Formerly called Poona, Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra and ranks as the most livable city of India. Known as the ‘Oxford of the East’, Pune is the major IT hub of India as well as one of the top automobile and industrial hubs in India. Apart from this, the city has a fusion background of culture, business, health, cuisine, and tourism. There are a variety of places to visit in Pune like many good museums, gardens and parks, historical monuments, hill forts, dams and many more.
Here’s a list of the places to visit in Pune:
Shaniwarwada is a historic place in Pune, built-in 1732, and is one of the most favored tourist destinations in Pune. It was the central headquarter of Peshwas of the Maratha empire and it was from here that they ruled till 1818. Shaniwarwada was a huge structure with a seven-storied building. It was destroyed due to a huge fire and leaving back only the remnants. It is a popular tourist place in Pune.
- Aga Khan Palace
Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892. It is an important tourist place in Pune due to its historic importance. This place was a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and his wife with his secretary Mahadev Desai and also Sarojini Naidu, during the Indian freedom movement. It is at this place where Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai died.
In 2003 this palace was declared as a monument of National importance by the Archaeological Survey of India. It also acts as the headquarters of the Gandhi National Memorial Society. This place holds memories, photos, and portraits of the life of Mahatma Gandhi and some other important figures of the Indian freedom struggle.
- Lal Mahal
Lal Mahal known as the Red Palace is another famous tourist place in Pune. It was founded by Shahaji Bhosale, Shivaji’s father for his wife and son in 1630. Shivaji Maharaj lived here for a very long time till he captured his first fort. The current structure of Lal Mahal is a reconstructed one as it has undergone several destructions. Everyone knows the incident for which Lal Mahal became famous. At Lal Mahal that Shivaji had cut fingers of Shaista Khan when Shaista Khan had tried to escape from the window of the Mahal. The monument is located in the heart of the city near Shaniwarwada and is another popular tourist destination in Pune.
- Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is the most famous tourist place in India, built by Baba Dinkar Kelkar in 1962. The museum has three floors that display different types of sculptures, instruments, weapons, paintings, vessels, handicrafts, articles, etc. The museum displays the different types of material found in different parts of India from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection of the museum was donated by Dr. Kelkar to the Government of Maharashtra in 1975 after which it was opened to the public to provide the proper knowledge on the artistic and creative values of India. Currently, in the museum, there are more than 20000 objects out of which 2500 only are on display. It is a treat for art lovers.
- Parvati Hill
The Parvati Hill houses many temples and was built during the times of the Peshwas. It is located at around 2100 feet above sea level. It has a museum that showcases the glory of the Peshwa rulers. The best part of the Parvati Hills is the beautiful view of the sunset that is seen from the top of the hill. It has the Samadhi of Nanasaheb Peshwa. It is a great place with abundant greenery to escape into nature. The place is also popular for trekking and morning walks for the people that reside nearby. It is a treat for people who love nature and its scenery.
- Pataleshwar Cave Temple
Built-in the 8th century is a popular tourist place in Pune. The temple is a treat to the tourist as it is carved in a single rock. As the name suggests it is built for the God of Patal. The drawings and the carvings in the surrounding of the temple add to the glory of the structure. There is a museum here that has a grain of rice preserved which has 5000 letters inscribed on it. This holds a record in the Guinness book of world records. People come here to find peace and serenity away from the chaos of the city.
- Shivneri Fort
Shiveneri fort was built in the 17th century and is located near Junnar in Pune. It is the birthplace of Shivaji Maharaj the founder of the Maratha empire. Shivneri is a huge fort with huge doors and strong walls that were built to protect Shivaji. It gives a spectacular view of the surroundings from the top of the fort.
- Sinhagad Fort
Sinhagad Fort is a fort that is 2000 years old, located 25 km from the main city of Pune. The fort was earlier known as Kondhana. It was captured by the Maratha empire and thereafter named Sinhagad as the name means the fort of the lion who fought for the fort. The fort gives a beautiful view of the Sahyadris from the top of the cliff. It is an attraction for travelers due to the glorious history of the Maratha empire.
- Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park
This zoological park houses a variety of animals ranging from deers, tigers, bears, elephants, and several birds like peacocks, parrots, owls, etc. It also has a snake park with a variety of snakes. It also has a lake where fun activities like boating are carried out. The zoo is so big that it takes one complete day to have a complete tour of the park.
- Pune Okayama Friendship Garden
Pune Okayama Friendship Garden also known as Pu La Deshpande Garden is a popular tourist place in Pune. It is spread across 10 acres of land that is developed using a Japanese theme. It is the biggest Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan. The garden is built in such a beautiful way with natural and manmade features tuned impressively. The garden has a canal running midst of the garden with many colorful fishes in it. It offers such a serene and beautiful view to the visitors and gives a calm and happy experience to the visitors. It is a must-visit for the tourists visiting Pune.
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