Located on the Bhuleshwar Range of the Sahyadri mountains, Pune is a beautiful metropolis in Maharashtra. The city holds a special place in the heart of the Marathas; it was the first capital of the Maratha Empire and a politically important centre during the 18th century. Hence, the city is peppered with brilliant heritage structures that speak volumes about its rich past. The best thing about Pune is that despite rapid development and modernisation, the locals have managed to preserve the rich Marathi culture. It is this beautiful blend of the past and present that adds to the city’s appeal and makes it one of the most popular destinations for travellers of all kinds.

If a trip to the cultural capital of Maharashtra is on the cards, the following list of the best places to visit in Pune can help you chalk out an itinerary for a memorable stay in the city.

Tourist Places to Visit in Pune (List):

Sinhagad Fort Sinhagad Ghat Road
Aga Khan Palace Aga Khan Palace Road
Shaniwar Wada Palace Bajirao Road, Shaniwar Peth
Vishrambaug Wada RB Kumthekar Road, Perugate, Sadashiv Peth
Lal Mahal Kasba Peth
Empress Garden Kavade Mala, Ghorpadi
Parvati Hill Parvati Paytha
Okayama Friendship Garden Sinhagad Road, Dattawadi
Vetal Hill Pashan
Bund Garden Sangamwadi
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park Pune-Satara Road, Katraj
Sentosa Water Park Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Ravet
Amanora Mall Hadapsar
Atmosphere 6 Lunkad Skymax, Viman Nagar
Shisha Jazz Café ABC Farms, KP Annexe, Mundhwa
Pagdandi Books Chai Café Regent Plaza, Baner
High Spirits KP Annexe, Mundhwa
Swig Koregaon Park
Independence Brewing Company Pingale Wasti, Mundhwa
Shinde Chhatri Wanawadi Road, Pune Cantonment
National Defence Academy Khadakwasla

Places to Visit in Pune – Forts and Palaces

Shaniwar Wada | Among The Best Places to Visit in Pune – Forts and Palaces

Shaniwar Wada | Among The Best Places to Visit in Pune – Forts and Palaces

1. Sinhagad Fort

Does the idea of visiting a ruined fort appeal to the traveler in you? Then you must pay a visit to Sinhagad Fort, which dates back 2000 years and has been witness to many battles. Today, it may not be in its best shape, but the ruins provide the perfect glimpse into the grandeur of the bygone era. The trek to the fort, nestled on a secluded cliff, is a lovely journey through uninterrupted surroundings.    

  • Location: Sinhagad Ghat Road, Pune
  • Timings: 05:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: Free

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2. Aga Khan Palace

Dating back to the 19th century, Aga Khan Palace testifies to the region’s glorious past. This architectural wonder features huge halls and lovely arches built in the Italian style, and it also has sprawling lawns surrounding it. The majestic palace is famous not just for its structural beauty but for its historical importance as well because it once served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders of the freedom movement within its confines. At present, the palace acts as Gandhi National Memorial Society headquarters. 

  •  Location: Gandhi National Memorial Society, Aga Khan Palace Road, Pune
  • Timings: 09:00 am to 5:30 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee:
    • Adults – ₹ 5
    • Children – ₹ 2

3. Shaniwar Wada Palace

A historical landmark in Pune, Shaniwar Wada, built in 1732, boasts a unique blend of Maratha and Mughal styles of architecture. Once you step inside, you will be able to witness the magnificence of polished marble floors, teak arches, and glass chandeliers that adorn the palace in an incredible manner. Here, your kids can learn a thing or two about the history of the Peshwas and their grandeur. One of the main highlights of the palace is the light and sound show organized here every evening. They are not just informative but entertaining as well, especially for kids.

  •  Location: Bajirao Road, Shaniwar Peth, Pune
  • Timings:
    • Palace – 08:00 am to 06:30 pm; every day
    • Sound and Light Show – 07:15 pm (Marathi); 08:15 pm (English)
  • Entry Fee:
    • Palace – ₹ 5
    • Sound and Light Show – ₹ 25

4. Vishrambaug Wada

There’s something fascinating about palaces and mansions, isn’t it? Vishrambaug Wada pays credence to this point even further. Located in the heart of Pune, this mansion built in 1897 once served as the home of Peshwa Bajirao II. During those days, it was a picture of grandeur and luxury. Much has changed since then, but even today you can get a glimpse of that glorious era. Intricate woodwork adorns the entrance and the balcony of this three-storied mansion. Don’t forget to click some Instagram-worthy photos with your family during your visit to Vishrambaug Wada

  • Location: RB Kumthekar Road, Perugate, Sadashiv Peth, Pune
  • Timings: N/A
  • Entry Fee: Free

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5. Lal Mahal

Want to learn about the Maratha history? Then, head to Lal Mahal, a structure that dates back to 1630. It was here that Shivaji spent a considerable part of his childhood. It is also the same palace where the famous encounter between Shivaji and Shaista Khan had taken place, in which the Maratha leader had cut off the latter’s finger when he was trying to escape. The palace today serves as a memorial to Shivaji and houses several paintings depicting various episodes of his life. Lal Mahal is surrounded by Jijamata Garden, where you can sit back while your kids have fun.

  • Location: Kasba Peth, Pune
  • Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: Free

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6. Shivneri Fort

At a distance of about 90 km from Pune, in Junnar, stands the magnificent Shivneri Fort atop a hill. The fort is famous for being the birthplace and training ground of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire. It was built in 16th-century and had been known for its fortification. Today, it is a popular tourist and picnic destination. 

  • Location: Junnar, Maharashtra
  • Timings: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free

 7. Purandar Fort

In the South West of Pune and at a height of 4472-feet above sea level lies Purandar Fort, a structure steeped in historical value and valour. This is the larger of the twin forts of Purandar and Vajragad. Not only has this fort featured repeatedly in Shivaji’s risings against the Adil Shahi Dynasty, it is also the birthplace of Shivaji’s son Sambhaji. 

  • Location: 50 km to the South West of Pune
  • Timings: 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free

8. Torna Fort

Located about 68 km away from Pune city, Torna Fort is an important historical monument in Maharashtra. The fort holds a significant place in Maratha history; it was the first fort captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the age of 16. It is also famed for being located at the highest point in the Pune district. Apart from history buffs, Torna Fort is frequented by nature aficionados, peace lovers and trekking enthusiasts in huge numbers. The scenic Western Ghats and thrilling surroundings make the area around the fort perfect for short nature walks as well. If you are planning a one-day trip near Pune or a weekend getaway, Torna Fort is a wonderful option. 

  • Location: Rajgad – Torna Trek Path, Charhat Wadi, Maharashtra
  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free 

Places to Visit in Pune – Gardens and Hills

Okayama Friendship Garden | Among The Best Places to Visit in Pune – Gardens and Hills

Okayama Friendship Garden | Among The Best Places to Visit in Pune – Gardens and Hills

9. Empress Garden

Named after Queen Victoria, Empress Garden is a historic green space sprawling over 39 acres, where you can spend some lovely moments with your beloved. Speckled with flowers and trees that create captivating vistas, this lovely garden offers you several cozy nooks to engage in a tete-a-tete with your sweetheart without disturbance. Away from your busy office routine and the tiring traffic jam, this is where you and your special one can go for a long walk, hand-in-hand. If hunger threatens to play spoilsport in your plans, you can rely on the snack shack located within the garden.

  • Location: Kavade Mala, Ghorpadi, Pune
  • Timings: 09:30 am to 06:30 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: ₹15 per person (3 years and above)

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10. Parvati Hill

As the name suggests, Parvati Hill is a hillock from where you can have a panoramic view of the city. Considered to be one of the most romantic spots in the city, Parvati Hill is also home to the sacred Devdeveshwar Temple. There are 103 steps that lead to the top of the hill, where the temple stands in all its glory. Climbing up the steps with your partner can be a memorable experience in itself. If you love capturing your time together in your camera, you can get plenty of good shots during your visit to this lovely destination. Do not miss out on witnessing the sunset from here. 

  • Location: Parvati Paytha, Pune
  • Timings: N/A
  • Entry Fee: Free

11. Okayama Friendship Garden

Speckled with exotic flora, colorful lawns, gazebos, and pristine waterfalls, Okayama Friendship Garden in Pune is a dreamy space for the young lovers of the city to relax and enjoy. It is a Japanese-style garden that has remained witness to many friendships blossoming into love and love stories maturing into serious relationships. Also known as Pu La Deshpande Garden and Japanese Pune Garden, this lovely space spreads over 10 acres. One thing to note is that the place usually gets a bit crowded on the weekends, so plan your trip accordingly.

  •  Location: Sinhagad Road, Dattawadi, Pune
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 10:30 am and 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 5

12. Vetal Hill

As the highest point in the city, Vetal Hill offers an excellent view of the cityscape. Far above the din and buzz of the city at a height of 2600 feet, the hill serves as a nice place where you can sit for long hours with your friends or special someone and talk endlessly. But more than anything else, you will be able to enjoy utter serenity, allowing you to get the much-needed rest for your busy, and often chaotic, schedule. 

  • Location: Pashan, Pune
  • Timings: N/A
  • Entry Fee: Free

13. Taljai Hills

A lush green area in the heart of the city, Taljai Hills is ideal for those looking to spend some serene time amidst natural surroundings. It is a 2000 feet high hilltop that has been developed as a park and wildlife reserve. Taljai Hills has many trails suitable for walking, jogging, running, and trekking. Thanks to its rich biodiversity, the place attracts many migratory birds and is a delight for birdwatchers and ornithologists. The hilltop also has a temple dedicated to Goddess Taljai at the entrance, a pond, and a meditation area. The place looks lush green and beautiful during monsoon, making it the best time to visit the hills.

  • Location: Panchgaon Parvati Taljai Forest Area, Pune
  • Timings: 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM; every day
  • Entry Fee: Free

14. Bund Garden

One of the most popular hangout spots in Pune, Bund Garden, also known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, draws families, friends as well as solo travelers with its serene ambiance. The garden is dotted with trees and flowering plants, with the manicured lawns adding to its lush green charm. It is ideal for a picnic, during which you can indulge in a game of badminton or identify the various species of birds flying about. There is a separate section for the kids where they can play on swings and see-saws. The garden also has boating facilities, giving you another reason to come here. Magic shows and horse rides are among the other attractions of the park that never fail to delight kids and adults alike. You can also pay a visit to the Bund Garden Bridge, which is located near the garden.

  • Location: Sangamwadi, Pune
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 10:00 am and 04:00 pm to 07:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

15. Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park

Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is one attraction in Pune that never fails to enthrall tourists. The park, extending over an area of 130 acres, has three sections – a snake park, an animal orphanage, and a zoo. With its wide variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles, the zoo will keep you and your little ones amused for hours. Katraj Lake in the park, which extends over 42 acres, adds to the beauty of the place.

  • Location: Pune-Satara Road, Katraj, Pune
  • Timings:
    • 09:30 am to 05:00 pm (16th June to 31st March)
    • 09:30 am to 05:30 pm (1st April to 15th June)
  •  Entry Fee:
    • Adults – ₹ 25
    • Children – ₹ 10

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16. Saras Baug

This is a large central park with an 18th-century temple, spacious grassy fields, and pretty water features, which make it ideal for sports, picnics, and leisurely stroll. It is a vast area of picturesque gardens spread across an area of 25 acres of land. You can enter the park via its three gates each of which is topped with white minarets. 

  • Location: Saras Baug, Pune
  • Timings: 06:00 AM to 09:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free

17. Rajgad Trek

A delightful blend of beautiful surroundings and thrilling terrain, Rajgad Trek is a must-try for adventure seekers and nature lovers. This moderate-level trek starts from Gunjavane Village in Pune District and ends at the Rajgad Fort. The fort is located at an altitude of 4514 feet and is surrounded by lush green and scenic surroundings. Although the trekking trail is a bit on the rough side, it promises a memorable hiking session for intermediate-level trekkers. So, if you are looking to escape the city hustle-bustle and engage in some offbeat adventure, a trek to Rajgad Fort is a wonderful option.

  • Location: Gunjavane Village, Pune
  • Time Required: 2-3 days

Places to Visit in Pune – Amusement Parks and Entertainment Zones

Amanora Mall | Among The Best Places to Visit in Pune – Amusement Parks and Entertainment Zones

Amanora Mall | Among The Best Places to Visit in Pune – Amusement Parks and Entertainment Zones

Pune holds a plethora of attractions for everyone, regardless of age. So, if you are planning a trip to the city with your kin, you will find a number of destinations to explore and marvel at. Here comes the list of the best places to visit in for a dose of live entertainment.

18. Sentosa Water Park

When you are in the mood for endless fun and frolic throughout the day, visit Sentosa Water Park. Located within the Sentosa Resorts, the place has a number of slides that are designed to maximize your fun quotient. And, the rain dance station at this amusement zone is the perfect spot for you and your friends to match your steps, while the wave pool ensures that you can indulge in some ‘beach’ fun. The park also has fast food outlets and a restaurant to take care of your hunger pangs.

  • Location: Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Ravet, Pune
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day
  •  Entry Fee:
    • 3.9 feet and above – ₹ 400
    • Between 2.9 feet and 3.9 feet – ₹ 350
    • Below 2.9 feet – Free

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19. Amanora Mall

Amanora Mall is where you and your pals can indulge in shopping, eating, and chilling around. Spread across 1.2 million sq. feet, the mall is divided into two blocks, the East Block and West Block. In between the two blocks lies Oasis, a lovely landscaped area that serves as an entertainment zone. There are about 150 stores here offering merchandise from no less than 500 brands. With restaurants, gaming zones, and multiplexes, Amanora can provide you with full-scale entertainment and fun. The mall also hosts events and performances all year long.

  • Location: Hadapsar, Pune
  • Timings: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: Free

20. Panshet Water Park

This is an amusement park in the backdrop of Sahayadri Mountains and within a few kilometres from Khadakwasla Dam in Pune. Located between Varasgaon and Panshet Dams, this place is famous for its adventure sports and activities. This is a perfect place for a gataway with families and friends. Here you can engage in thrilling and exciting water sports such as boating, kayaking, windsurfing, water scooters, speed boating as well as swimming.

  • Location:  Near Khadakwasla Dam, Pune
  • Timings: 10:00 PM – 06:00 PM
  • Entry Fee:
    • Adult: INR 250 (Weekdays) and INR 300 (Weekends)
    • Child: INR 170 (Weekdays) and INR 230 (Weekends)

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Places to Visit in Pune – Restaurants and Pubs

Independence Brewing Company | Among The Best Places to Visit in Pune – Restaurants and Pubs

Independence Brewing Company | Among The Best Places to Visit in Pune – Restaurants and Pubs

The glittering city of Pune is home to several clubs, pubs, and eateries that can make you come back for more and more, day after day, night after night. Here’s a handpicked list of the best of these:

21. Atmosphere 6

When it comes to the popular hangout places for couples in Pune, Atmosphere 6 ticks all the boxes. This trendy rooftop restaurant offers a magnificent view of the city, while admiring which you can relish great food spanning Italian, Continental, Chinese, Oriental, and North Indian cuisines. If you are in a mood to let your hair down, you can head to the dance floor and shake a leg. Whether you are here to celebrate a milestone in your relationship or enjoy a quiet dinner date with your sweetheart, Atmosphere 6 will never let you down!

  • Location: Lunkad Skymax, Viman Nagar, Pune
  • Timings: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am (Mon-Thu); 12:00 pm to 01:00 am (Fri-Sun)
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1800 (approx.)

22. Shisha Jazz Café

Along with good food, do you also appreciate good music? Head over to Shisha Jazz Café where you will be welcomed with soft lights and a woody decor. But the real magic begins when live jazz music fills the space and makes everyone croon. Add to that some fine flavors of Continental, Iranian, and North Indian food and great drinks, and you can be set for a lovely evening with your beloved, group of pals or even alone for that matter.

  • Location: ABC Farms, KP Annexe, Mundhwa, Pune
  • Timings: 11:00 am to 12:30 am; every day
  • Cost for two: ₹ 2000 (approx.)

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23. Pagdandi Books Chai Café

If you and your gang of friends love books, Pagdandi Chai Café is your dream come true. The selection of books in here is an impressive one. You can sit down on snug mattresses and leaf through your favorite book or check out the latest releases even as you sip on Hot Chocolate or sack on a plate of munchies. Do not miss out on their kahwa and Nutella sandwich that are truly amazing. There are even board games to keep you and your friends engaged.

  • Location: Regent Plaza, Baner, Pune
  • Timings: 10:30 am to 10:30 pm; every day
  • Cost for two: ₹ 250 (approx.)

24. High Spirits

High Spirits is where you can get a taste of Pune’s nightlife without burning a hole in your pocket. This hip and happening nightclub attracts nocturnal beings (mostly youngsters), who it never fails with its electric vibe, fine drinks and delicious food. It helps that the club has an open-air seating arrangement. The frequent live gigs add to the charm of the place and increase its popularity among locals and travelers.

  • Location: KP Annexe, Mundhwa, Pune
  • Timings: 08:00 am to 11:30 pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1500

25. Swig

How about a heady package of fun, dance, music, drinks, and cool ambiance? Excited? Then, just head to Swig, a club-turned-lounge that celebrates art and music by hosting a diverse group of dancers, musicians, painters, and even sculptors. This one-of-its-kind club even hosts poetry sessions in Urdu and art nights. Lovely decor, tasty food, and great drinks, all combine to enhance the headiness at this place.

  • Location: SBI Training Centre, North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune
  • Timings: 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm; every day
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1400

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26. Independence Brewing Company

With its lovely ambiance and finger-licking delicacies, Independence Brewing Company sure scores high among the night revelers of Pune. This bar-cum-restaurant boasts a menu that offers American, Mexican, Continental and North Indian cuisines apart from fresh beers and loads of other drinks. If your idea of a night out involves good food at a chic place, Independence Brewing Company is certainly a good pick.

  • Location: Zero One Complex, Pingale Wasti, Mundhwa, Pune
  • Timings:
    • 01:00 pm to 01:30 am (Monday to Saturday)
    • 12:00 pm to 01:30 am (Sundays)
  • Cost for two: ₹ 2000 (approx.)

Places to Visit in Pune – Museums


27. Mahatma Phule Museum

This was originally the residence of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, the Maratha social activist who had been a strong proponent of women’s rights. This was transformed into a museum in 1890. It boasts of a diverse range of artefacts related to industry, agriculture, textile, handicrafts, geology, marble statues, stone carvings, arms, seals, armoury, etc. An array of stuffed animals is one of the highlights of this museum. This includes elephants, sea fish, etc.

  • Location: Ghole Rd, Shivajinagar, Pune
  • Timings: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

28. Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways

Situated in the Erandwane suburb of Pune, Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways is a unique museum hosting an array of miniature trains, trams, steam engines, flyovers, etc. The museum has various well-designed intricate layouts of cities replete with buildings and lights, roads, and train tracks. The functioning is controlled by an amusing light and sound track. 

  • Location: Late GA Kulkarni Path, Next to Kothrud, Pune
  • Timings: 09:30 AM – 05:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
    • 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM and 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM (Saturday)
    • 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM (Sunday)
  • Entry Fee:
    • Above 3 years: INR 90
    • Below 3 years: Free

29. National War Museum

Established in 1997 and unveiled on 15th August 1998, the National War Museum is an ode to the brave soldiers of India who sacrificed their lives for the country. The citizens of Pune built the museum, and a major part of it is dedicated to the 1999 Kargil War. Throwing light on the sacrifices made by the soldiers, a trip to the museum is sure to give a nudge to your patriotic side. While it houses many photographs, paintings, artefacts and captured war equipment, MiG-23BN used in the Kargil War, and the replica of INR Trishul from the 1971 Indo-Pak War are the highlights of the museum.

  • Location: Pune Cantonment, Prince of Wales Drive Road, Pune 
  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM; every day
  • Entry Fee: Free

Places to Visit in Pune – Dams

30. Khadakwasla Dam

Khadakwasla Dam is erected on Mutha River at a distance of 21 km from the city centre. Located near the National Defence Academy, this is the principal source of water for Pune and its suburban areas. The reservoir formed by the dam is known as the Khadakwasla Lake, which is a pleasant sightseeing spot.

  • Location: Khadakwasla Village, Pune
  • Timings: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free 

31. Mulshi Lake and Dam

Just 35 km off Pune lies one of the most scenic spots that you can experience in and around Pune. The Mulshi Lake and Dam is known for the natural endowment around it. It offers a breathtaking view of the mighty Sahayadri Ranges in the backdrop of the serene lake. People love this place for its natural scenery and tranquillity. 

  • Location: Mulshi Taluk, Pune
  • Timings: 09:00 – 06:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free

Places to Visit in Pune – Religious Sites


32. Ohel David Synagogue

This historic monument is considered to be the biggest synagogue in Pune. This iconic red brick building was built in the period 1863-1867 by David Sassoon, and is locally known as Lal Deval. It has an English Gothic style architecture resembling the structure of a church and has a 90-foot high obelisk with a majestic clock, which is considered to have been specially brought from London for this purpose.

  • Location: Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Opp. Ibaco, Gawaliwada, Camp, Pune
  • Timings: 06:00 AM – 06:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free (To visit, non-Jewish visitors need permission)

33. Pataleshwar Cave Temple

The Pataleshwar Cave Temple is an architectural splendour right at the heart of Pune. It is a spellbinding monolithic temple carved out of a magnanimous rock. This is a revered Hindu shrine and is considered to be the abode of Lord Pataleshwar, a form of Lord Shiva. This is a popular tourist place in Pune. 

  • Location: Jangali Maharaj Rd, Revenue Colony, Shivajinagar, Pune
  • Timings: 08:30 AM – 05:30 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free

34. Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple

Built in 1893, Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple is a revered shrine in the city. Legend has it that this beautiful temple was built by Shri Dagdusheth Halwai and his wife Lakshmibai after they lost their son to a plague epidemic. The idea to make Ganesh Chaturthi a public celebration was pitched by Lokmanya Tilak after the construction of this temple. 

The temple houses a 2.2-meter high, and 1-meter wide idol of Lord Ganesha adorned with about 40 kgs of gold. The idol of Lord Ganesha here is positioned in such a way that it can be seen even from the outside. The shrine sees a huge footfall every day and is undoubtedly one of the most famous Pune tourist places.

  • Location: Ganpati Bhavan, 250 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Road, Mehunpura, Budhwar Peth, Pune
  • Timings: 5:00 am to 10:30 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: Free

35. Chaturshringi Temple

Constructed around 300 years ago, Chaturshringi Temple is counted among the oldest and largest temples in the country. It is built across four mountain peaks and is dedicated to Goddess Chaturshringi, also known as Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Ambareshwari. The temple also houses the idols of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesh within its premises. The 90 feet high and 125 feet wide temple has around 170 well-constructed steps that the devotees must climb to reach the main abode of the Goddess. The beautiful surroundings and the temple’s positive energy make it one of the most frequented places in Pune.

  • Location: Seva Samiti Building, Senapati Bapat Road, Chaturshringi, Pune
  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM; every day
  • Entry Fee: Free

36. Sri Balaji Mandir

Popularly called Prati Balaji Mandir and Mini Balaji Mandir, Sri Balaji Mandir is one of the most famous places in Pune. This beautiful temple amidst a lush green landscape is a close replica of the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati. Built under the guidance of Tirupati’s Venkateswara Temple, the architecture and sanctum deity of Sri Balaji Mandir in Pune is quite similar to the original. What’s more, the temple also follows all the rituals and religious activities of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati. The positive vibes of the temple will calm your mind and fill you with a sense of peace and divinity.

  • Location: Ward No. 8, Aundh Gaon, Aundh, Pune
  • Timings: 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM; every day
  • Entry Fee: Free

Other Significant Places to Visit in Pune

Shinde Chhatri | Among The Other Significant Places to Visit in Pune

Shinde Chhatri | Among The Other Significant Places to Visit in Pune

37. Shinde Chhatri

One of the most famous memorials in Pune, Shinde Chhatri witnesses a huge footfall during the day. But if you explore this destination at night, you will see it in a very different light. This 18th-century memorial, dedicated to the Maratha leader Mahadji Shinde, is a magnificent monument that features elaborate carvings on the walls. When you take a look at the whole structure under the lights, it certainly makes you want to click loads of photos. The three-storied structure also hosts a Shiva temple within the premises.

  •  Location: Wanawadi Road, Pune Cantonment, Pune
  • Timings: 08:00 am to 07:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 2

38. National Defence Academy

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the only academy in the world that gives training to the cadets of the three services, Air Force, Army, and Navy. You can visit the academy only on Sundays and that too as part of a group from an educational institution. You will go through a guided tour of the academy and visit museums, training teams and the mess. In short, you will have a glimpse of the life that the cadets lead inside the academy. Owing to obvious security reasons, you need prior permission to come here.

  • Location: Khadakwasla, Pune
  • Timings: 10:30 am to 01:00 pm; Sundays
  • Entry Fee: No entry fee

39. Fashion Street

A great place for shopaholics, Fashion Street, is a popular shopping area in the city. It houses over 400 stores and kiosks selling a range of products for men, women, and children. From apparel, imitation jewellery and bags to accessories, footwear, and toys, you will find almost everything in this market at economical rates. Some stores here may also sell counterfeit and low-quality products, so keep this in mind when shopping on Fashion Street.

  • Location: 95, MG Road, Camp, Pune
  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; every day
  • Entry Fee: Free

40. Lonavala

If you are keen to explore some tourist places near Pune, Lonavala is a wonderful option. This picturesque hill station is only 67 km away from the city and can be easily reached by road or rail. Owing to its location in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats, the hill station boasts abundant natural beauty and is a delight for those looking to take a break from city chaos. While Lonavala enjoys good weather throughout the year, the place looks greener and luxuriant during the monsoon season. The milky-white waterfalls also come to life during this time of the year and add to the beauty of this serene and scenic hill station. Lonavala houses some beautiful lakes, trekking trails, viewing points, dams, caves, and temples as well, making the hill station an ideal weekend getaway destination.

  • Distance from Pune: 67 km
  • Best Time to Visit: June-September and December-February
  • Top attractions: Bhushi Dam, Tikona Fort, Lohagad Fort, Lonavala Lake, Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves, Narayani Dham Temple, Adlabs Imagicaa, Della Adventure Park

41. Igatpuri

Located in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, Igatpuri is one of the best places to visit near Pune for nature lovers. The hill station lies in the Western Ghats and houses some of the highest peaks of the Sahyadri range, beautiful waterfalls, scenic trekking trails, and old forts. The headquarters of the world’s largest Vipassana Meditation Institute, Vipassana International Academy, is also in Igatpuri. The best time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the hill station is during monsoon when the surroundings look greener and the flowers are in full bloom. However, those looking to indulge in different adventure activities, like trekking and rock climbing, must plan a trip during the winter season.

  • Distance from Pune: 248 km
  • Best Time to Visit: June-September and December-February
  • Top attractions: Vipassana Centre, Tringalwadi Fort, Vihigaon Waterfall, Ghatandevi Temple, Myanmar Gate, Camel Valley, Bhavali Dam

42. Rajmachi Fort

Lying in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Rajmachi Fort is a popular attraction among history buffs, nature lovers and adventure seekers. It is nestled in the Sahyadri range and is counted among the best places for a one day trip near Pune. Rajmachi has two fortresses – Shriwardhan and Manaranjan. The trek to the fort starts from Udhewadi village, and it takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the top. The trekking trail is relatively easy and picturesque, with enticing views of waterfalls, valleys, gorges, and villages. The fort’s historical significance and beautiful trekking route make Rajmachi Fort a must-visit.

  • Distance from Pune: 170 km
  • Best Time to Visit: June to September

This is in no way a comprehensive list of all that Pune has to offer in terms of tourist attractions. Once you check-in at one of the hotels in Pune, you will be able to discover several other known and unknown spots, provided you do your online research or talk to locals (in case of lesser-known places). So, are you ready to unleash your wanderlust and experience the city in its full glory? We bet you are!

Frequently Asked Questions About Pune:

Q: List some places to visit near Pune on a one-day trip.

A: Lavasa, Lonavala, Khandala, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Karjat, Kolad, Kaas Plateau, Alibaug, Murud Janjira and Kashid are some of the most popular weekend getaways from Pune.

Q: Which shopping places in Pune should I explore?

A: There are many amazing markets in Pune but the ones you must definitely visit are Fashion Street, Juna Bazaar, FC Road, Hong Kong Lane, Laxmi Road and Tulsi Baug.

Q: Which are the best shopping malls in Pune?

A: Amanora (Hadapsar), Phoenix Market City (Viman Nagar), Seasons (Magarpatta City), Inorbit (Viman Nagar), Westend (Aundh) and The Pavillion (Model Colony) are the most popular malls in Pune.

Q: Where can I go for partying in Pune?

A: Koregaon Park, fondly called KP, is one of the best places to visit in Pune at night. Among the top pubs in Koregaon Park are Hard Rock Cafe, The Bar Stock Exchange, Maclaren's Pub, Murphies, Harry's, Hidden Place and High Spirits.

Q: Suggest some nightlife places in Pune for dancing.

A: You can experience the lively nightlife in Pune while swaying to some groovy music at Social, Effingut Brewerkz, 1000 Oaks, The Urban Foundry, Penthouze, Euriska, The House of Medici, Area 51, Teddy Boy or Mi-a-mi.

Q: I wish to try the street food in Pune. Any recommendations?

A: Some of the must-try street food items in Pune are vada pav, sabudana vada, dabeli, poha, meat kebabs, egg rolls, chaat, bhakarwadi, bajri vada and misal pav.

Q: Where to go for a great dining experience in Pune?

A: Pune has a myriad of restaurants and cafes and is truly a paradise for food lovers. If you're confused, here's a list of some of the best restaurants in Pune -- Vaishali, 1000 Oaks, German Bakery, Nisarg, Marz-O-Rin, Yana Sizzlers and Wok, Bounty's, Malaka Spice, Baan Tao and Sen5es.

Q: Which are the main entry gateways to Pune?

A: Pune Airport is the main air gateway serving both domestic and international flights. Pune City Station is well-connected to other Indian cities by regular trains. Major bus stations in the city are Pune Station, Shivaji Nagar and Swargate while the main thoroughfares leading to Pune include NH 4, 9 and 50 and Pune-Mumbai Expressway.

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