To the south of the city of Pune is a famous hill known as Paravati. One has to climb a flight of 108 steps to reach the top in order to get an awesome and breathtaking view of the city below. Atop this hill are four temples dedicated to the Gods Ganesha, Shiva, Kartikeya, and Vishnu. The place is also steeped in Maratha history and associated with the Peshwa rule. One can also pay a visit to the Parvati Museum here that is home to some old manuscript replicas and paintings. The pillars and ceiling in the museum today are from the original structure that was the place where Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa breathed his last.
Pataleshwar Cave Temple
Erected just across the river near the Jungli Maharaj Road, the Cave Temples of Pataleshwar have a resemblance to the rock carvings of Ellora. The Shiva Temple here is the main feature of the caves. The statue of the Nandi bull is also famous here. The temple is said to have been built out of a single rock and also has round rock structures arranged in an exotic manner here. In the other temples of these caves you will find the idols of Rama, Sita and other gods and goddesses. There is also a nice seating arrnagement for visitors inside. Another important attraction here is the museum which has its name in the Guiness World Record Book because of that one grain of rice inside this museum. This grain of rice has 5000 characters inscribed on it.
Vishrambaug Samaj Mandir
This monument was built by the last Peshwa ruler of Maharshtra Bajirao II as his residence. This place was more of a garden bungalow and is said to have been named after the gardener named Vishram. The most attractive features of this monument are the beautifully wood carved balconies and the lovely entrance of it. This is a three storey building which has lost much of its charm but the veteran historian Babasaheb Purandare has undertaken the task of restoring this monument to its former glory very soon.
Bhaja Monastery & Temple Complex
A really amazing journey to the hill top caves as well as Monastery of the Buddhist religion. There we witnessed age old Stupa's of buddhist monks as well as rooms where they used. Most of the architecture is in ruins now but would have been looked glamourous and eccentric ages before while it was built.