Attractions in Pune
Aga Khan Palace - Built by Imamsultan
Muhammad Shah Agakhan in 1892, the
palace with its Italian arches is noteworthy.
Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi
and other leaders were interned here by
the British for nearly two years after
Gandhi delivered his Quit India Resolution.
An exhibition here provides an insight
into Gandhi's life and career.
- The Commune was founded by Osho Rajneesh,
one of India's most
popular self-proclaimed gurus.
attracts thousands of visitors
each year who wish to take part in the meditation
courses organized by the Ashram. Osho, who passed
away 1990, has his samadhi situated in the Ashram.
The commune has beautiful gardens open to the
public in the mornings and evenings.
Chhatri - This memorial is dedicated
to the great warrior Mahadji Shinde, the commander-in-chief
of the Maratha army.
War Memorial - This unique war memorial
has become one of the most striking landmarks
of Pune ever since Maharashtra’s Governor
Dr. P. C. Alexander dedicated it to the nation
on August 15, 1998. On marble panels around
the 50 feet high elegant, column designed and
built by the Military Engineering Service are
engraved the names of 1080 officers and men
belonging to the Army, Navy and Air-Force, hailing
from Maharashtra who laid down their lives in
action since the country's independence. This
is independent India's first and world's second
state-level war memorial erected with the contribution
made by the citizens.
- The magnificent Dilli Darwaza marks
the entrance of the Wada. The imposing
facades and strong buttresses continue
to dazzle visitors.
- Built in 1736, the Shaniwar Wada was
once the palace of the great Peshwa rulers.
The Fort was burnt down in a major fire
in 1827, but the massive walls still remain.
- Located in the heart of the city, the
Kasba Ganapati is the first Ganapati in
the city. Established in 1636 by Shivaji,
the temple was further improved by the
Peshwas. With diamonds studded in the
place of its eyes & a manik studded
in its navel, the idol, enclosed in silver
castings has a very unique & pleasing.
- The exquisitely engraved arches of the
Ganesh Darwaza & the impressively
built Ganesh Rangmahal, which became the
hall of justice, are worth taking a look
- Bund Garden constructed by Sir Jamshedji
Jeejeebhoy lies on the right bank of the
Mula Mutha river. There is boating facility
and a well-designed jogging track. Bund
Garden is now known as the Mahatma Gandhi
Udyan, the bridge here crosses the river
to the Gandhi National Memorial.
Hill - This 17th century Parvathi
temple lies on the southern outskirts
of the town on a hilltop. The Parvati
museum houses portraits of heroes of the
Peshwa dynasty, besides old manuscripts,
weapons and coins. Also located here are
temples of Ganapati and Kartikeya.
Sasoon Synagogue - It
is Pune's finest synagogue, built by philanthropist
David Sassoon in 1867. This red-brick-and-stone
structure built in the English Gothic
style, resembles a church.
- The Pataleshwar Cave temples lies in the centre
of the city. This 8th century rock-cut temple,
hewn from a massive single rock, has huge pillars,
a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull. Nearby is the
Jangali Maharaj Temple dedicated to a Hindu
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
The artifacts here are the personal collection
of Shri Dinkar Gangadhar. It holds a one-man
collection of almost 17,000 Indian exhibits
collected over a period of 70 years. Thirty-six
sections of this museum are used to display
antiques, Peshwa and other miniatures, carved
palace doors, pottery, a collection of lamps
and musical instruments of the Mughal and Maratha
Wada was built for the vishram
of Peshwa Bajirao II. The Wada has a large dancing
hall, which still houses a large number of artifacts
ranging from paintings, chandeliers, vases &
other knick-knacks belonging to the Peshwas.
Today it houses a number of government offices
Film and Television Institute of India
- Situated in the Law College Street, Film and
Television Institute of India (FTII) of Pune
is one of the most prominent film schools in
Asia. The institute has trained a good number
of famed actors, directors, and technicians
for the Hindi Film Industry.