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Pune Tourist Destinations

Pune city lies in the Maharashtra state of Western India, at the junction of the Mula and Mutha rivers. Called "Queen of the Deccan," Pune is the cultural capital of the Maratha people. It is one of the historical cities of India with a glorious past, an innovative present and a promising future. Pune is one of the biggest industrial towns of Maharashtra and India also Pune is called the automobile city as many big auto mobile companies have their head Quarters here. Pune is also famous for education and Osho Communes in the Rajnesh Ashram located here. It is among the greenest urban areas in the country with more than 40 per cent of its area under green cover.
Pune is famous for the fantastic education opportunities it offers. It is the home of Armed Force Medical College, College of Military Engineering and Artificial Limb Centre. It is a very modern city with its share of pubs, cafes, discotheques and restaurants.The charm of this quaint city of Pune is around it in the forts, the caves and the other adventurous treks around the little mountains and hillocks!
Pune is Located in the Sahayadri Hills, near the west coast of India, Pune is a fascinating city with a healthy climate all year round. Fondly called as the Oxford of the East and the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune as a city has grown manifolds over the past few decades.Pune, now called the Oxford of the East was once a haven for the Britishers. The reason being its conducive and pleasant climate. Pune is considered a mini hillstation and has a tolerable climate throughout the year as compared to its neighbour, Mumbai!
Pune was early home of great Maratha warrior Shivaji and became the Maratha capital in 1750. For a brief period, Pune was under the control of Nizam of Hyderabad and later came under the British rule in 1817. The British tried to develop Pune as the summer capital of Maharashtra and a military cantonment. Today, Pune has lost much of its grandeur of Maratha period but the places around here are quite rich in heritage and natural beauty.

By Air - Flights available to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta, Madras, Bangalore and Ahmedabad from Pune Airport itself. Mumbai is the nearest International Airport to Pune.

By Rail - Pune is linked with Mumbai (170 km), Nasik (209 km), Aurangabad (230 km), Chennai (1,088 km), Delhi and other major cities of India. From Mumbai there are regular trains. The Shatabdi Express also operates from Mumbai to Pune. Another convenient train is the Deccan Queen. Other trains from Mumbai to Pune are Pragati Express and Indrayani Express.

By Road - The excellent road network connects Pune with most of the important cities in Maharashtra and India. The Mumbai-Pune Express Highway offers a safe and fast access between Mumbai and Pune. Pune is also well connected with Goa, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Shirdi, Bangalore, Indore, Hyderabad and Aurangabad through road.
Pune Can be traveled Between June To March.

Shaniwar Wada - Open 8 am to 6.30 pm
Shaniwarwada, the royal residence of the Peshwas was built in the 18th century by the second Peshwa, Bajirao-I. It was built in wood with charming carvings and paintings. It became the seat of political power and achieved tremendous importance. But unfortunately nothing of the big palace remains as it was burned down. Not once but twice. It is said to have been the finest palace in the Deccan in its times.

Shaniwar Wada
Aga Khan Palace Or Gandhi National Memorial  -  Situated on Nagar Road, Aga Khan Palace is also known as Kasturba Gandhi Memorial or Kasturba Samadhi.This palace was built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Agakhan III and was donated to India in 1969 by Aga Khan IV. This palace boasts of Italianate arches, a gracious building having salons and suites and spacious lawns. A special cenotaph honours Kasturba who died here. A shop attached sells khadi or cotton handloomed garments and textiles. The place has a historical landmark.
Aga Khan Palace Or Gandhi National Memorial
Parvati Hill  -  Parvati hill is located in Southern Pune is visible from many parts of Pune. The temple atop after a climb, is dedicated to Parvati, Vishnu, Ganesh, Kartikeya and Devadeshwar. This famous landmark consists of a group of beautiful temples dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh, Vishnu and Kartikey. A relatively easy climb up to the top via a set of wide stone stairs rewards one with a panoramic view of the city and an invigorating draft of cool, fresh air.
Parvati Hill
Vishrambaug Wada  -  This is a three-storied mansion, known for its enchanting entrance and balcony with carved woodwork typical of the Peshwa period. The 260 ft long and 815 ft broad Teen-Chowki Wada was built by the last Peshwa, Bajirao II as his residence at a cost of Rs. 2 lakhs. Now serving as a post office, this place has carved woodwork in its balcony and is located on Bajirao Road.
Vishrambaug Wada
Osho Ashram Or Osho Commune International -  The Osho Ashram attracts thousands of foreigners wishing to take part in the meditation courses organized by the Ashram. Osho Rajneesh whose samadhi is situated in the Ashram founded it. The commune also has beautiful gardens open to the public in the mornings and evenings. The Ashram offers a variety of expensive courses on meditation.
Osho Ashram Or Osho Commune International
University Buildings  -  The University Buildings of the University of Pune at Ganeshkhind, once comprised the official residence of the Governor of Bombay Presidency during the fierce annual monsoons of the coasts. A large building in the Italian Gothic style, it has a 30 m high square tower, a swimming pool and manicured lawns.
University Buildings
Pataleshwar Cave Temples -  Pataleshwar Cave Temples lies in the heart of the city, at Shivaji Nagar on Jangali Maharaj road. This 8th century rock-cut temple, hewn from a massive single rock, has huge pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull. Nearby is the Jangali Maharaj Temple dedicated to a Hindu ascetic.
Pataleshwar Cave Temples
Shinde Chhatri   -  This beautiful architectural creation is located just a few km from the Pune racecourse. The building built in the memory of Mahadji Scindia who was great Maratha noble man. It is about 4kms away from Pune camp. Shinde's Chhatri is considered as the best architectural sights in Pune. It is an imposing edifice, which exudes an air of serenity and austerity, coupled with architectural beauty.
Shinde Chhatri
Saras Baug -  Sarasbaug is a popular place for evening strolls where people throng every evening, for their share of fresh air among green surroundings. Adjoining Sarasbaug, across a small narrow road is another garden, Peshwe Park.
Saras Baug
There are so many good restaurants with different delicacies, and all the major hotels has their own specialty restaurant and bar.
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