Pune is a city full of life. It’s an amalgamation of rich historical heritage, cultural activities, exploration sites and vibrant city nightlife. It has many closely located adventurous & amazing getaways where you can spend a relaxing weekend or go for trekking on a beautiful day. Pune being an Educational and IT hub has also been attracting youth and professionals from all over India. The fun and peaceful vibe of Pune makes it one of the most livable city in India. So, if you are looking forward to visit Pune, here’s a detailed guide including the best of things to do in Pune and more that will help you plan your next trip to this beautiful city.
Best time to visit Pune:
Pune city is blessed with beautiful weather during the monsoon months July – September and winter months October – March. Sight seeings can more viably be done during winter months that are from October till March. Visiting Pune during monsoons can be fun only if you enjoy rains or plan on visiting the popular near by monsoon destinations such as Lonavala, Lavasa, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. The visibility of the views may be less at some heights but are definitely worth a visit if you enjoy monsoons. Pune has bearable summers during April till June.
Things to do in Pune:
Aga Khan Palace :
The Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892 as an act of charity to help the poor affected by famine. This magnificent palace is a prominent landmark of historical significance in Pune. Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi and his secratary Mahadev Desai were imprisoned here following the launch of Quit India movement. Mahatma Gandhi spent two years in confinement in this palace during which he lost both Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai. This palace houses the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi.
Location: Kalyani Nagar, Pune
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Ticket Prices: The entrance fees of Aga Khan Palace is Rs. 5 for Indians, Rs. 2 for Child and Rs. 100 (1.4 USD) for Foreigners.
Sinhagad Fort :
The Sinhagad Fort also known as the Lion Fort is a very popular trekking destination in Pune. You may also drive till the entrance of this fort and catch some amazing views of the mountains surrounding the fort. Sinhagad fort is believed to have been built 2000 years ago and has served as a battlefield for many important battles in the history of Marathas. Trekking to Sinhagad from the foothill will take about 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on your speed. Carry lots of water, some food and wear comfortable shoes suitable for trekking. The best time to visit the fort is during monsoons from June to August or winters from October to March. You can grab a plate full of kandha bhajias or some local food for your lunch once you are at the fort.
Location: 36 Kms from Pune, Thoptewadi
Opening Hours: 5 AM to 6 PM
Ticket Prices: There is a minimal parking fees for the vehicles at the foothill if you are going for trekking or at the Sinhagad Fort entrance if you have driven to the top.
Shaniwar Wada Fort :
The Shaniwar Wada Fort was built in the 18th century and served as a fortress for Peshwa Bajirao of Maratha Empire. This fort stands as a symbol of the rise and fall of the Maratha Empire. Many members of the ruling family had met unfortunate deaths due to betrayals or war defeats . This fort is also known to be haunted by the ghost of Narayanrao who was the fifth ruling Peshwa in 1773. Although the fort was partially destroyed in 1827 due to an unexplained fire, but still it remains to be the most visited tourist attraction in Pune.
Location: Shaniwar Peth
Opening Hours: 6 AM to 5:30 PM
Ticket Prices: The entrance fees of Shaniwar Wada Fort is Rs. 5 for Indians and Rs. 125 (1.7 USD approx.) for Foreigners.
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganesha Temple :
The Dagadusheth Halwai Ganesha Temple is a very beautiful temple serving as a holy place attracting devotees of Lord Ganesha from various parts of the world. This temple was built by a very well known sweet maker Dagadusheth Halwai in 1893 to help heal and overcome from the loss of his son. The idol of Lord Ganesha is magnificent and adorns about 40 kilos of gold. Every year this temple is marvelously decorated to celebrate the 10 day Ganesha festival. Also many cultural and charitable activities are organized here on timely basis. So, if you are in Pune and want to visit a religious place, this temple is a must visit for you.
Location: Ganapati Bhavan, Budhwar Peth
Opening Hours: 6 AM to 9 PM
Ticket Prices: Free entrance
Seven Wonders Theme Park :
If watching the Seven Wonders of the World within a theme park fascinates you then should be heading towards the Seven Wonders theme park also known as Yashwant Rao Chavan Garden in Pune. This theme park is a small garden having miniature replicas of the seven wonders of the world. The replicas are very beautifully designed and built. There is also a 4D theater named after Dadasaheb Phalke showcasing various different 4D shows. This park is an ideal place for a lovely family outing and capturing those Instagram worthy moments.
Location: Opposite Rajiv Gandhi Academy of E- Learning, Shivdarshan Area
Opening Hours: 6 AM to 9 AM in the mornings and 4 PM to 8 PM during the evenings
Ticket Prices: Rs. 20 per person
Pataleshwar Temple :
The Pataleshwar temple is an ancient rock cut cave temple carved out in the 8th century. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Shiva. This temple garners a lot of attention for its architecture and very soothing atmosphere. The ambiance and atmosphere of this temple is very peaceful. It is believed that the Pataleshwar cave temple was carved out from a single basalt rock. This temple has also been enlisted as one of the best caves in Maharashtra making it one of the must visit places in Pune.
Location: Jangali Maharaj Road, Shivaji Nagar
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Ticket Prices: Free entrance
Osho Garden :
The Osho Garden is one of the most scenic gardens in Pune. The peaceful and positive vibes of this garden attracts many tourists from all over the world. This picturesque garden has been designed according to Japanese styled layouts having lots of lush greenness, stone bridges, wooden pathways and a tranquil lake. The Osho Garden is stunningly captivating and is an ideal place to spend a rejuvenating evening with your loved ones. You can also make a visit to the Osho Ashram which is located near to this garden. The Osho Ashram is very well known among people as a spiritual, meditation and rejuvenation center.
Location: Koregaon Park
Opening Hours: 6 AM to 9 AM in the mornings and 3 PM to 6 PM in the evenings
Ticket Prices: Free entrance to Osho Garden
Note: There is an entrance fee for Osho Ashram.
Lavasa City :
Lavasa is one of the most unique hilltop cities in India surrounded by mountains having scenic lake, waterfalls and an amazing landscape. It is a private city developed and maintained by Hindustan Construction Company. The most attractive part of this city is the Promenade which has a very picturesque backdrop of pastel colored buildings. These buildings have residential apartments as well as hotel accommodations. The architecture of this city is inspired from Portofino, a beautiful village in Italy. There are many enjoyable things to do in Lavasa such as adventure water sports, cycling or take a stroll at the promenade enjoying the charming surroundings.
Location: Located at about 65 kms from Pune
Lonavala is a very well known Hill Station in Maharashtra. During monsoons, this place turns into a paradise surrounded by the majestic Sahayadri hills covered with lots of greeneries, sparkling lakes and many waterfalls. Lonavala has a plethora of attractions for its visitors. These attractions include Bushy Dam, Pavana Dam, Lonavala Lake, Tiger Point, Duke’s Nose, Della Adventures, Lohagad Fort, Rajmachi Fort, Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves. You will be needing at least two days to visit all these attractions. The Lohagad Fort and Rajmachi Fort are very well known for trekking in Lonavala.
Location: Located at about 65 kms from Pune
Adlabs Imagica :
The Adlabs Imagica located at the Mumbai – Pune expressway is the most popular amusement and adventure theme park in India. There are variety of thrilling rides, amazing entertainment activities, tons of food eateries and shopping arenas, so many things at one place. This theme park caters fun filled activities for all age groups. It is a perfect place to spend a day filled with lots of fun and thrilling experiences with your family. Apart from the theme park you can also visit the snow park and the Aqua Imagica which is an amazing water park. For Non – Pune residents or tourists they also have a family resort where you can stay over while your trip to Imagica.
Location: Mumbai – Pune expressway
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM to 7 PM
Ticket Prices: The variations in entrance fees is seasonal.
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