Peppy Pune personifies ‘New Age India’ in the most remarkable manner and why not?! Dotted with clubs, malls, cafes, amusement parks, and much more, Pune is a charming image of modernity mixed with heritage. The confluence of the past and the present adds to the city’s appeal, making it an enticing destination for travelers of all kinds. You can never be short of attractions to explore when you are in this city.
However, there’s a flip side to it – you can become confused about the best spots to visit as there are just so many of those. Well, worry not! We have listed down for you the best tourist places to visit in Pune that cater to your wanderlust. Read on to discover these touristy delights.
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
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
Timings: 09:00 am to 5:30 pm; every day
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
Palace – 08:00 am to 06:30 pm; every day
Sound and Light Show – 07:15 pm (Marathi); 08:15 pm (English)
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
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
Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm; every day
Entry Fee: ₹ 3
Places to Visit in Pune – Gardens and Hills
6. 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
Timings: 09:30 am to 06:30 pm; every day
Entry Fee: ₹15 per person (3 years and above)
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7. 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
Entry Fee: Free
8. 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
Timings: 06:00 am to 10:30 am and 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm; every day
Entry Fee: ₹ 5
9. 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.
Entry Fee: Free
10. 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.
Timings: 06:00 am to 10:00 am and 04:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Entry Fee: Free
11. 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
09:30 am to 05:00 pm (16th June to 31st March)
09:30 am to 05:30 pm (1st April to 15th June)
Adults – ₹ 25
Children – ₹ 10
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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.
12. 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
Timings: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day
3.9 feet and above – ₹ 400
Between 2.9 feet and 3.9 feet – ₹ 350
Below 2.9 feet – Free
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13. 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.
Timings: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; every day
Entry Fee: Free
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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:
14. 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
Timings: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am (Mon-Thu); 12:00 pm to 01:00 am (Fri-Sun)
Cost for two: ₹ 1800 (approx.)
15. 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
Timings: 11:00 am to 12:30 am; every day
Cost for two: ₹ 2000 (approx.)
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16. 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
Timings: 10:30 am to 10:30 pm; every day
Cost for two: ₹ 250 (approx.)
17. 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
Timings: 08:00 am to 11:30 pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
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
Timings: 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm; every day
Cost for two: ₹ 1400
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19. 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
01:00 pm to 01:30 am (Monday to Saturday)
12:00 pm to 01:30 am (Sundays)
Cost for two: ₹ 2000 (approx.)
Other Significant Places to Visit in Pune
20. 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
Timings: 08:00 am to 07:00 pm; every day
Entry Fee: ₹ 2
21. 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.
Timings: 10:30 am to 01:00 pm; Sundays
Entry Fee: No entry fee
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!