Pune


Places to see in Pune (Maharashtra)

Pune spelled Poona during British rule is the second largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai.

Tourist Places in Pune (Maharashtra)
A water color painting of Pune dating back to the late Peshwa era by British artist, Henry Salt. The picture clearly depicts the towering Sinhagad Fort in the background

Poona Gazetter explains that this city is situated on the confluence of Mula River and Mutha River. The confluence of two rivers is called as ‘Punya’. From ‘Punya’ with time it became Pune. It is also referred as Punyanagari. The oldest mention of the city is found inscribed on a 937 AD Rashtrakuta Dynasty copper plate, which refers to the town as Punya-Vishaya meaning Sacred News. By the 13th century, it had come to be known as Punawadi.

Pune is situated at a height of 560 m (1,840 ft) above sea level on the western margin of the Deccan plateau. The city's total area is 729 square kilometres (281 square miles).

Pune was the largest military camp for the British, and the architecture in the Cantonment area is reminiscent of that era.

Pune spelled Poona during British rule is the second largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai and the seventh most populous city in India. Pune was the centre of power of the Maratha Empire established by Shivaji Maharaj. In the 18th century, Pune was the political centre of the Indian subcontinent, as the seat of the Peshwas who were the prime ministers of the Maratha Empire.

Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The game of Badminton was developed in Pune and the game's earlier name was Poona.



Places to see in Pune


1. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is a priceless treasure donated by Padmashree Late Dr. D.G. alias Kakasaheb Kelkar to the Government of Maharashtra in 1975. The museum now holds over 20,000 objects of which 2,500 are on display. The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum holds the collected works of Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar (1896–1990). This museum is dedicated to the memory of his only son, Raja. The three-storey building houses various sculptures dating back to the 14th century. There are also ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments, war weapons and different types of vessels. It contained around 15,000 objects.

The museum is housed in a Rajasthani style building situated close to the hustle and bustle of the busy Bajirao Road. Mastani Mahal which was brought and erected as it was from its original form is a masterpiece amongst its other exhibits [Mastani (Died 1740 CE) was the daughter of Maharaja Chhatrasal, the founder of the state of Panna in Bundelkhand and the second wife of the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao I.]. Their website: rajakelkarmuseum.com

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune, Maharashtra
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune, Maharashtra

2. Aga Khan Palace

This palace was built by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Agakhan III in the year 1892. He was elected as the President of the League of Nations in 1938 and was well renowned in the field of politics and sports. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, the British jailed Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi and his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944 in this palace. The palace was later donated to Government of India by Aga Khan IV in 1969 in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba who died in this palace. This palace is one of the biggest landmarks in Indian history. It has Italian arches and spacious lawns. The building comprises five halls. The palace was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighbouring areas of Pune, who were severely hit by famine. Here you can see a photographic exhibition of various epochs in the freedom movement. You can see very rare black & white photos as well as paintings. Don’t forget to visit Samadhi of Kasturba Gandhi which is in the backyard. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) declared the place as a monument of national importance in 2003. The famous movie 'Gandhi' was shot here. It is located on Nagar road, beyond Fitzgerald Bridge.

Aga Khan Palace, Pune, Maharashtra
Aga Khan Palace, Pune, Maharashtra

3. Shaniwar Wada

This palace was built by the successors of Shivaji, the Peshwas in 1732. A massive fire destroyed the building in 1827. The surviving structures are now maintained as a tourist site. Most of the palace interiors also got destroyed. Shaniwarwada has five gates:Dilli Darwaza, Mastani Darwaja (Aliibahadur Darwaja), Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Jambhul Darwaja (Narayan Darwaja). The walls in the palace were painted with scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. A sixteen petal lotus-shaped fountain stands reminiscent of the exquisite work of those times. The historical structure which stands as an important chapter in the history of the Maratha empire, is now maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). There is an impressive 'Light & Sound Show' in three languages Marathi, Hindi and English every day evening. Shaniwar Wada was featured in the 2015 Hindi historical film Bajirao Mastani. This palace is situated in the heart of the city next to Deccan Gymkhana, Shivajinagar, and Laxmi Road.

Shaniwar Wada, Pune, Maharashtra
Shaniwar Wada, Pune, Maharashtra

4. Pataleshwar Caves

Pataleshwar Caves on Jungli Maharaj Road are 8th century cave temples dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar (God of the Underworld). The temple has been carved out of a single boulder (basalt rock) of awe inspiring size; the place has massive pillars, which are the splendour of the temple caves. The shrine out there is dedicated to Shiva and the Nandi. This is the oldest monument in Pune, which is over 1300 years old. The cave is located in the middle of the busy thoroughfare of Jangli Maharaj Road.

Pataleshwar Caves, Pune, Maharashtra
Pataleshwar Caves, Pune, Maharashtra

5. Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple

Dagadusheth Halwai (Dagadusheth Gadve) who originally came from Karnataka and settled in Pune was Lingayat trader and Sweet maker (Halwai in Marathi). Halwai became his surname after he gained fame as a Halwai. You can visit his original Halwai shop which still exists under the name “Kaka Halwai” near Datta Mandir in Pune. He was a successful sweet seller and a rich businessman. In late 1800s, his son died in a plague epidemic. This caused Dagdusheth and his wife to go into deep depression. To heal themselves, their Guru, Shri Madhavnath Maharaj recommended building a Ganesh temple. Lokmanya Tilak, the Indian Nationalist leader and a contemporary of Dagdusheth, was a close friend of him. Tilak saw his dedication and also the construction of the temple and it was here that the idea of celebrating public Ganesh festival encouraged him. It proved to be a great event in Indian history. The Halwai Ganapati Trust carries out charitable work from the donations received. The trust operates an old age home called Pitashree at Kondhwa in Pune. Their website is www.dagdushethganpati.com

Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, Pune, Maharashtra
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, Pune, Maharashtra

6. Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park & Wildlife Research Centre (Katraj Zoo)

The 130-acre is divided into three parts: an animal orphanage, a snake park, and a zoo, and includes the 42-acre Katraj Lake. In 1953 the Pune Municipal Corporation created Peshwe Park on about 7 acres (2.8 ha) where Madhavrao Peshwe had established a private menagerie in 1770 located in the heart of the city at the base of Parvati Hill. In 1986, Mr. Neelam Kumar Khaire, with help from the Pune Municipal Corporation, created the Katraj Snake Park on the proposed land of Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park. All of the animals from Peshwe Park were ultimately moved to the new site, and Peshwe Park was closed. It is located along the Pune-Satara Highway, near the Bharati Vidyapeeth University. Thier website is www.punezoo.gov.in

Katraj Snake Park - This snake park is home to a number of snakes and other reptiles like crocodiles. One can see Snakes of different shapes and sizes in the park. Information about snakes with pictures is displayed in a library within the park.

Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Pune, Maharashtra
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Pune, Maharashtra

7. Parvati Hill & Devdeveshwar Temple

Standing atop this small hill you get a straight down offers a panoramic view of Pune. 108 narrow steps will take you to the hill top temple constructed by Balaji Baji Rao. ‘Nagarkjana’ drum house is the imposing temple of Parvati and Devdeveshwar. This was once the private shrine of the Peshwas and also the final resting place of Nana Saheb Peshwa. The Parvati museum houses portraits of Peshwas, old manuscripts, coins and many other objects. The foremost temple, Devdeveshwara, is made of Blackstone. It was finished under Balaji Baji Rao, in 1749. Other temples in the hill are dedicated to Vitthal and Rukmini, Vishnu, Kartikeya and Rama. Besides the temple, you can see the Peshwa Museum. The samadhi of Balaji Baji Rao lies, where he spent the last moment of his life. Parvati water tank supplies water to the half of the city Pune.

Parvati Hill & Devdeveshwar Temple, Pune, Maharashtra
Parvati Hill & Devdeveshwar Temple, Pune, Maharashtra

8. Darshan Museum

The Darshan is dedicated to the noted Saint and scholar, Sadhu Vaswani. It offers an insight into the life and therefore the teachings of Sadhu Vaswani. It is built on a space of 10000 sq. feet; on the first floor of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission Building. This museum is actually a light and sound show incorporating unique 3D holographic technologies, based on the life of Sadhu Vaswani. It's a 100 minute show that takes you through the saint's life story via different sets where the story unfolds. Encompassing universal wisdom from his life, this show is a technological marvel and creative treat. It uses probably the only implementation of Pepper's Ghost in the country to create real to life 3D where the set is real but the people who enact the scene are projections of light. Apart from the technology, the museum houses a huge spectrum of artwork that's used to build the sets that are a treat to see. The Darshan Museum is a must visit for anyone visiting the city. It is located close to the Pune Railway Station at Sadhu Vaswani Chowk. Their website is www.darshan.net.in

Darshan Museum, Pune, Maharashtra
Darshan Museum, Pune, Maharashtra

9. Vishrambaug Wada

It was built during the 18th century was the luxurious residence of Peshwa Bajirao II, the last Peshwa of Maratha confederacy a descendant of Shivaji the Peshwa. Vishrambaug Wada is a three-storeyed mansion with its famous entrance and well known for its elaborate wooden facade which symbolises and tells tales of Pune's rich culture and heritage. The 20,000 sq. ft. Wada is now serving as a post office; this place has carved woodwork in its balcony and is located on Bajirao Road. This Wada has a small museum of Maratha artefacts put together by noted Maratha historian, Babasaheb Purandare.

Vishrambaug Wada, Pune, Maharashtra
Vishrambaug Wada, Pune, Maharashtra

10. Mahatma Phule Wada

The Wada was the residence of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and is built in 1852. Mahatma Phule was in favour of girl-child education. He contributed in many fields including abolition of untouchability and the caste system, women's emancipation and the reform of Hindu family life. On 24 September 1873, Phule, along with his followers, formed the Satyashodhak Samaj (Society of Seekers of Truth) to attain equal rights for people from lower castes. He was the first person to open a school for girls and his wife was the first lady teacher. Mahatma Phule used to live here with his wife. The house was converted to a museum with photographs of Mahatma Phule with his wife. Inside the wada is a well and it is known that he had opened the well to the backward classes so that they could easily fill drinking water from it. It is in Ganj Peth, which is a few kms away from Pune station. To know more abour him visit - http://www.mahatmaphule.com

Mahatma Phule Wada, Pune, Maharashtra
Mahatma Phule Wada, Pune, Maharashtra

11. Mahatma Phule Museum

The museum was founded in 1890 and was then called the Poona Industrial Museum, and afterwards it was named Lord Reay Museum. In 1968 it was again renamed as Mahatma Phule Museum. You can see various industrial products, agricultural and handicraft articles in this museum, which was established in 1890. It is situated on Ghole Road, in Shivaji Nagar.


12. Shinde Chatri

Shinde Chatri houses the Samadhi of Shrimant Mahadji Shinde who served as the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army under the Peshwas from 1760 to 1780. The Shiv mandir in the temple campus was built by Shrimant Mahadji in 1794. He passed away the same year and his last rites were performed here. The temple campus including the Samadhi was later built by Madhavrao Sindhia in 1965. It is maintained by Sindhia Devasthan Trust, Gwalior. Chhatri means umbrella in Marathi. As a sign of respect to the great warrior, visitors are required to close their umbrellas inside the premises, even if it is raining. Located in Wanowrie area.

Shinde Chatri, Pune, Maharashtra
Shinde Chatri, Pune, Maharashtra

13. Sarasbaug and Ganapati Temple

A garden with a Ganesh Temple stands in the middle was built by Peshwa Bajirao II. In 1784, Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa built a small temple in Sarasbaug and installed the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak Gajanan, the God he worshipped. The place was once occupied by a lake which dried out and later developed into Saras Baug. The Ganesh temple in Saras Baug used to be called as "Talyatla Ganapati" (Ganesh temple in the lake). The 25 acre complex was also the primary residence of the Peshwa family. This temple was used to discuss war strategy against the Nizam and the British. The Peshwa with his commander and the advisors used to go in the lake by boat to discuss the war plans. People also tell that the boats were driven by non-natives like Africans to maintain secrecy, as they did not understand the local language. In 1995, a small museum, displaying over a few hundred idols of Lord Ganesha, was added to the temple premises. Sarasbaug is located in the heart of the city, at walking distance from Swargate. It is around 4 kms from Deccan.

Sarasbaug and Ganapati Temple, Pune, Maharashtra
Sarasbaug and Ganapati Temple, Pune, Maharashtra

14. Tribal Museum

A unique museum only on tribal communities houses remarkable artefacts from the Sahyadri and Gondhwa regions of Maharashtra. The Tribal Museum has showcased the life of the Maharashtrian Tribal Communities. Here you can see excellent documentation via photographs and artefacts of the life and customs of the very unusual tribal people of Maharashtra are here. Located off Koregaon Road to the east of Pune Railway Station, Near the Don Bosco Bridge, (28 Queens Garden).


15. The National War Memorial Southern Command

The National War Memorial Southern Command is a war memorial in Pune Cantonment, dedicated to post-Independence war martyrs. The idea of the National War Memorial was first put forth in 1996. The citizens of Pune, under the sponsorship of the Express Citizens' Forum, set up the War Memorial fund. This is the only war memorial in South Asia which has been erected by citizens' contributions. The committee asked the citizens of the city to contribute to the fund. From the ordinary common citizen to the big corporate, everyone decided to contribute whole-heartedly for the museum. The Foundation was laid in November 1997 and inaugurated in October 1998. The memorial is a 25 ft stone pillar.


16. Savitribai Phule Pune University

The site of Poona University, stately mansions at Ganeshkhind built in Italian-Gothic style was the official residence of the Governor of Mumbai during the monsoon season. Founded in 1949. Spread over a 411 acres campus, the university is home to 43 academic departments. The 300m high tower beckons to all these who come here in the pursuit of higher education. Its location has historical significance. Some incidents of the Battle of Khirkee, during the Third Anglo-Maratha War, took place where the present-day university is located. The present-day main building was built in 1864 and was known as the Governor's House. Their website is - www.unipune.ac.in

Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra
Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra

17. Fergusson College

It was founded in 1885 by the Deccan Education Society and was the first privately governed college in India. The College has a beautiful tree-lined campus with smooth rolling hills in the background. The college is named after Scottish born Sir James Fergusson, the Governor of Bombay, who donated Rs 1,200. Their website is - www.fergusson.edu

Fergusson College, Pune, Maharashtra
Fergusson College, Pune, Maharashtra

18. Chaturshringi Temple

The Chattushringi Temple is located on the slope of a hill on Senapati Bapat Road. It is said to have been built during the reign of the Maratha king Shivaji. The temple is looked after by Chattushringi Devasthan Trustees. Chattushringi is a mountain with four peaks and Chattu means four. One has to climb more than 100 steps to reach the shrine of Goddess Chattushringi. In the temple premises there are also temples of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesh. This includes eight miniature idols of Ashtavinayaka. These small temples are located on the four separate hillocks. Also includes the temple of Vetal Maharaj at the Baner Pashan end. Their website is -www.chattushringidevasthanpune.org

Chaturshringi Temple, Pune, Maharashtra
Entrance of Chaturshringi Temple, Pune, Maharashtra

19. Bund Garden (Mahatma Gandhi Udyan)

This garden was built by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy, on the right bank of the Mula-Mutha to provide the poor with water during summer. The main attraction here is the evening boat rides, horse rides etc. Some years back a jogging track was added to the gardens increasing its popularity. These gardens located on the banks of the Mula-Mutha rivers (on the Airport road and very close to the Camp area) are a treat during winters with a number of migratory birds (2 km from the Pune Railway Station).

20. National Defence Academy (NDA)

In 1941, Lord Linlithgow, then Viceroy of India received a gift of £100,000 from a thankful Sudanese Government towards construction of a war memorial in recognition of the sacrifices of Indian troops in the liberation of Sudan in the East African Campaign during World War II. At the end of the war, Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck, then Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, drawing on experiences of the army during the war, led a committee to study various military academies around the world and submitted a report to the Government of India in Dec. 1946. The committee recommended the establishment of a Joint Services Military Academy, with training modelled on the United States Military Academy at West Point. After the independence of India in Aug. 1947, the Chiefs of Staff Committee immediately implemented the recommendations of the Auchinleck report. The committee initiated an action plan in late 1947 to commission a permanent defence academy and began the search for a suitable site. It also decided to set up an interim training academy, known as the Joint Services Wing (JSW), which was commissioned on 1 January 1949 at the Armed Forces Academy (now known as the Indian Military Academy) in Dehradun. Initially, after two years of training at the JSW, Army cadets went on to the Military wing of the AFA for two years of further pre-commission training, while the Navy and Air Force cadets were sent to Dartmouth and Cranwell in the United Kingdom for further training. Following partition, India's share of the monetary gift received from Sudan, amounted to £70,000 (the remaining £30,000 went to Pakistan). The Indian Army decided to use these funds to partly cover the cost of construction of the NDA. The foundation stone for the academy was laid by then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru on 6 October 1949. The National Defence Academy was formally commissioned on 7 December 1954, with an inauguration ceremony held on 16 January 1955. The JSW program was transferred from the IMA to the NDA. The administrative headquarters of the NDA was named the Sudan Block, in honour of the sacrifices of Indian soldiers in the Sudan theatre during the East African Campaign. It was inaugurated by then Ambassador of Sudan to India, Rahmatullah Abdulla, on 30 May 1959. The building is a 3-storey basalt and granite structure constructed with Jodhpur red sandstone. Its architecture features an exterior design comprising a blend of arches, pillars and verandahs, topped by a dome. The foyer has white Italian marble flooring and panelling on the interior walls. It is located about 17 km south-west of Pune city, north-west of Khadakwasla Lake. (Sourse: Wikipedia) Their website is - nda.nic.in

National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune, Maharashtra
National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune, Maharashtra

21. Osho International Meditation Resort

Osho defies categorization. His thousands of talks cover everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society today. Osho’s books are not written but are transcribed from audio and video recordings of his extemporaneous talks to international audiences. This beautiful campus has lush contemporary 40-acre meditation resort with its white marble pathways, elegant black buildings, abundant foliage and Olympic-sized swimming pool; it is the perfect setting to take time out for you. This is a place where you can simply relax and where you can also enjoy the company of visitors of all ages from over 100 countries. You can choose if you want to do something, or if you just want to rest, swim, and meditate or just to be there. You can learn simple Osho Active Meditations, techniques specifically designed for the contemporary over-charged mind and stress-impacted body. Ashram is located on Koregaon Park Road. Their website is www.osho.com

Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune, Maharashtra
Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune, Maharashtra

22. Katraj Jain Temple

The Jain temple was built in 20th century and one of the major Jain pilgrimage in Pune. This temple was constructed under direction of Shri Daulasagarji. Temple has rich architecture. Temple also has a dharamshala with modern facilities along with bhojanalya. You can visit this while visiting Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park & Wildlife Research Centre (Katraj Zoo) in Katraj.

Katraj Jain Temple, Pune, Maharashtra
Katraj Jain Temple, Pune, Maharashtra

23. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Swaminarayan, the founder of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, established temples, as part of his philosophy of theism and deity worship. These mandirs are known as Swaminarayan Hindu temples. Pune Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is an excellent piece of architecture. Path to main temple is lined with all sorts of beautiful items of decorations, flower bed, statues, tiles path etc. Big staircase leads you to the main temple. Inside walls of the temple are lined with beautiful murals & statues of saints and happenings in their lives. We felt at peace, spiritual on this occasion. Not a single iron item was used in construction of this huge temple. All the joinery of stone blocks was done on the lines of ancient traditions of putting together the pieces, especially carved with slots. It is very close to Pune, about 5 km from Katraj. It is situated on Pune-bypass road, which is highway from Mumbai to Bangalore. Swami Narayan organization has built many such temples around world. Details are available on their web siteTheir website is www.baps.org/Pune

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Pune, Maharashtra
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Pune, Maharashtra

24. Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railway

The museum hosts working models of various types of trains. It was started by Bhausaheb Joshi. The historical center was conceptualized and begun by B. S. Joshi, famously known as Bhausaheb Joshi. Through his youth interest of gathering and making models, he began taking a shot at this idea in the 1960s. He at first made portable working models, which he would set up in different urban communities for the general population to see. His first show occurred in Pune at the Gokhale Hall in 1982. In 1984 the design was shown in Mumbai and again in 1986, in Pune's Dastur High School. It was then that Joshi chose to have a lasting presentation to stay away from the burdens of portable models. The present design of the exhibition hall was created in 1991 and the historical center opened on 1 April 1998. After some time the format was developed with numerous increments of computerized controls and different models. The model prepares on presentation gone through a smaller than normal city and are given a child et lumière appear. The format incorporates 65 signals, wall, light posts, flyovers, and so on and can be controlled physically and in addition through a PC. In 2011 it has working models of "10 - 15" sorts of trains, including steam motors, the slug prepare and a smaller than usual sky-prepare. The exhibition hall's available proprietor is Dr. Ravi Joshi, Bhausaheb's child. Located in the Karve Road locality.

Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railway, Pune, Maharashtra
Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railway, Pune, Maharashtra

25. Gram Sanskruti Udyan Village Park

It walks you through the life of old rural Maharashtra. The tour consists of walking along a predetermined path. It is village like setup with houses along a road in village. Houses are small huts representing different inhabitants of different professions. Life like statues of farmer, weaver, teacher and few other professions people is note worthy. Mock market and Replica of house of head of village are impressive. A must visit place for children and parents who want to enjoy cultural and creative look in village environment. This park is a unique of its kind. There are numerous statues placed within the park displaying the lifestyle of different communities of rural India. An hour and a half is enough for complete tour. Located in Someshwarwadi Road, Pashan.

Gram Sanskruti Udyan Village Park, Pune, Maharashtra
Gram Sanskruti Udyan Village Park, Pune, Maharashtra

Other attractions in Pune

Balaji Mandir (www.sribalajimandirpune.com)

Khadakwasla Dam (It is a dam on the Mutha River 21 km from)

Blades of Glory Cricket Museum (www.bladesofglory.net)

Kamla Nehru Park (Situated on Dr. Ketkar road, Erandwana)

Taljai Hills (It is a lush, green hill. This place is also a known hot-spot for amateur bird watchers and ornithologists, with the Peacock being the star attraction.)

Parimal Udyan (Located opposite Cognizant Tower)

Ohel David Synagogue (Also called Lal Deval or Lal Deul is a synagogue in Pune, India. It is located on Moledina Road)

Vetal Hill (The hill is the highest point within the city limits)

Peshwe Park (Now it is an energy park that stresses the importance of renewable energy in today’s times.)

Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden (The garden was built in inspiration of 300-year-old Okayama's Kōraku-en Garden, so it is also called as Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden.)

Diamond Water Park (diamondwaterpark.com)

ISKCON New Vedic Cultural Center, NVCC (Located in Kondhwa about 12 kilometres south of Pune.)

Empress Botanical Garden (www.empressgarden.org)

Krushnai Water Park (krushnaiwaterpark.com)

Balaji Temple (Located in Dattawadi)

Chhatrapati Sambhaji Garden (pmc.gov.in/en/sambhaji-park)

Omkareshwar Mandir (Located near Balgandharv Bridge)

Peacock Bay (Peacock Bay is a part of Khadakwasla dam's lake. The name peacock bay is due to the large numbers of Peacocks found in this area.)

Ramdara Temple (It is located 10 km away from the Loni Kalbhor Village, off the Pune Solapur Highway.)

Places to see near Pune

1. Sinhagad and Khadakwasala

Sinhagad (Lion's Fort), previously known as Kondhana is a hill fortress situated 25 km southwest of Pune. According to archaeologists the fort could have been built 2000 years ago. The caves and the carvings in the Kaundinyeshwar temple inside the fort also suggest the same fact. Sinhagad witnessed many battles, especially the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670 fought by Tanaji Malusare, a general of Chhatrapati Shivaji. There is an anecdote that upon hearing of Tanaji's death, Chhatrapati Shivaji expressed his remorse with the words, "Gad aala, pan Sinha gela" - "The Fort is captured, but the Lion was lost" and it is thus that the fort got its name. The fort is situated on a hill about 760 metres above ground and 1,312 metres above mean sea level (MSL) on the edge on an isolated cliff of the Bhuleswar range in the Sahyadri Mountains. The Kalyan Darwaza and Pune Darwaza are two gates to enter the fort situated at the south east and north-east ends of the fort. The fortress was likewise deliberately situated at the focal point of a string of other Maratha possessed posts, for example, Rajgad Fort, Purandar Fort and Torna Fort. The local municipal transport service runs buses every hour from "Shaniwarwada" and "Swargate" to Donje village (at the Sinhagad foothills). The climbing route from both the sides of the fort can be covered in an hour; also shared taxi services to the foothills and the top of the mountain are also available.

Khadakwasala has a dam and this place is well known for natural beauty around. A great deal of people runs here amid rainy season. This dam over the stream Mutha constrained it to swell into the marginally raised ground around it, along these lines making an appealing scope of water, Lake Fife, now known as Khadakwasla Lake. In the region of Khadakwasla Dam, there is the outstanding National Defense Academy (NDA).

Sinhagad, Pune, Maharashtra
Sinhagad, Pune, Maharashtra

2. Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary

It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1974 and situated at an altitude of 2100 ft to 3800 ft, spread over three districts of Pune, Raigad and Thane in order mainly to protect the habitat of the Indian Giant Squirrel and includes 9 tribal villages. Bhimashankar wildlife’s vegetation comprises of semi-evergreen forests as well as western tropical hill forests. Two major Tributaries of Krishna River named Bhim and Ghod, originate from this area. The area's bio-diversity has been retained as it will be preserved as a cluster of sacred groves for generations. These sacred groves act as gene pools of this area, from where seeds were dispersed. In Ahupe - a tribal (Mahadev Koli) village's sacred grove in the sanctuary, in 1984, a climber Khombhal - Xantolis tomentosa was found to be 800–1000 years old.

Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pune, Maharashtra
Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pune, Maharashtra

3. Khandoba Temple of Jejuri (Khandobachi Jejuri)

Jejuri is known for being the venue of one of the sacred temples in Maharashtra, known as the Khandobachi Jejuri or Jejuri Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Khandoba, also known as Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand or Mylaralinga. Khandoba is regarded as the 'God of Jejuri' and is held in great reverence by the Dhangars, one of the oldest tribes in India. Jejuri is situated 48 km from Pune on Pune-Saswad-Pandharpur Road in Maharashtra State. Jejuri can be reached by Road or Rail from Pune.

Khandoba Temple of Jejuri (Khandobachi Jejuri)
Devotees showering turmeric powder (bhandara) on each other at Khandobachi Jejuri

4. Mulshi Dam

Mulshi is the name of a major dam on the Mula river. Mulshi Dam area is a beautiful place to spend time including hilly region of Sahyadri's deep forests and forts like Dhangad and Koraigadh. Water of Mulshi is used for generating electricity (Bhira hydroelectric power plant). It is one of the major electricity projects in Maharashtra. The beauty of Mulshi Lake can be observed from 'Valanewadi' (6 km from Mulshi). The hills of Ratnagiri and hill ranges of 'Hattihant' and 'Pagota' are huge ones and terrific. Some of these hills are almost 4000 feet high. There is one platue here popularly known as 'Lavmal'. Mulshi is very near to Pune and a short trip here can be arranged. If you are lucky then you can enjoy boating here as well. 50 km from Pune on Mumbai-Bangalore highway.

Mulshi Dam, Pune, Maharashtra
Mulshi Dam, Pune, Maharashtra

5. Dehu (Sant Tukaram & Gatha Temple)

Dehu is a holy place near Pune. Dehu is a place of Sant Tukaram, well known saint in Maharashtra. Dehu is the place where Lord Vitthal gave blessings to Saint Tukaram, which is now the main temple in Dehu consisting of 'Swayambhu' idols of Lord Vitthal. Idol of goddess Rakhumai is also situated on the banks of river Indrayani. One can see Tukaram temple here on the banks of the river. This temple was constructed by his younger son Narayanbaba in 1723. Various other temples nearby are worth seeing. A rock where Sant Tukaram was on fast is also here. One must see Gatha Temple on the bank of Indrayani River. A big statue of Tukaram sitting with a Veena in his hand is located at the entrance of the big Gatha temple. In the Gatha temple, about 4,000 abhangs (verses) created by Tukaram maharaj were carved on the walls. Pune to Dehu is 28 km.

Dehu (Sant Tukaram & Gatha Temple), Pune, Maharashtra
Dehu (Sant Tukaram & Gatha Temple), Pune, Maharashtra

6. Lonavala

At a distance of 65 km from Pune, 97 km from Mumbai and 283 km from Aurangabad, Lonavala is a beautiful hill station in Pune district. In 1871, the Lonavla and Khandala hill stations were discovered by Lord Elphinstone, who was the Governor of Bombay Presidency at the time. The name Lonavla is derived from the Sanskrit lonavli, which refers to the many caves like Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and Bedsa that are close to Lonavla. A trip to Lonavla can be combined with visits of Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves and also the two fortresses, Lohagad and Visapur. Another place of interest is the Tungi fort, was known for its natural strength.

Lonavala, Pune, Maharashtra
Lonavala, Pune, Maharashtra

7. Karla Caves (Near Lonavala)

At a distance of 10 km from Lonavala, 60 km from Pune & 110 km from Mumbai. Karala Caves are a compound of early Buddhist Indian rock-cut caves. The earliest of the cave shrines is said to date back to 160 BC. One of the best-known because of the famed "Grand Chaitya" (Cave no. 8), which is "the biggest and most completely conserved" chaitya hall of the era, as well as containing odd quantities of fine sculpture, much of it on a big scale. the cave complex is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

Karla Caves (Near Lonavala), Pune, Maharashtra
Karla Caves (Near Lonavala), Pune, Maharashtra

8. Lohagad Fort (Near Lonavala)

At a distance of 10 km from Lonavala, 60 km from Pune & 110 km from Mumbai. Karala Caves are a compound of early Buddhist Indian rock-cut caves. The earliest of the cave shrines is said to date back to 160 BC. One of the best-known because of the famed "Grand Chaitya" (Cave no. 8), which is "the biggest and most completely conserved" chaitya hall of the era, as well as containing odd quantities of fine sculpture, much of it on a big scale. the cave complex is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

Lohagad Fort (Near Lonavala), Pune, Maharashtra
Lohagad Fort (Near Lonavala), Pune, Maharashtra

9. Bhaja Caves (Near Lonavala)

The caves are 400 feet above the village of Bhaja. The inscriptions and the cave temple are protected as a Monument of National Importance, by the Archaeological Survey of India. Bhaja Caves caves are group of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd century BC located in Pune district, near Lonavala. It belongs to the Hinayana Buddhism sect and the caves have a number of stupas which is one of their significant features. Its vihara (Cave XVIII) has a pillared verandah in front and is adorned with unique reliefs.The most prominent excavation is its chaitya, a good example of the early development of this form from wooden architecture, with a vaulted horseshoe ceiling. These caves are notable for their indications of the awareness of wooden architecture. The carvings prove that tabla – a percussion instrument – was used in India for at least two thousand years. The carving shows a woman playing tabla and another woman, performing dance.

Bhaja Caves (Near Lonavala), Pune, Maharashtra
Bhaja Caves (Near Lonavala), Pune, Maharashtra

10. Rajmachi Fort

The fort played a strategic role in the First Anglo-Maratha War.Rajmachi Fort has been declared as a protected monument by ASI. It consists of two twin fortresses Shriwardhan Ballekilla and Manaranjan Balekilla, with a wide machi (highland) surrounding the two Balekillas. Rajmachi Fort is a popular destination for nature lovers, trekkers and for outdoor campers. In the rainy season from mid-June to mid-October, this region is all the more beautiful with clouds, silvery water falls, streams, lush green forests and meadows.

Rajmachi Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Rajmachi Fort, Pune, Maharashtra

11. Kune Falls (Near Lonavala)

At a distance of 2 km from Khandala Railway Station, 3.5 km from Lonavala Railway Station, 94 km from Mumbai & 70 km from Pune. Kune Falls, located centrally within the Lonavala Khandala valley near Kune village is a three tiered waterfalls with a total height of 200 metres (660 ft); the highest drop being 100 metres (330 ft). . The Kune Falls is the 14th highest waterfall in India. The place is entirely enclosed by lush green vegetation and provides a great view.

Kune Falls (Near Lonavala), Pune, Maharashtra
Kune Falls (Near Lonavala), Pune, Maharashtra

12. Rajgad Fort

The stronghold has stood observer to numerous noteworthy notable occasions including the introduction of Chhatrapati Shivaji's child "Rajaram Chhatrapati", the passing of Shivaji's Queen Saibai, the arrival of Shivaji from Agra, the entombment of Afzal Khan's head in the Mahadarwaja dividers of Balle Killa, the strict expressions of Sonopant Dabir to Shivaji. The fort is divided into four parts, Padmavati Machi, Suvela Machi, Sanjeevani Machi, and Balekilla (small fort). Formerly known as Murumdev, the fort was the capital of the Maratha Empire under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which the capital was moved to the Raigad Fort. Treasures discovered from an adjacent fort was used to completely build and fortify the Rajgad Fort. The Rajgad Fort is located around 60 km to the south-west of Pune and about 15 km west of Nasrapur in the Sahyadris range.

Rajgad Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Rajgad Fort, Pune, Maharashtra

13. Shivneri Fort

The stronghold has stood observer to numerous noteworthy notable occasions including the introduction of Chhatrapati Shivaji's child "Rajaram Chhatrapati", the passing of Shivaji's Queen Saibai, the arrival of Shivaji from Agra, the entombment of Afzal Khan's head in the Mahadarwaja dividers of Balle Killa, the strict expressions of Sonopant Dabir to Shivaji. The fort is divided into four parts, Padmavati Machi, Suvela Machi, Sanjeevani Machi, and Balekilla (small fort). Formerly known as Murumdev, the fort was the capital of the Maratha Empire under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which the capital was moved to the Raigad Fort. Treasures discovered from an adjacent fort was used to completely build and fortify the Rajgad Fort. The Rajgad Fort is located around 60 km to the south-west of Pune and about 15 km west of Nasrapur in the Sahyadris range.

Shivneri Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Shivneri Fort, Pune, Maharashtra

14. Bhuleshwar Temple (Mangalgadh)

Located at a distance of 52 km from Pune and 11 km from Yavat. The temple is unique as its architecture is Islamic from outside and appears more as a mosque than a temple due to its resemblance of circular tomb and minarets. According to the Hindu mythology the temple was built by Panch Pandava. Jirnodhar of the Bhuleshwar temple is done during the period of 1230 AD during Yadava Rulers. The fort on which the temple is situated is called as Daulatmangal fort, also at times referred as Mangalgad. Black basalt rock was brought to construct this temple which is different as compared to surrounding brownish colour. The fort was constructed in 1629 by Murar Jagdev who, in 1630, looted Pune. Also another temple of king Bharata is built at Bhartgaon near Bhuleshwar temple.

Bhuleshwar Temple (Mangalgadh), Pune, Maharashtra
Bhuleshwar Temple (Mangalgadh), Pune, Maharashtra

15. Junnar Caves (Lenyadri caves, Manmodi caves, Naneghat caves)

Located at a distance of 96 km from Pune. The entire Junnar region is scattered with historic places including Shivneri, the birthplace of Shivaji maharaj (1630), the cave temple of Lenyadri; One of the famous temple of Lord Ganesha Ozar and the fortified town of Junnar itself. And Junnar has historical underground water chain built by Shia Muslim scholar Malik Ambar which still exists at Sayyed Wada (hauz) Junnar and Pirzade Wada. Surroundings of Junnar have more than 220 individual rock-cut caves located in four hills around Junnar. Junnar has the largest and longest cave excavations in India by ASI. The most famous among the caves is the ‘Lenyadri Complex’. Cave 7 is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the god Ganesha. It represents a series of about 30 rock-cut mostly Buddhist caves. It is one of the Ashtavinayak shrines, a set of the eight important Ganesha shrines in Maharashtra. Twenty-six of the caves are separately numbered. The caves face to the south and are numbered serially from east to west. Caves 6 and 14 are chaitya-grihas, while the rest are viharas. The latter are in the form of dwellings and cells. There are also several rock-cut water cisterns; two of them have inscriptions. The layouts of the caves, in general, are similar in pattern and shape. They generally have one or two sides with two long benches for occupants' use. The caves date from between the 1st and 3rd century AD; the Ganesha shrine situated in Cave 7 is dated to the 1st century AD. Their website is - www.junnartourism.com

Junnar Caves (Lenyadri caves, Manmodi caves, Naneghat caves), Pune, Maharashtra
Junnar Caves (Lenyadri caves, Manmodi caves, Naneghat caves), Pune, Maharashtra

16. Panshet Dam

It is about 50 km from Pune and about 180 km from Mumbai. Panshet is one of the famous picnic spots near Pune and draws many tourists from Pune and Mumbai. The lake is made of the backwater from the Panshet Dam. From the dam you can see the beautiful view of Sahyadri Mountains. There is a Panshet Water Park which is a water sports centre. Panshet Dam is also called Tanajisagar Dam. It is a dam on the Ambi. The dam was constructed in late 1950s for irrigation and, along with three other dams nearby, Varasgaon, Temghar and Khadakwasla, it supplies drinking water to Pune.

Panshet Dam, Pune, Maharashtra
Panshet Dam, Pune, Maharashtra

17. Dhom Dam

Located 21 km from Panchgani and 97 km from Pune. Dhom Dam, is an earthfill and gravity dam on Krishna river near Wai (Maharashtra). Dhom has the epithetic name "Dakshin Kashi". In old times, it was known as Virat Nagari. Dhom is known in Maharashtra for its ghats on the banks of the Krishna River and its temples, including especially the "Shree narsinha" temple on the "Kreeshna Ghat". Dhom is also famous for film shootings (Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Tamil etc.). Films like Gangajal, Omkara, Dabbang, Swadesh, Ishqiya, Singham, Deool, Bol Bachchan,Zila Ghaziabad and many others films is been made here. It supplies water to the majorly for Wai, Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar and the surrounding villages on the bank of dam. The dhom generates the electricity of 4 MG from the basement electricity house.

Dhom Dam, Pune, Maharashtra
Dhom Dam, Pune, Maharashtra

18. Wai (Near Panchgani)

Located at a distance of 89 km from Pune, Wai has long been a cultural center. Locally prominent families built several architecturally significant temples in Wai. Wai has the epithetic name "Dakshin Kashi" (City of Temples) because of the city's more than 100 temples. Wai is known in Maharashtra for its ghats on the banks of the Krishna River and its temples, especially the Dholya Ganapati temple on Ganapati Ghat. The 17th century warlord Afzal Khan (general), representing Ali Adil Shah II of the Bijapur Sultanate, is said to have made his first halt here on his way to the fort of marahtha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. A cache of 105 guns, swords and other weapons were found in Wai around 2005. Here are the tourist places in Wai - Wai Caves, Dholya Ganpati Mandir, Kashi Vishweshwar Mandir, Krishna Ghat,Bhiravnath Mandir Kikali, Wakeshwar, Bhadreshwar, Sonjai, Mandhardevi, Pandavgad, Lohare Palpeshwar Caves, Kamalgad, Menawali, Palpeshwar, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Raste Wada in Motibag, Laxmibai Wada in Bavdhan, Govardhan Sanstha (Goshala), Dhom and Dhom Balakwadi dams, Wind-power mill in Surur etc. Wai is the place referred to as Charanpur in the hit film Swades.

Wai (Near Panchgani), Pune, Maharashtra
Wai (Near Panchgani), Pune, Maharashtra

19. Visapur Fort

Located at a distance of 18 km from Lohagad Fort (3 km by Walk) and 24 km from Lonavala Railway Station. It was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa of Maratha Empire. Visapur fort was built much later than Lohagad but the histories of the two forts are closely linked. Major features within the fort are caves, cisterns of water, a decorated arch and old houses. These two roofless buildings surrounded by outer or veranda walls said to have once been Government offices. The ruins of a large stone-built house are known as the Peshwa's palace. In addition to a huge carving of Hanuman, there are also several temple dedicated to him scattered all over the place. Hanuman was likely the patron deity of Visapur fort.

Visapur Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Visapur Fort, Pune, Maharashtra

20. Tikona Fort

Located at a distance of 21 km from Lohagad Fort, 25 km from Lonavala, 53 km from Pune, 135 km from Mumbai and 22 km from Tung Fort. Tikona Fort, also known as Triangle Fort. There is a vihara on the fort datable to circa seventh-eight centuries A.D. This fort was a strategic nexus: the centre of control for the entire Pawana Mawal region. There is very less space on the fort. It is advisible not to accompany large groups for climbing the fort. The steps are so narrow that only a single person can climb at a time. The night stay on the fort can be made in the caves either near the entrance of the fort or on the top of the fort. The villagers from the local fort restoration committee in the Tikonapeth make night stay and food arrangements at a reasonable cost. The Bedse caves which are on the way from Kamshet can also be visited on the way to Tikona on the same day. The fort is a trekking destination noted for the large doors, the temple of 'Trimbakeshwar Mahadev', a water tanks and some Satvahan caves. Trek organisers also commend the views of Pawna dam and the nearby forts of Tung, Lohagad and Visapur. There is Pawana Lake at the summit.

Tikona Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Tikona Fort, Pune, Maharashtra

21. Tung Fort

Located at a distance of 24 km from Lonavala, 67 km from Pune, 121 km from Mumbai and 31 km from Lohagad Fort. Tung fort is also named Kathingad fort. The word "Kathin" in Marathi means difficult. While climbing, one can experience the difficult challenge of reaching this fort. Tung Fort was built before 1600 CE. It was built by the Adil Shahi dynasty but was captured by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. A steep climb on grassy slopes leads to the ruins of a temple at the summit. A rocky staircase leads several feet down to a water reservoir. From the top of the fort, the Lohagad, Visapur, Tikona and Korigad forts are clearly visible.

Tung Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Tung Fort, Pune, Maharashtra

22. Khandala

Located at a distance of 5 km from Lonavala Railway Station, 93 km from Mumbai & 71 km from Pune. The town was mentioned in a popular song from the Hindi film Ghulam named "Aati kya Khandala?" ("Will you come to Khandala?"). Ashok Kumar's character in the 1975 classic Chhoti Si Baat is a retired army Colonel that lives in Khandala. Khandala is located at one end the Bhor Ghat, a major ghat on the road link between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan plain. The ghat carries an extensive amount of road and rail traffic. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the main link between the major cities of Mumbai and Pune, passes through Khandala. Places you can visit in and around Khandala are Tiger's Leap, Amrutanjan Point, Duke's Nose, Karla and Bhaja Cave, Bhushi Lake etc.

Khandala, Pune, Maharashtra
Khandala, Pune, Maharashtra

23. Korigad (Koraigad, Koarigad or Kumwarigad)

Located at a distance of 16 km from Tung Fort, 25 km from Lonavala and 32 km from Lohagad Fort. This fort was incorporated into his kingdom by the Maratha ruler Shivaji along with the forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. A temple to its patron goddess Koraidevi also exists along with several smaller temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The former has been recently renovated and has a 3 foot high Deepmala. The interesting part of the fort is that its wall is completely intact and one can walk along its entire perimeter which is about 2 km. Its massive gate is also intact. Several ruins of older structures within the fort still exist. It has six cannons - the largest of which called the Laxmi Toph is located near the Korai Devi temple.

Korigad (Koraigad, Koarigad or Kumwarigad), Pune, Maharashtra
Korigad (Koraigad, Koarigad or Kumwarigad), Pune, Maharashtra

24. Duke's Nose

Located at a distance of 8 km from Khandala Railway Station and 10 km from Lonavala Railway Station. It’s amazing and yet simple trek from Kurvande village. View of valley from the top is amazing. Carry plenty of water while trekking. This place becomes very foggy in monsoon. We can reach Kurvande village by taking autorikshaw or jeep from Lonavala. Jeeps returning to Lonavala are also available. One of the best destination for trekkera and outdoor enthusiasts. Best time to visit is Monsoon, but go with a local guide or trek with a professional organisation which takes care of your safety.

Duke's Nose, Pune, Maharashtra
Duke's Nose, Pune, Maharashtra