Aga Khan Palace
Okayama Friendship Garden
Paragliding in Pune
Welcome to Pune,
Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra, is a striking city set amidst picturesque locales. Pune is known to be the state's second largest city. In the earlier times, the city had been the residence of Shivaji - the Maratha leader. Distinguished for its educational institutions, Pune is also called 'The Oxford of the East'. This beautiful city observes vivacious nightlife and effervescent ambiance.
Also known as 'The Queen of the Deccan', Pune is the gateway to the popular hill stations of Maharashtra. Its glorious history of years reveals that earlier it was called Punya-Vishaya. Later the British popularized it as Poona and from the past few years, it is called Pune. These days, Pune is becoming the hot-spot for IT and automobile companies. What had been the ruling land of various dynasties is today amongst the modern cities of the country. Accompanied by interesting history, Pune has really good places to visit too. Places to visit in the city are Aga Khan Palace, Osho Ashram, Panshet Water Park, Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, Hinjawadi, Magarpatta, Omkareshwar Temple, Shaniwar Wada etc.
The Aga Khan Palace was constructed by Sultan Mohammed Shah, Aga Khan III, in the year 1892. Built in Yerwada, near Pune. The Aga khan Palace is a historically important pace in Pune. It is famed and well related with Indian Independence movement. British put many important freedom fighters under arrest in this Palace. It is in this palace where Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi were imprisoned along with Mahadeobhai Desai during the Quit India Movement in 1942. There are memorials of Mahadeobhai Desai and Kasturba Gandhi, which were made out of attractive beautiful marbles. It is a very good place to pay a visit. Thats why Aga Khan Palace is also known as the Gandhi National Memorial.
Appu Ghar is a nice environment for fun and enjoyments in Pune. Appu Ghar invites you whole-heartedly. It is a theme park, with many facilities of merry making and offer many fun related activities. Appu Ghar is located at Indira Gandhi Udyan in Pune, earlier known as Bund Garden. It has grown to a major picnic spot with beautifully illuminated pathways and picturesque lawns.
Prime attractions in the Garden are the attractive still lake and vast expanse of unexplored hilly terrains. If you visit Pune, do not miss the visit to Appu Ghar, especially kids like this great place.
Bund garden in Pune is amazingly placed with ardent beauty at the right bank of the rivers of Mula and Mutha rivers, adorning the beauty of the city. The bund was constructed Sir Janshedji with an aim to provide water to poor for farming. Bund Garden is known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan. The visitors who look for secluded environment prefer this garden due to its calm ambience and the scenic beauty.
The Bund garden with plenty of attractive floras draws the attention of the visitors. It is a nice place for relaxing in the evenings and weekends. Enthusiast tourists can enjoy the boat ride in the backwaters developed by the bund. The garden is away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Chaturshringi Temple is a Hindu temple in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India. The temple is located on the slope of a hill on Senapati Bapat Road. It is said to have been built during the reign of the Marathi king Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle. The temple is looked after by Chaturshringi Devasthan (Temple) trustees, with full dedication.
The Chaturshringi Temple is 90 feet high and 125 feet wide and is a symbol of power and faith. One has to climb more than 100 steps to reach the shrine of Goddess Chaturshringi. In the temple premises there are also temples of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesh. This includes eight miniature idols of Ashtavinayaka. These small temples are located on the four separate hillocks.
Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple in Pune, India is a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesh. The temple is located a short distance from the historical Shaniwar Wada fort, which was administrative headquarters of Peshwas of Maratha Empire. 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 Rs. 1 crore (US$ 223,000).
If you are in Pune Darshan Museum is a must visit. Darshan is a Technical Marvel and a perfect amalgamation of technology and spirituality. Nestled in the lustrous greenery of Sadhu Vaswani Mission building in Central Pune, Darshan offers an interactive, entertaining, and educative experience to its visitors through a 100 minutes show rich with audio, video and multimedia. It uses the new-age technology of real-life mannequins, graphic panels, holographic screens, Pepper's ghost, interactive audio-visual material, films, etc to take you on a journey similar to the surreal experience of time travel. This interactive museum runs shows every half an hour and you can opt for Hindi or English as a language option. The best part is the shows are for free! Your visit to Pune would be incomplete without a visit to Darshan !
Timing-11 a.m. to 7 p.m, Open all days, except Thursdays.
Address: Sadhu Vaswani Mission 10, Sadhu Vaswani Path, Pune Contact No: 020-40064447, E-mail address: email@example.com
A real specimen of Victorian architectural style, David Synagogue was constructed by David Sassoon in 1861 in Byculla near to Pune. The synagogue is managed by Sit Jacob Sassoon Charity trust and the synagogue offers everyday prayer services.
The architectural style is amazing with huge frontal pillars in Gothic style and a clock tower overlooking the whole city. There is an exclusive prayer hall for ladies with a gallery in the upstairs. Many foreign tourists visit this place attracted by the religious importance and architectural marvel. This is a worth religious place to visit.
Empress Garden is situated near the Pune Solapur Road. The garden was originally under the ownership of Sardar Vithalrao Purandhare and was managed by General Finjer. It came under the management of the British government in the year 1838. The occupation of the Empress Garden transferred in 1845 and it came under Sir Charles Napier. During that time, the garden came to be known as 'Garden of Dr. Don'. Given below is more information on the Empress Garden of Poona, India.
Empress Garden of Pune acquired its present name when queen Victoria embraced the title of 'Empress Of India'. However, since the garden was frequently used by the British soldiers as a recreational spot, it popularly came to be known as the 'Soldier's Garden'. In 1892, Empress Garden came under the control of the Bombay Government, who later transferred it to Agri-Horicultural society of western India. Spread over an area of around 59 acres, the garden is full of mangoes and tamarind trees as well as beautiful flowers.
Fergusson College (FC) is a degree college in western India, situated in the city of Pune. It was founded in 1885 by the Deccan Education Society and at that time was the first privately governed college in India. It is named after Sir James Fergusson, the Governor of Bombay, who donated a then princely sum of Rs 1,200. Since 1948, the college has been under the jurisdiction of the University of Pune. Today Fergusson College has emerged as one of India's most prestigious education institutions, consistently ranked among the Top 10 colleges of the country.
Film and Television Institute of India - PuneThe famous and reputed Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is situated in the Law College Street of Pune. It is one of the most prominent film schools in Asia. The institute has produced many famed actors, directors, and technicians for the Hindi Film Industry. This institute is a worth visiting place in Pune.
Dehu is famed as the birth place of the poet saint Tukaram and is an ancient city located at the shore of the Indravati River. Tukaram is the most revered ancient poet in Maharashtra and his work 'Abhang Gatha' has been considered as the one of the greatest literary work in Maratha.
Dehu Temple(Gatha Mandir), built by the youngest son of Tukaram, is the main attraction of Dehu. Dehu temple is assumed to be built during the 18th century and the main deity here is Lord Pandurang. The place in which Tukaram attained Moksha (salvation) is nearby to Dehu. Other attractions in Dehu include a rock famed due to Tukaram's 13 day fast in standing and a garden in the dedicated to the memory of his wife.
A temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, established by Ayyappa Seva Sangam is a religious attraction in Dehu. Ayyappa devotees throng to this temple during December 16 to January 15, the Mandala festival period.
Guru Nanak Darbar is located in Pimpri, nearly 18 kms away from Pune Station. Local transportation such as Auto Rickshaws, P.M.T. buses and P.C.M.T buses are available to reach to this place. Everyday the Darbar starts early in the morning at 5:00 am with the Puja and Kirtans. Bhandara is there on every Thursday, hence Devotees from different communities come here on this momentous day. Thursday evening between 7.30 and 9.00 pm a special Bhandara program is observed. There are more than 250 Sikh families in this area and more than 1,500 people gather over here on this day to take part in the Bhandara program.
Hinjewadi or Hinjawadi or Hinjwadi was a small village on the NH4 bypass around the City of Pune. Now its the Place for Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park housing around 20 software companies as listed below. A completely rural locale until the construction of the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Two Phases have been completed amidst rapid urbanization of surrounding areas. The third phase of the infotech park is under construction, with further phases planned. Hinjewadi is second most upcoming town in Maharashtra state.
The technology park at Hinjawadi houses many software companies. Some of them are: IBM India, Idea Cellular, KPIT Cummins, Tata Technologies, Infosys, Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, Geometric Technologies, Inc., Tech Mahindra, Cognizant Technology Solutions , Persistent Systems (under construction), Mindtree and Synechron.
Horse Riding Activity in Pune is really a unique opportunity for enthusiast adventurous people. There are many horse riding training centers. Some of this centers offer horse riding facilities for the tourists. Horse riding packages are available from Pune to Sinhagad fort.
The horse riding training camp offers facilities for people of all ages. The horse riding practices are conducted in outdoor stadiums of each horse riding school. The beginners to experts took part day to day exercises. Expert trainers look after the training progress. There are facilities for riders for venturing out in nights over the knights. Horse riding is one of the most exciting attractions in Pune.
Katraj Jain Temple is situated at Katraj in Pune District of Maharashtra. It lies on the Pune-Satara Highway and is set on a hillock overseeing the city of Pune. The temple contains a golden shaded idol of Lord Mahavir made of panch-dhatu. It is 12 ft tall and weighs about 5000 kg. The deity is seen in sitting position (Padmasan posture). A shrine dedicated to Parshwanath Bhagwan lies behind the main temple. Also made out of panch-dhatu, this idol is 8 ft tall and weighs 3000 kg.
Katraj Snake Park is a rare location to get the close view of variety of reptile species. This Park, established in 1986, is situated close to Pune on Pune-Satara Highway at Katraj. The Park houses birds and turtles apart from the reptiles.
The park homes the rare species of Brown Palm Civet and is a major attraction. As per the wildlife records this is the only specimen of this kind in captivity. The King Cobra of length nine feet, which is brought from Sunderbans, is another attraction to the wildlife enthusiasts. A zoo and a garden located nearby are also worth visiting.
Lal Mahal (Palace), dating back to the year 1634, was constructed by Sahaji Bhonsale, Shivaji's father. When Sahaji received territories in Pune from Bijapur Sultanat, he sent his wife, Jijabai, and his son to the city and got the palace built as their residence. In 1998, Lal Mahal came under the management of Pune Municipal Corporation and underwent large-scale renovation. Read on to get more information about the Lal Mahal of Puna, India.
Lal Mahal has an impressive collection of Shivaji and Jijabai's pictorial representations, of which one shows young Shivaji plowing land with a golden plough and Jijabai and Guru Dadoji Konddev looking at him. The other major attractions of the Lal Mahal of Pune include four Umbrellas on its terrace and a statue of Jijabai. There is also a beautiful garden inside the palace complex, known as Jijamata Garden. Now the garden has been converted into a children's garden and is very popular amongst kids as well as senior citizens.
Magarpatta is a self contained residential cum Industrial / Corporate settlement spanning over 700 Acres of land. It is situated along the Pune-Solapur Highway in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Magarpatta has been in the news for its novel approach to development of housing projects in India.
Today Magarpatta houses the Indian branches of some of the leading IT/Technology corporates such as Amdocs,Accenture,Patni,Sybase,Avaya,SoftDEL Systems and EDS.
Magarpatta City is the only such project in the nation in which Farmers together converted their cultivable land into an enterprise. It is one of the most sought after residential neighborhoods in Pune. Magarpatta has also been featured in the Discovery Channel also.
Mahatma Phule Museum, established in 1875, is presently known as Mahatma Phule Vastu Sangrahalaya and is located in the heart of the city Pune. The exhibits in this museum include marble statues, brassware items, stone carvings and oil paintings. It also displays many other artifacts, textile and jewelry items, arms and armory, handicrafts, items related to geology, agriculture, forestry, natural history and industry.
The museum serves as a platform for information and knowledge exchange. It has a well-maintained library with rare collection of books in all ways of life, art and culture. Occasional film shows and seminars conducted in this museum attract many interested audiences.
Mulshi Lake is primarily a tourist attraction nearby Pune. The Lake is formed in the catchments area of Mulshi dam. The Dam is a perfect spot for picnic, with scenic surrounding, unexploited Sahyadri hilly terrains, lusting green dense forests and also some ancient forts like Koraigadh and Dhangad.
The dense forest around the Dam and lake offer the views of some rare wild animals and also views of variety of trees including Teak, sag, mango trees and oak. The forest cover and the lake are habitats of bird flora and many varieties colored birds can be spotted here. The Munshi Lake and dam are really charming for a nature loving visitor.
The Mutha is a river in western Maharashtra, India. It arises in the western ghats and flows eastward until in merges with the Mula River in the city of Pune. It has been dammed twice, firstly at the Panshet Dam (on Ambi river), used as a source of drinking water for Pune city and irrigation.
The water released here is dammed again at Khadakwasla and is an important source of drinking water for Pune. One more dam has been built later on the Mutha river at Temghar. After merging with the River Mula in Pune it flows as the Mula-Mutha to join the river Bhima.
The National War Memorial Southern Command is a war memorial in Pune Cantonment, India dedicated to Post Independence war martyrs. This is the only war memorial in South Asia which has been erected by citizens contributions. The memorial was unveiled and dedicated to the nation on August 15 1998. A Mig 23 BN, which was used in the Kargil War, has been kept on display at the memorial.
They are known for their elegant naturalism and charm. The Pune Okayama Friendship Garden located on Sinhgad Road is based on one of the major gardens of Japan i.e. " The Korakuen Garden " in Okayama City, Japan, The Korakuen Garden has a history of 300 proud years. The Pune Okayama Friendship Garden is spread over 10 acres representing the culture and intricate ideologies of an authentic Japanese Garden. The garden is perfect bridge between the two cities of Okayama and Pune, encouraging cultural, traditional, economical, industrial and friendship ties.
The characteristics of the garden are a composition of fire, harmony, line spirit world and water. Thus the garden expresses the various elements to speak about light and darkness, soft and hard, stillness and motion, warm and cold. It is based on the Yin and Yang philosophy.
Temples in Pune are an important part of the rich culture of the city. Omkareshwar temple is one of the biggest temples in Pune. This hallowed shrine of Lord Shiva stands as a symbol of endurance as it had survived the havoc created by the 1962 Panshet floods. Known for its extravagant style of construction and huge domes, the temple becomes one of the main attractions in Pune.
The structure of the temple takes us back to the Peshwa regime as it was constructed during the reign of Sadashiv Bhau, the Peshwa. A 250 year old construction on the banks of the river Mutha still proclaims the glory of the fallen Peshwa Empire. It can be seen as a perfect piece of art and architecture prevailing in the 17th century.
Beautiful carvings on the upper parts of the white dome are a sheer beauty. The stone roof of the temple too is embellished with carvings from Hindu mythology. Spacious verandas with columns enhance the grandeur of the shrine.
Ashram of Bhagwan Rajneesh (Osho Ashram), in a 32 acre beautiful campus, is in Koregaon Park near Pune. The ashram is a prime attraction for tourists who are enthused with the preaching and ideologies of Bhagwan Rajneesh. It is a resort for Meditation and Yoga. Regular training programs on spiritual uplift and meditation are conducted in this place. Osho Kundalini meditation, Osho Nadabrahma meditation, Osho dynamic meditation and Osho Nataraj mediation are some of the techniques taught here, the training offer the practice of meditation to get rid of stress and strain of worldly life.
The ashram is open all days all through the year. The ashram is not providing any residential accommodation. There are many hotels nearby which are in different ranges from ordinary to luxurious. For the visitors, a reception is working from 9 am to 3.30 pm everyday. Entry is restricted and visitors have to undergo AIDS test in the communes' testing center. You can get guidance from commune counselors on different kinds of meditations and other programs in the Ashram.
P. L. Deshpande Garden is located on Sinhghad Road, Pune, it is also very popular as the Pune Okayama Friendship Garden or the Japanese Garden.
The tourists who are seeking for a vacation with some adventurous water sports activities are passionately welcomed to Panshet Water Park. The park is located in the scenic surroundings lying between two important dams Varasgaon Dam and Panshet Dam and is one of most popular attractions in Pune.
Panshet Water Park offers unique holiday experiences with many opportunities for water sports like kayaking, swimming, water scooters, excellent rides on speed boats and wind surfing. The park itself is placed in a natural environment with a backdrop of deep greenery. Raigad Fort, Sinhagad Fort and another dam Khadakwasla Dam are nearby attractions.
Pune is a renowned name all over the world for paragliding training and institutions. Flying Safari is one of the major institutions providing good quality paragliding training and the facilities in the institute are spectacular. The courses here offer from very basic level to hill flying skills development.
This sports activity is open to all through the year, except for heavy rainy monsoon seasons. It offers joy paragliding facilities for enthusiastic travelers. Inhouse accommodations are available here for those who undergo training.
Parvati hill is a picturesque and sacred mount located in Pune. Parvati Hill Temple, believed to be built during 17th century, is an important Hindu religious destination in Pune located on top of majestic Parvati Hill. It enshrines the idols of Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Vishu, Devateshwar and Lord Karthikeya. This temple was solely used for the prayers of Peshwa rulers in olden time, later it was opened to public.
Steps with specialized stone architectural works of Maratha lead to the hill temple. The Parvati hill is an ideal location for trekkers. Nearby attractions include Parvati Museum enclosing old manuscripts, rare coins and weapons, Sati Monument and Vetal Chabutra.
Pashan Lake is a charming artificial lake located in the outskirts of Pune city. The lake is a nice relaxation point for cool evenings and weekends. It offers many eye catching natural views including the full coverage of colorful sunset in the horizon.
Pashan lake is a natural habitat of many birds including the migratory bird species. Post monsoon seasons and summers are the period in which one can spot rare species of birds over the lake. This is an intermediate halting place for many migratory birds on their way to southern states like Kumarakom lake in Kerala.
The Pataleshwar Cave Temple is a rock-cut cave temple, carved out in the 8th century in the Rashtrakuta period. It is located in what is now Pune, in the state of Maharashtra, India. It was originally situated outside the town, but the city limits have expanded so that it is now located on the downtown Jungli Maharaj Road.
The temple, made of basalt rock, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The sanctum - a cube-shaped room about 3-4 meters on each side - houses a linga - the symbol of Shiva and there are two smaller cells on each side. In front of the cave is a circular Nandi mandapa, its umbrella shaped canopy supported by massive square pillars. This mandapa is one of the peculiar structures of Pataleshwar.
Peacock Bay is a part of Khadakwasla dam's lake. This bay is owned of national defence academy, Pune. The name peacock bay is given due to the Peacocks found in this area. Other animals found in this area are Deer, lion tailed Monkey and Civet. This lake covers area of about 501 sq. kms. and the depth varies from 40 to 120 feet.
This bay hosts various competitions like annual national inland championship, open lake swimming competition, etc. This lake is a venue for water sports in Pune. This bay is just 12 kms away from Pune and is situated on Mutha River.
Peshwa Udyan Zoo, situated near Saras Baug, is one of the major tourist attractions of Pune. The zoo, located away from the hustle and bustle of city life, is quite popular amongst children. The main attractions of the zoo comprise of its rich variety of wild animals, reptiles and birds. Apart from that, Peshwa Udyan Zoo also provides facilities like animal rides, boating facilities, joy rides, etc. In the following lines, we have more information about the Peshwe Udyan Zoo of Puna, India.
There is also a toy train inside the zoo, known as Phoolrani, which serves as the perfect source of enjoyment for children. The picturesque beauty of the gardens inside the Peshwa Udyan Zoo is also worth mentioning. The beauty of the gardens attracts tourists, especially during spring season, when the flowers are at their bloom. Peshwa Udyan Zoo also boasts of an exquisite temple inside its premises. Sited at the heart of the garden, the temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and dates back to the 17th century. The intricate carving adorning the temple, along with the beautiful wall decorations, makes it a popular tourist destination. In short, Peshwa Udyan Zoo is a must see destination for those traveling to Pune.
The University of Pune is a feather in the cap of Pune's educaion system, placing Pune as a pemier education destination for students from all over the world. Established in 1948, the university has since become one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the country. It is spread over a 400 acre campus and is located in the north-western part of Pune.
Raj Dinakar Kelkar Museum is located at the busy Bajirao Road in the heart of the Pune city. This museum displays varieties of artifacts which shows the vastness and diversity of culture of the country and people. The Museum houses many passionate items collected by Dr. D. G. Kelkar.
The spectacular museum offers unique exhibits like the foot scrubber in the form an elephant-shape, images of Lord Ganesha, and a brass scorpion which is having a secret lock system. 'Mastani Mahal' which was reconstructed in the museum is a major attraction here. It also exhibits twenty century old pottery, paintings of 17th century and carved doors of temples and palaces. It is a worthy museum to visit.
The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, commonly known as the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo, is located in Katraj near the city of Pune in India. It is managed by the Pune Municipal Corporation under direction of controversial director Neelimkumar Khaire.
It is spread over 165 acres (0.67 km2) ,which is divided into 3 parts- animal orphanage, snake park and zoo and also has a lake-Katraj lake spread over in 42 acres. It has been open to the public since 1999, earning over 1.3 million visitors during 2007-2008. Earlier, the animals were located at Peshwe Park inside Pune city, while the Katraj facility was primarily a snake park. Slowly the snake park became a rescue center for wild animals.
Saras Baug or Saras Garden is constructed by Nanasaheb Peshwa and is located in the scenic background of Parvati Hills. The imposing garden is an evening relaxation spot and is exquisite with elegant fountains and lush green pleasant lawns.
The garden houses a renowned temple constructed in 1774 by Madhav Rao Peshwa. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and there is a Ganesh Murthi Museum, enclosing large number of Ganesh statues. Saras Garden has been used by citizens of Pune as a walking and jogging track and also serves as a beautiful hangouts for the populace in the weekends and evenings.
The Sarasbaug temple houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak (God who makes wishes true). A sacred ground of faith for millions of devotees in Pune and around the world, on an average the Sarasbaug temple receives ten thousand visitors a day and this figure goes upto eighty thousand devotees per day on Ganesha Chaturthi and other special occasions. Various dignitaries and luminaries throughtout India have made it a point to visit this sacred temple to seek blessings of Shri Siddivinayak.
Shaniwarwada is a palace fort in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. Built in 1736, it was the seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire) until 1818 when the Peshwas surrendered to the British. The fort itself was largely destroyed in 1828 by an unexplained fire, but the surviving structures are now maintained as a tourist site.
Shinde's Chhatri is located at a place called Wanowri, pretty close to Pune city. This is a building constructed as a memorial of the Maratha noble character Shri Mahadju Shinde. The architectural style of the building is appreciable with beautiful carvings and the building is the lively specimen of a structure constructed following the Vaasthu Hara rules. This is an excellent architectural marvel worth visiting.
Sinhagad or Sinhgad(The Lion's Fort), is a fortress located roughly 30 kilometres southwest of the city of Pune, India. It is situated on a hill rising 800 metres above the surrounding countryside. Previously called Kondana, the fort has been the site of many important battles, most notably the battle of Sinhagad in 1670. It was also strategically located at the center of a string of other forts such as Rajgad, Purandar and Torna.
Perched on an isolated cliff of the Bhuleswar range of the Sahyadri Mountains, its height above sea-level is 1350 metres. Given natural protection by its very steep slopes, the walls and bastions were constructed at only key places; it has two gates - the Kalyan Darwaza in the south-east and the Pune Darwaza in the north-east.
Neelam Kumar Khaire established the Snake Park of Pune in the year 1986, with the help of Pune Municipal Corporation. In 1999, the park was included in the Rajeev Gandhi Udyan. Located on the Pune-Satara Highway, Snake Park is approximately 8 km away from the Pune city. Initially the park was set up as a home for snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. However, some time back, a zoo was added to it. Read on to get more information about the Snake Park of Puna, India.
The Snake Park of Pune boasts of being home to more than 160 species of snakes. However, the major attraction of the park is a six-year-old, nine feet long King Cobra. There is also a library inside the park, which has information on almost each and every snake. Festivals and programs are organized on a regular basis at the Snake Park, to spread awareness about snakes and to eliminate the common misconceptions held by the people.
St. Mary's Church, an ancient church dating back to 1825, is built by British people to facilitate the British people settled in Pune for worshipping. This is an elegant structure with a blend of British and Indian architectural styles.
The mortal remains of Sir Robert Grant, the renowned writer of religious lyrics and an erstwhile Governor of Mumbai, is placed under the floors of the church. Everyday worship is offered in this Church and the church still uses pipe organs of about 130 years old. It is a nice Christian religious tourist destination.
Tribal Museum is Pune showcases the features of tribal life and culture in the state of Maharashtra. The museum located to the east of Pune off Koregaon road is managed and maintained by Tribal Research and training Institute.
It displays the artifacts and weapons used by the various tribes in Sahyadri ranges and Gondwana regions, like Marai tribes, Bahiram tribes, Wagdheo tribes and Danteswari tribes. The Museum is enriched with images of deities, musical instruments used by tribes, handicrafts done by tribes, wash paintings and many other items related to tribal life and culture.
Tulsi Baug is a well known market area in Pune. This is a very busy shopping area in Pune. Traditional Maharashtrian wares and cookery items, cosmetics, jewelry and all types of household item can be shopped in this market. One area of the market is dedicated to fresh vegetables, fruits and other items including items for Pooja.
Tulsi Baug has been famed as woman's grant shopping mall, where ladies can get all kinds of gift articles, cosmetics, vessels, artificial gold jewelries and other fashion and trendy items. This is a good shopping place.
Vishram Bagh Waada, the great old palace marked its presence in grand olden times, is presently in ruins. This majestic palace was constructed by Peshwa during the 18th century. The palace was renowned for the attractive facades made in good quality wood. Presently only some remains of the palace are seen in the city of Pune.
The remains of this majestic palace are specimens of great old Maratha architectural beauty and style. The tourists who are fond of archeological and historical sites should not miss this place.
- Shivaji Maharaj Statue, Statue of Aryabhata, Katraj Garden, Sambhaji Park, Kamala Nehru Park etc.