Bhagwan Rajneesh's famous ashram is located at 17 Koregaon Park, a green and elite
suburb of Pune. This site attracts thousands of visitors. The Ashram offers a variety
of expensive courses on meditation. All that is required is, filling out an application
form (with 2 passport photographs) and an on-the-spot HIV negative test and purchase
of special tunics. Accommodation needs to be arranged outside the ashram. Casual
visitors can view a 45 minute video presentation and take a tour (Rs. 60) at 10.00
am and 2.30 pm daily. Please book ahead. You can easily reach this place by auto rickshaw.
The nearby Nulla Park also called Osho Teerth, is a beautifully maintained garden,
transformed from a swamp, open for public from 6 to 9 am and 7 to 10 pm.
Built in 1736, Shaniwar Wada was once the palace of the Peshwa rulers. This historic
seven-storied palace was built by Bajirao Peshwa I. During his days, it became the
seat of political power and achieved tremendous importance. To this date, Shaniwar
Wada has been the city's main landmark. Within easy reach from all parts of the
city, Shaniwar Wada was mysteriously destroyed in a fire in 1827. Mysterious fires continued to raze down portions of Shaniwar Wada in the early 19th century, and the entire palace barring its Mirror Hall was burnt in the fire that broke out for about a fortnight. What now remains of this once palatial Wada are only the
plinths, the fortification walls with five gateways, and nine bastions that enclosed
the whole complex, elaborate foundations of the original palace and the nagarkhana
with its fine wooden pillars and lattice work. One enters the palace through sturdy
doors designed to dissuade enemy attacks. This palace is located in the narrow winding
old part of the city. The palace is open from 8 am to 6.30 pm. This site is covered
in the Pune city tour.
Architecturally amongst the best, just about a couple of kms from the Pune racecourse
is the memorial of the great Maratha nobleman Mahadji Shinde. You can see the warrior's
painted silver likeness, swathed in a flame-colored turban and elaborate shawl.
At his feet are the original prayer vessels, used to propitiate the family deity
A sign asks you not to open an umbrella within the Chhatri's precincts, as it would
be an insult to the warrior's memory.
A must see, this quaint building houses a fascinating collection of Indian artifacts
collected by the late Shree Dinkar Kelkar. The 36 sections of the museum are used
to display a wealth of antiques, carved palace doors, pottery, 17th century miniatures,
a priceless collection of nut crackers, lamps, musical items, hookah pipes, hair
drying combs and other such items from the Mughal and Maratha period. This collection was donated to the government of Maharashtra by Shree Dinkar Kelkar and is only displayed by rotation giving you another excuse to return to Pune. The museum
is open from 8.30 pm to 5.30 pm daily. The museum is covered in the Pune city tour.
Hidden in the heart of the city in the Shivajinagar area is this 8th century rock-cut
temple. Still in use, this temple, similar to the Caves at Ellora, has been painstakingly
hewn from a single rock and includes massive pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi
The Tribal Museum documents the cultures of Maharashtrian communities, particularly
those from the Sahyadri and Gondwana regions. It is open weekdays from 10 am to
5 pm. The city tours do not halt at this site.
The gracious buildings with salons and suites that you see standing amidst well
laid out gardens is more than just a palace. It is a historical landmark. It was
donated to India by the Aga Khan IV in 1969. During the 1942 Quit India Movement,
Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned here. On the grounds are the remains (samadhi) of
Kasturba Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's wife, who died here while in internment. The memorial
is open from 9 am to 5.45 pm. The city tour makes a stop here.
This is a three-storied mansion, known for its beautiful 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. The Wada's eye-catching wooden facade is memorizing in its beauty, and
has beautiful columns carved in the Suru form. On October 31, 1880 a surprise fire
engulfed the Wada ravaging the entire structure. Vishrambaug Wada was restored to
its somewhat original appearance by public subscriptions and municipal contributions.
For many years till 1958 it was to serve as the offices of the Poona Corporation.
Today it houses assorted offices: a strange fate for what was once a king's abode.
Bund Garden is located on the right bank of the Mula Mutha river, only a couple
of kms north-east of Pune railway station. A stroll in the breeze and a cool evening
boat ride in the back waters created by the 'Bund' on the river attract many fun
Evenings are best for a stroll through this beautiful garden that houses the famous
Ganesh Temple on the top of a small hillock in the center. The temple was formerly
surrounded by a lake, which has been fully reclaimed in the form of an open park,
now a popular public place in Pune.
This famous landmark is located on the southern end of the city. A climb of 108
wide stone steps rewards you with a beautiful round view of the city and an invigorating
draught of cool, fresh air. It also takes you to the group of four temples of Shiva,
Ganesh, Vishnu and Kartikeya. The Parvati Temple used to be the private shrine of
the Peshwa rulers. Also take a look at the Parvati Museum, which houses replicas
of ancient paintings, old manuscripts.
A zoo maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation. It houses a variety of species of wild animals. The zoo offers a toy-train ride a very special attraction for children, and boating facilities for the family.
Started in 1986 with the help of the Pune Municipal Corporation, the Katraj Snake
Park is situated on the Pune-Satara Highway near Bharati Vidyapeeth Campus. The
straight road emanating from Swargate takes you to the desired destination. The
park today has a collection of wonderful reptiles, birds, a baby leopard, crocodiles
and others. The prize collection is of course the six-year-old, nine feet long King
Pune’s oldest education institute is the Pune University formed in 1948. The university has many affiliated education institutes and colleges from all parts of Maharashtra research institutes such as the National Chemical Laboratories, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, National Institute of Virology (NIV) are just to name few. The IUCAA, one of the pioneering institutes for research in astronomy, is located in the lush green environment of Pune University, and is headed by a world renowned mathematician, Dr. Jayant Naralikar.
Pune University is located on 400 acres of sprawling grounds with quiet roads and
small open canteens towards the city limits. It was once the official residence
of the Governor of Mumbai during the monsoons, the Pune University is now a stately
mansion at Ganeshkhind. A large building in the Italian Gothic style, built with
local grey tap rock, it has a square tower 40 m high and well-maintained lawns.
One can spend a pleasant evening here.