The second largest city of Maharashtra, Pune is culturally vibrant and full of panoramic fort views!
Apart from the beautiful museums across the city, Pune’s nightlife is as happening due to the strong presence of college crowd.
If you’re planning a short trip to Pune and have limited time in your hands, then we suggest that you cruise through the following places –
1.) National War Museum
Established since 1997, the National War Museum in Pune is a heartfelt tribute to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. The museum is built across 25 feet of land and its main attraction MIG 23 BN Jet Fighter which was used in the infamous Kargil War. The museum apart is a symbol of bravery and unity of the Indian Army and showcases Army Uniforms, dummy rifles and certain post war mementos.
2.) Aga Khan Palace
The beautiful Aga Khan palace is an ode to the father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi who was imprisoned here during the Quit India Movement, 1942 along with other national leaders. The palace, built in 1892, is primarily Islamic in its architecture yet it contains hints of Italian art. It is believed that the palace holds the samadhi(ashes) of Mahatma Gandhi’s wife(Kasturba Gandhi) . Aga Khan should definitely be on your list as it is architecturally and historically poignant.
3.) Ramamani Iyenagar Memorial Yoga Institute
Established in 1975, Ramamani Iyenagar Memorial Yoga Institute is renowned for its moral and yogic values which it inculcates among their followers. The institute is a 3 floored building where each floor represents – body, mind and soul. There are in numerous books varying from philosophy, human anatomy, physiology and meditation.
There are meditation sessions for adults and children held during mornings and evenings everyday.
4.) Parvati Hills
It takes 108 steps to reach the top of Paravti Hills which is situated at the far south end of the city.
Rest assured, the view of the city is breathtaking and worth the ascent. The hill constitutes 4 temples, one for each of the 4 gods – Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha and Kartikeya. This palace is closely associated with the ancient Peshwa rulers and the Maratha Empire in Pune. Apart from this the palace houses a Parvati Temple along with the replicas of old paintings and manuscripts.
5.) Osho Ashram
The tranquility of one of the most celebrated meditation points, in perhaps the entire country cannot be put into words but rather it has to be experienced by oneself. Brainchild of Bhagwan Rajneesh, who is also popularly known as Osho, this ashram is one of the most luxurious and peaceful resort for anyone who is in the search of inner guidance! Although it is a bit expensive, but the things that you take after these meditation sessions are priceless.
6.) Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary
Spread over three districts of Pune, Thane and Raigad, the Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1974. It is vastly covered with semi evergreen forests along with western tropical forests and is also the origin point of two tributaries of Krishna River.
7.) Shaniwar Wada
Made famous with the recent release of the Bollywood film ‘Bajirao Mastani’, Shaniwar Wada has always been Pune’s main attraction for centuries. It was built originally in 1736 as a seven storied mansion to serve as a mode for political power. Although the palace has now been demolished due to an unexplained series of fire attacks during the 19th century. However the famous mirror palace still remains intact!
8.) VishramBaug Wada
Built by Peshwa Bajirao as his residence, VishramBaug Wada is a three floored mansion with eye catching wooden facade. The palace was destroyed in 1880 by mysterious fire attacks but was later restored through public and municipal donations. The ground floor of the palace now has a post office and certain other municipal corporations.
9.) Shinde Chhatri
The Shinde Chhatri hall was built in the memory of Maratha leader, Mahadji Shinde and holds great importance for people of Shinde cast. It is believed to be the cremation spot of the Maratha leader. Built on 12th February, 1974 this hall also houses a Shiva Temple with beautiful paintings and carvings across the walls.
10.) Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
The museum is situated at Bajirao Road and it store the arts and crafts collected over time by Raja Dinkar Kelkar. There are 21000 antiques out of which only 2500 are on public display. This place should be visited by all history lovers and travellers for its rich historical significance!
We hope that you are able to cover all these places at your time in Pune.
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