Pune is the second-largest city after Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra and has its vibe. Previously called Poona until the year 1978 was once an administrative quarter of the Peshawas and Prime ministers of Maratha Empire. Now, Pune is one of an important place in Indian Subcontinent and is also called cultural capital of Maharashtra, this made Pune stand in first place in ease of living ranking.
Pune is again a most visited travel destination in Maharashtra due to its rich history, picture-perfect locations, traditional cuisines and now becoming one of the party places in the state. Due to its geographic locations, the weather is also mild with an average temperature reaching 32C. Pune is known as Oxford of the east due to the number of educational and research institutes which specializes in various fields have their presence in this city. And now it is to be noted that several companies are making their presence in this city which makes the economy grow.
For its visitors, Pune offers many places to visit and below are some of the places which should not be missed on your trip to Pune
- Aga Khan Palace: Located in Kalyani Nagar, Aga Khan Palace was constructed in the year 1892 by Sultan Aga Khan III and is one of important Palace located in Pune as it was constructed to be a source of employment for draught/famine struck villages in surrounding areas. This palace has its place in history books as well as this was used as a prison for many people who were fighting for Indian Independence. During Quit India movement, it is to be noted that M.K. Gandhi was also imprisoned here and we can now notice many pictures during his imprisoned period inside the palace complex.
- Osho Ashram: Located near Koregaon Park, this 32-acre ashram is a place of Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain also known as Osho. Here the place provides you peace and tranquillity in the midst of chaos where you can practice meditation and it is compulsory to wear Maroon robes in the morning and white robes in the evening. You can come here and enjoy your day off in peace and tranquillity
- Sinhagarh Fort: Literally translating to “Lion’s Fort” this is one of hot-spot for trekkers and adventurers. Located around 35km from central Pune and located above 800m hill this provides a panoramic view of the city. After rainfall in the month of June, July this place comes to life with a picturesque view filled with lots of greenery, waterfall etc. The fort is one of the important trade routes in and out of the city due to its location and the protection it offered when in need.
- National War Museum: This is another place for history buff where people who are interested in wars and war memorials. This place is dedicated to people who fought for the country and sacrificed lives for our nation and also showcase war memorials, armoury and other such items which were used in warfare and is one of the top places to visit in Pune. The Museum is located in the cantonment area of Pune and is must-visit due to its history
- Katraj Snake Park: The park was established in the year 1986 and is home to around 160 species of snakes. People who are Ophidiophobic kindly stay away as this place is full of crawling snakes everywhere, however, we do notice rare species of birds and turtles. Maintained by Pune Municipal Corporation, this place has a library which has a lot of information about snakes and the authorities here conduct many programmes to let citizens know about snake habitat and its food cycle etc.
- Karla Caves: One of the earliest Caves where you can find Buddhist art in India is also one of the largest early Buddhist shrines in India. Dating back around 200BC these caves have beautiful rock-cut architecture along with Asoka pillar. Karla Caves has a statue of Buddha, a 37-pillared aisle with carved elephant heads. A notable feature of the caves is the arched entrances and vaulted interiors which catches interest on the visitors here. These are located near the famous hill station of Lonavala.
- Temple Pilots Paragliding School: having maintained excellent safety and quality purpose, Temple Pilots paragliding school offers single flight and beginners courses. They have 9 teachers and are certified from APPI International (Association of Professional Pilots & Instructors, Switzerland). Located in Mumbai-Pune Highway, if paragliding is on your to-do list the Temple Pilots School is a place to be
- Adlabs Imagica: One of the best amusement parks in the country, Adlabs Imagica is located 92 km from Pune at Mumbai-Pune highway is a treat for both children and adults with there parks. Categorized into Theme Park, Water Park, Snow Park, House of Stars, Eyelusion and Glowmagica this amusement park is nothing short to the theme parks located in other countries. The tickets to this theme park are moderately priced and do visit their website for promos and offer running during a calendar year.
- Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park: Managed by Pune Municipal Corporation, Rajiv Gandhi Zoo is a large zoo of over 130 acres along with katraj lake. The zoo is home for around 362 animals out of which some are endangered and critically endangered as per Wildlife Protection Act of India. This zoo is not like a traditional zoo where the animals are kept behind the bars, however, this zoo has large natural habitat for each of its animals according to latest guidelines from Central Zoo Authority. The zoo is home for many mammals, reptiles and birds and in recent year due to its dedication towards breeding of endangered animals has seen growth in numbers. There is a zoo research wing which research animals behaviour, physiology, diseases and treatment. Ticket price starts at 25INR for adults and 10INR for children.
- Hot Air Balloon Ride: Located in Lonavala, around 66km from Pune this activity does make you feel spellbound, located in beautiful hill station viewing this city up high in the sky provides you with an exhilarating experience. The best time to do this experience is after monsoon ends where you can see a lot of greenery everywhere with hillocks and lakes this is must-do adventure activity when you visit Pune. The duration of the Hot Air Balloon ride is 1 hour and it costs around 12,000INR which is worth every penny.