Pune has been known by many sobriquets. Popular among them: Queen of the Deccan, Cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pensioner's paradise and Oxford of the East. Pune is one of the historical cities of India with a glorious past.Being surrounded by beautiful hills and the Sinhagad fort, it has a temperate climate. Water, which is plentiful, is supplied to the city from Panshet, Khadakvasla and Varasgaon dams -- all located about thirty kilometers from Pune. Pune is among the greenest urban areas in the country with more than 40 per cent of its area under green cover.
Attractions in Pune
The Agakhan Palace :
This Palace is One of the major tourist attractions in Pune . The place has a historical landmark. During 'Quit India Movement', Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi were imprisoned here in the year 1942. Later a memorial was erected here, in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi who breathed her last in this palace.
Shaniwar Wada :
This Palace situated in the heart of the city was built by the successors of Shivaji, the Peshwas in 1736. A massive fire destroyed the building in 1827. During its glorious days, the Palace used to be the multi-storey home of mighty Peshwas. The main entrance to this Palace is through iron-spiked Delhi Gate. This Palace has become the symbol of the culture of Pune.
Osho Commune International
Pune has become an international tourist spot because of the Osho Commune International. Spread over 31 acres of flush green surroundings, it is the spiritual Disneyland meditation resort to people from over 60-70 different countries. A number of programs with special emphasis on new-age meditation are conducted here. This place is worth more than a visit in Pune.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum :
Creation of the passionate efforts of a single person, Dr. D.G.Kelkar, the museum has a vast collection of unique, peculiar and fascinating Indian articrafts that you would have ever seen. It has 36 sections which include carved palace and temple doors, 2,000 year old pottery, traditional Indian lamps and 17th century paintings. In a pleasant change from the other well-known museums of India, the Raja Denkar Kelkar museum exhibits the diversity of India's culture in a subtle and delightful way. The elephant-shaped foot scrubber, a brass scorpion that reveals a secret lock and eight images of Lord Ganesha carved on a bean make it a place to see in Pune.
Pataleshwar Cave Temple :
This 8th century rock cut temple is hidden in the heart of the city, in the midst of modern high rise structures at Shivajinagar. The Temple is quite elegant and exudes spirituality. Adding to the tranquility and beauty of the site is the circular stone gazebo (Nandi mapandapam) standing by the entrance of this small underground temple, which is a must visit place for the tourists to Pune.
Saras Baug :
A popular place in evenings in Pune, you can visit the sprawling green lawns and the famous Ganesh Temple constructed by Madhavrao Peshwa. Next to Saras Baug, Peshwe Udyan houses a number of wild animals, a artificial lake with Boating facilities, the Phulrani Mini Train Ride plus a Play Park too.
The Ganapati Festival celebrated yearly, called the Pune Festival, has made its mark on the tourist map of India.