The Aga Khan’s Palace
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, in the midst of modern high rise structures and developments, at Shivajinagar. Reminiscent of Ellora, the temple has been carved out of a single boulder of awe inspiring size which includes massive pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull. The temple is used by worshippers even today.
Osho Commune: Pune has become an international tourist spot because of the Osho Commune International. Spread over 31 acres of flush 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.
Bund Garden: 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. 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
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum: The museum is housed in a Rajasthani styled 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 articrafts that you would have ever seen. ‘Mastani Mahal’ which was brought and erected as it was from it’s original form is a masterpiece amongst it’s 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
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
National Defence Academy: 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 kms From Pune.
Film and Television Institute of India
Film and Television Institute of India: The FTII is situated on a sprawling campus midst much greenery on the Law College Road. It is a premier institute that imparts training in all branches of the film industry and is known for having produced some of the finest professionals in the Audio- Visual media, most of whom have won accolades abroad. So if you have star in your eyes, FTII is a must.
Parvati Hill and Temples
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 hill top 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.
Pashan Lake: This lake is situated 12 Kms off the road to N.D.A. It is an Orinthologists delight, as it is the favourite haunt of a number of migratory and residential birds. For birdwatching, head towards this little lake.
Appu Ghar : 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 the fun alike. Reaching there is no problem, as there are direct bus service from the Pune station.
Shaniwar Wada : 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 to Deccan Gymkhana, Shivajinagar, and Laxmi Road, has become the symbol of the culture of Pune. It is place to charm you and take you through the memory pages of history.
Sinhagad : Sinhagad stands 25 Kms from Pune, formerly known as Kondhana, once being the most impregnable fort in western India. It’s 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.