Pune is the second largest city in the Indian state of Maharashtra, after Mumbai. It is the ninth most populous city in the country with an estimated population of 3.13 million. Along with its extended city limits Pimpri Chinchwad and the three cantonment towns of Pune, Khadki and Dehu Road, Pune forms the urban core of the eponymous Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR). According to the 2011 census, the urban area has a combined population of 5.05 million while the population of the metropolitan region is estimated at 7.27 million.
Situated 560 metres (1,837 feet) above sea level on the Deccan plateau on the right bank of the Mutha river, Pune is also the administrative headquarters of its namesake district. In the 18th century, the city was the seat of the Peshwas, the prime ministers of the Maratha Empire and so was one of the most important political centres on the Indian subcontinent. Pune is ranked the number one city in India in the ease of living ranking index.
The city is considered to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra. It is also known as the "Oxford of the East" due to the presence of several well-known educational institutions. The city has emerged as a major educational hub in recent decades, with nearly half of the total international students in the country studying in Pune. Research institutes of information technology, education, management and training attract students and professionals from India and overseas. Several colleges in Pune have student-exchange programmes with colleges in Europe.
The Lal Mahal of Pune is one of the most famous monuments located in Pune, India. In the year 1630 AD, Shivaji Maharaj's Father ShahajiBhosale, established the Lal Mahal for his wife Jijabai and son. Shivaji Maharaj stayed here for several years until he captured his first fort.
Panshet Waterpark Ranked as one of the best places to visit in Pune is Panshet Water Park located amidst the Sahyadri Mountains. Those who love water sports and adventure under water, this water park is the best choice to have maximum fun and thrilling moments with your family or even alone. The most popular attraction in the city is nestled amid the beautiful locale lying in between two famous dams, Varasgaon and Panshet. Other tourist attractions located near to the water park are Raigad Fort, Khadakwaska Dam and Singad Fort.
It is a perfect weekend getaway near Pune located 45 kilometres south-west of Pune and at an elevation of 910 meters above sea level. Adventure lovers arrive here to partake in different water sports like kayaking, water scooter rides, speed boating, swimming, surfing etc. The tourism department has done a tremendous job to make this attraction widely accepted and well acclaimed among the public. So much excitement and happiness are hidden in each ride in the park and kids as well as adults can enjoy them to the fullest for sure. Also, at the park, you can purchase food available at the food court.
The park is well cleaned and maintained with all facilities like bathroom and toilets. Life jackets will be provided before you get to indulge in any water sport. But inside the park, you are not allowed to use camera or videography.
Classic Rock Coffee Co. Looking for a refreshing break to spice up your taste buds at the most affordable prices? If yes, then Classic Rock Cafe Co. is an eventful place to light up your evening with its vibrant ambience replete with enchanting music and live performances.
Some of the most outstanding features of this place are karaoke, outdoor seating, live sports screening, board games and valet parking that makes it unique among places to visit in Pune.
Raja DinkarKelkar Museum An intriguing museum with a lot of references to the medieval history of India is located in Pune and that is the most famous attraction of the city, Raja DinkarKelkar Museum. It possesses the rare collection of Dr. Dinkar G Kelkar dedicated to the memory of his sone, Raja. There are three floors for this museum displaying different types of sculptures dating back to the 14th century along with ivory, silver and gold items and musical instruments, war weapons, vessels etc. The collection began in 1920 and by 1960, the museum was filled with 15000 objects and later in 1962, Dr. Kelkar donated all the collections to the Government of Maharashtra. Currently, if you visit the museum, you will come across more than 20000 objects out of which 2500 only are on display.
The museum showcases the different artistic materials found from different parts of India from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection includes door frames, vessels, paintings, handicrafts, carvings etc. Museum 2000 is a project that has been started to make Dr. Kelkarr's dream of an education and cultural museum come true and to be opened to the public in order to provide them proper knowledge on the artistic values of India. Museum Shoppee is an additional venture at the museum that will give attractive souvenir items at a reasonable rate and it is located at the exit point.
Osho Ashram Osho Ashram is one of the famous tourist places in Pune located in the Koregaon Park. The founder of the ashram was Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain who is famous among the people as Osho Rajneesh. The ashram has got another title as Osho Commune International of Pune and it is spread across 32 acres of land. Those who are eagerly waiting to escape into the laps of peace and tranquillity will fall in love with this ashram which is existing on a land of pure serenity and greenery and it offers the much-awaited break from the hustle and bustle of the city pollution and crowd. Currently, the ashram is perhaps the most visited tourist destination after it achieved fame among the tourists coming to Pune as well.
The calm surroundings are the major factor contributing to the exciting crowd pulling the ashram holds. Space is undoubtedly dedicated to yoga and meditation that promise the visitors a rejuvenating experience, letting the body and soul preserve the natural features of being peaceful and calm. The ashram offers a lot of training programmes of different kinds based on the visitor's choice. The programmes are on spiritual living and stress-free lifestyle and they are conducted at regular intervals. The important ones are OshoNadabrahma, Osho Kundalini meditation, normal meditation, OshoNataraj, Osho dynamic meditation and so on. The ashram is promised to keep on the legacy portrayed by the great guru Osho and it teaches his concepts and ideologies to the visitors. Osho Multiversity is another part of the ashram that provides extensive methods for personal development.
There you will get knowledge of healing arts, creative arts, martial arts, esoteric sciences, Sufism and much more. Also, on every month, there will be meditation camps are conducted on second Friday that has a duration of three days. Spiritual Disneyland is the name the ashram possesses since hundreds of people come here to rediscover themselves as along with the meditation, it offers a range of multiple facilities like massages, beauty therapies, sauna, swimming pool, tennis etc. The gardens in the Ashram are open to the public every day during morning and evening hours.
Aga Khan Palace Yet another famous landmark in Pune is the Aga Khan Palace which was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892. In the history of India, this palace placed itself on a prominent space as one of the biggest landmarks in India. As an act of charity, the palace existed and the Sultan who built it wanted to help the poor in the region.
The mighty monument is considered to be a sparkling jewel in Indian history which had a close connection with the Indian freedom movement since it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, his secretary, and Sarojini Naidu. Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai, the secretary died in this palace.
Archaeological Survey of India declared the palace as a monument of national importance in the year 2003. Aga Khan, the brilliant mind behind the birth of this majestic monument donated the palace to the Indian people as a mark of respect to Gandhi and his philosophy in 1969 and currently, the palace holds itself the vast collection of memories and it is a memorial on Gandhi where his ashes were kept. In the later years, the prominence of the palace started diminishing and the authorities neglected the importance of the monument and thus it was becoming unattended as well.
The palace is exactly situated about 2 kilometers away from Bund Garden in Yerwada on Pune Nagar Road. The palace presents Utalian arches and a huge lawn at the front and it houses five falls. The total area in which the palace is situated in 19 acres including the lawn and other spaces.
It is an important archive as well that showcases the number of photos and portraits of the life of Mahatma Gandhi and other important figures of the Indian freedom struggle. It acts as the headquarters of the Gandhi National Memorial Society.
AppuGhar Amusement Park AppuGhar Amusement Park in Pune is a renowned attraction that keeps on calling out the tourists as well as the locals to come and enjoy the beauty presented here in the park. It boasts being the first amusement park came into existence in Pune and that is was in 1984. The name of the park came so interestingly; Appu was the name of an elephant which was a mascot for the Asian Games held in 1982 in Delhi. AppuGhar Amusement Park is located in Nidgi, Pune and the other name of the park is Indira Gandhi Udyan which was earlier used to be known as Bund Garden. The park offers an umpteen number of fun rides, a serene lake and hilly terrains and thus it is also called the mini Disney Land of Pune.
The environment of the park is absolutely beautiful that gives the location a vibrant charm. The park holds rides for everyone, be it kids, as well as adults and some of them, are really thrilling like a roller coaster, My Fair Lady etc. The helicopter, Appu Express, GammatGirki, kiddy boat, Jumping Frog etc are a few of the kids' rides available here. All the rides in the park are imported from Italy after testing the quality and international safety measures. The amusement park is a perfect holiday destination for families. There is a huge parking space outside the park for 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers.