kamshet: Located around 45 kilometres from Pune, Kamshet is one of the best paragliding destinations in India. 
  6. What can I buy in Pune?

    Quirky Accessories: Pune has some of the best quirky ensembles and things like imitation jewellery, watches, and cosmetics at great prices. Find these at Hong Kong Lane, Old Market, and Fashion Street.

    Antiques: Discover charming antique coins, handicrafts, gramophones, doorknobs, etc. at Juna Bazaar.

    Famous Butter Biscuits: A must-pick while in Pune are the famous butter biscuits known as shrewsbury from the legendary Kayani Bakery.