Pune travel blog
Pune city is located above 560 meters from sea level in the state of Maharashtra, lies at the convergence of two rivers Mula and Mutha. Pune got its name around 937 AD and was founded by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja who was the founder of Maratha Empire. During his reign, the place witnessed significant development and growth in every aspect. Pune is the second largest city in the state after Mumbai, and is considered an important city in terms of its economical and industrial importance.
It was earlier known as “Punya-Nagiri” or “Queen of Deccan”. With a rich historical past, Pune has been a popular place since ancient times and still enjoys a similar popularity. In 1730, Pune became the political centre of the Peshwa Empire. The town in 1817 witnessed invasion by British India. This place served as the monsoon capital and the cantonment town to the British until India got independence on the 15th of August 1947.
Pune is not a cosmopolitan city like Mumbai, but is a pleasant travel getaway destination to spend a quite holiday. Situated in the southern part of Maharashtra, Pune is a calm and peaceful city. It offers a comfortable respite from the busy life of Mumbai, the capital city of Maharshtra. This beautiful city has many exotic locales attracting innumerable tourists.
Tourist Attractions of Pune
Parvati Hill temples:
Bund Garden: This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pune and is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Udhayan. It is located on the right bank of the Mula-Mutha Rivers and was built by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy to provide the poor with water during hot months of the summers. The adventure enthusiasts can indulge here in boat rides and horse rides.
Pataleshwar Cave Temple :
Raja Denkar Kelkar Museum :
Shaniwar Wada :
Aga Khan Palace:
Guru Nanak Darbar :
Everyday the Darbar starts early in the morning at 5:00 am with the Puja and Kirtans. Bhandara is there on every Thursday, hence Devotees from different communities come here on this momentous day. Thursday evening between 7.30 and 9.00 pm a special Bhandara program is observed. There are more than 250 Sikh families in this area and more than 1,500 people gather over here on this day to take part in the Bhandara program.
Pashan Lake :
Vishrambaug Wada : A three-storeyed mansion with its famous entrance is another of Pune’s attractions, which symbolises and tells tales of Pune’s rich culture and heritage. Now serving as a post office, this place has carved woodwork in its balcony and is located on Bajirao Road. And yes, the best person to ask for any sort of information on this is the best historian in the city, Baba Saheb Purandare.
Sarasbaug Ganpati :
Katraj Snake Park :
Dehu : Dehu is famed as the birth place of the poet saint Tukaram and is an ancient city located at the shore of the Indravati River. Tukaram is the most revered ancient poet in Maharashtra and his work ‘Abhang Gatha’ has been considered as the one of the greatest literary work in Maratha.
Dehu Temple, built by the youngest son of Tukaram, is the main attraction of Dehu. Dehu temple is assumed to be built during the 18th century and the main deity here is Lord Pandurang. The place in which Tukaram attained Moksha (salvation) is nearby to Dehu. Other attractions in Dehu include a rock famed due to Tukaram’s 13 day fast in standing and a garden in the dedicated to the memory of his wife.
Shindyanchi Chhatri :
The major attraction of the Shinde Chatri of Poona is its exquisite architecture, reflecting the style used in Rajasthan, India. Even years after its construction, the memorial retains its architectural designs and beauty and seems to be totally unaffected by time. Presently the Shindyanchi Chhatri of Pune is under the management of the Sindhia Devasthan Trust of Gwalior. You can visit it anytime between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm.
St. Mary’s Church:
Tribal Museum: This museum houses interesting artifacts that were excavated from the Sahyadri and Gondhwa regions of Maharashtra. The archaeologists will surely find this museum an amazing one.
Raj Bhavan Pune: The Raj Bhavan or the Government’s House was built in the year 1866. In the summers it housed the government of Bombay Presidency during the colonial times. This spell binding building was designed by James Trubshawe and is situated in Ganeshkhind. It is one of the must visit places in Pune.
Film and Television Institute of India ( FTII ):
Osho Commune International :
Pune University :
Pune is a round the year place and is generally crowded for the most part of the year. Since it has everything ranging from budget hotels for a couple to luxury hotels for business trips, the variety of hotels to choose from is very impressive. Budget hotels have a price range of their own and the minimum room rent at a decent hotel for a couple should cost anywhere between Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000. Since the night culture at Pune is something to experience once, it is better to take a hotel close to the city. The prices may be a bit on the high side, but the nightlife is definitely worth the extra cash.
Luxury hotels in Pune are among the best in India. As Pune is also an emerging industrial city, business men fly in to make late night meetings. A room with unlimited internet access, round the clock bar and other perks are certain basic facilities provided by the hotels. Air conditioning is necessary during the summer months.
How to Reach Pune
By Air : Pune airport is located about 10 km away from the heart of the city, in the Lohagaon area. Regular, direct flights are available from Pune to many cities in India.
By Train : Pune is an important railway junction in Indian railway. Good rail networks connect Pune with all other rail junctions in India.
Pune By Bus : Pune is well connected with many of the major cities in Maharashtra by state owned bus services. Private luxury deluxe buses are operated from Pune to many cities in India, including Goa, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Regular frequent bus services are connecting Pune with Mumbai, nearly a distance of 200 km.