14 top places to visit in Pune
#1 Aga Khan Palace
Attraction for many tourists, Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III in year 1992. This place holds the memorials of Kasturba Gandhi and mahadev Desai, Architect Charles Corea. This beautiful palace also has the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi buried under the palace.
#2 Shaniwar wada
Built in 1732, Shaniwar wada holds a brief history of Maratha Empire. Because of its eye catching architectural design, this place still attracts about 300 tourists from around the globe every single day.
#3 Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple
This temple was constructed by a Pune businessman in 1893, dedicating it to his late son who lost his life in plague epidemic. The temple attracts thousands of tourists and locals every single. Many famous celebrities and businessperson also visits this beautiful temple to seek blessings from Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha’s Jewelleries are made from real gold and many visitors pay visit to have a glimpse of Lord Ganesha’s beauty.
#4 Parvati Hill Temple
With one of most beautiful views and a gorgeous temple, Parvati Hill Temple is the best place to visit if you are looking for peace in the Pune city. Parvati hill offers a beautiful city view and sunset is the cherry on the cake.
#5 Singhagad Fort
With an elevation of 1312m above the sea level, Singhagad fort is a must visit place if you are visiting Pune. The fort has two entrances- one is called Pune Darwaza and the other is called Kalyan Darwaza. With the beautiful view, locals living here offers tasty local food in a reasonable price.
#6 The Sydney Tower Eye
Carved from a single stone, Pataleshwar Cave Temple is devoted to Lord Pataleshwar, who is known as the God of Underworld. Its architechural beauty and uniqueness is admired by various visitors and tourists on a daily basis. And the best time to visit this temple is between October and July, where the weather is pleasant with less heavy rain.
#7 Mahadji Shinde Chhatri
A tribute to brave Mahadji Shinde, this monument is the reflection of Maratha bravery. Its architecture and design, which is built with a combination of Rajasthani and British style is an eye pleasing piece of art. The monument is located between the locals of Wanowrie and can be visited between 6am to 9pm.
#8 Mulshi Lake Dam
A perfect place to visit, if you are a nature lover. Camping is one of the popular activities at Mulshi Dam Lake. You can easily rent a cottage, set up a campfire and enjoy the scenic view of the lush green surroundings. And if you want to see best of Mulshi lake dam, then monsoon is the best time to visit here.
#9 ISKON NVCC Temple
Located in Kondhwa, Pune, the ISKON NVCC Temple is devoted to lord Krishna and goddess radha. The temple is not only a beautiful worship place, it even houses activities like youth training programmes and bhagvat gita reading classes, women and family empowerment activities, etc.
#10 Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park
Located in Katraj, covering 130 acres of land, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is perfect visiting spot for animal and nature lovers. It has various types of species of animals, which is main attraction for all the visitors. Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is divided into four sections- the Katraj Lake, the zoo, an Animal Orphanage and the snake park.
#11 Khadakwasla Dam
Attraction for many visitors, khadakwasla dam is a beautiful spot located in Pune. It is popular picnic spot surrounded with a beautiful scenic view. During monsoon, it looks quite attractive as the greenery around the place flourishes and shines with a beautiful sunset. You can even find small thelas (food stalls) on the way.
#12 Lal Mahal
Located near shaniwar wada, Pune, Lal mahal is a childhood residence of chhatrapati Shivaji maharaj. The mahal has huge fan following as people in Maharashtra worship Shivaji maharaj whole heartedly. The mahal is stored with various memorials of Shivaji maharaj and provides an idea of Shivaji Maharaj’s living.
#13 Sarasbaug Ganpati Temple
Established by Maratha Ruler Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa, Sarasbaug Ganpati Temple is located at the foot of parvati hills. It is one of the old temples of Pune and houses shree sidhivinayak, god who makes wishes comes true. The temple has over ten thousand visitors every single day, which goes upto eighty thousand visitors every day during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
#14 Okayama Friendship Garden
Pune’s Okayama Friendship Garden is the largest Japanese Garden outside Japan. The garden is inspired by Okayama Korakuen Garden in Japan. The place has a beautiful blend of nature and man-made ponds and waterfalls. With variety of flowers, you can have a peaceful time at this beautiful garden of Pune.