List of tourist attractions in Pune

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Pune is the second largest city of Maharashtra state, India and is surrounded by the Sahyadri Mountain range. It occupied an important place during the Maratha Empire between 1674 and 1881. Hence, it homes numerous forts and wadas highlighting typical Maratha architecture.[1] Forts are one of the main attractions including Lohagad and Visapur Forts. It also has rich cultural and spiritual history with many temples and ashrams spread across the city. In additional to local adventure and history junkies, Pune also attracts many international tourist because of Osho International Meditation Resort that is located in heart of Pune at Koregaon Park.[2][3]

Tourist attractions in Pune[edit]

Museums[edit]

  • Darshan Museum
  • Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum[4]
  • National War Museum
  • Pune Tribal Museum
  • Mahatama Phule Museum[5]
  • Tilak Museum
  • Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History
  • Studio Kaleido
  • Blades of Glory Cricket Museum
  • Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railways
  • National War Museum

Religious Sites in Pune[edit]

  • Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati
    Dagdusheth Ganpati, Pune
    Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple (Marathi: श्रीमंत दगडूशेठ हलवाई गणपती) in Pune is dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesh. The temple is popular in Maharashtra and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.Devotees of the temple include celebrities and Chief Ministers of Maharashtra who visit during the annual ten-day Ganeshotsav festival. The main Ganesh idol is insured for sum of ₹10 million (US$160,000). People are celebrating 125 years of celebration for this Ganapati in the year 2017.
  • ISKCON NVCC Temple
  • Sri Balaji Mandir
  • Sarasbaug Ganpati Temple
  • Chaturshrungi Temple
  • Pu La Deshpande Garden
  • Phoenix Market City
  • Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
  • Parvati Temple
  • Katraj Jain Temple
  • Pataleshwar Cave Temple
  • Bhuleshwar Temple
  • Shri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra
  • Sant Dnyaneshwar's Samadhi Mandir
  • Morgaon Mayureshwar Temple
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Ramdara Mandir
  • Trishundha Ganpati Temple
  • Shri Wagheshwar Temple
  • Shree Baba Maharaj Sahsrabuddhe Samadhi Mandir

Park[edit]

  • Pu La Deshpande Garden
  • Osho Garden
  • Gram Sanskruti Udyan Village Park
  • Kamla Nehru Park
  • Seven Wonders Dream Park
  • Sambhaji Park.
  • nisargshala

Forts[edit]

A view of Sinhagad Fort

Lohagad and Visapur Forts[edit]

Lohagad and Visapur Forts are located about 65 km to the west of Pune. The forts were primarily built to boost trade by safeguarding the important trade route through Bhor Ghat. The forts can be easily reached by roadways or railways. Trains are available from Pune to Malavali Railway Station, which is the nearest railways station to these twin forts. One needs to then travel by road to the small village of Lohgad Wadi which lies just next to the forts.[6]

The two forts are unique in their formation and connected together by a ridge which is popularly known as ‘gaymukh’. There are four massive doors on the way to forts. They are named as Ganesh, Narayan, Hanuman and Mahadarwaja. There are some inscriptions that suggest that the Ganesh door was built during the rule of Nana Phadanavis. There is a 1500-meter-long wall that surrounds the fort and is easily visible from a long distance. The width of the wall is 30 meters. On the eastern side of the Lohagad Fort, there is a huge hole that is easily visible by the passing train from a very far distance.

Visapur Fort is located adjacent to Lohagad Fort and one needs to walk around a long wall to get to this unique fort. Visapur Fort was built after Lohagad Fort during 1713–1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, who was the first Peshwa of the Maratha Empire. There is a long wall that forms a fortification around Visapur Fort. The hill on which this fort is built is also famous for its historical caves of Bhaje that existed even before the fort was built. These caves are also important for the historians because of their Buddhist connection. There are a few stone houses located on this hill which is believed to the home of Peshwas. Apart from the stone houses and caves, once can also find some iron guns and cannons that give glimpses of the Maratha Rule. A lot of people also come to visit a huge idol of Lord Hanuman on the hill.

With a number of forts in and around Pune there are some trekking places like The Taljai hill, Hanuman tekdi, Vetal tekdi which are most preferred places for treks or for jogging. Khadkawasla, Mulsi and Panshet dams are most visited places during the monsoon, they are like a weekend nature retreat for tourists.

Markets and shopping[edit]

The market at Tulsi Baug

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Pune". myowncity.in. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  5. ^ "must-see museums in Pune to relive the good ol' days". pune365.com. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Lohgad-Visapur fort". pratik18p.wordpress.com. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Which Streets to Shop in Pune". indiamarks.com. Retrieved 26 December 2016.