Pune , the cultural capital of Maharashtra is surrounded with lush green mountain ranges and tranquil lakes, gardens and insanely cool getaways. A city known for its salubrious climate, just like Bangalore, Pune is also known as the Queen of the Deccan. This cultural capital of Maharashtra is known for its pure Maharashtrian lifestyle. Pune is now a center for Marathi theatre, education, crafts, culture and art. One can visit "The Culture Centre" to get an idea about rich history which Pune possess. Here, one can enjoy the narrow but historic lanes of the walled city as well as the spacious and dazzling streets of the new city. Pune offers both traditional Maharashtra which has its own cultural glory as well as the up-to-date and lively new look Maharashtra. With parties,pubs,forts and its own indigenous cuisine, Pune is one of the most amazing city of India.
Parvati is one of the favourite relaxation spots for the residents of Pune. The height of Parvati hill is 2100 feet above sea level and 260 feet from the city level. The hill offers an aerial view of the city and the most picturesque scene in the early hours of the day. Parvati hill houses one big and three small temples. Apart from the temples, there is also a Parvati museum that houses replicas of old manuscripts as well as paintings. The wooden pillars and ceiling present in the museum is of the original dwelling. The museum is a commemoration of the Peshwa rule and has a collection of portraits of the Peshwa rulers. The museum is also the deathbed or Samadhi Sthan of Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa. Open:Every day Visiting Timing:0800 Hours to 1700 Hours
Honestly, tell me, what do you think about a mountains? Honestly, tell me, what do you think about a fort on the the top of mountains?Isn't it incredible? Sinhagad fort is just 30 Kms away from Central Pune and is a a very popular fort, like everyone in Pune knows about this place. Its Height above sea level is 4320 feet and up on the majestic mountains, it has its own glory. But let me tell you a secret, the best time to visit this place is evening hours or early morning. Best thing to do at this place is to trek to the top of the hill and embrace the majestic crimson skies and vistas of Pune. And don't forget to eat 'Pitla Bhakri' and 'Kandha Bhajji' as they are one of the most famous dishes from Puneri Cuisine . There are numerous stalls insidefort and also at the entarance that sells the famous 'Pitla Bhakri' and Kandha Bhajji along with 'dahi'. Enjoy !
This city is full of some amazing 'must-visit' places. Osho ashram is one of thing which makes this city much different and unique from all the other cities of India. A city which has an ashram of its own, a city which knows how to beat the stress in the most appropriate way, a city with its own meditation wonderland. The Osho ashram maintains Zen garden on both side of the road. The public is allowed to visit the garden between 3-7 P.M. The garden is full of birds, statues of Buddha, wild flowers and huge trees. The ashram can be reached by an auto-rickshaw and it is recommended to book your visits in advance.It has a swimming pool, sauna, spa, jacuzzi, gym, tennis court and a boutique guest house.To calm the restless mind, seek inner peace and meditate in tranquility, the premises of the Ashram is absolutely apt.
Kamshet (Original name "Karmakshetra" which means the land of your karma) is a small township located off the old Mumbai - Pune highway (NH-4). The hills along this route are dotted with ancient cave temples of the Buddhist monks, medieval hill fortresses of the brave warriors and colonial hill stations that often double up as flying sites.
There is so much history that most of us don't know. For those who have interest in Indian Freedom struggle or in Mahatma Gandhi, this place is the place they should visit. I visited this place along with a couple of college friends living nearby who recommended to visit this place. Walking up the drive you can see the splendor of this palace, the beautiful arches, the architecture, that old touch and then last but not the least, a stretched sprawling garden. A perfect place for artist of any kind to create something, write poem, song, paint or sketch. This heritage structure was created in 1892. Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned along with his wife, during the freedom struggle at this place. Timing: 9:00 to 18:00 Entry Fee: Rs 5 for adults and Rs 2 for children Rs 100 for foreign tourists
You can see sun sinking lower in the horizon, you can sense light of the day draining away, giving way to the velvety dark of night, you can hear crickets chirping, dusky, colors subdued in the fading light, first buzz of mosquitoes, street lights click on and day winding down.For all this you have to just visit Khadakwasla Dam. This dam is on the way to Sinhgad fort built on Mutha river at the outskirts of the city.With a pleasant scenery all around,in rainy season, this dam filled with water becomes delight for the soul. Hope you can get lucky and may catch light shower and cool breeze, that will be heavenly.
"Pune is situated on the confluence of Mula and Mutha rivers. The confluence / sangam of two rivers is called as 'punya'. Hence the name Pune. It is also referred to as Punyanagari." Interesting, isn't it? Any history buff? Well if you love itihas/history and crave for it then,the Pune Heritage Walk is something you should surely try.It is part of a series of guided heritage walks and trails in the city of Pune which runs every Saturdays and Sundays at 7am. Generally this 3 hour walk, starting from the Pune Municipal Corporation building extends into the core city area of Old Pune. In this 2.5 km walk people can visit 18 spots of architectural and historical significance. The walk is conducted mainly in- Marathi, Hindi and English. You can register and find details of the walk on this website: http://www.puneheritagewalk.com/
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