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Pune Tourism, Travel, Sight seeing, darshan, tours

PUNE:  While it has always been a corporate stopover, Pune has its mix of potpourri and culture which makes for interesting sight seeing within the city! For those interested in history and architecture, Pune offers a mix of the modern interlaced with the old! Whether it is the Lal Deval standing side by side with a spanking petrol pump or Vishram Baug Wada, which now functions as a post office, the list is endless! Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace and the Parvati temple are the other few attractions without which a visit to the city would be incomplete!

Once upon a time Pune was a very sedate Maharashtrian city

… very representative of the Maratha heartland.

 


Places of interest in Pune

Osho International Meditation Resort

Osho AuditoriumThe arrival of Osho to the city gave it an international flavour. The Osho International Meditation Resort has acquired international recognition with thousands of people, from more that 100 countries, visiting the Resort every year.

The beauty of the Resort is its green and tranquil surroundings creating the most suitable environment for meditation and introspection.

Osho Teerth, a beautiful garden is an important place on the itinerary of Pune visitors. It is a major contribution to the environment of westside Pune. It has also the won the award of ‘Pune’s Pride.’

 

 

 

Shaniwar wada

Shaniwar wadaShaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs. 16,120. Several additions were made to the palace like fortification walls with bastions, gates and court halls by his successors.

What was once a seven storied structure was gutted by a fire in the palace. Only the remains can be seen now like the fortification walls with five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the entire palace. The principal gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates are called Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and 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). Around 1,000 people used to stay in the palace.

University Buildings
The University Buildings of the University of Pune at Ganeshkhind, once comprised the official residence of the Governor of Bombay Presidency during the fierce annual monsoons of the coasts. A large building in the Italian Gothic style, it has a 30 m high square tower, a swimming pool and manicured lawns.

Pataleshwar Cave Temples
Pataleshwar Cave Temples lies in the heart of the city, at Shivaji Nagar on Jangali Maharaj road. This 8th century rock-cut temple, hewn from a massive single rock, has huge pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull. Nearby is the Jangali Maharaj Temple dedicated to a Hindu ascetic.

Parvati Hill and Temples
This 17th century Parvathi temple lies on the southern outskirts of the town on a hill top. The Parvati museum houses portraits of heroes of the Peshwa dynasty, besides old manuscripts, weapons and coins. There are also temples of Ganapati and Kartikeya.

 
Khunya Murlidhar Temple

This Krishna temple in Sadashiv Peth was built in 1797 by a
famous merchant of thLal Deval Synagoguee Peshwa regime, Dada Gadre. The radhakrishna idol
here is in marble .

Omkareshwar Temple lies on the banks of the Mutha river.

Chaturshrungi Temple is situated on a hillock off Senapati Bapat Road. This temple of the goddess attracts hundreds of devotees during the nine-day Navaratri festival in October.

Lal Deval Synagogue
Lal Deval situated on Moledina Road was built by philanthropist David Sassoon in 1867. The red-brick-and-stone structure built in the English Gothic style, resembles a church. 

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Open 8.30 am – 5.30 pm

The exhibits here are the personal collection of Shri Dinkar Gangadhar. It holds a one-man collection of  around 17000 Indian artifacts collected over 70 years. Thirty-six sections of this museum are used to display antiques, Peshwa and other miniatures, carved palace doors, pottery, a collection and musical instruments of the Mughal and Maratha periods.

Museum of Arthropoda
Itís a museum of Natural History. The specific focus is on the joint legged animals. This museum has most of the multi- legged varieties – lobsters, prawns, crabs, worms, beetles and cockroaches too.

Tribal Museum

Open weekdays 10 am to 5 pm
Situated near the railway station, this museum documents the cultures of Maharashtrian Tribal communities, especially those from the Sahyadri and Gondwana region.

Tilak Smarak Mandir

Tilak Smarak Mandir on Tilak Road is a building commemorating the great freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak. There is a small museum on the ground floor describing Tilak’s public life and a theatre on the upper floor.

Kesari Wada

The home of the Kesari newspaper started by Late Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak.  The first Indian National flag unfurled by Madam Cama, and many other documents are well preserved here.

Saras Baug

Sarasbaug is a popular place for evening strolls where people throng every evening, for their share of fresh air among green surroundings. Adjoining Sarasbaug, across a small narrow road is another garden, Peshwe Park. There is a zoo here maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation housing a variety of beautiful species of wild animals. A toy-train ride, an elephant ride and boating are special attractions. Saras Baug Ganesh temple is also situated in Peshwa Park.

Bund Garden
Bund Garden constructed by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy lies on the right bank of the Mula Mutha river. There is boating facility and a well-designed jogging track. Bund Garden is now known as the Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, the bridge here crosses the river to the Gandhi National Memorial.

The Katraj Snake Park
The Katraj Snake Park has a collection of reptiles, birds and turtles. The park has a zoo.

Empress Botanical Gardens
This Garden has fine tropical trees and a small zoo.

Kamshet
Situated in Pune district, Maharashtra; 110km from Mumbai and 56km from Pune, the area in and around Kamshet, with its low hills, rocky terrain and flatlands has scores of favourable sites with enough ridges just right for take off. 

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