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Visit Pune

Pune is a city located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Pune is widely considered the cultural capital of Marathi-speaking Maharashtrians. Although Marathi is the main language of Pune, its cosmopolitan population speaks several other languages like English and Hindi.

If you are going to be visiting Pune, you are probably wondering what attractions or famous places of Pune that there are which you should visit. Pune is filled with famous places. Here, you will find a detailed guide to some of the biggest attractions of Pune.

The Aga Khan's Palace - Kasturba Gandhi Smriti Mandir - This beautiful building with salons and suites, is a great historical landmark. It was here that Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders of the Indian National Congress were imprisoned during the 1942 Quit India Movement. Here lies the samadhi of Kasturba Gandhi, the Mahatma's wife.

Bund Gardens - Presently known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, these gardens are situated on the banks of Mula-Mutha River. The bund was constructed by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy for providing water to the poor.

National Defense Academy - Situated at Khadakvasla, 17 kms. from Pune, the Academy imparts basic training to the cadets of all three branches of the services, Army, Air Force and Navy.

Shaniwarwada - Built in 1736, this was once the palace of the Peshwa rulers. After the palace was mysteriously destroyed by fire in 1827, only an old fortified wall, the majestically built 'Nagarkhana' and a lotus pool park remain.

Pataleshwar Cave Temple - Ensconced deep in the heart of the city, at Shivajinagar, is a 8th century rock-cut temple. Reminiscent of Ellora, the temple has been painstakingly hewn from a single rock and houses massive pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull.

Saras Baug - With pleasant lawns and the famous Ganesh temple built by Madhavrao Peshwa, Saras Baug is a popular evening spot at Pune.

Shinde's Chhatri - Among the best architectural sights in Pune, this memorial of the great Maratha warrior, Mahadaji Shinde, houses his Chhattri (umbrella) and his portrait in silver.

Lal Deval (Synagogue) - A red brick and trap stone building of English-Gothic style, the Lal Deval was built by the famous David Sassoon in 1867.

Pashan lake - 12 kms. north of NDA, this beautiful lake is a home to a variety of migratory and residential birds.

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) - A premier institute, FTII imparts training in all major branches of film training in all major branches of film making and is known to have produced some of the finest film professionals of the country.

University Buildings - The site of the Pune University, the stately mansion at Ganeshkhind, was the official residence of the Governor of Mumbai during the monsoon season. A large building in Italian-Gothic style built with the local grey trap rock, it is surrounded by a high square tower (30 metres high), a swimming pool and well kept lawns.

Yoga Institute - The ‘Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute’ directed by Mr B K S Iyengar is an internationally reputed Yoga institution. Courses for short and long durations are conducted here, depending on individual requirements and the availability of time.

Parvati Hill and Temple - is one of the most famous places of Pune. It attracts tourists from all around the world, and there is no wonder why. After you climb a hundred steps to get the top of the temple, you will be able to see a good view of the entire city of Pune. Also, there is an interesting museum that is located on the hill, which will be a great place for you to visit.

Vishrambaug Wada - is another famous place of Pune. It is a three story mansion with a famous entrance. This entrance symbolizes tales of Pune’s rich culture and heritage. This famous place now acts as one of Pune’s post offices.

Torna - which is one of the most famous forts of Pune is a place that everybody should be sure to check out. It is one of the most highest forts in Maharashtra and is great for anyone who wants a good biking trip, although it may be dangerous- so get ready for an adventure!

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum - contains the collection of Dr Dinkar G. Kelkar (1896–1990), dedicated to the memory of his only son, Raja, who died early.The collection was started around 1920 and by 1960 it contained around 15,000 objects. In 1962, Dr Kelkar handed his collection to the Department of Archaeology within the Government of Maharashtra.The museum now holds over 20,000 objects of which 2,500 are on display. These consist of Indian mainly decorative items from everyday life and other art objects, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. There is a particularly fine collection of musical instruments.

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