Pune - Places To See

| September 21, 2012
Tags: history, Maratha empire, Mastani, Peshwa, Poona, Pune, tourist places maharashtra

Shaniwar Wada: It was the seat of the Peshwas at the heigh of Maratha empire. It is a testimony to the Maratha glory and valour. Its architectural design shows influences of Mughal style and features of Maratha artistic styles. The 21-feet tall entrance of the palace is known as Delhi Darwaza. It had palaces to house the Peshwas and their families. However, the palaces were destroyed in a big fire in 1827. Now only the fort walls remain.

Aga Khan Palace: This palace holds historical importance since it is connected with the Indian Independence movement. British held many important freedom fighters under arrest in this place. Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi were imprisoned here along with his personal assistant Mahadeo Desai during the Quit India Movement in 1942. Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadeo Desai breathed their last during incarceration here.

Osho Ashram: A main feature of the Pune city, this ashram is a special place for followers of Bhagwan Rajneesh’s ideologies. It is basically a place for meditation and yoga. Regular training programs on spiritual awareness and meditation are conducted here. The ashram is open all days of the year, however, it does not provide any accommodation. There are many hotels near the ashram if you wish to stay. Entry is restricted and visitors have to undergo AIDS test in the communes’ testing center.

Osho Teerth (Nulla Park): This is a sprawling garden located nearby the Commune. The park offers several facilities like swimming pool, rock gardens, decorated wooden pathways, and magnificent artificial waterfalls. The park is open to public from 6 am to 9 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm in the evening.

Raj Dinakar Kelkar Museum: It showcases the diversity and culture of the country. The Museum houses many items collected by Dr D G Kelkar. Mastani Mahal, which was reconstructed in the museum, is a major attraction here. It also exhibits 20th century pottery, paintings of 17th century and carved doors of temples and palaces. Other museums worth visiting are National War Museum, Mahatma Phule Vastu Sangrahalaya and the Tribal Museum, which gives a peak into tribal life and culture in Maharashtra.

Panshet Water Park: You will find a good number of water sports like swimming, water scooters, speed boat rides and wind surfing. It is a perfect spot for the entire family to enjoy a fun day out.

Bund Garden (Mahatma Gandhi Udyan): It is an ideal place for visitors looking for some relaxation. There is also Saras Garden, which is used by citizens of Pune as a walking and jogging track and it also serves as a beautiful hangout. Mulshi Lake and Dam is a perfect spot for picnics.

Katraj Snake Park: This is a good place to view a variety of reptile species. The Park houses birds and turtles apart from the reptiles. A zoo and a garden located nearby are also worth visiting.

Dehu: It is the birth place of the revered saint Sant Tukaram. Dehu Temple, built by the youngest son of Tukaram in 18th century, is the main attraction of Dehu. The main deity here is Lord Pandurang.

Vishram Bagh Wada: This is a majestic palace with old Maratha architectural beauty and style. There are some ancient forts like Koraigadh and Dhangad worth a visit if you are historically inclined. The 8th century Pataleshwar rock-cut temple and the Nandi Mandap are worth a visit. The Parvati Hill Temple, believed to be built during the 17th century, is an important Hindu religious destination here.