The Top 10 Things To Do and See in Pune

Photo of Shreyas Kulkarni
9 February 2017

The city of Pune is like a chameleon, it changes colours from one day to the next, a mixture of cultures and ideas. For years, its charm and quiet made Pune the dream destination for retirees from India. It is also India’s most favoured city for education due to the presence of top-notch universities. Today, it’s an IT hub and one of the country’s most popular places to build a start-up. A rich history and contemporary culture blend seamlessly, navigate both with ease with the help of our guide to the 10 best places see In Pune.

Aga Khan Palace, Pune | © Ramnath Bhat/Flickr

Aga Khan Palace

Built in 1892 by Sultan Aga Khan III, this graceful building was intended to be a source of employment for the famine-struck villagers in the surrounding areas. During the fight for independence from the British, many freedom fighters were imprisoned here. Gandhi, too, was imprisoned here during the Quit India movement. Today, a collection of pictures and photographs of the important incidents in Mahatma Gandhi’s life are housed in a museum inside the palace complex.

Pune Nagar Rd Kalyani Nagar Pune, Maharashtra, India

Osho Ashram

Located in a beautiful 32-acre campus, this ashram of Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain is a resort for Meditation and Yoga. The practice of meditation is taught at the ashram to reduce of stress and worry. For daytime activities, maroon robes are necessary, while for evenings, white robes are worn. The ashram is a delightful place to attend and one that leaves you stress-free and rejuvenated.

No.17, Welcome Center, 1st Lane, Koregaon Park Koregaon Park Pune, Maharashtra, India

Katraj Snake Park

Established in 1986, Katraj Snake Park is home to over 160 species of snakes. It is aided by the Pune Municipal Corporation and also boasts a vast collection of birds, reptiles and turtles. Highlights include: the Brown Palm Civet, a nine foot long King Cobra brought from Sunderbans, and some rare species of birds and turtles. The park also houses a library where a lot of information about snakes can be found and many programmes by the park authorities are also conducted to discourage snake harassment in the local area.

Katraj Pune, Maharashtra, India

Karla Caves

The Karla caves are historically associated with the Mahasamghika sect of Buddhism. Located around 40 kilometers from the city, the caves date back to the 2nd century BC and represent the golden period of Buddhism in India. There’s a Buddhist monastery located within the caves, as well as carved prayer halls, stunning arched entrances and striking walls decorated with sculptures of humans, lions and elephants.

Karla, Lonavala Pune, Maharashtra, India

Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad Fort also known as ‘ Lion’s Fort’ is situated at a distance of 35kms of Pune on a hill rising 800m above the surrounding countryside. It is a strategic fort, carefully selected for its proximity to the settlement of Pune, allowing control over important trade routes and offering protection behind its safe walls in times of need. During the monsoon season in June, the fort and the surround region come alive with beautiful waterfalls and lush flora, making it a hot spot for trekkers and hikers from Pune and Mumbai.

Sinhagad Ghat Road, Thoptewadi Pune, Maharashtra, India

Temple Pilots

Temple Pilots is Paragliding School, offering both single flights and beginners’ courses. It has nine instructors and maintains an excellent student to teacher ratio. They are certified with APPI International – (Association Of Professional Pilots & Instructors, Switzerland) and have maintained excellent quality and safety standards. If paragliding is on your bucket list and you happen to be in Pune, here is your chance to see the stunning countryside from a different angle.

Lake Paradise Talegaon Dabhade Opp CRPF Mumbai – Pune Highway, Maharashtra, India, +91 98233 84654

Tribal Cultural Museum

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The Tribal Cultural Museum lies around two kilometres from the railway station. The state of Maharashtra is a vast and many tribal communities call it their home. They have different languages, different lifestyles, food habits and beliefs. The museum exhibits the cultures of the tribal communities through jewellery, utensils, musical instruments and even black magic objects. It’s a great place to learn about the various tribal communities of the state.

Tulsi Baug

Tulsi Baug (Basil garden) is an area located in the centre of Pune city. Its main attraction is the historic temple precinct and the large market. The street is lined with shops selling women’s items and is often visited to purchase gift items, household goods, traditional Maharashtrian wear, cookery items, jewellery and cosmetics. It can ben crowded, but is a must visit for anyone who wants to get their hands on some incredible items or to sharpen their bargaining skills.

Plot No. 3, 53/B, Shiv Darshan Road, Arnyeshwar Sant Nagar Pune, Maharashtra, India

Doolally on Tap!

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub
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Welcome to Doolally
Welcome to Doolally | © Satish Krishnamurthy
Doolally on Tap! is Pune’s first microbrewery. The beers are crafted by German brew master Oliver Schauf and are changed every month; his influence can also be seen on the menu which includes German sausages among other Indian and European dishes. The interior of the pub is very traditional with wooden bar stools and floor panels, barrels as tables and huge tanks of the brewery in the background. Price: Mid-range Opening hours: 12.30pm-12am Watch out for: Factory hours and Happy Hours Mohammed Wadi, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Della Adventure

Della Adventure is one of India’s largest adventure game parks. There are over 80 activities to choose from. It is a perfect place for those who love an adrenaline rush. Be it racing on mud tracks in All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or zipping across a 500 feet long cable, they have it all. A great place to have some fun with friends or family on a weekend.

Opening hours: 11am-9pm

Old High Way, Kunegaon Kune Village, Khandala Lonavala, Maharashtra, India

By Shreyas Kulkarni

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