Through The Historical Sights Of Pune

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11th Jun 2014

Yes to yoga!

Photo of Through The Historical Sights Of Pune by Sagnik Basu

Any season, any place or any month, this city never would fail to please you six ways to Sunday.

Located at the convergence of two rivers, Mula and Mutha, Pune has retained its historic past despite embracing modernity. The city is a charming melange of the old and the new, traditional and contemporary. You can also have an adrenalin rush with adventure activities like camping, rappelling, lake crossing, paragliding and jungle trekking.

The "Oxford of the East" exhibits typical Maharashtrian lifestyle as well as modern lifestyle associated with a metro city. The spread of modern education and an influx of students from different countries and culture have provided the city with a progressive and contemporary outlook. Pune has become very similar to Mumbai in lifestyle, trends and education.

It is impossible for tourism to be trouble here. But what you need to watch out for is you managing time. Why? Because Pune hosts both nightlife and nature!

Day 1

Osho Ashram Bliss

Photo of Osho Garden, Gopal Rao Bevur Road, Iricen Railway Colony, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu

Osho Ashram Folks

Photo of Osho Garden, Gopal Rao Bevur Road, Iricen Railway Colony, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu

Yes to Yoga

Photo of Osho Garden, Gopal Rao Bevur Road, Iricen Railway Colony, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu

Ironic stuff at Osho Ashram

Photo of Osho Garden, Gopal Rao Bevur Road, Iricen Railway Colony, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu

OSHO ASHRAM ! For me there is not a better place if you are interested in meditation, sharing with beautiful people and participating in growth seminars. The physichal beauty of the campus is simply stunning, the food is great clean, and you can choose from continental, Indian to macrobiotic. 

You have meditations every one hour and you can choose from energetic and cathartic to passive and quiet. Then you have a whole range of workshops and courses if you are interested in going deeper into you psyche and exploring your hug ups and emotional troubles. In the nights you have a variety of events ranging from parties to theatre plays.

Day 2

Shanivar Wada

Photo of Shaniwar Wada, Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Shaniwar Wada, Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu

Situated in the heart of city, this is a great place for history buffs. Also some live shows are conducted in the evening, specially on weekends. My personal feedback, its nothing more than ruins of history which had not been preserved and with encroachments and most importantly littering and spoiling the heritage by us (visitors). 

Shaniwar wada is a massive complex which now forms a roundabout in Pune. I've only been there for the light and sound show which is not even worth the Rs 30 they charge. It starts at 7.30pm once the sun has set. The auditorium is at a 10-min walk from the entrance and there is no path indication. 

Seating is on first come first serve basis. The plastic seats are damaged and you need to be careful not to hurt yourself. Through the show a regular PA system narrates the history in Marathi. There is no major display of light so people start losing interest and talking amongst themselves. Once in a while various part of the dilapidated building and garden come on. The real horror begins when bee sized mosquitoes start attacking you. People then start walking out! Utter disappointment.

Photo of Mahadji Shinde Chhatri, Wanwadi, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Mahadji Shinde Chhatri, Wanwadi, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu

The major attraction of the Shinde Chatri of Poona is its exquisite architecture, reflecting the style used in Rajasthan, India. Even years after its construction, the memorial retains its architectural designs and beauty and seems to be totally unaffected by time. 

Presently the Shindyanchi Chhatri of Pune is under the management of the Sindhia Devasthan Trust of Gwalior. You can visit it anytime between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm. It is a memorial dedicated to the great soldier, Mahadji Shinde. For twenty years, between 1760 and 1780, he served as the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army under the Peshwas.

 The entire complex of the memorial also consists of a temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which was built by Mahadji himself, in the year 1794. He left for the holy abode the same year and in 1965, Madhavrao Sindhia got the entire complex built, along with the samadhi (memorial).

Photo of Pataleshwar Caves, Shivaji Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Pataleshwar Caves, Shivaji Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu

This religious shrine on Jungli Maharaj Road, housed in caves, that dates back to 700-800 AD has rather grand statues of Nandi, Sita, Ram, Lakshman, Lakshmi, Ganesh and an over-sized shivalingam under its roof. Believed to have been cut out from a single rock, the place has massive pillars, which are the grandeur of the temple caves. 

The shrine out there is dedicated to Shiva and the Nandi. The attached museum is dim, dank and dusty and not worth wasting time over, apart from an exhibit that has made the Guinness Book of World Records - a grain of rice engraved with some 5000 characters

Day 3
Photo of Vishrambaug Wada, RB Kumthekar Road, Sadashiv Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu

One of the gardener of the Peshwas, whose name was Vishram, got the wada named Vishrambaugwada. The construction of Vishrambaug Wada is in the Peshwai Architechture style. It has influence of Rajput architecture. You can find the magnificent three-storey edifice with great dark processed saag columns and cream wall. 

The overall look from the Suru columns to the intricate ceilings, took me back to more glorious times. Intricately carved ornamental teardrop teak pillars shaped like suru trees. In the entrance side you get the teak gallery. Here you can find the large dancing hall called Mastani Hall. 

In this wada you can find large number of artifacts, paintings and other items belonging to the the Peshwai. In the Vishrambaug wada, there are many offices of Pune Municipal Corporation. In this wada one small museum is created where you can visit, for which entry fee is Rs.5/- per person.

Photo of Parvati Hill, Parvati Darshan, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Sagnik Basu

Parvati is the daily visiting place for a number of citizens and for many people, going to Parvati (103 steps) forms a part of their daily exercise regimen. Being the highest point in Pune and having conveniently located observation points, the beautiful panaromic view of Pune city leaves visitors spellbound. Beautiful sunrise and sunset views are like the icing on the cake. 

 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. The Parvati gates open at 5.00 am and close at 8.00 pm.

Photo of Through The Historical Sights Of Pune by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Through The Historical Sights Of Pune by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Through The Historical Sights Of Pune by Sagnik Basu
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Hello! Greetings from Adventure-Pulse! We would like to invite you for our upcoming trek to one of the most scenic forts in Maharashtra! Join us for Trek to Vichitragad Fort scheduled on 26th Aug 2017. - Adventure Pulse
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