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Discover Pune In A Very Different Way With These 20 Incredible Places To Visit In Pune

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 15 min read

Surrounded by the Western Ghats and the Sahyadri Mountain Range, Pune has a lot to offer to all kinds of travelers. As the second largest state of Maharashtra, Pune is a hub of multifarious activities and is fast evolving into one of the major cosmopolitan cities of India. Pune was previously the headquarters of the Peshwa dynasty in Maharashtra, So all-in-all Pune is a veritable treasure house of tourist attractions and things to do that will keep you on your toes all through your visit to Pune. The people, the places and the weather will coax you to explore all these tourist attractions that we think are a must visit in Pune. So keeping that in mind we have curated a super interesting copy of the list of the top 20 Places To Visit In Pune.

 

For The History Lovers

1. Parvati Hill Temple

Rising to 2100 feet above sea level in the Western Ghats, Parvati Hill Temple, located at the top of the hillock, is revered as one of the most picturesque places to visit in Pune. It is also among the oldest heritage structure built by the Peshwa dynasty. The hill can actually be called as a consolidation of temples considering the great number of temples that it houses. Visiting all these temples along with the samadhi of Nanasaheb Peshwa can take quite some time. The trek is marked with 103 wide and long steps which would take you hardly 20 minutes to cover. However, to enjoy the temples and the scenic spots on the way to the top, it should take you at least an hour or two.

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Visiting Days: Any

Timings: 08:00 am to 05:00 pm

Duration: 1-2 hours

Entry Fee: Free

 

2. Aga Khan Palace

This palace has great historical significance, it depicts the political prowess of Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III who built the palace in 1892 and later served as the president of the League of Nations. It has also played an important role in India’s freedom movement as Gandhiji along with his wife & secretary were imprisoned at this place for about 2 years following the Quit India Movement. The samadhis of both – his wife & secretary are also located on the campus. Some more attractions include the picture gallery & museum exhibiting the important events that took place in the time that Gandhiji spent here with his family.

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Surrounded by an expansive garden, the place also has a meditative effect. Various events & public functions are also organized here including:

1. Martyr’s Day on 30th January

2. Kasturba’s death anniversary on Mahashivratri

3. Independence Day on 15th August

4. Republic Day on 26th August

5. Gandhiji’s birth anniversary & awards ceremony on 2nd October

 

Visiting Days: Any

Timings: 09:00 am to 05:30 pm

Duration: 2-3 hours

Entry Fee: Rs. 5 for Adults, Rs. 2 for Kids & Rs. 100 for Foreigners

 

 

3. Shaniwar Wada

Built way back in the early 18th century, Shaniwar Wada once served as the fortified seat of the Peshwa empire until they lost control to the British East India Company in the early 19th century. Post that, there was an unexplained fire here that destroyed large parts of the fort. However, the remnants have been maintained as a tourist site.

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The love story of Bajirao and Kashi began here and so did the unfinished love story of Bajirao-Mastani. The palace has been widely acclaimed for its ancient architecture. However, in recent times, paranormal activities have been reported here. To showcase the rich history of ancient India, light and sound shows are organized here in the evenings every day. Marathi show timings are from 7:15 pm to 8:10 pm and English show timings are from 8:15 pm to 9:10 pm. There is a nominal ticket price of Rs. 25 per head for these shows.

 

Visiting Days: Any

Timing: 08:00 am to 06:30 pm

Duration: 2-3 hours

Entry Fee: Rs. 5 for Indians & Rs. 125 for Foreigners (doesn’t include the fee for the Light & Sound Show)

 

4. Pataleshwar Cave Temple

Dating to the 8th century, Pataleshwar Cave Temple attracts tourists and architecture enthusiasts from far and wide. The temple is carved out from a single rock and houses the God of the Underworld (Patal). The carvings and drawings from more than a millennium ago add splendor to the monolithic creation. The seating arrangement inside the temple provides you enough space, silence and time to wonder about the true magnificence of this structure. The museum here has a single preserved grain of rice with 5000 letters inscribed on it, something that has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.

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Visiting Days: Any

Timings: 08:00 am to 5:30 pm

Duration: 1-2 hours

Entry Fee: Free

 

5. Lal Mahal

Once home to the great Shivaji Maharaj, Lal Mahal or Red Palace is among the most famous tourist attractions in Pune. Shivaji Maharaj’s father Shahaji Bhosale is said to have established this for his wife Jijabai and son Shivaji. Jijamata Garden in the palace compound is a peaceful play area. Shivaji’s famous war with Shaista Khan is believed to have happened here in which in order to save his childhood house, Shivaji cut the fingers of Shaista Khan while he was trying to escape the palace. Major occasions from the childhood life of Shivaji can be seen here in the form of pictorial representations on the walls.

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Visiting Days: All days of the week

Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Duration: 30 minutes to 1-hour

Entry Fee: Free

 

 

6. Sinhagad Fort

Located around 30 kilometers away from Pune, the Sinhagad fort serves as an excellent destination for trekking due to its significant location on the Bhuleshwar Range of the Sahyadri Mountains. Not only can you enjoy the cool climes of Pune but you can also experience how the fort could have once acted as an active military outpost during the Maratha Empire. Sinhagad fort is a popular tourist destination for those who wish to experience the grandiose architecture of Maratha and the scenic beauty of the Sahyadris.

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Visiting Days: All days of the week

Timings: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm 

Duration: 30 minutes to 1-hour

Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for two-wheelers Rs. 50 for four wheelers

 

For Photo Fanatics & Nature Lovers

7. Bund Garden

A serene garden right in the heart of the city is home to exotic migratory birds during winters. Horse riding sessions and magic shows are also hosted in this unique garden that is surrounded by mini dams built over the Mula River. While here, you can also go boating across the river. Dam, translated to Bund in Hindi, is where the garden derives its name from. It is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan as it spans across the river till the Gandhi National Memorial. With its tranquil ambiance and majestic natural beauty, it is most definitely one of the best places to visit in Pune with friends in the evenings.

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Visiting Days: Any

Timings: 06:00 am to 09:00 pm

Duration: 1-2 hours

Entry Fee: Free

 

8. Pashan Lake

This manmade lake is the favorite flocking place for a variety of migratory birds. Some of the exotic birds that you can spot here include white-breasted kingfisher, gray heron, open-billed stork, etc. December to February is generally a great time to visit this place for picnics and gatherings or even for some solitude from the hustle-bustle of the main city. This definitely tops the list of places to visit in Pune for couples. With lush green surroundings and cool breeze, you are bound to be mesmerized by the great landscape around.

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Visit Days: All days of the week

Timings: 08:00 am to 11:30 pm

Duration: Based on your convenience

Entry Fee: Free

 

9. Vetal Tekdi

With an elevation of 2600 feet above sea level, Vetal Hill is the highest point in Pune. The hill attracts a great number of bird watchers, photographers, and joggers. This is one of the best hangout places in Pune for friends to enjoy each other’s company and spend quality time capturing panoramic views of the city. The hill dawns a new look every season and with its rich flora, it can rightly be called as the ‘Lung of the City’.

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Visiting Days: All days of the week

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:30 pm

Duration: 3-4 hours

Entry Fee: Free

 

For Spiritual Seekers & Fun Lovers

10. National Defence Academy

NDA situated about 15 km away from the city, is one of the most unique places to visit near Pune. It stands tall as the only academy in the world that provides training together to all three forcesArmy, Navy & Air Force. Motivational tours to the academy are open only on Sundays for educational institutions and organized groups. Proper formals are required to maintain the sanctity of the place. The guided tour includes movie screening of ‘NDA Revealed’ and visits to museum, mess & training teams. Prior application is required to be submitted along with the proposed date and number of people.

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Visiting Days: Sunday

Timings: 10:30 am to 01:00 pm

Duration: 2.5 hours

Entry Fee: Free

 

11. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

With over 20,000 artifacts, this place stands tall as one of the most artistic museums across the country. Built by Baba Dinkar Kelkar in 1962, the museum was later donated to the Maharashtra Government in 1975. The sculptures, musical instruments, paintings, carvings, and ornaments exhibited here date back to the 14th century and cover the important art pieces from the Mughal and the Maratha eras. It is a must visit for art lovers to experience the rich taste of the emperors & artists who once lived in the region.

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Visiting Days: All days of the week

Timings: 10:00 am to 05:30 pm

Duration: 2-3 hours

Entry Fee: Rs. 50 for adults, Rs. 10 for kids (below 12 years), Rs. 200 for adult foreigners, Rs. 50 for foreigner kids (below 12 years)

 

 

12. Darshan Museum

A relatively new museum inaugurated by Aamir Khan in 2011, this is a biographical museum celebrating the life of Sindhi saint & scholar T.L.Vaswani. It provides a unique experience through audio-visual shows with 3D Holographic, lifelike statues and other modern technologies. The museum is a fine example of imparting spiritually uplifting experience by harnessing cutting edge technologies.

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Visiting Days: All days except Thursdays

Timings: 11:00 am to 07:00 pm

Duration: 2-3 hours

Entry Fee: Free (registration is required at the gate though)

 

13. Osho Ashram

Featuring the world’s largest meditation hall, this place is well known as a meditation resort. People from all parts of the world flock here in search of inner peace. Spanning over 32 acres, it has a guest house if you want to stay on campus, a spa, sauna, jacuzzi, gym, and a tennis court. Various meditation courses such as Nadabrahma, Nataraj, Kundalini, etc. are offered here for different rates. This is a must-visit place for an intense spiritual and peaceful experience.

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Visiting Days: All days of the week

Timings: Check the course & program timings

Duration: Based on your convenience & activities/programs you choose

Entry Fee: Rs. 60 per person (separate for programs and compulsory medical test)

 

14. Panshet Water Park

Surrounded by dams on either side, this is a beautiful water park right in the Sahyadri Range of mountains. Amidst all the regular rides, the water park has several water sports options including kayaking, water scooters, speed boating, windsurfing, etc. With the serene backdrop and lush greenery, this is bound to be a thrilling getaway with friends.

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Visiting Days: All days of the week

Timings: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm

Duration: 3-6 hours

Entry Fee: Weekdays – Rs. 170 for kids and Rs. 250 for adults Weekends – Rs. 230 for kids and Rs. 300 for adults

 

15. Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park

Divided into three parts – snake park, zoo and animal orphanage, this zoological park is a house to various species of mammals, reptiles, and birds. Among the exotic animals, the zoo has Asiatic lions, a white tiger, king cobra, peafowl, blackbucks, etc. This is a great place to learn more about various animals as it provides detailed information on all the species that it is home to.

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Visiting Days: All days except Wednesday

Timings: 09:30 am to 06:00 pm

Duration: 2-4 hours

Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Adults and Rs. 5 for Kids

 

 

For The Party Proppers

16. Swig

For someone who loves relaxing with live music and Continental cuisine, this is the best place to visit. With an enthusiastic young crowd, you are sure to encounter thriving artists around. The club invites painters, sculptors, dancers and other artists during theme-based nights. This club turned lounge tops the list when it comes to having a casual getaway with friends.

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Highlights: Perfect For Night Out, Weekend Dining, Great Brews, Theme-Based Nights

Must-Haves: Chinatown Chili Chicken, Kebab Platter, Mandarin & Passion Fruit Mojito

Cost For Two: INR 1400

Cuisine: Finger Food, Salad, Continental, Italian

Timings: All Day 12:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Contact Number: +91 97 6526 0215

Address: 28/2, SBI Training Centre, North Main Road, Koregaon Park (Get Directions)

 

17. Mix@36

Located in the Westin Hotel, this is rather on the expensive side. However, if you are someone who enjoys retro beats with the city in your backdrop while sipping some delicious handcrafted cocktails, this is one of the best places to visit in Pune with friends at night. Also, surrounded by the Mula-Mutha River and lush greenery, you are in for an ecstatic time with your friends. 

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Highlights: Perfect For Hangout With Friends, Nightlife, Live Music

Must-Haves: Cocktails, Chaat, Tea, Pasta, Beer, Mocktails

Cost For Two: INR 4200

Cuisine: Finger Food, Asian, Continental, North Indian

Timings: All Day 05:00 PM - 01:00 AM

Contact Number: +91 97 6541 1047

Address: The Westin, Survey 36/3B, KP Annexe Mundhwa Road, Mundhwa (Get Directions)

 

18. High Spirits

This café hosts the best gigs in the city and tops the list in terms of experimental and offbeat music. The drinks are affordably priced and a large number of students from the town flock this place with friends to dance and enjoy the daily gigs. The gigs range from R&B and Rock to House and Trance.

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Highlights: Open Air Seating, Night Life, Live Music, Best Gigs In The City 

Must-Haves: Thin Crust Pizza Steak Sandwich, Mocktails

Cost For Two: INR 1500

Cuisine: Finger Food, Continental, Italian, North Indian, Mexican

Timings: All Day 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Contact Number: +91 20 7196 7417

Address: 35, A 1, Near ABC Farms, KP Annexe, Road, Mundhwa (Get Directions)

 

19. Mi-a-Mi - JW Marriott

Being the 1st choice for clubbing in Pune, Mi-a-Mi is perfect if you want a night full of heavy duty dancing. Just a heads up, the club located in the basement is completely enclosed and one has to climb down three flights of stairs to get there. They also host, Ladies Night every Wednesday which means free alcohol for the girl gang. People above the age of 21 years are only allowed. Dress code is smart casuals, and for men, it is compulsory to wear closed shoes. The outlet has colorful dim lighting and a long well-lit bar where all the alcohol lovers are gathered and are enjoying their drinks.

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Highlights: Night Life, Open Air Seating, Live Music, Soothing Ambiance

Must-Haves: Pasta, Fries, Beer, Mojito

Cost For Two: INR 2500

Cuisine: Finger Food

Timings: Opens only on Saturday from 08:00 PM – 01:30 AM

Contact Number: +91 98 2251 1688

Address: W Marriott, Senapati Bapat Road (Get Directions)

 

20. House of Medici

The House Of Medici at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park perfectly amalgamates the exuberant and majestic ambiance resonating the aura of renaissance architectural design with a contemporary flair. The elegant decor, pulsating live performances and the exciting modern menu make this an ideal destination to celebrate life every day. The cocktail list here is succinct having 104-foot-long horseshoe-shaped bar which is the longest one to be found in the country. Best of all, it’s a bargain—come here for inventive riffs on classic recipes and Benedetto Dei, a gin-based cocktail named after the Italian poet who was adjutant to the Medici family.

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Highlights: Wifi, Smoking Zone, Live Music, Night Life, Horseshoe-shaped bar

Must-Haves: Arrotino, Strozzi, Balthus Dream

Cost For Two: INR 3000

Cuisine: Asian, Continental

Timings: All Day 7:30 pm - 1:30 am

Contact Number: +91 97 6541 1047

Address: The Westin, 36/3B, Road, Annexe, Mundhwa (Get Directions)

 


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