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Places to Visit in Pune

If one wishes to take a trip to Pune, one can get a long list of the places of interest in Pune. Being the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune has a majestic history to tell, and the places of interest in Pune has a strong bearing on these historical facts.

Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra. It is located in the western part of Maharashtra and is a part of the Western Ghats mountain region. Pune Travel Guide takes you on a journey to Pune and helps you explore this city as a travel destination. Maharashtra is the third largest and second most populated state in India. The state is famous for being the richest state in India and houses a number of industries which obviously include Bollywood or the Hindi Film industry. Pune offers a wide range of places of interest for the tourists. These places ranges from historical monuments to religious temples, from natural caves to parks and gardens. But before one can list the number of places of interest in Pune, one should keep in mind that in Pune the places of interest are divided into four distinct categories.


Places to See in Pune




Famous Monuments


Aga Khan Palace

Aga Khan Palace was built in the year 1892 by Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III in Pune. Since then it is one of the biggest landmark in Indian history. The Aga Khan Palace of Pune was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighboring areas of Pune who were drastically hit by the famine.

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Osho Commune International

The Osho Commune International in Pune strives to fulfill Osho's vision of 'Zorba the Buddha'. Innumerable visitors come to the Osho Commune International for either short visits or several months' attendance: to participate in daily meditation or the exhaustive programs of Osho Multiversity or contribute practically.Read More >>

Kasturba Samadhi

Kasturba Samadhi is located within the serene locality of Aga Khan Palace in Pune. It is widely known as Kasturba Gandhi Memorial and is built in memory of Mahatama Gandhi's wife Kasturba Gandhi who breathed her last in this palace. Read More >>

Shivneri Fort

Shivneri Fort is famous for being the birthplace of great Shivaji. Shivaji was the famous ruler of Maharashtra. Shivneri Fort in Pune is a well known historical military fortification. Shivaji spent his childhood in the fort and took lessons of all his military training here. Shivneri Fort is located approximately 105 kilometer far from Pune. Pune city is famously known as the Detroit of India mainly due of the existences of major automobile companies such as: Read More >>

Lal Mahal

Pune is home to some of the most historically significant monuments in India. The monuments in Pune date back to the early 16th and 17th century. Pune witnesses travelers from all parts of the country and globe alike who come to the city to have a glimpse of the past glory and architectural brilliance of India. Read More >>

Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada is one of the most popular monuments in Pune. In 1729 Peshwa Baji Rao commissioned the building of Shaniwar Wada. Shaniwar Wada has great fountains, courtyards, fruits, trees, offices audience halls and substantial residential areas as its attractions. Read More >>


Gardens

Saras bagh

Saras Bagh of Pune is a beautiful and well-maintained garden area in Pune. Saras Bagh of Pune is a site of devotion as well as a popular hang-out for the residents of Pune. In the past, however, the lush green lawns served as a garbage dumping ground for the British. Read More >>

The Empress Garden

The Empress Garden lies adjacent to the Pune Solapur Road. This is a rather large garden, covering an area of about 59 acres. Empress Garden of Pune is basically a botanical park, which is located near the Pune Race course. Here there are several varieties of fruit and flower bearing trees. People often turn up in large numbers for a picnic at the Empress Garden of Pune. Read More >>

Peshwa Udyan

Peshwa Udyan of Pune is one of the most famous garden areas of the city of Pune. It is maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation. Apart from the Peshwa Udyan Zoo within the premises of the gardens, there are also provisions for some animal rides and boating. These arrangements are undertaken by the government. Read More >>


Religious Places

Omkareshwar Temple

Omkareshwar temple of Pune is a 17th century Partvati temple, known for its endurance during the floods of Panshet in 1962. The Omkareshwar temple is known for its extraordinary construct and its extravagant style. Read More >>

Chaturshringi Temple


Like most of the temple in Pune, Chaturshringi temple also has its own tale that dates back to many centuries from now. Legend says that Goddess Chaturshringi bade a merchant in Pune to built a temple for her. The merchant who was a staunch believer of the Devi, used to visit the temple of the Goddess during his visit to other places.Read More >>

Pataleshwar Cave Temple


Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune, situated just across the river on the Jungli Maharaj Road, is a heritage site for Pune with a long history dating back to the 8th century AD. A remarkable feature of the Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune is that it bears resemblance with the massive rock-cut temples of Ellora. Read More >>

The Ganapati temple


The Ganapati temple, located on the banks of river Krishna at Sangli, is one of the most beautiful temples in the southern region of Maharashtra, and is known for its rich design and marvelous architecture! Dating back to the 17th century the Ganapati temple of Pune is one of the marvels of Maharashtrian architecture. Read More >>

Parvati Hill and Temple

Parvati Hill and Temple, a temple dedicated to the Hindu deities namely, Parvati, Vishnu, Ganesha, Kartikeya and Devadeshwar, is situated in the southern part of Pune from where one can get a beautiful glance of the city. Read More >>


Wild Life

Katraj Snake Park

Katraj Snake Park in Pune is a famous conservation park boasting a vast collection of snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. It later became part of the Rajiv Gandhi Udyan in 1999. There are over 160 species of snakes here, of various shapes and sizes. The prize collection is a 6 years old, nine feet long King Cobra Read More >>


Amusement Parks


Splash Mountain

To entice foreign tourists and meet international standards of amusement parks in India, Splash Mountain or Splash Water Park was a project pioneered by private operators in Pune. It is situated at 118 Ashoka Mall Bund, Garden Road in Loaehgaon, opposite the Holiday Inn. Splash Mountain of Pune is one of India's largest water parks, which may quite rightly claim to be at par with worldwide standards. Read More >>


Museums


National Film Archive Museums

Museums in Pune are a little distinct from museums in other cities. Pune is home to numerous museums that honor great thinkers, freedom fighters and intellectuals. The museums in Pune are one of the major attractions for all the tourists who visit the city. The collections at these museums is striking as they provide you with an insight into the lives of people like Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Phule etc. Read More >>

Tourist Destinations Near Pune



Matheran

The distance from Matheran to Pune is around 118 km. It is the closest hill station to the city of Mumbai. It takes around two hours to reach Matheran from Pune.

Mahabaleshwar

It is the biggest hill station in the Sahyadri mountain range. The distance from Pune is around 115 km. It houses a number of tourist attractions such as Hunter Point, Arthur's Seat, Tiger Falls and Echo Point. It takes around two hours by road from Pune to reach Mahabaleshwar.

Malshej Ghat

Malshej Ghat is a popular hill station. It lies in the middle of the Sahyadri mountain range. The place is a top tourist draw for the scenic waterfalls and surroundings. The distance from Pune is around 126 km and it takes 2-3 hours to reach there.

Malshej Ghat

Aurangabad is around 235 km from the city of Pune. The place is famous for the Bibi-ka-Maqbara which was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb as a replica of the famous Taj Mahal. The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are closely located and are popular tourist draws as well. It would take around 4-5 hours to reach Aurangabad from Pune.

Last Updated on : January 20, 2014