The second largest city in the state of Maharashtra and its cultural capital Pune is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Maharashtra. A blend of rich history and modern updates, the city never fails to keep its tourists entertained. Nature has also been kind to the land as is evident from the picturesque landscapes here. Pune is also called the ‘Oxford of the East’ as it boasts of famous educational institutions. To relax or to be entertained, Pune is just where you need to be. Here are the top 10 places to visit in Pune.
1. Western Ghats
3. Aga Khan Palace
Contrary to its name, Aga Khan Palace functioned as a prison to Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Bhai Desai, secretary of Gandhi between August 1942 and May 1944. Aga Khan Palace, though, had other purposes when Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III built it in the year 1892. It was built with a view to help those in neighborhood who suffered the worst effects of famine. Aga Khan the Fourth donated this palace to the people of the country as a mark of respect to Mahatma Gandhi. A fine specimen for architectural excellence with lush greenery around, the palace is frequented by tourists to visit Gandhi’s memorial and memorials of Kasturba and Gandhi’s secretary who breathed their last here.
4. Parvati Hill Temple
Parvati Hill, a famous landmark in the city, is home to ancient temples that date back to the 17th century. The four temples here are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesh and Kartikeya. At 2100 feet above sea level, the views from top of the hill are spectacular. Parvati Museum on the hill has a good collection of old manuscripts, swords, guns, coins and paintings. Portraits of rulers of Peshwa are seen in the museum.
5. Rajgad Fort
At a height of 4600 feet stands Rajgad fort, which served as Shivaji’s capital for more than 25 years. Trekking Rajgad can be a memorable experience as it is highly adventurous. The views from the top are stunning. To do justice to yourself and the fort after having trekked so high, it would be a better idea to camp here overnight so that you can thoroughly explore the fort the following morning. The fort houses two temples where camping facilities are provided. The fort had been a witness to many historical events and if you have a strong memory where history is concerned, the place should impress upon you most.