Pune: A city on a roll

Beautiful destinations to explore when you visit Pune in India

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With a great outskirts, it could be packed with fun and adventure on one day trip near Pune. You will experience a variety of adventure sports and stunning sightseeing around the western ghats. You will build a fun camp of interesting areas.

Lets take a quick look on places to visit near Pune

1. Shaniwar Wada Palace

Shaniwarwada is a popular historical landmark in Pune also among top Pune tourist places. It is considered one of the best tourist spots in Pune. It is a magnificent fortification built in 1732 and was the seat of the Maratha Empire’s Peshwas during that period and they ruled there until 1818. They couldn’t use it any longer because they lost control to the British East India Company.

2. Aga Khan Palace

The Aga Khan Palace, designed by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892, is yet another impressive landmark and one of Pune’s prominent visiting sites. In India’s past, this palace put itself as one of India’s largest landmarks on a prominent location. The palace served as an act of charity and the Sultan who constructed it wanted to help the region’s needy.

3. Explore the Parvati Hill

This beautiful green hill is one of Pune’s most popular places to visit. Not only is the place renowned for trekking and escape into nature, but it is also famous at the top of the summit for its ancient Paravati Temple. This temple was built during the time of the Peshwas, around 2.100 ft. above sea level.

4. Café Paash

How would you look if you blended a cup of coffee with all the comfort you’ve ever needed? Ironically, Paash is one of those wonderful things in the peaceful city of Pune near your own gates. This organic cafe has the charm of sustainable design along with a shop of luxurious clothing, crafted pieces, homewares and presents that you can take back for your family and friends.

5. Vetal Tekdi

A famous hill in Pune’s city limits is Vetal Hill, the highest point at an elevation of 2600 feet and one of Pune’s iconic sights. Also on the top of the hill is the Vetala shrine, and that’s how it got its name as Vetal Hill. Adventure seekers come here to escape the city’s noisy hustle and bustle and it’s a great morning trek place.

6. Pashan Lake

A beautiful yet artificial lake on the Pashan Hills suburbs is Pashan Lake, 12 kilometers away from Pune city centre. It was established during the British period to satisfy the area and community water requirements of the locals. Ram Nadi, a narrow rivulet is the giant lake’s inlet and is protected by the dam on the lake’s north side.

7. Shinde Chhatri

Shinde Chhatri is a shrine devoted to the military leader Mahadji Shinde of the 18th century and one of the main attractions and popular places to visit in Pune. Under the control of Peshwas from 1760 to 1780, Mahadji Shinde acted as commander in chief of the Maratha force. The glorious Maratha law leader houses a hall marking the place of the cremation of Mahadji Shinde on February 12, 1794.  The shrine had only one temple devoted to Lord Shiva founded by Mahadji Shinde himself in 1794 and a Samadhi was constructed outside the sanctuary of the Shiva temple in 1965 alone.

8. Peacock bay

Peacock Bay is a well-known place to visit in Pune, situated as part of the lake of Khadakwasla dam and operated by the Pune National Defense Academy. It is considered to be the nerve center of all training programs for watermanship. The reason it’s called Peacock Bay is a large number of peacocks living near the site. This picturesque bay has all the cadet training facilities. This requires a detailed seamanship teaching gear system, all sorts of sailing vessels, speed boats, water skis, whalers, dinghies, windsurfers and cutters.

9. Osho Ashram

Osho Ashram is one of the Koregaon Park’s famous tourist spots in Pune. The ashram’s builder was Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain, who is recognised as Osho Rajneesh among the people. The ashram has a different title as Pune’s Osho Commune International and is spread over 32 acres of land. Those who are eagerly waiting to flee the lapses of peace and tranquility will fall in love with this ashram that sits on a land of absolute serenity and greenery, providing the much-anticipated break from the hustle and bustle of city noise and traffic. The ashram is perhaps the most visited tourist destination at the moment, after gaining fame among tourists

10. Khadakwasla Dam

Khadakwasla Dam is one of the main tourist destinations in Pune, located in Khadakwasla, where the NDA is located. The dam is built on the Mutha River, about 20 kilometers away from the city of Pune. A magnificent lake named Khadkawasla Lake has been formed by the dam. The lake is the city and its suburbs ‘ primary source of water.

11. Empress Garden

This location is the Empress Garden operated by the Western India Agri-Horticultural Society, a popular garden and one of the magical locations to see in Pune. The Empress Garden has been under this community since 1880, and has been well maintained with the intention of preserving and maintaining the region’s unique flora. The greenhouse extends over an area of 39 acres, containing several types of trees, plants and flowers. In addition, the Agri-Horticultural Society will arrange flower displays and other similar programs to raise awareness among citizens about the protection and restoration of endangered flora plants.

12. Rajmachi

This mysterious village is one of the secret tourist sites in the Sahyadri ranges outside Pune. A fort is next to this location where hikers and adventure enthusiasts visit. Come rains and this expanse of land, along with several waterfalls and small streams, is shrouded in lush greenery. It’s a popular trekking spot near Pune.

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