Pune is the perfect place to spend your time. Here are Best 10 places to visit in Pune.
Shaniwar wada is a historical fortification in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. Built in 1732, this one of the most popular historical places in Pune and also one of the top tourist places in Pune City.
Shaniwar Wada was the seat of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire until 1818, when the Peshwas lost control to the British East India Company. Following the rise of the Maratha Empire, the palace became the center of Indian politics in the 18th century.
The important buildings in the palace includes the Thorlya Rayancha Diwankhana (Marathi:The court reception hall of the eldest royal, meaning Baji Rao I), Naachacha Diwankhana (Dance Hall), and Juna Arsa Mahal (Old Mirror Hall).
Aga Khan Palace
Aga Khan Palace is a national monument of India’s independence movement as it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, his secretary Mahadev Desai and Sarojini Naidu. In 2003, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) declared the site as a monument of national importance.
The palace was an act of charity by the spiritual leader of the Nizari Ismaili Muslims, who wanted to help the poor in the neighboring areas of Pune, who were drastically hit by famine.
Timings: 9 AM to 5.30 PM.
Distance: 6.5 KM
Lal Mahal (Red Palace) of Pune is one of the most famous monuments located in Pune, India. Shivaji Maharaj’s Father Shahaji Bhosale, established the Lal Mahal for his wife Jijabai and son. Shivaji Maharaj stayed here for several years until he captured his first fort.
Lal Mahal is famous for an encounter between Shivaji Maharaj and Shaista Khan where Shivaji Maharaj cut off the Shaista Khans’s fingers when he was trying to escape from the window of the Lal Mahal.
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Lavasa is a private, planned city being built near Pune , stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino, with a street and several buildings bearing the name of that town. It is a perfect blend of Nature beauty and infrastructure.
The city has a better view of surrounded seven hills, a long lake, Mose valley and a striking tourist destination for Pune people.
Best Time To Visit : June To Jan
By Road : The distance from Pune to Lavasa is 60 km by road.
Sinhagad fort is a most favorite weekend gateway for Punekars.
Singhgad fort sits on the top of Sahayadri hills and offers you a sweeping view of the surrounding terrain. The view from top of Singhgad is spectacular, you can see Khadakwasla and Varasgaon dams, Torana fort and Panshet from the top.
At the top of the fort, there are a lot of food stalls that serve Bhaji and Pitla Bhakra, which everyone should definitely try.
By Road : The distance from Pune to Singhgad fort is 30 km by road.
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Lonavala is popular hill station surrounded by green valleys in western India near Pune and Mumbai, famous for its spectacular mountain views, lots of waterfalls and historic caves and dam alongside lakes.
Famous Attractions: Tiger’s point, Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, Ryewood lake.
By Road: The place is 49 km from Pune.
By Rail: The nearest Railway Station is Lonavla railway station.
Pawna Lake is the one of the best place to spend time with friends and family in during monsoon. Pawna Lake is an artificial lake which is surrounded by surrounded by high towering hills, Famous for its surroundings comprising scenic waterfalls, spectacular lake views. It is 33 km from Lonavala and 63 km from Pune.
Pawana Lake situated in the Western Ghats makes it a natural hotspot for flora and fauna.
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Khadakwasla Dam, built across the Mutha River, is situated near Khadakwasla village in Pune district of Maharashtra. This is among the most visited tourist spots around Pune especially during the monsoons. A popular weekend picnic spot for the locals, even tourists are fascinated with the dam and the food chowpaty around it.
Distance: 15 KM
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, commonly known as the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo or Katraj Zoo,is located in Pune. It is one of the famous tourist places in Pune and also the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India. The 130-acre (53 ha) zoo is divided into three parts: an animal orphanage, a snake park, and a zoo, and includes the 42-acre (17 ha) Katraj Lake.
The zoo has collections of reptiles, mammals, and birds. The snake park has a large collection of snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. There are over 22 species of snakes with 10 species of reptiles comprising more than 150 individuals.
Timings: 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Closed on Wednesday)
Distance: 8 KM
Mulshi is the name of a major dam on the Mula river in India. It is located in the Mulshi taluka.
Mulshi is a perfect place to visit during the monsoon season. Mulshi Dam surroundings by full of natural beauty that includes a dam, deep forests and forts like Dhangad and Koraigadh
Camping is one of the most popular activities at Mulshi Lake and Dam.
By Road: The place is 40 km from Pune.
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