- Cultural Capital of Maharashtra
- OXFORD of the EAST
- Leading Information Technology (IT) Hub
- Great variety in culture, history, sports, patriotism, nature or wildlife
- Pleasant weather round the year
This is a continuation of the places to visit in Pune.
7) Aga Khan Palace
Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III built the Aga Khan Palace in Pune, India, in 1892. The palace is closely linked to the Indian freedom movement as it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, his secretary Mahadev Desai (All were interned from 9 August 1942 to 6 May 1944), and Sarojini Naidu. In 1969, Aga Khan Palace was donated to the Indian people by Aga Khan IV as a mark of respect to Gandhi and his philosophy. The palace has Italian arches and spacious lawns. It houses several photos and portraits depicting glimpses from the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation of India, and other personalities of the Indian freedom struggle.
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 5/- for adults and Rs. 2/- for children
8) Pataleshwar Cave Temple
The Pataleshwar Cave Temple (also called Panchaleshvara or Bamburde) is a rock-cut cave temple, carved out in the 8th century in the Rashtrakuta period. Located on the Jangli Maharaj Road, this temple is devoted to the Lord Pataleshwar, the God of the Underworld. In front of the cave is a circular Nandi mandapa, its umbrella-shaped canopy supported by massive square pillars. The main cave is rectangular on plan and has a pillared porch. There are three sanctums in the cave temple and the central one houses the Shivalinga. This is the oldest monument in Pune and is more than 1300 years old.
Timings: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily
9) Chatushrungi Temple
The Chaturshrungi Temple, a Hindu temple, has been built during the reign of the Maratha king Shivaji. Chaturshringi (Chattu means four) is a mountain with four peaks. The Chaturshringi temple is 90 feet high and 125 feet wide and is a symbol of power and faith. One has to climb more than 100 steps to reach the shrine of Goddess Chaturshringi. Lakhs of visitors flock to the temple every year during the annual Navratri festival.
The legend behind this temple is that there was a rich and prosperous merchant named Durlabhsheth Pitambardas Mahajan who was an ardent believer of Goddess Saptashrungi Devi. When he became old and couldn’t visit her temples, the Goddess appeared in his dream and told him- “If you can not come to me, I will come to you & stay near you.” She asked him to come to this hill and dig there. A miracle happened as he found a natural statue of a goddess (Swayambhu Devi) and constructed a temple here.
Timings: 6 AM – 9 PM daily
10) Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park
The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, located in Katraj is a 130-acre zoo divided into three parts: an animal orphanage, a snake park, and a zoo. It also includes 42-acre of Katraj Lake. The zoo has collections of reptiles, mammals, and birds. Among mammals, the zoo has a white tiger and a male Bengal tiger named Tanaji. Reptiles include Indian rock python, cobra, snakes, vipers, Indian crocodiles, and Indian star tortoise. There are over 22 species of snakes that include a 13-foot-long King Cobra.
Timings: 10:30 AM – 6 PM, except Wednesdays
Entry Fees: Rs. 3/- per head for Adults and Rs. 2/- per head for children
UNIQUE EXPERIENCES IN Pune
11) Darshan – A Life-Changing Experience
Darshan – A Life-Changing Experience, is a museum dedicated to the noted Saint and scholar, Sadhu Vaswani. A journey into Sadhu Vaswani’s life and activities create an entertaining, educative, and moving experience for the soul, culminating in the darshan of the humble kutiya, where he spent his last years. The narrative and the dialogues, in the sound and light format, make it a very emotive experience; as opposed to the written format.
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM except for Thursdays
12) Shinde Chatri
Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 5/- per head
13) Vishrambaug Wada
Vishrambaug Wada, a three-storeyed mansion with its famous entrance is another of Pune’s attractions, which symbolizes and tells tales of Pune’s rich culture and heritage. It was the luxurious residence of Peshwa Bajirao II, the last Peshwa of the Maratha confederacy, in the early nineteenth century. The 20,000 sq. ft. wada presently houses a post office on its ground floor, a few other offices of the municipal corporation, and a small museum of Maratha artifacts put together by noted Maratha historian, Babasaheb Purandare.
Entry Fees: Rs. 5/- per head
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