Visiting Places

 

 

Pataleshwar Caves on Jungli Maharaj Road are 8th century cave temples dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar, God of the Underworld. Believed to have been cut out from a single rock, the place has massive pillars, which are the grandeur of the temple caves. The shrine out there is dedicated to Shiva and the Nandi.

This religious shrine on Jungli Maharaj Road, housed in caves, that dates back to 700-800 AD has rather grand statues of Nandi, Sita, Ram, Lakshman, Lakshmi, Ganesh and an over-sized shivalingam under its roof.

 

The attached museum is dim, dank and dusty and not worth wasting time over, apart from an exhibit that has made the Guinness Book of World Records - a grain of rice engraved with some 5000 characters

 

Getting there: Open daily from 08.00 to 17.30, this is located in the middle of the busy thorughfare of Jangli Maharaj Road. Gettting there with most rickshaws willing to ply there! 

 

 

Bund Garden

 
Bund Garden lies on the right bank of the Mula Mutha River. Constructed by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy primarily for providing water to the poor during summer, it has become a popular unwinding spot for citizens with an added attraction of boating facilities and has recently added a well-designed jogging track. Bund Garden is now known as the Mahatma Gandhi Udyan.



The Osho Ashram 

Years after the death of Osho, the Osho Ashram at Pune continues to attract people from the farthest corners of the world. The ashram, spread over an area of forty acres, was founded by Bhagwan Rajneesh himself. Osho Rajneesh Dham is the perfect place, not only for spiritual development, but also for rejuvenation and relaxation after being frustrated by the tensions of everyday life. People, from as many as 100 countries, are staying at this ashram, each with a different purpose. 

 

Aga Khan Palace True to its name this place boasts of Italianate arches and spacious lawns, an unlikely place for a prison but the Britishers interned Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. The architecture of the palace will take you down memory lane, reminding you of the illustrations from fairy tale houses.

Shindyanchi Chhatri

Amongst the architectural prides of Pune, the memorial to the great warrior Mahadji Shinde, the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army, between the years 1760 to 1780 under the mighty PeshwasShindyanchi Chhatri is one of the renowned places to visit in Pune. The temple adorned with Rajasthani architecture is an imposing edifice situated at Wanowrie.

 

Saras Bagh 

Saras bagh is considered as one of the favorite tourist places in Pune. The Saras bagh temple houses the idol of Shree SiddhivinayakA sacred ground of faith for millions of devotees in Pune and around the world.

 

Bal Gandharva Mandir 

The home of Marathi Theatre, both commercial and experimental.

It is situated on Jangali Maharaj Road, about 11 km from Pune.

 

Tilak Smarak Mandir 

The Tilak Smarak Mandir is located at Sadashiv Peth of Tilak Nagar in Pune and is one of the famous places to visit in Pune. Tilak Smarak Mandir is a building commemorating the great freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak. On the ground floor is a small museum describing Tilak's public life and a theatre on the upperfloors.

The Film and Television Institute of India 

The Film and Television Institute of India is situated on Law College Road. It imparts training in all branches of the film and television industry and is known for having produced some of the finest show-business professionals in the country.

 

 

Vishram Bagh Waada.

 

Vishram Bagh Wada, the great old palace marked its presence in grand olden times, is presently in ruins. This majestic palace was constructed by Peshwa during the 18th century. The palace was renowned for the attractive facades made in good quality wood.

 


Katraj Snake Park

Katraj Snake Park is a rare location to get the close view of variety of reptile species. This Park, established in 1986, is situated close to Pune on Pune–Satara Highway at Katraj. The Park houses birds and turtles apart from the reptiles. 

The park houses a rare species of Brown Palm Civet and this is a major draw here. As per the wildlife records this is the only specimen of this kind in captivity. The King Cobra of length nine feet, which is brought from Sunderbans, is another attraction to the wildlife enthusiasts. A zoo and a garden located nearby are also worth visiting.

St. Mary's Church

st. Mary's Church, an ancient church dating back to 1825, is built by British people to facilitate the British people settled in Pune for worshipping. This is an elegant structure with a blend of British and Indian architectural styles. 

The mortal remains of Sir Robert Grant, a renowned writer of religious lyrics and an erstwhile Governor of Mumbai, is placed under the floors of the church. Everyday worship is offered in this Church and the church still uses pipe organs of about 130 years old.

 

Mulshi Lake and Dam

Mulshi Lake is primarily a tourist attraction near Pune. The Lake is formed in the catchment area of Mulshi dam. The Dam is a perfect spot for picnics, with its scenic surroundings, unexploited Sahyadri hills, lush green forests & some ancient forts like Koraigadh and Dhangad in the vicinity.