For those looking to explore a city with a perfect blend of old and new, age old traditions & cultures and the attributes of a metropolitan city, there’s no better place than Pune. The city is often referred as the cultural capital of Maharashtra and also Oxford of East. The diverse history and beautiful landscapes of Pune give it s distinctive edge over the other tourist destinations in India. Here are some of the most impressive tourist attractions in Pune.
Located in the middle of the city is the historic monument names Shaniwar Wada. The building was built by the successors of Shivaji in 1736. In the year 1827 most of the monument was destroyed by the massive fire and today it is the centre of Pune’s culture and a famous tourist attraction.
Parvati Hill temples
The Parvati temple is located on the top of the hill. One has to climb nearly 108 stair steps to reach the temple. The temple was built by Balaji Baji Rao and is the last resting place for Nana Saheb Peshwa.
The OSHO Ashram is one of the largest meditation resort in India dedicated to Bhagvan Rajneesh who is a spiritual teacher. Tourists across the world visit the ashram and meditate. The Ashram also celebrates OSHO festival which is one of the major festivals celebrated in Pune and it attracts visitors all over the world.
Aga Khan Palace
The Aga Khan Palace hold an important incident in Indian history. During the Quit India Movement Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi were held intern in this palace by the British rulers. The palace showcases the rare photographs of the freedom movement and the freedom fighters.
The fort was built by Shivaji and the literal meaning of Sinhgad is Lion Fort. The Fort was amongst the undestroyed forts of Maharashtra as its given protection by the steep slopes. The fort has seen many important battles out of which the battle of Sinhagad was the most important one that took place in 1670.
The Saras Bagh is another famous tourist attraction in Pune City. It was built by Bajiro II and it has one Ganesh Temple that stands amidst the garden. It also contains a small lake and today Saras bag is a favorite place for youngsters to hangout and elders to take an evening walk.
Vishram Bagh Wada
The Vishram Bagh is the remains of once wooden palace that was located in the old city of Pune. Today the Vishram bagh is situated in the middle of Lakshmi road which is the major market area of the city and is very congested as well.
The Chtuhshringi Mata temple is located on the top of a hill. The temple is situated on the Senapati Bapat Road in Pune.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha (The elephant Head God) and is located near Lakshmi Road. The temple is one of the major religious places of the city. Every year thousands of devotees pay their homage during the Ganesh Chaturthi which is the major festival celebrated in the city.
A beautiful lake and a dam situated on the way to Sinhgad. It is a perfect place to spend an evening with friends and family. A popular picnic spot in Pune. The best time to visit Khadagwasala is during monsoon. The scenic beauty is mesmerizing.
These caves are believed to be century old. There exists an 8th century rock cut temple at Shivajinagar. A popular spot in Pune frequented by locals and tourists from all parts of the country.
Mahatma Phule Museum
The museum was established in the year 1890 and showcases various industrial products, agricultural articles and handicrafts used in that era. A visit to the museum gives an idea about what kind of tools and industrial products were used that time.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
This museum is built in the Rajasthani style of architecture and exhibits 2000 year old pottery, traditional lamps, paintings and other ancient artifacts. A must visit for people interested in artifacts and pottery.
Popularly referred to as the Oxford of East. Pune University is one of the premier and the oldest Universities in India. The total area covered by the sprawling campus is about 411 acres.