One of the most populous city in India and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra after Mumbai well known as Pune, situated above sea level on the Deccan plateau, on the bank of the Muthariver. A cultural capital of Maharashtra.
Best places to visit in Pune:
Aga Khan Palace
One of the largest landmarks in Indian history, with strong connections with the Indian freedom movement as it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, his secretary Mahadev Desaiand Sarojini Naidu.Converted into Mahatama National Memorial, where ancient paintings and epics of Mahatama Gandhi have been kept.
Major dam on the Mulariver in India. Water from the dam is used for irrigation as well as for producing electricity at the Bhirahydroelectric power plant, operated by Tata Power. In recent years Mulshi and adjoining areas have been developed as a tourist destination, adding accommodation for leisure guests.
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple
One of the most famous temples in Pune and even in Maharashtra, best time to be here would be around Ganesh Festival. Not only is the temple a symbol of devotion and love, but it is also an active open trust that does welfare work for the city.
The highest point in the city and rises to an elevation of 2,600ft. The hill derives its name from a temple that is situated on its summit called the ‘Vetala Temple’. The best way to reach here is to trek, which by the way is an apt idea to execute early in the morning. It is indeed a delight to watch the sunrise view from here.
Royal residence of the Peshwa rulers, a unique combination of Mughal architecture and Maratha craftsmanship. This is one of the historic places to visit in Pune. You can witness the splendid gardens and the structures and attend the sound and light show conducted every evening within the premises.
The temple in itself is a stunning structure that lie’s at the foot of the Parvati Hills it was also the site of military discussions between Maratha empire to fight the Nizam and the East India Company. Temple is especially spectacular during the days of Diwali as thousands gather here for the ‘Deepotsav’ i.e. Festival of lights and the lawns and temple premises are decked up with thousands of glittering lamps.
Built as a tribute to a Peshwa commander, this monument is built in Rajasthani design. There is also a Shiva temple in the complex apart from the three-storied memorial, both reflecting exquisite construction style.Main hall has the silver statue of Mahadji; prayer vessels used by the family to propitiate family deity; carvings, paintings and photographs of the Scindia family.
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park
Located in Katraj near the city of Pune. The park is divided into three parts: an animal orphanage, a snake park, and a zoo that includes 42-acre Katraj Lake. Visitors can enjoy boating in the Katraj Lake. The zoo has collections of reptiles, mammals, and birds.
The Ashram is situated inside the Korgaon Park area. The Ashram is infact a 40 acre meditation resort, where meditation, massages, workshops, theaters and other events keep taking place. There is also an adjacent Zen garden called Osho Teerth which is full of lush green flora and is an ideal spot to relax in. this spiritual meditation centre is one of the most frequented places to visit in Pune by foreign tourists.