Welcome to Pune – Pune is a city located in the state of Maharashtra in western India. It is the second largest city in the state after the state capital, Mumbai. A pride of the Peshwas, the city . Known as the “Queen of the Deccan” It is also the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Not just that, it has a growing industrial hinterland, with information technology, engineering and automotive companies sprouting. The city is known for cultural activities like classical music, spirituality, theater, sports, and literature. Featuring Mughal and colonial-era styles, the city is known for unique architecture. From temples to museums, the city has a lot to offer to travelers and saints alike. The “Garden City” movement layout, which was developed in the early 20th century,helped revitalize the architecture.The Parvati Temple, Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, Chaturshringi Temple, Chand Tara Masjid, and Ohel David Synagogue are some the most popular religious sites in Pune. History buffs would love to check out the Aga Khan Palace, Shaniwarwada, Pataleshwar Cave Temple, Mahatma Phule Museum, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum and Pune Tribal Museum. The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and Pu La Deshpande Udyan are popular among city residents of all age groups.
Places to Visit in Pune
|Shaniwar Wada is one of the most popular monuments in Pune. In 1729 Peshwa Baji Rao commissioned the building of Shaniwar Wada. Shaniwar Wada has great fountains, courtyards, fruits, trees, offices audience halls and substantial residential areas as its attractions. The architecture of Shaniwar Wada was influenced by Moghul design shaniwar Wada was established by Bajirao Peshwa-I. The main door is about twenty one feet tall. The door located in the north of the palace was named `Mastani Darwaza.|
|Aga Khan Palace was built in the year 1892 by Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III in Pune. Since then it is one of the biggest landmark in Indian history. Aga Khan Palace is one of the finest piece of architectural beauty in the western India. The exquisite palace is surrounded by the lavish green gardens all around.|
|Saras Bagh of Pune is a beautiful and well-maintained garden area in Pune. Saras Bagh of Pune is a site of devotion as well as a popular hang-out for the residents of Pune. Nanasaheb Peshwa resolved to construct a lake at the foot of the Parvati hills in 1784, Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa constructed a small temple on a hillock in Saras Bagh and created a shrine for Shree Siddhivinayak Gajanan. It houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak.|
|Peshwa Udyan of Pune is one of the most famous garden areas of the city of Pune. It is maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation. Apart from the Peshwa Udyan Zoo within the premises of the gardens, there are also provisions for some animal rides and boating.These arrangements are undertaken by the government.|
|Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune, situated just across the river on the Jungli Maharaj Road, is a heritage site for Pune.A remarkable feature of the Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune is that it bears resemblance with the massive rock-cut temples of Ellora.Pataleshwar cave temple is a huge temple carved out of a single rock, and houses gigantic pillars, a shrine of Lord Shiva (also known as Pataleshwar) and a Nandi bull.
|Sinhagad Fort is a popular picnic spot located at a distance of 25km from Pune city in Maharashtra state, India. This is a popular trekking destination for the people of Pune as it is situated on a hill, at a height of 700m above the surrounding landscape. I think most people are familiar with the fact that in Maharashtra state, you can see different forts. It is believed that Tanaji Malusare, a general in Shivaji's army sacrificed the wedding of his son to win the fort. This brave soldier was well supported by uncle Shelar Mama as well as Marathas.|
|Parvati is the one of the most scenic locations in Pune. It is situated at a height of 2100 feet above sea level. The temples on Parvati hill are the oldest heritagestructures in Pune and reminiscent of the Peshwa dynasty. It offers an aerial view of the city and for the punekars, it is a respite from the noise and pollution of city life.|
|Raja Kelkar museum is situated at Bajirao Road and consists of art and crafts collected by late Shri Dinkar Kelkar. The museum has 42 sections and displays 12.5% of everyday art and craft in 6 galleries. Among a few sections the Ivory, Wooden Objects, Lamps, Objects of Beauty Culture, Arms & Armours, Tambol, Mastani Mahal, Terracotta, Toys, Musical Instruments, Leather Puppets, Paintings, Sculptures, Coins, Earthenware, Writing Implements, Bronzes, Textile, Kitchen Utensils, etc are a few.
When entering the museum everyone is welcomed by the ornate wooden arch depicting Agni and Indra and the spectacular lamps.The main attraction of the museum is the Mastani Mahal which also depicts a few of the special exhibitions.
|Located in Wanowrie, Shinde Chatri houses the Samadhi of Shrimant Mahadji Shinde. He was a man of great deeds.The Shiv mandir in the temple campus was built by Shrimant Mahadji in 1794. He passed away the same year and his last rites were performed here. The temple campus including the Samadhi was later built by built by Madhavrao Sindhia in 1965.|