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Places of Interest
The Aga Khan’s Palace
This Palace boasts of Italianate arches, a gracious building having salons and suites and spacious lawns. The place has a historical landmark. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, the Britishers interned Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. Later a memorial was erected here, in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace.
This 8th-century rock-cut temple is hidden in the heart of the city, amid modern high rise structures and developments, at Shivajinagar. Reminiscent of Ellora, the temple has been carved out of a single boulder of the awe-inspiring size which includes massive pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull. The temple is used by worshippers even today.
Pune has become an international tourist spot because of the Osho Commune International. Spread over 31 acres of lush green surroundings, it is the meditation resort to people from over 60-70 different countries. The Osho Commune offers over 100 different meditation techniques to all the participants. It has become a must-visit to all the tourists over the world who are on a spiritual journey.
This garden is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Udhayan. It was built by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy, on the right bank of the Mula-Mutha to provide the poor with water during summer. The main attraction here is the evening boat rides, horse rides etc. The garden is famous for Bhel-Puri and Pani-Puri. It is situated on the Airport road and very close to the Camp area
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
The museum is housed in a Rajasthani style building situated close to the hustle and bustle of the busy Bajirao Road of Pune. It holds a one-man collection of the most fascinating Indian art crafts that you would have ever seen. ‘Mastani Mahal’ which was brought and erected as it was from its original form is a masterpiece amongst its other exhibits. It has 36 sections which include carved palace and temple doors, 2,000-year-old pottery, traditional Indian lamps and 17th-century paintings.
University Of Pune
The site of Pune University, stately mansions at Ganeshkhind built in Italian-Gothic style, was the official residence of the Governor of Mumbai during the monsoon season. The 300 mt high tower beckons to all these who come here in the pursuit of higher education. It is one of the oldest universities of India.
National Defence Academy (NDA)
This is a Defence Academy that imparts basic training to officers, cadets of all the three branches of the Defence Services for Commission in the Army, Navy and Air-Force. It is situated at Khadakvasla, 17 km From Pune.
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
The site of Pune University, stately mansions at Ganeshkhind built in Italian-Gothic style, was the official residence of the Governor of Mumbai during the monsoon season. The 300 mt high tower beckons to all these who come here in the pursuit of higher education. It is one of the oldest universities in India.
This lake is situated 12 Kms off the road to N.D.A. It is an Ornithologists delight, as it is the favourite haunt of several migratory and residential birds. For birdwatching, head towards this little lake.
Parvati Hill and Temples
Standing atop this hillock you get a vertical glimpse of Pune. A steep flight of 108 narrow steps lead to the hilltop temple built by Balaji Baji Rao. ‘Nagarkjana’ drum house is the imposing temple of Parvati and Devdeveshwar. This was once the private shrine of the Peshwas. It is also the final resting place of Nana Saheb Peshwa. The Parvati museum houses portraits of Peshwas, old manuscripts, coins etc.
Indira Gandhi Udyan situated at Pradhikaran, Nigdi on Pune-Bombay highway. It is a play park and a mini Disney Land full of wheels, merry-go-round and swings. Both adults and the children enjoy the rides and fun alike. Reaching there is no problem, as there is a direct bus service from the Pune station.
This imposing palace was built by the successors of Shivaji, the Peshwas in 1736. A massive fire destroyed the building in 1827. Most of the palace interiors also got destroyed and all that remains is the old fortified wall. But of course, the impressive brass studded gates and lotus pools have also withstood the ravages of time. This Palace situated in the heart of the city near Deccan Gymkhana, Shivajinagar, and Laxmi Road, has become the symbol of the culture of Pune. It is the place to charm you and take you through the memory pages of history.
Sinhagad stands 25 Kms from Pune, formerly known as Kondhana, once being the most impregnable fort in western India. Its literal translation is the “Fortress of the Lion”. The fort has changed hands many times from Mohammed Tughlak in 1340 A.D., to the British in 1918 A.D. Legends says, 300 years ago Shivaji’s Gen. Tanaji Malusare scaled this sheer precipice with ropes and giant lizards. He was killed in the battle and a memorial exists. It is an ideal place for a day-long picnic and site seeing. The main attraction is climbing the fort on foot.