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  • Places to visit in Pune are plenty in number, and the city is famous for its immense amount of tourism. The beautiful city is one of the many metropolitans in the country. The people living there, and the ones visiting all have this amazingly huge range of amenities and utilities which they can utilize exactly like they want to.

    The best part of Pune is that almost everything you get there comes at a very good quality and even better price. The Osho Ashram and National Museum of War, are all important attractions of the city. The people going to these places cannot help but love everything about them. The Adlabs Imagica, is basically, “The Disneyland of India”, a very big theme park, with man-made Waterfalls, characters, pretty sights etc.

    For adults visiting Pune, there are attractions, such as the Parvati Hill, which is another major attraction meant for people who would like to view Pune from a raised elevation, to view the city in the best way possible. 

    The considerably secluded hill offers its visitors the perfect view of all things beautiful. Pune having been referred to as a place where only family and friends should go visit, for all these years, turns out to be an amazing hub for pretty little things that couples can do. 

    The entire city is dotted with hand-holding couples, going out on walks, having fun and much more. The city is perfect for a honeymoon, and rather affordable.

  • Popular Places to Visit in Pune

  • 01Osho Ashram

    Osho Ashram
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    Osho Ashram in Pune is a famous attraction located in the Koregaon Park in Pune. The founder of the ashram was Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain who is famous among the people as Osho Rajneesh. The ashram has got another title as Osho Commune International of Pune and it is spread across 32 acres of land. Those who are eagerly waiting to escape into the laps of peace and tranquillity will fall in love with this ashram which is existing on a land of pure serenity and greenery and it offers the much-awaited break from the hustle and bustle of the city pollution and crowd. Currently, the ashram is perhaps the most visited tourist destination after it achieved fame among the tourists coming to Pune as well.

    The calm surroundings are the major factor contributing to the exciting crowd pulling the ashram holds. Space is undoubtedly dedicated to yoga and meditation that promise the visitors a rejuvenating experience, letting the body and soul preserve the natural features of being peaceful and calm. The ashram offers a lot of training programmes of different kinds based on the visitor’s choice. The programmes are on spiritual living and stress-free lifestyle and they are conducted at regular intervals. The important ones are Osho Nadabrahma, Osho Kundalini meditation, normal meditation, Osho Nataraj, Osho dynamic meditation and so on. The ashram is promised to keep on the legacy portrayed by the great guru Osho and it teaches his concepts and ideologies to the visitors. Osho Multiversity is another part of the ashram that provides extensive methods for personal development.

    There you will get knowledge of healing arts, creative arts, martial arts, esoteric sciences, Sufism and much more. Also, on every month, there will be meditation camps are conducted on second Friday that has a duration of three days. Spiritual Disneyland is the name the ashram possesses since hundreds of people come here to rediscover themselves as along with the meditation, it offers a range of multiple facilities like massages, beauty therapies, sauna, swimming pool, tennis etc. The gardens in the Ashram are open to the public every day during morning and evening hours.

    Osho ashram entry timings: The ashram is open on all days from 06:00 am to 10:30 pm.

    Osho ashram entry fee:

       -Rs.870 per person for Indians for 1 day and 2-day entry tickets.
       -Rs.1790 per person for foreigners for 1 day and 2-day entry tickets.
       -3 day and 4-day tickets are discounted by 15% around.
       -5-day entry tickets have discounts of 25% approximately and 30-day tickets will have a discount of about 40%.

    Osho ashram location: 17, Koregaon Park Road, Vasani Nagar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001.

  • 02National War Museum

    The National War Museum in Pune is one of the most visited landmarks in Pune. The museum was built in the year 1997 and it was the idea of Express Citizens' Forum which was converted into reality later. Everyone in the region has contributed to the construction of the museum. Now it is 25 feet tall and a never miss attraction on your Pune trip. People come here to know more about the Indian soldiers and army. The major highlight here is a MIG 2 BN which was used in Kargil War. It is situated in the Pune Cantonment area near MG Road with pride and glory at their best. It pays tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the wars happened after the independence of India. 

    The people in the city had contributed well in the establishment of the museum but it was opened to the public in 1998. One major factor makes it different is that it is the one and only war museum in South Asia that was constructed with the contribution of the citizens of the region. The museum is popularly known as the National War Memorial, a building is brown coloured with granite made pillars of 25 feet high. There are marble plaques that display over 1200 names of soldiers. Currently, the Southern Command is the guardian of the museum and it renovated the museum. The present memorial shows a landscape, a gate, and pathways for the visitors etc. 

    The National War Museum Entry Timings: The museum is open on all days from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm.

    The National War Museum Entry Fee: The entry to the museum is free.

    The National War Museum Location:  Ghorpuri Lines, Dobadwadi, Ghorpadi, Pune, Maharashtra

  • 03Adlabs Imagica

    The much publicized theme park called Adlabs Imagica is the latest addition to the list of popular places for a one day trip near Pune. The park has a wide range of shows, water rides, thrill rides and much more.  

    Location: off Mumbai-Pune expressway

    Best time to Visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: Thrill rides like ‘scream machine’, ‘nitro’ and ‘gold rush express’ are sure to induce an adrenaline-rush. Family and kid-friendly rides include ‘Bump it boats’, ‘splash ahoy’, ‘the magic carousel’, ‘happy wheels’ and ‘humpty’s fall’, that will make a family outing to this place a worthwhile experience.

    Activities: Try the various rides available at the amusement park, meet and take pictures with the cartoon characters on the grounds, enjoy performances by magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers and clowns.

    Type of destination: family and kid friendly

    Other: Chek out some other water parks in Pune.

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  • 04Parvati Hill

    Parvati Hill
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    A major tourist destination in the Pune is Parvati Hill, a huge hillock that rises to 2100 feet above sea level. It holds Pune’s MSL that is located at a height of about 560 meters from sea level. Parvati temple located on the top is one of the primary reasons why the hill is quite famous among the tourists and the locals. The hillock offers the best view of the serenity lying down in the town and this is the most scenic location in Pune. Parvati temple possesses a special feature of being the oldest heritage structure in the city and it was built during the period of the Peshwa dynasty. It is an observation point that incredibly unveils the panoramic view of the lush greenery and flamboyant sky above the location.

    After Vetal Hill, Parvati Hill is the second highest point which can be reached by climbing 103 steps. The main temple on the top is Devdeveshwara is made of black stone. Balaji Baji Rao was the founder of the temple that came into existence in 1749. The other temples located on the hill top are dedicated to Vitthal and Rukmini, Vishnu and Kartikeya and Rama. The hilltop is a regular spot for the visitors coming to Pune and there are a lot of devotees also arrive to visit the temples on the top. Mainly, the steps leading to the hillock are an example of an intricate stone work completed during the Maratha period. The steps are made of a special black quarry stone which is proven to be weather resistant. The hill is in the south-east part of the city brimming with green fields, towering trees and small dwellings.

    Parvati Hill entry timings: The hill is open on all days from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm but the temples will be open from 05:00 am to 08:00 pm.

    Parvati Hill Entry fee: There is no entry fee is needed to climb up the hill.

    Parvati Hill location: Parvati Hill, Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra 411009.

    Accommodation: You can checksome of the best resorts near Pune and have a pleasant stay there.

  • 05Pashan Lake

    Pashan Lake
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    A captivating yet artificial lake near the suburbs of Pashan Hills is Pashan Lake located at a distance of 12 kilometres from the city centre of Pune. It was built during the British era in order to fulfil the water requirement of the natives in the region and neighbourhood. Ram Nadi, a small rivulet is the inlet of the huge lake and it is controlled by the barrage at the north side of the lake. It is also a catchment area that spreads across an area of 40 square kilometres and it gives water to the old Pashan Village, the Governer’s Residence etc. But unfortunately the urbanisation caused the lake to welcome deterioration and the quality of the water dropped down to a large extent.

    Currently, it is unlikely a polluted river restraining people from drinking it. But still the picturesque value the location possesses attracts thousands of tourists to spend ample time gazing at the brilliant spot and there are a lot of migratory birds visit the lake during winter. There is a Nature Trail on one side of the lake constructed by Pune Municipal Corporation which is 300 meter long and thus people can walk through and watch the man-made lake.

    PMC has also built a bamboo plantation as well as a wall to protect the lake from outside attacks. Due to the recent deforestation on the nearby hills forced the lakeside to accommodate many silt formations and thus the depth of the lake was decreased. After the deterioration of the water, Pune Municipal Corporation stopped providing drinking water from the lake in 1998. But now, it is being studied and analysed for providing portable water once again.

    Pashan Lake entry timings: You can visit the lake any time round the year.

    Pashan Lake entry fee: There is no entry fee is applicable to spend time at the lake.

    Pashan Lake location: Pashan | 12 Km from Pune, Pune 411021, India.

  • 06Shaniwar Wada Palace

    Shaniwar Wada Palace
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    A prominent historical landmark in Pune is Shaniwarwada. It is a majestic fortification as well built in 1732 and during that time it was the seat of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire and they ruled over there until 1818. After they lost control to the British East India Company, they could not use it longer. But when they were in the reign, Shaniwarwada was the centre of Indian politics in the 18th century. But in 1828, the fort was destroyed by a huge fire and later the remnants were transformed to become a tourist site. Shaniwarwada was a seven storied capital building of the Peshwas and they wanted the building to be made of stone alone. However, after the completion of the ground floor, the people of Satara insisted that stone monument can be sanctioned and built only by the Shahu King, not the Peshwas.

    With respect to it, the Peshwas were asked to continue the construction of the building by using only bricks. But when the British attacked, only the base floor survived while all the other floors were completely destroyed. Earlier, the fort used to accommodate around thousand people. The major buildings inside the fort are Thora Rayancha Diwankhana or the court reception hall of the eldest royal member, Naachacha Diwankhana which is the dance hall, Juna Arsa Mahal that is the Old Mirror Hall and so on. Since all the buildings were destroyed in the fire, only descriptions of the remaining areas are available currently. 

    The doorways were made of teak arches with ornamental teardrop teak pillars shaped like Suru trunks. Ceilings were beautified by numerous chandeliers and the floors were filled with polished marble adorned with rich Persian rugs. The walls displayed paintings depicting the Hindu epics. The top floor of the building enacted as the residence of the Peshwa and it was called Meghadambari.

    Shaniwarwada entry timings: It is open on all days of the week from 08:00 am to 06:30 pm and there is a Light and Sound Show every day and the tickets for the show can be booked every day from 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm.

    Shaniwarwada entry fee: For Indian citizens, the entry fee is INR 5 and for foreign nationals, it is INR 125. For the Light and Sound Show, the ticket fee is INR 25 per person.

    Shaniwarwada location: Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030.

  • 07Hard Rock Café

    Hard Rock Café
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    Out of the many places to visit in Pune, The Rock Shop is the best. Hard Rock Café offers its patrons a variety of mixtures, of singers of the contemporary, and legends of the Rock World. 

    There are personal items of these legends, from all over the world, hung on the café’s, “Wall of Fame”. The more important ones are the patched denim coat of Elton John, the leather jacket of Bob Dylan, the Welson Hollowbody Electric Guitar, signed by the Edge of U2 and Bono.

    Timings: The Café is open for a little more than twelve hours on Sundays, from 12:00 P.M to 12:30 A.M. On the other days, the restaurant works from 12:00 P.M to around 11:30 P.M in the night.

    Price: on an Approximate value, the café requires more or fewer Rs. 2500 or $38.450, for two people, i.e., including alcohol charges. The price fluctuates, with the peak timings, one might just get a discount, or if they are visiting in the happy hours of the lean season, they might notice a plunge in prices and people.

    Location: the address of the renowned café is Plot No. 81/82, East Main Road, Koregaon Park Extension, Pune, Maharashtra 411036. The place is well known by locals and tourists alike. The more important ones are the patched denim coat of Elton John, the leather jacket of Bob Dylan, the Welson Hollowbody Electric Guitar, signed by the Edge of U2 and Bono.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit varies from person to person, because the people who enjoy crowds and people, and lots of party vibes, should visit it at around 9 P.M, when the crowds are their peak, however, if one enjoys a quick drink, they want to the café between 5-8 P.M in the evening.

  • 08Aga Khan Palace

    Aga Khan Palace

    Yet another famous landmark in Pune is the Aga Khan Palace which was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892. In the history of India, this palace placed itself on a prominent space as one of the biggest landmarks in India. As an act of charity, the palace existed and the Sultan who built it wanted to help the poor in the region. The mighty monument is considered to be a sparkling jewel in Indian history which had a close connection with the Indian freedom movement since it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, his secretary and Sarojini Naidu. Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai, the secretary died in this palace.

    Archaeological Survey of India declared the palace as a monument of national importance in the year 2003. Aga Khan, the brilliant mind behind the birth of this majestic monument donated the palace to the Indian people as a mark of respect to Gandhi and his philosophy in 1969 and currently, the palace holds itself the vast collection of memories and it is a memorial on Gandhi where his ashes were kept. In the later years, the prominence of the palace started diminishing and the authorities neglected the importance of the monument and thus it was becoming unattended as well.

    The palace is exactly situated about 2 kilometers away from Bund Garden in Yerwada on Pune Nagar Road. The palace presents Utalian arches and a huge lawn at the front and it houses five falls. The total area in which the palace is situated is 19 acres including the lawn and other spaces. It is an important archive as well that showcases the number of photos and portraits of the life of Mahatma Gandhi and other important figures of the Indian freedom struggle. It acts as the headquarters of the Gandhi National Memorial Society.

    Aga Khan Palace entry timings: You can visit the palace on all days from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm.

    Aga Khan Palace entry fee: For Indian nationals, the entry fee is INR 5, whereas for foreign nationals it is INR 100.

    Aga Khan Palace location: Pune Nagar Road, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411014.

  • 09High Spirits

    High Spirits
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    The distance between the nearest airport and High spirits is about 5.7 km, which makes it easy to make a pit stop for a drink before going to the hotel or wherever it is that you are staying. It hosts regular DJ parties, and is adorned with photographs, artefacts and other handmade or fashion clothing workshops and exhibitions, these take place during the week and the café is adored by all who visit it.

    Timings: High Spirts is open, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 P.M to 11:30 P.M. on Sundays however, the timings are along the lines of,1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, 8 PM to 11:30 PM.

    Price: This café is relatively cheaper than Hard Rock Café and has an approximation of about Rs. 1,500 or $23.07, for two people.

    Location: 35, A 1, located close to ABC Farms, KP Annexe on Mundhwa Road, Pune is the address of this homely café.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this café is on Sundays from 1:30 P.M - 4:30 P.M. This is when the cookout takes place.

  • 10Bedekar

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    Bedekar is the popular tea stall which provides customers with the original feel of India. It has an open kitchen serving amazing food. Bedekar feeds people standing, with delicious pav bhaji, popular Misal as well as Puneri Misal, with sweet tangy and tasty flavours. Bedekar is one of the most important places to visit in Pune.

    Timings: The teas stall is open from 8:00 A.M to 7:00 P.M, every day other than Sunday, wherein it is open from 8:00 A.M to about 2:00 P.M.

    Price: Two people approximately take Rs. 200 or $4, on one go, so if someone needs a quick fix, Bedekar is your place.

    Location: The official address of Bedekar is Munjabacha Bol, located Nera Patrya Maruti Temple, Narayan Peth, Pune.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this teas stall would be in the morning, or in the evening. The stall is not too busy in the afternoon, but in summers, it gets too hot to enjoy the quick service. The evenings, and mornings, however, are relatively better to enjoy tea or missal.

  • 11 Shabree

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    This restaurant provides patrons with authentic, traditional Maharashtrian food, that will leave an imprint on your mind forever. It lies at a distance of about 11.3 km, which is about half an hour of land which one has to cover. Its ambience, the decoration, the lighting all adds up to the prettiness of the Restaurant.

    Timings: From Monday to Sunday, Shabree is up and running from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM.

    Price: Shabree takes about Rs. 800 or $12 for two people approximately. Everyone who goes there is surprised with the very small amount they have to pay.

    Location: Parichay Hotel, 1199/1A, FC Road, Pune is the official address of the restaurant, and is very accessible to all people living in Pune.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit Shabree would be in the evening, for dinner, because that is when it is at its busiest, and people experience the best customer service during this time.
  • 12Pataleshwar Cave Temple

    Pataleshwar Cave Temple

    An atypical rock cut cave temple in Pune is the Pataleshwar Cave Temple which is an ancient temple that dates back to the 8th century during the Rashtrakuta period. The temple is also known as Panchaleshvara or Bamburde temple. Originally, the temple’s location was outside the town and when the city limits were expanded, the temple is situated now on the downtown Jangli Maharaj Road. It has been declared as a protected monument by the government. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and it is made of basalt rock which has a cube-shaped sanctum 3-4 meters on each side. It holds a linga which represents the god and there are two smaller cells on each side.

    A circular Nandimandapa is placed in front of the cave but its umbrella shaped canopy held by massive square pillars is the main component that makes the temple’s beauty heightened. The Nandimandapa is yet another feature of the temple. The cave is situated at a lower level than the present level of the road. The main structure of the cave is rectangular in shape with a pillared porch. Along with the main sanctum, there are other three sanctums as well. To circumambulate, there is a path provided inside the temple and the unfinished part of the cave temple can be seen while you rotate it.

    However, the inside walls of the temple possess grandly some inscriptions and drawings depicting the stories from Indian mythology, especially revolving around Lord Shiva. The cave complex is turned out to be a garden and also, you can see some architectural members which were parts of other old temples nearby. The incomplete Temple is the main tourist attraction as well but the locals come here to celebrate the Shiva Linga Pooja that would be done with ghee and yoghurt.

    The Pataleshwar Cave Temple entry timings: 08:00 am to 05:30 pm.

    The Pataleshwar Cave Temple Entry fee: There is no fee is applicable to enter the temple.

    The Pataleshwar Cave Temple location: Jangali Maharaj Road, Revenue Colony, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411005.

  • 13Bund Garden

    Bund Garden

    A picture perfect garden located very close to the Pune Railway Station is Bung Garden that amuses everyone equally. It is near to Fitzgeral Bridge and the garden got this name from the bund or dam built on the Mula River. The dams on the river were built by Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, a Parsi businessman and philanthropist. The Bund Garden was opened to the public in 1869 after the construction of the bridge was completed. Colonel Sellon was behind the plan to transform the waste space into a beautiful garden which is known as the Mahatma Gandhi Udyan. It is a perfect space for those who look to escape from the rambunctious traffic and hustles of the city and be at a quiet, peaceful place to enjoy the serenity and the beauty of nature at its best.

    Joggers come every morning to the garden and it is a usual scene we can see here- an exclusive jogging track is also added in the vicinity. To enjoy the incomparable beauty of the garden, you can take a boat ride as well or just relax by sitting under the shades of a tree. An evening walk is the most amazing activity people love to do in the garden and also it is a place where you can see some migratory birds coming here during the winter period. The Park inside the garden is a separate spot for kids which is equipped with see-saws and swings. There are different programmes organised by multiple groups here like magic shows, horse rides etc.

    Bund Garden entry timings: The park is open on all days from 06:00 am to 09:00 pm.

    Bund Garden Entry fee: There is no entry fee is applicable to visit the garden.

    Bund Garden location: Phule Nagar, Mula Mutha River, Yerwada, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India.

  • 14National Defence Academy

    National Defence Academy
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    NDA is the sophisticated acronym of the National Defence Academy in Pune. It is the joint services academy of the Indian Armed Forces where three sections of the defence field such as the Army, the Navy and the Air Force cadets are trained together before the get pre commissioning training in the respective service academies. The academy is located at Khadakwasla near Pune and it is the first tri service academy in the world. Since its establishment, the cadets from the academy have led and fought in major conflicts in which the Indian Armed Forces has been called to action.

    The alumni of the academy has 3 Param Vir Chakra recipients and 9 Ashoka Chakra recipients. At the end of the World War II, the then Commander in Chief of the Indian Army, Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck, after witnessing the experiences of the army during the war formed a committee to study various military academies in the world and submitted a report to the Government of India in 1946. That committee came up with the idea of the establishment of a Joint Services Military Academy. After India got independent, the Chiefs of Staff Committee implemented the recommendations of the Auchinleck report and afterwards, the committee initiated a plan in late 1947 to establish a permanent defence academy. The foundation stone for the construction of the academy was laid in 1949 by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

    The NDA campus is situated about 17 km south west of Pune city. The administrative headquarters of the NDA, the Sudan Block is named like that in honour of the soldiers of Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the East African Campaign in Sudan. The building is a three storied one made of basalt and granite structure constructed with the famous Jodhpur red sandstone. The exterior design has a blend of arches, pillars and verandahs topped by a dome. There are a number of war relics in the campus along with an extensive library named the Vyas Library that accommodates more than 100000 printed volumes.

    The National Defence Academy entry timings: The visit to the academy is restricted to Sundays only from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

    The National Defence Academy entry fee: The entry to the academy is free of charge but you would need prior permission for the same. The application should be submitted minimum 48 hours prior to the visit. Also, visitors should wear a formal dress in order to maintain the sanctity of the academy.

    The National Defence Academy location: NDA Alumni Association, National Defence Academy, PO NDA Khadakwasla, Pune-411023.

  • Historical Places to Visit in Pune

  • 15Peshwa Udyan

    Peshwa Udyan

    An escapade from the boring city life is a choice of everyone and it does not relate to any particular city. To keep the stress and workload aside and sink into a retreat to get rejuvenated are a necessity in the current world. Pune city is also not different when it comes to mundane lifestyle. The natives as well as the tourists of Pune find solace at an ideal location that is Peshwa Udyan in Pune that promises relaxation and calmness for sure. It is a zoo as well inviting kids in large numbers to explore the intriguing world inside.

    The park and the zoo boast of rich collection of rare fauna and flora. The habitat of some wild animals has been transformed to become the zoo and they attract quite a lot of people every day toward them. During spring, the garden just amuses all with the enlarged landscape filled with multi coloured flowers and it is a pleasant view or visual for every one coming here. There is a beautiful temple also existed inside the park dedicated to Lord Ganesh and the history proves that the temple dates back to 17 AD. For kids, there are a number of attractions like toy train ride and similar activities.

    The garden maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation is located next to Saras Baug and it houses a variety of things. The Peshwas were the ones who planted trees here at this place years ago and afterwards, when PMC came into existence, it built the garden and the zoo at this place and named it is Peshwa Udyan.

    Peshwa Udyan entry timings: You can visit the garden and zoo on all days of the week from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm.

    Peshwa Udyan entry fee: Rs. 2 for adults and Rs. 1 for children and for the joy ride Rs. 1 to 3 per person.

    Peshwa Udyan location: Near Saras Baug, Pune, Maharashtra 411009, India.

  • 16Shinde Chhatri

    Shinde Chhatri
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    Shinde Chhatri is a memorial dedicate to the 18th century military leader Mahadji Shinde and it is a main attraction and a well-known place in Pune. Mahadji Shinde served as the commander in chief of the Maratha army under the rule of Peshwas from 1760 to 1780. The majestic representative of the Maratha rule houses a hall that marks the spot of Mahadji Shinde’s cremation on 12th February 1794.  During 1794, the memorial had only one temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built by Mahadji Shinde himself and in 1965 only, a Samadhi was constructed outside the sanctum of the Shiva temple.

    Madhavrao Scindia was responsible for the construction of the complex along with the memorial. The architecture of the building is the main attraction as it resembles the architectural styles used in Rajasthan along with a touch of the Anglo style. It shows a picturesque blending of two different cultures. The beauty of the building is heightened due to the presence of fine, alluring carvings. The carvings and the idols of the saints of the Shiva temple are made of yellow stone and the floor of the sanctum sanctorum is constructed using black stone.

    The hall inside the structure is decorated beautifully with paintings and photographs of members of Shinde family. But it began to accommodate bad conditions as years passed but currently, its glory being recovered by painting the walls and restoring the old beauty to it. The historical identity and the architectural brilliance played on the walls of the building make it a famous tourist destination in Pune.

    Shinde Chhatri entry timings:
    The building remains open on all days of the week from 06:00 am to 09:00 pm.

    Shinde Chhatri entry fee:
    There is no entry fee to visit the landmark.

    Shinde Chhatri location: Wanowrie, Pune 411001, India.

  • 17Vishrambaug Wada

    Vishrambaug Wada
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    Vishrambaug Wada is a superb mansion located at central Pune’s Thorale Bajirao Road. It was the luxurious residence of the famous ruler Peshwa Bajirao II who was the last Peshwa of Maratha confederacy. It was built in early nineteenth century and now this huge mansion houses a post office on its ground floor along with some other offices of the municipal corporation and a small museum that displays Maratha artefacts. These artefacts were put together by a famous Maratha historian, Babasaheb Purandare. The mansion is amazingly beautiful with its fine entrance and the balcony with carved woodwork. It came into existence in 1807 by spending around Rs.20000 and the construction was complete after six years.

    Bajirao II had chosen this mansion apart from Shaniwar Wada, the citadel of the Peshwas.Till the time Bajirao was defeated in the Third Anglo-Maratha War, Bajirao II stayed in this mansion for 11 years. Later, the British exiled him to Bithur with a pension. After some years, a Sanskrit school came into existence in Vishrambaug Wada and also there were a Government Engineering College, Deccan College, and Agricultural College in the Wada premises.

    But in 1871, the eastern wing of the Wada was under fire and got destroyed. The three-storied mansion has another name as the Teen Chowki Wada and it is 260 feet long and 815 feet broad. The important features of the mansion are the wooden works that we can see on the façade designs, columns, ceilings, exteriors, and wall paintings which remind us of the old colonial art supremacy. Since the mansion plays an important role in describing the history of Maratha empire in the city of Pune.

    Vishrambaug Wada entry timings: The Wada will be open on all days from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm.

    Vishrambaug Wada entry fee: There is an entrance fee of Rs.5 for adults.

    Vishrambaug Wada location: RB Kumthekar Rd, Perugate, Sadashiv Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, 411030.

  • 18Lal Mahal

    Lal Mahal
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    Lal Mahal is the famous tourist attraction in Pune which has another name as Red Palace. It is a beautiful monument established in 1630 AD by Shivaji Maharaj’s father Shahaji Bhosale for his wife and son. Shivaji Maharaj lived here for a long time until the time he captured his first fort. The original one had undergone several destructions and the current one is a reconstructed structure, located at the heart of the city. Shivaji’s wedding with Maharani Saibai took place in this palace.

    The original monument was constructed with the aim of rejuvenating the city of Pune when Dadoji Kondev entered the city with Shivaji Maharaj. The history recorded at various places proves the fact that Lal Mahal was used for organising feasts for the Brahmins during the thread ceremony of Sadoba, the son of Chimajiappa. The original location where the monument was first established is still unknown, perhaps it was known to be located very close to the location of Shaniwarwada. The newly constructed Lal Mahal does not have many features the old one possessed and it is not built in the same fashion as well.

    Pune Municipal Corporation was the one who rebuilt the current Lal Mahal and the construction was begun in 1984 and ended in 1988. The Lal Mahal became an important part of the history after an encounter between Shivaji and Shaista Khan when the former cut off the latter’s fingers and he tried to escape from the window of the Lal Mahal. The current palace displays a collection of large sized oil paintings based on the important events happened in the life of Shivaji. There is the Jijamata Garden now recognised as a recreational park for kids.

    Lal Mahal entry timings: It is open on all days from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and then from 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm.

    Lal Mahal Entry fee: The entry fee to enter the palace is INR 3 per person.

    Lal Mahal location: Lal Mahal, Ganesh Rd, Durvankur Society, Kasba Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411002.

  • 19David Synagogue

    David Synagogue

    An old synagogue located in Pune is Ohel David Synagogue or Lal Deval, situated on Moledina Road in Pune. It was the idea of a philanthropist David Sassoon in 1867 and the building came into existence with evident English Gothic style. The design of the synagogue was given by Henry Saint Clair Wilkins, the synagogue resembles a church as it is made of red brick and trap stone structure. It possesses a 90 feet high obelisk on which a watch is hung and it was brought from London.

    The synagogue is a part of the cultural heritage of India and it gained fame as a favourite tourist destination as well. After Israel’s synagogues, Lal Deval is the largest synagogue in Asia. The synagogue can be visited by normal people after seeking a prior permission from the Pune police as it is guarded by them always and unannounced visits will not be entertained. Also, photography is strictly prohibited inside and around the building. The synagogue’s construction happened from 1862 to 1867 and now the area where the synagogue is situated is known as Pune Camp, a military district established by the British Indian Army. The synagogue has served the city’s Baghdadi Jewish community for years.

    The clock tower in the synagogue is detailed with Gothic-style pointed arched openings and the roof is a pitched slate. The building is enormously huge and holds an impressive space to accommodate more than 100 families together. In the original plan, the central nave with it tebah was separated from the side aisles by a colonnade and above the side aisles, we can see a gallery where the gender separation happens and the women sat there. The synagogue features tall windows with transoms brimming with a geometric pattern of stained glass, the floor is full of grey marbles and the gallery is protected by the wooden guardrail and so on.

    David Synagogue entry timings: You can visit the synagogue on all days from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm with prior permission.

    David Synagogue entry fee: No entry fee is applicable to visit the synagogue.

    David Synagogue location: Dr. Ambedkar Road Moledina Road (Opposite Nehru Memorial Hall), Gawaliwada Camp, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India.

  • Museums to Visit in Pune

  • 20Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

    Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

    An intriguing museum with a lot of references to the medieval history of India is located in Pune and that is the most famous attraction of the city, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. It possesses the rare collection of Dr. Dinkar G Kelkar dedicated to the memory of his sone, Raja. There are three floors for this museum displaying different types of sculptures dating back to the 14th century along with ivory, silver and gold items and musical instruments, war weapons, vessels etc. The collection began in 1920 and by 1960, the museum was filled with 15000 objects and later in 1962, Dr. Kelkar donated all the collections to the Government of Maharashtra. Currently, if you visit the museum, you will come across more than 20000 objects out of which 2500 only are on display.

    The museum showcases the different artistic materials found from different parts of India from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection includes door frames, vessels, paintings, handicrafts, carvings etc. Museum 2000 is a project that has been started to make Dr. Kelkarr’s dream of an education and cultural museum come true and to be opened to the public in order to provide them proper knowledge on the artistic values of India. Museum Shoppee is an additional venture at the museum that will give attractive souvenir items at a reasonable rate and it is located at the exit point.

    Raja Dinkar Kelkar Musuem entry timings: You can visit the museum round the year and it will be open from 10:00 am to 05:30 pm.

    Raja Dinkar Kelkar Musuem entry fee:

       -Rs. 10.00 for children below 12 years
       -Rs. 50.00 for adult above 12 years
       -Rs. 200.00 for foreigners (adult)
       -Rs. 50.00 for foreigners (children)
       -Entry is free for blind and differently abled/ physically challenged visitors.

    Raja Dinkar Kelkar Musuem location: 1377-78, Natu Baug,Off. Bajirao Road,Shukrawar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411002.

  • 21Darshan Museum

    Darshan Museum

    An important landmark and major structure in Pune is Darshan Museum where people from different parts of the world arrive to be part of this biographical museum that is dedicated to the life and teaching of Sadhu Vaswani, the modern spiritual leader. People come to visit the museum will be transferred into a different level of spirituality and thus absorbing peace and relaxation and proper knowledge about a great personality. Sadhu Vaswani mission building is the host of the museum. The first floor of the building is turned out to become the museum and the building covers an area of 10000 square feet.

    Sadhu Vaswani Mission is doing a number of charities based in Pune in the fields of education, healthcare, social service, animal rights, development of the poor etc. The organisation’s captain was Sadhu T L Vaswani in Hyderabad and it was known as the Brotherhood Association during its childhood. Later, when Sadhu T L Vaswani died, the organisation’s name was changed to Sadhu Vaswani Mission. The most updated methods like multimedia presentations and shows are organised at the museum every day to describe the life and preaching of Sadhu Vaswani.

    Darshan Museum entry timings: The museum is open on all days from 11:00 am to 07:00 pm except on Thursdays.

    Darshan Museum Entry Fee: Entry to the museum is free but before entering, you need to submit a registration from.

    Darshan Museum location: Sadhu Vaswani Mission, 10 Sadhu Vaswani Path, Near GPO and Pune Railway Station, Pune, Maharashtra 411001.

  • 22Tribal Museum

    Tribal Museum

    A major tourist attraction in Pune is the Tribal Museum, symbolising the countless, unrecognised faces in the state, their artworks, their masks and their tools. The indigenous group of people who live far away from the limelight is brought to the public through the presentation of their talents and cultural diversity at this unique museum. The photos and the collected items on the display here throw light upon the lifestyle and differences between each tribe, their food habits as well as spiritual concepts and beliefs. Masks used by them, instruments, materials belong to them etc are the highlights of this museum that opens its door to those who are intrigued to know about the unknown sect of the society.

    The museum came into existence in the year 1962 along with the philosophy of preserving the traditions and culture of the indigenous people in the state of Maharashtra. The Aboriginal groups in the region are introduced through the displays here; while you walk around, you will come to know the secrets of their art and artefacts. There are multiple musical instruments, jewellery, tools and other items are on the list of items represented at the museum. Papier mache festival masks are one of the main highlights that are pressed against a white wall and they show the confluence of bright colours.

    Also, the visitors will get to read about them via the informative plaques beside each object displayed. The tribal groups including Korku, Kolam, Katkari etc are being portrayed through their apparatus, idols, crafts and other items at this world famous museum. The exact location of the museum is south of the Yerawada Bridge that crosses the river Mula.

    Tribal Museum entry timings: You can visit the Museum any time between 10:30 am and 05:30 pm on all days of the week.

    Tribal Museum entry fee: For Indian citizen, the entry fee is Rs.20 and for foreign nationals it is Rs.200.

    Tribal Museum location: 28, Queen's Garden, Near Old Circuit House, Band Garden Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411001.

  • 23Mahatma Phule Museum

    Mahatma Phule Museum

    An important museum located in Pune is Mahatma Phule Museum where a large number of people come to visit the displays every day. The old museum represents the life and history of Mahatma Phule. The museum was founded in 1875 and then it was famous as the Poona Industrial Museum and later it was it called Lord Reay Museum. But in 1968, the name of the museum was again changed to Mahatma Phule Museum. It showcases pictures, charts, machines, science models related to industry and engineering along with geology and minerals, cottage industries, agriculture, history and armoury.

    The weapons belonged to the Mughal and Maratha period and the charts that explain about the various forts in Pune are also on the display. The museum included the natural history section which has a taxidermy collection of different species of fauna and flora, both appeared on land and water. The industrial section displays the models of Indian hydroelectric and irrigation projects. There is also a library that was functioning since the inception of the museum.

    Another factor that heightens the fame of the museum is its monthly publication Srishtidnyan that explains the scientific development in a very simple language which communicates things properly to the laymen. You can reach the museum from the Pune Railway Station easily as it is located close to it.

    Mahatma Phule Museum entry timings: The museum is open on all days except Sundays from 09:30 am to 06:00 pm.

    Mahatma Phule Museum Entry Fee: There is no specific entry fee to enter the museum.

    Mahatma Phule Museum location: 1204/10, Ghole Road, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411004.

  • Places to Visit near Pune

  • 24Maval


    If you are one of those people who seeking for the quieter places to visit near Pune, then the best choice for you is Maval. A gorgeous and rustic hamlet, it is located along the beautiful green and dark ranges of the Sahyadris. The village is also one of the most prosperous biodiversity regions in Maharashtra. 

    It is here that you can not only spot vegetation but also wildlife in all its glory. While the awe inspiring ranges of the Sahyadris add a good measure of beauty and diversity to its backdrop, the quiet and clutter free life of the villagers presents for a getaway in the arms of nature.

    You can also enjoy various adventure activities in Pune such as kayaking, river swimming and crossing. For the adventurists whose soul keeps asking for more, there are also more intensive adventures such as Tarzan swing, skywalk, net climbing, tunnel crawl, commando walk and several others.

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  • 25Kamshet

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    This scenic hill-town is a renowned paragliding destination near Pune. It's striking locale is surrounded by small villages, cave temples and medieval hill fortresses making it a preferred weekend getaway. There are various resorts near Pune for weekend stays that will make your trip one of the best one.

    Distance: 48 Kms

    Location: Western Ghats, close to Lonavala and Khandala

    Best time to Visit: October to February

    Attractions: Vadivali Lake, a large waterbody at a height of 2200 ft, about 12 km from Kamshet is where one can enjoy a boat ride or bump into several waterfalls in the region. Kondeshwar temple and Vidveshwar temple, Karla, Bhaja and Bhedsa caves are other tourist attractions in Kamshet.

    Activities: Trekking and exploring the nearby caves, paragliding, rock climbing and rappelling are organized by several adventure camps located here.

    Type of destination: trekking, pilgrimage, adventure activities.

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  • 26Panchgani

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    Set in the depths of the Sahyadri ranges is the quaint hill station of Panchgani. With a pleasant climate throughout the year, it appealed to the Britishers who established this place as a summer retreat and it continues to lure tourists till date.

    Location: Satara district of Maharashtra, near Mahabaleshwar

    Best time to Visit: September - May

    Attractions: Sydney and Parsi Points both overlook the majestic river Krishna and the Dhom dam. Table land, which is the longest mountain plateau in Asia covering 95 acres and stands 4550 feet above sea level, is the place from where one can spot the Devil’s Kitchen caves.

    Activities: A visit to one of the several strawberry farms dotting this region is not to be missed. You can buy products like jams and squashes in these farms too. 10 km from Panchgani are the Rajapuri caves which make a fun day outing spot.

    Type of destination: Family and kid friendly, trekking

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  • 27Kolad


    There are many things which one can do in a place like Kolad, and have loads of fun, without the tensions of normal life weighing them down. Kolad happens to be one of the most important “places to visit” in Maharashtra. The weather is beautiful and suited for amazing things. There are options for rafting and other activities.

    Timings: The best time to visit Kolad would be from June to March, because this is when the village experiences cooler weather, and the weather is good. The spring months are sultry, from March to May, and the winters are from November to February, which is cool.

    Fee: The best thing to do, other than trekking, in Kolad, is Rafting and this takes an approximate value of Rs. 1,500  or $23.07 per person.

    Location: It is located in the Mahad region, at a distance of about 120 km from Mumbai. There are many things which one can do in a place like Kolad, and have loads of fun, without the tensions of normal life weighing them down.

  • 28Mahabaleshwar

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    Mahabaleshwar is a forest covered hill-station, which is part of the state of Maharashtra. It has an old temple of Lord Shiva in the forests and many such beauties spread all over town.

    Timings: The temple can be entered on all of the days of a week from 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

    Entry Fee: There is no entry fee charged while entering the Mahabaleshwar temple.

    Location: About 76.3 miles in the direction towards the south-east of the city of Pune.

  • 29Khandala

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    Another hill station not too far from Pune, Khandala stands in the Western Ghats on the Mumbai-Pune highway. It is a popular weekend holiday destination due to its natural charm. Residents of both Pune and Mumbai find it a convenient weekend getaway. It is a famous picnic spot near Pune to go with family and kids.

    Location: On the Mumbai-Pune expressway

    Best time to Visit: October to April

    Attractions: The two viewpoints Tiger’s Leap and the Duke’s nose, which is a cliff shaped like a nose, overlook the ravishing valley. Bhushi dam and the lake that is formed by its backwaters are the most visited tourist spots during peak season.

    Activities: Exploring the caves nearby or trekking in the forests deep in the valleys are prominent activities in Pune. One can even go for family picnics here.

    Type of destination: trekking, family and kids friendly

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  • 30Rajmachi

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    This obscure village is one of the tourist places near Pune that is hidden within the Sahyadri ranges. A fort stands in close proximity to this place which is frequented by hikers and adventure buffs. Come rains and this expanse of land is covered in lush greenery along with several waterfalls and small streams. It is a famous trekking place near Pune.

    Location: Between Khandala and Lonavala

    Best time to Visit: September to March

    Attractions: Rajmachi fort, with two fortified structures called Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort, is the prime attraction here.

    Activities: Trekking and camping near Pune are conducted by adventure groups throughout the year.

    Type of destination: Trekking, historic

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  • 31Kaas Plateau

    Kaas Plateau
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    The Kaasplateau is located in the Satara District of Maharashtra and is one of the best places to visit near Pune. This vast flatland reveals a true wonder of natural beauty as over 850 varieties of flower bloom over here between the months of August and September.  

    The sprawling carpets of flowers present a wonder filled sight for the sore eyes. The area around Kaas provides a closer look at the rural lifestyle of Maharashtra.

    The unique landscape and its various sights has resulted in the area being declared as a UNESCO biodiversity hotspot. In order to preserve the purity of the air and maintain a nourishing climate for the flowers to bloom, vehicles have been banned in the area and visitors have to walk across the beautiful landscape, which is a joy in itself.

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  • Offbeat Places to Visit in Pune

  • 32Panshet Waterpark

    Panshet Waterpark

    Ranked as one of the best places to visit in Pune is Panshet Water Park located amidst the Sahyadri Mountains. Those who love water sports and adventure under water, this water park is the best choice to have maximum fun and thrilling moments with your family or even alone. The most popular attraction in the city is nestled amid the beautiful locale lying in between two famous dams, Varasgaon and Panshet. Other tourist attractions located near to the water park are Raigad Fort, Khadakwaska Dam and Singad Fort.

    It is a perfect weekend getaway near Pune located 45 kilometres south-west of Pune and at an elevation of 910 meters above sea level. Adventure lovers arrive here to partake in different water sports like kayaking, water scooter rides, speed boating, swimming, surfing etc. The tourism department has done a tremendous job to make this attraction widely accepted and well acclaimed among the public. So much excitement and happiness are hidden in each ride in the park and kids as well as adults can enjoy them to the fullest for sure. Also, at the park, you can purchase food available at the food court.

    The park is well cleaned and maintained with all facilities like bathroom and toilets. Life jackets will be provided before you get to indulge in any water sport. But inside the park, you are not allowed to use camera or videography.

    Panshet Water Park entry timings: The park will be open on all days including public holidays from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm.

    Panshet Water Park Entry fee: The entry fee for adults is INR 250 and for children, it is INR 170. During weekends, the entry for adults will rise up to INR 300 and for children, it will be INR 230.

    Panshet Water Park location: Panshet Water Park, Near Khadakwasla Dam, Pune, Maharashtra 411024, India.

  • 33Tulsi Baug Market

    Tulsi Baug Market

    Tulsi Baug or basil garden is a famous, crowded area in Pune city that is vibrant with locals as well as tourists who come to shop on the streets and visit the temples located here. Since it is located at the centre of the city, the access to the place is quite easy and less time consuming. The historic temple precinct is the major attraction though the market is an unavoidable part of it. The large market and temple area located in the middle of the city attract thousands of people and they show the pulse of the city very well. You can reach Tulsi Baug with a drive for hardly 3 kilometers from Swargate station.

    Also, you can reach the spot via Bajirao Road, Laxmi Road and the road connecting Shanipar to Chhatrapati Shivaji Road. The temple here was built during the reign of the Peshwas after the famous battle of Panipat in 1761. The construction of the temple started in 1763 and completed in 1795 and it spreads across an area of one acre. The crowded market is a place where a large number of people come every day in order to shop or just stroll around. It is located in front of the famous Vishrambaug Wada and there you get different types of Maharashtrian items ranging from the traditional cooking items to jewellery and household goods.

    Also, there are multiple restaurants and hotels where you can taste the delicious food items. Amidst the crowd, you can find the best shops to buy things at a reasonable price and this is a hotspot to spend ample time watching the varieties of rare items. The unlimited collection of ladies items have a huge number of admirers here. Imitation jewellery, bangles, ear rings, footwear and similar colourful items get a lot of buyers every day.

    Tulsi Baug Market entry timings: You can visit the market on all days from 11:00 am to 09:00 pm and it will take around 3 hours minimum to enjoy all the sights in the market and shopping.

    Tulsi Baug Market entry fee: There is no entry fee applicable to enter the market.

    Tulsi Baug Market location: Budhwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411002, India.

  • 34Appu Ghar Amusement Park

    Appu Ghar Amusement Park

    Appu Ghar Amusement Park in Pune is a renowned attraction that keeps on calling out the tourists as well as the locals to come and enjoy the beauty presented here in the park. It boasts being the first amusement park came into existence in Pune and that is was in 1984. The name of the park came so interestingly; Appu was the name of an elephant which was a mascot for the Asian Games held in 1982 in Delhi. Appu Ghar Amusement Park is located in Nidgi, Pune and the other name of the park is Indira Gandhi Udyan which was earlier used to be known as Bund Garden. The park offers an umpteen number of fun rides, a serene lake and hilly terrains and thus it is also called the mini Disney Land of Pune.

    The environment of the park is absolutely beautiful that gives the location a vibrant charm. The park holds rides for everyone, be it kids, as well as adults and some of them, are really thrilling like a roller coaster, My Fair Lady etc. The helicopter, Appu Express, Gammat Girki, kiddy boat, Jumping Frog etc are a few of the kids’ rides available here. All the rides in the park are imported from Italy after testing the quality and international safety measures. The amusement park is a perfect holiday destination for families. There is a huge parking space outside the park for 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers.

    Appu Ghar Amusement Park entry timings: Visit the park anytime between 12:00 Noon to 08:00 pm on all days of the week.

    Appu Ghar Amusement Park Entry fee: Rs.30 per person to enter the park but without any rides. Rs.300 per person for adults for the entry fee and all rides. Rs.250 for a child for the entry fee along with all rides.

    Appu Ghar Amusement Park location: No.23 Pradhikaran Sector Indira Gandhi Udyan Nigdi, Pune, Maharashtra, 411044, India.

    Other: Here are some other amusement park in Pune that will really amuse you.

  • 35Empress Garden

    Empress Garden

    A famous garden in Pune is the Empress Garden managed by the Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India. Since 1880, the Empress Garden was under this society and it has been maintained well with the aim to nurture and protect the rare flora of the region. Sprawling across an area of 39 acres, the garden encompasses many varieties of trees, plants and flowers. Also, there will be flower shows and other similar programmes organised by the Agri-Horticultural Society in order to create an awareness among the people regarding the conservation and preservation of the rare species of flora.

    The landscaped garden is a piece of beauty that amuses the visitors well and it displays lush green lawns, different types of flora and fauna collection, a play area attracting kids as well as a snack shack. There is a stream of water flowing throughout the garden which adds more beauty to the garden than we can imagine. The history of the garden says that the ownership of the garden was passed onto the hands of the Government in 1838 and later in 1845, it was further changed and came into the hands of Sir Charles Napier. Then on, the garden bore another name as the Garden of Dr Don. Afterwards, the garden was named as Empress Garden in honour of Queen Victoria when she won the title, Empress of India.

    During the colonial period under the British, many British soldiers used to come and visit the garden for recreational purposes. Thus it started known as the Soldier’s Garden. The garden was well protected and still, it amuses the visitors with its non-decayed charm and spell. To penetrate into the much-awaited peace and tranquillity and thus evaporate the boredom of the mundane life, people arrive at the garden on a large scale.

     Empress Garden entry timings: The garden is open on all days from 09:30 am to 06:30 pm.

     Empress Garden Entry fee: The entry fee is Rs.10 per person above 3 years old.

     Empress Garden location:Near Race Course, Kavade Mala, Ghorpadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India.

  • 36Mulshi Lake and Dam

    Mulshi Lake and Dam

    In the recent years, Mulshi Lake and Dam have been reformed to be one of the major tourist destinations in Pune and those who love to capture the pleasant pictures of nature at its best flood toward this lake and dam built on the famous Mula River. It is located in the Mulshi Taluka administrative division of the Pune district. The water from the dam is taken to use for irrigation and producing electricity at the Bhira hydroelectric power plant. The power plant is operated by Tata Power. The station is operating six 25 MW Perton turbines and one 150 MW Pumped Storage Unit. An inimitable gateway to the precious nature filled by the Sahyadri ranges, Koraigadh and Dhangad Fort and other major attractions is the dam and lake.

    The lake and dam can be witnessed from a nearby village that is Valanewadi, located about 6 kilometres away from Mulshi. It is also a perfect spot for birding, nature walk, photography and trekking near Pune because of the pristine nature’s influence on the location so well. During monsoon, the lake and dam will be overflowing and the gushing water produces some soothing voices enough to let any perplexed mind to be relaxed. Hence people come to enjoy the beauty of the lake and dam during the heavy rainy season.

    Mulshi Lake and Dam entry timings: It is open from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm.

    Mulshi Lake and Dam entry fee: No entry fee is applicable to visit the dam and lake.

    Mulshi Lake and Dam location: Mulshi Taluk, Pune, Maharashtra 412108, India.

  • 37Peacock Bay

    Peacock Bay
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    Peacock Bay is a famed spot in Pune, located as a part of Khadakwasla dam’s lake and it is owned by the National Defence Academy in Pune. It is known to be the nerve centre of all watermanship training programmes. A large number of peacocks found near the location is the reason why it is called Peacock Bay. This picturesque bay has all the facilities to train the cadets. It includes an extensive arrangement of seamanship training equipment, sailing boats of all sorts, speed boats, water skis, whalers, dinghies, windsurfers and cutters. Also, the bay is made beautiful by the presence of other species such as deer, Lion-tailed monkeys, civets etc. The lake covers an area of 501 square kilometres and its depth is measured to be 40 to 120 feet. The bay is famous for hosting many events such as annual national inland championship, open lake swimming competition and so on.

    Many adventure lovers arrive here to partake in different water sports as it is a celebrated destination for adventure water sports. It is located around 12 kilometres away from Pune and situated on the famous Mutha River.  The Khadakwasla Lake is a dam as well built on Mutha River and it is emerged out of a confluence of Ambi and Mose rivers. The lake is a major source of fresh water that fulfils the need of the Pune city to an extent. Peacock Bay near this dam is an authentic offbeat location that lures the minds of those who come here and provides them with the most peaceful atmosphere and pleasant scenery.

    Peacock Bay entry timings: There is no specified time to visit the bay but it is always advised to visit the location either in the morning or in the evening.

    Peacock Bay entry fee: No entry fee is applicable to visit Peacock Bay.

    Peacock Bay location: Peacock Bay, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra.

  • 38Baner Pashan Biodiversity Park

    Baner Pashan Biodiversity Park

    A well-acclaimed protected region is the renowned Baner Pashan Biodiversity Park around 200 hectares. It is under development in the Baner and Pashan suburbs of Pune by the Pune Municipal Corporation. The park is constructed with an aim to protect the biodiversity near and around the Baner Hill and the Pashan Hill. Due to the heavy construction of IT Park and other urban development, the hills and their suburbs lost a lot of trees and they were affected severely due to the deforestation and other environmental exploitation.

    The Pashan Hills are sprawling across a large area of the hilly region in the city and there is a vast opportunity to use these hills as a protected greenery of the city. The development of the park is happening rapidly due to the massive deforestation and similar destructions. In order to retain the purity of the nature is the construction of the park at these spots. Baner Hill is the third highest point within the city, located at an elevation of 678 meters and it is surpassed by the Vetal Hill and the Surtarwadi Hills. The hills have witnessed an enthusiastic plantation drive taken up by the locals and other volunteers.

    Pashen Hill is the spur of Baner Hill. It is located at a height of 660 meters above sea level. The attempt to make the place greener is happening on these hills as well and thus now, it is a great spot to spend some good time with the family along with breathing in the fresh air as well as watching some rare species of birds. Still, both the hills are not protected properly as the locals complain so that there are security issues are prevailing. There is a lake called Pashan Talav which is a catchment area. It is not a natural water body but constructed across a small rivulet and this is a major source of water for the people living in the region.

  • 39Chaturshringi Temple

    Chaturshringi Temple
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    Chattushringi Temple in Pune is a renowned Hindu temple in the region located on the slope of a hill on Senapati Bapat Road. The history says that the temple was built during the rule of the Maratha King Shivaji. Now, the temple is under the administration of Chattushringi Devasthan trustees. Chattushringi means a mountain with four peaks and the temple on the slopes is 90 feet tall and 125 feet wide. It is a symbol of power and faith. You can reach the temple only after climbing 100 steps and also there are other temples in the premises dedicated to Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesh. These temples are located on the four different hillocks and there is the temple of Vital Maharaj at the Baner Pashan end.

    The legend about the temple says that it was built by an ardent devotee of Goddess Saptashrungi, Durlabhseth Pitambardas Mahajan. The temple had undergone several restorations in the later years. It is famous for the fair happens every year at the foothills on the eve of Navratri when thousands of people come to worship the idol of the temple, Goddess Chaturshringi. Since it is a holy shrine, the visitors and locals come only to worship the goddess but the beautiful views of the slopes are quite picturesque so that it attracts many nature lovers also to the peak and the temple.

    Chattushringi Temple Entry Timings: The temple will be open on all days of the week from 06:00 am to 09:00 pm.

    Chattushringi Temple Entry fee: There is no entry fee to enter the temple.

    Chattushringi Temple location: 1, Chattushringi, Senapati Bapat Road, Pashan, Pune, Maharashtra 411016.

  • 40Khadakwasla


    Khadakwasla Dam is a primary attraction located at Khadakwasla, the location where the NDA is. The dam is built on the Mutha River, situated about 20 kilometres from Pune city. The dam has created a beautiful lake known as Khadkawasla Lake. The lake is the main source of water for the city and its suburbs. The largest lake in the region is Mushi Lake which is located about 50 kilometres away from Khadakwasla. Near the dam, there is the famous National Defence Academy, the Institute of Advanced Technology. Also, there is the popular Sinhagad Fort and the twin dams of Panshet and Varasgaon which supply water for irrigation.

    The Khadakwasla Dam was burst in 1961 and that was the greatest ever natural disaster that affected Pune for a while. But it was not blown up but collapsed at the point of greatest impulsive force. The dam is measured to be 1.6 kilometres long and the river on which the dam is built begins from the confluence of the two rivers, Ambi and Mose. The backwaters of the Khadakwasla is around 22 kilometres and it is widened up to 250 to 1000 meters.

    The dam possesses 11 radial sluice gates and six irrigation outlets and they flow into two canals. The birth of this dam and the lake is a great history. The man-made lake was built by Captain Fife RE of the British Army who had recommended a high-level reservoir at Khadakwasla in 1863. Thus, the lake has another name as well that is Lake Fife. The area is beautified with natural serenity and people come to visit the dam for a leisurely, peaceful time. The Sinhagad Fort located near is also a favourite tourist spot as it is suitable for cycling.

    Khadakwasla Dam entry timings: The dam can be visited any time round the year and there is no special timing.

    Khadakwasla Dam Entry fee: There is no entry fee is applicable to visit the dam.

    Khadakwasla Dam location: Khadakwasla Dam, near Khadakwasla Village, off Sinhagad Road, Maharashtra 411024.

  • 41Vetal Tekdi

    Vetal Tekdi
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    A prominent hill in the city limits of Pune is Vetal Hill which is the highest point at an elevation of 2600 feet. Vetala temple is also located on the top of the hill and that is how the hill got its name as Vetal Hill. Adventure seekers come here in plenty to escape from the hustles and bustles of the city and it is a great morning trek location. Near the temple, there is an observation desk set up by the Indian Forest Department. Vetal Tekdi is the Marathi name and from the hilltop, one can watch the Pune city as a whole on a clear day. The hill is a part of Bhamburda Van Vihar on the western side of Pune Municipal Corporation.

    Vetal Tekdi has two spurs named Fergusson College Hill and Chatturshrungi Hill. There is one access road that takes people up the hill from the south. Also, a public parking lot is located along the road but the access to it is restricted to between 08:30 am and 05:30 pm. The area has been undergoing some anthropogenic activities for last some years- plantation of many exotic species, urban development, deforestation etc are a few of the activities that make the hill important.

    Currently, Vetal Hill is an area protected by the India Forestry Department and the State Forest Department and Pune Municipal Corporation have done a lot of afforestation programmes on a large scale and thus now the hill accommodates different species of flora and fauna. If you plan to trek to the hill, then try to carry drinking water and snacks. There are three ways or direction to reach the hill; from Kothrud, Pashan, Chaturshringi.

    Vetal Hill entry timings: There is no particular timing to visit the hill but it is advised to trek up the hill before dawn to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and the unbeatable serenity.

    Vetal Hill entry fee: No entry fee is applicable to trek the hill up.

    Vetal Hill location: Pashan, Pune 411038, Maharashtra.

  • 42Dagdusheth Halwai Temple

    Dagdusheth Halwai Temple

    A famous Ganesha temple in Pune is Shreemath Dagdusheth Halwai Temple which is a major attraction in Maharashtra. The temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. The annual ten-day celebrations named Ganeshotsav is the main festival conducted at the temple when celebrities and ministers arrive to pay tribute to the Lord. The main idol is insured for a sum of Rs.10 million. Dagadusheth Halwai was the founder of the temple who was a trader, businessman and a sweet maker. He was from Karnataka and settled in Pune long ago. But his son died due to an epidemic and afterwards he and his wife fell into steep depression and to heal themselves, they were advised to build a Ganesh temple by their Guru Shri Madhavnath Maharaj.

    The construction of the temple was finished in1893. The great leader Lokmanya Tilak was a contemporary of Dagdusheth and a close friend of him. He had the idea of celebrating Ganesh festival at the temple and then onwards, it became an epoch-making event. The beautiful temple has Jay and Vijay, the two sentinels made of marble attracts the millions of hearts coming to visit the temple. The temple was constructed very simply so that the idol of Ganesha can be seen from outside. The idol is huge with 7.5 feet height and 4 feet width. It was made more beautiful by adding nearly 8 kilogrammes of gold. Devotees of the temple offered money and gold regularly and heaps of coconuts are also a special offer done by the people.

    Shreemanth Dagdusheth Halwai Temple Entry Timings: The temple is open on all days from 06:00 am to 11:00 pm.

    Shreemanth Dagdusheth Halwai Temple Entry fee: There is no entry fee to be paid to enter the temple. Special poojas and offerings may cost differently.

    Shreemanth Dagdusheth Halwai Temple location: Ganpati Bhavan, 250, Budhvar Peth, Shivaji Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411002.

  • 43Katraj Snake Park

    Katraj Snake Park

    Katraj Snake Park is well known as the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park or simply the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo located near the city of Pune. It is administered by the Pune Municipal Corporation. An extensive park spreads across 130 acres is divided into three parts; an animal orphanage, a snake park and a zoo with a variety of animals and snakes. Also, it vehemently protects a 42-acre wide Katraj Lake. A major tourist attraction is the snake park which has a large collection of rare species of snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. The park is an intricate display of more than 22 species of snakes with 10 species of reptiles. More than 150 individuals are living in harmony under this sections.

    A 13 foot long King Cobra catches the eyes of the visitors as it is the main attraction in the park.  The park came into existence in 1986 under the guidance of Mr Neelam Kumar Khaire who sought help from the Pune Municipal Corporation and the Katraj Snake Park became the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park. There are some festivals organised in the park in order to raise awareness among the people about the snakes and make them relieved from the fears of snakes. Nag Panchami is a celebration day on which there are multiple programmes to discourage ill treatment of snakes.

    For animal lovers, the Katraj Snake Park is an absolute point to spend time and watch these gentle animals in their special habitats. You can visit the park all year around. Though the snake park is a part of the zoo, you will be able to visit the other two zoos which accommodate different animals altogether. This is a brilliant chance to spot the rare species we are not accessed to visit in their natural habitat. It is always advised to take a guide with you while you walk around.

    The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park entry timings: It is open on all days from 09:30 am to 05:00 pm.

    The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park entry fee: For adults, the entry fee is 15 INR and for children, it is 5 INR. For foreign nationals, it is Rs.25/-

    The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park location: Pune-Satara Road, Near Bharatiya Vidyapeeth, Katraj, Pune, Maharashtra – 411046.

  • 44Pu La Deshpande Garden

    Pu La Deshpande Garden

    One of the largest gardens in Pune is Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden aka Pu La Deshpande Udyan. It is situated on Sinhagad Road in Pune, Maharashtra. The garden’s entry was due to the inspiration of 300-year-old Okayama’s Koraku-en Garden and thus it took the name Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden. The major attraction in the garden is the uncanny natural flow of water from a canal that is spreading across the garden. The beautifully landscaped garden but won’t allow you to walk around the lawn. The garden is sprawling across an area of 10 acres that is enhanced by the presence of beautiful serenity. 

    The garden paths paved inside will be the one which people can walk through and enjoy the beauty of the garden. Also, the landscape seems to be changing as you walk along. In the centre, there is a bridge from which you can enjoy the colourful fish collection in the pool. Another fact that is interesting about the garden is its name that has been named after Pu La Deshpande who is a famous Marathi writer from Maharashtra. Remember, you cannot take any eatables inside the garden and of course, there is a paid parking space available outside. Along with the different attractions in the garden, it occupies a well-maintained children’s play area to keep them engaged.

    There is a phase 2 for this garden, the Mughal Garden which replicates the Mughal Garden in Rashtrapathi Bhavan. There are Surya Namaskar statues as well and those were opened to the public on 19th June 2017. Although photography is strictly prohibited, you can get permission to do so from Sambhaji Uddan on J.M. Road.

    Pu La Deshpande Garden entry timings: It is open on all days from 06:00 am to 08:00 pm.

    Pu La Deshpande Garden Entry fee: The entry fee for adults is Rs.10 and for a monthly pass, you can pay Rs.100 and get it. For foreigners, the entry fee is Rs.50 and for children it is Rs.5. Entry for visually impaired and physically challenged people is free.

    Pu La Deshpande Garden location: Sinhagad Road, Dattawadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411030.

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