The city of studies, Pune
Pune has become the epicenter of various colleges. Students from all across the country are visiting this city in the search of better educational facilities. In fact, people are also calling it the college town, The city has become quite populous and features a wide range of restaurants and nightlife opportunities. Presently, Pune is the perfect blend between the new and old India. As everyone is well aware of its rich history, Chatrapatti Shivaji was raised in this city. Furthermore, many kings built their places in this city. Ultimately making it a plethora of history and cultural hub. However, it is also one of the fastest growing cities in India and close to becoming the next It hub. In addition, Pune is also close to the hill-stations of Matheran, Lonavala, Kamshet, Khandala etc.
Things to visit in Pune:
Aga Khan Palace:
Built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892. The Aga Khan Palace is famous both for its architectural excellence as well as its historical significance. The palace covers an area of 19 acres. And it was constructed to support the poor in the neighboring areas who were facing famine. Furthermore, the palace is often associated with the Indian Freedom Movement. The Aga Khan Palace also features a museum that holds rich collections of pictures. you can also spot some precious items of Gandhi. In addition, the palace also has the real ashes of Mahatma Gandhi.
Built as a dwelling for the Peshwas. Shaniwar Wada once used to be a stately mansion. People believe that Bajiro I laid its foundation in 1730 Ad. Furthermore, the structure is a majestic 7 storied monument. And it covers a massive area of 625 acres. The monument will give you the glance of India’s rich past. As a matter of fact, Shaniwar Wada is the hallmark of Pune’s culture. When you enter the monument you could see the statue of Bajirao I and a beautiful fountain. In addition, you can also enjoy the light and sound show held every day. Few people believe that the place is haunted.
Mulshi Lake and Dam:
Famous for its scenic beauty, Mulshi lake is formed in the catchment area of Mulshi dam. The Sahyadri ranges, Koraigadh and Dhangad fort makes it more attractive to the tourists. In conclusion, it is the perfect place for nature admirers.
Located near the Pune Junction. The Bund Garden is one of the gardens in Pune. It has become the favorite picnic spot among the tourists. As a result, you can easily find some good restaurants in its surroundings. Presently, the garden is also famous as the Mahatma Gandhi Udhyan, In addition, the garden remains quiet and peaceful. And the garden features some pleasant flora in its premise. You can spot photographers looking for the perfect shot too. So, if you are visiting Pune then this is a nice gateway from the city life.
National War Museum:
A perfect place to gather information about the Indian Army. The museum offers knowledge about the various wars fought by the Indian against countries like Pakistan and China. As a result, it has become a popular destination among the tourists in Pune.
If you are looking for some spirituality and peace then this is the place. The Osho Ashram is the center of ideologies by Osho. As a result, it attracts a lot of people for its meditation centers. Many religious people recommend this place to connect yourself to the inner being.
Parvati Hill Temple:
Built in the 17th century by Balaji Baji Rao. Parvati Temple once used to be the private shrine of the Peshwas. Present;y, you can enjoy the most beautiful views of the city from its top.
Constructed by a Peshwa. Saras Garden is the perfect place to enjoy an evening walk with your friends and family. Furthermore, the garden also houses a temple of Lord Ganesha.
Located in Wanowri. Shinde’s Chatri was built in the memory of the Maratha noble, Shri Mahadju Shinde. It is an architectural marvel of the city.
Mahatma Phule Museum:
Built in 1890. The Mahatma Phule Museum is a nice place to explore various industrial products, handicraft goods. In addition, you will get to know about the commercial history of the city.
Pataleshwar Cave Temple:
Dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is a rock-cut temple and history dates back to the 8th century. You can find a Shivalingam, a circular Nandi Mandapa.
Located on Indrayani river’s bank near Pune, Dehu is one of the largest temples in the region. It is said to be the birthplace of Saint Tukaram. And this temple of Saint Tukaram was constructed in 1723. While entering the temple you will witness a huge statue of Saint Tukaram Maharaj. Furthermore, the month of ashadh is the major attraction of Dehu. You will also find some meditation centers for meditation. In addition, there’s a garden dedicated to Saint Tukaram’s wife.
St. Mary’s Church:
Build in 1825, St. Mary’s Church is one of the oldest churches in the region. Bishop Heber laid its foundation in the first place. As a result, the structure of the church features Indian as well as the Gothic style of architecture. It is undoubtedly a place to be enjoyed with your family. However, silence should we maintained inside the church premises and no pets are allowed inside.
Panshet Water Park:
For some loving activities Panshet water park is the perfect place. You can enjoy rides, water scooters, speed boats, swimming, and kayaking. Furthermore, the water also got some nice restaurants to eat from.
Sinhagad and Khadakwasala:
Placed 1380 m above the sea level. The fort is the perfect place to witness some architectural marvels. Furthermore, you can also explore the dam in the Khadakwasala. A perfect place during the monsoons. As a matter of fact, the photographers often gather there to click pictures.
Raj Dinakar Kelkar:
Built in Rajasthani style, Raj Dinakar Kelkar museum is a worth visit. You can explore various paintings of Lord Ganesha and some ancient pottery.