Pune, also called Poona, a city in west-central Maharashtra state, western India, at the junction of the Mula and Mutha rivers. Pune is a green and beautiful city on the Deccan plateau and hence called “Queen of the Deccan”. It was once the base of the Peshwas (prime ministers) of the Maratha Empire which lasted from 1674 to 1818. Here’s a list of the Best Places to Visit in Pune.
1. Shaniwar Wada palace
Shaniwarwada Built-in 1732 used to be the seat of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire until 1818. The main entrance of the Shaniwar Wada is called the Delhi Darwaza because it faces the north and due to Bajirao’s ambitions of conquering Delhi.
2. Aga khan place
The Aga Khan Palace built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in Pune, India. The palace was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighbouring areas of Pune, who were drastically hit by famine. It was once the site where Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, as well as Sarojini Naidu and Mahadev Desai were held, prisoners. Aga Khan Palace is well known both for its architectural excellence as well as its historical significance.
3. Sinhagad Fort
Previously known as Kondhana, located in the Sahyadri Mountains Sinhagad Fort is a famous tourist place in Pune. Sinhagad is a hill fortress located around 35 km southwest of the city of Pune, India. Some of the information available at this fort suggests that the fort could have been built 2000 years ago.
4. Vetal Tekdi
The hill is the highest point within the city limits, with an elevation of 2600 ft. There is a temple of Vetala located on the top of the hill from which the hill derives its name. The tekdi is also home to ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
5. Pune Okayama friendship garden
This garden inspired by the 300-year-old Kōraku-en Garden in Okayama. Hence the name Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden. The garden has naturally flowing water from a canal, and this flow has been spread across the garden. The garden is well maintained. This garden covers around 10 acres of land.