Pune is located in the state of Maharashtra. While Mumbai is considered as the commercial capital of India, Pune is also considered as its cultural hub. It is the ninth most populous city in India and is 560m above the sea level. It is situated on the banks of the Mutha River, which is probably the reason for the settlement of Peshwas during the Maratha rule. Along with its strong traditional and economic base, Pune is also well-known for its manufacturing industry, research institutes, education, management and training as well. Pune has a hilly geographical terrain as it is in the Sahyadri range. The climate of Pune is semi-arid and the average temperature is 30 degrees. With its laid-back and youthful vibe, Pune is an attractive destination for all those who love tradition, culture and simplicity. So why delay? Book your cab at GetMeCab and set out to tour this wonderful place!
There are lots of interesting places in Pune which fascinate the people and tourists.
Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III built the Aga Khan Palace in 1892. The Palace has a close link to the Indian freedom struggle for it was the prison where Mahatma Gandhi, wife Kasturba Gandhi & Sarojini Naidu were kept. This is the place where Kasturba Gandhi passed away. The commemoratory of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi are built in the same complex, near river Mula. The palace has a number of memoirs closely flashing on life of Mahatma Gandhi and many other freedom fighters.
Shreemant Dagdusheth Ganapati Temple is a famous temple dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesha. This is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year; but the number of visitors is the highest at the time Ganeshotsav festival. The temple is more than 100 years old and is built with marble stone. It is built with such simplicity that all proceedings in the temple are visible even from the road outside. The daily aarti is worth attending along with numerous other cultural activities like bhajans , kirtans and Atharvasheersh recitation organized by the trust.
The Pataleshwar Cave Temple is a temple devoted to Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva which is a rock-cut cave temple. It was carved out in the eighth century and was initially situated outside the town. The entire temple houses a linga; the symbol of Shiva and has two smaller cells on each side. In front of the cave is Nandi mandapam, its umbrella-shaped canopy which is supported by great square pillars. The Linga statue here is worshiped with butter and yogurt.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum holds the collection of art and documents related to Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar in the memory of his son, Raja. The three-storey building has its sculptures that can date back to 14th century. The collection of these sculptures begun in 1920 and by the end of 1960, it had more than 15000 objects. The museum today has 20000 objects out of which only 2500 are kept on display. These are Indian articles from the day to day lives of the people in the eighteenth and the nineteenth century. The door frames, vessels, paintings and carvings represent examples of their native art.
The Bund Garden is commonly as the 'Mahatma Gandhi Udyan' as it has a bridge leading directly to the Gandhi National Memorial. It was originally intended as a dam for offering water for irrigation purposes. Today it is a calm, peaceful and serene place for people to rejuvenate. There is a jogging track, play section for children and many street-food stalls too. In short, this place has something for everybody.
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is a very popular landmark in Pune that spreads over an area of more than 130 acres. It is divided into three parts, a snake park, an animal orphanage and a zoo. There is also a big lake in the compound of the park, known as 'Katraj Lake'. The zoo has numerous varieties of flora and fauna, like cobra, tigers, bears, vipers and Indian crocodiles. The snake park possesses a huge collection of reptiles which includes a 13 feet long cobra. The park has a library too which intends to educate people about various species of animals.
The Chaturshringi Temple is located on the slope of Senapati Bapat Road. It is known that it was built during the reign of Maratha king Shivaji. Chaturshringi has four peaks which is the literal meaning of its name too and it is considered as a symbol of power and faith. One needs to climb more than 100 steps before reaching the temple of Goddess. Chaturshringi has along with it temples of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesh also. Each year a big fair is held on the eve of Navratri, where people from distinct places come together to worship Goddess Chaturshringi.
Shinde Chhatri is a memorial dedicated to eighteenth-century military leader Mahadaji Shinde who served as the commander-in-chief in Maratha army from 1760 to 1780. It is the most significant landmark in the city as it projects an intriguing look at the spectacular history, representing the rich cultural heritage of that time. The royal gate made of solid iron remains intact to this day.
There are lots of interesting & fascinating places near Pune city for Weekend Destination.
This enormously pleasing hill station is just 100 km from Pune. It has lush green hills and spellbindingly beautiful waterfalls. In addition to this, there are lots of species of local and migratory birds to watch and the water of the Amba River adds even more essence to the place. The weather here is breezy at any times and for all nature lovers and photography enthusiasts, this is the best possible place to unleash the wanderer in you.
Khadakwasla is a dam built on the Mutha River which is 20 km from Pune and is one of the chief sources of water for Pune. The National Defense Academy is located close to it. Many people visit this place on weekends and during the rainy season. A few places that are worth a visit around here are Peacock Bay, Kudje village, and Neelkantheshwar.
The literal meaning of Sinhagadh is 'the lion's fort'. It is a popular destination for those who love hiking and picnicking. It is 37 km from Pune and is situated amidst Bhuleshwar and Sahyadri mountain ranges. Although the fort is in ruins, it still is a popular destination for recreational activities and trekking etc. The place offers loads of fun and adventure so don't miss this one on your visit to Pune.
Panchgani derives its name from the fact that it is sandwiched between the 5 hills of the Sahyadri range. It is believed to be considered as a holiday destination by the British and continues to hold the same status till now. It is located on the banks of river Krishna. Visitors don't usually miss visiting the Sydney and Parsi points, which offer a majestic view of the hills around. There are also a lot of strawberry farms where manufacturing of jams and squashes is carried out.Book a taxi from Pune to Panchgani for Round Trip or Oneway
Situated about 66 km away from Pune, Lonavala is a lovely hill station famous for its 'chikki'. In addition to that, Lonavla is also the home to The Indian Navy Technical Training Institute. The place has loads of stone carvings in and around it scribbled in the ancient language of Prakrit. Lonavla resides in the Sahyadri range which separates the Deccan plateau from Konkan coast. A trip to Lonavla is generally combined with short trips to Khandala, Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa too. There are a lot of places to visit in this area like Rajmachi point, Shivaji Udyaan, Valvan Dam and Lonavla Lake etc.Book a taxi from Pune to Lonavala and Khandala for Round Trip or Oneway
Lavasa is a splendid project which is currently unfinished and its style is inspired by some Italian town named Portfino. Lavasa City has received many awards for its design & plans. It is open to visiting and people come in huge numbers to enjoy the unique aura of the city. There is a huge lake in the center and the city is built surrounding it. Everything is being made to perfection and a lot of Bollywood films are shot in the city. This is the most favorite hangout spot especially for the youth. It is just 58 Km from Pune and you have no reason to miss this on your trip to Mumbai.Book a taxi from Pune to Lavasa for Round Trip or Oneway
Shirdi is 200 Km from Pune. The world renowned Sai Baba temple in Shirdi welcomes a huge number of devotees every year since there are only a few temples left devoted to this pious saint. This temple is most believed in and is one of the richest temples in India. The reason people believe so much in the legend of Sai Baba is perhaps because he was never ever identified as Hindu or Muslim or of any religion for that matter. He embraced people from all faiths and religions and defined the true meaning of humanity. Other places worth a visit here are Wet n Joy Water Park, Sai Heritage Village and Khandoba Mandir.Book a taxi from Pune to Shirdi for Round Trip or Oneway
The dream destination in all of India among every age group is undoubtedly Goa. Though Goa is the smallest Indian state, Indians as well as foreigner absolutely love Goa. For tourists Goa has 2 World Heritage Sites: Bom Jesus Basilica and Churches and Convents of Old Goa to offer. In addition it has 2 museums also: Goa State Museum & Naval Aviation Museum. Despite of these sites the main attraction of Goa still remains its coastal region. In one of the National Geography Book, Goa is positioned at 6th place in a list of Top 10 Nightlife Cities in the whole world. Beaches like Baga and Calangute offer jet skiing, parasailing, water scooter rides, banana boat rides and more. The effect of 450 years of Portuguese rule over Goa can be witnessed in its totally different style.Book a taxi from Pune to Goa for Round Trip or Oneway
A Western Ghat hill station with one of the few evergreen forests in India, Mahabaleshwar lies in the Satara district of the state of Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is one of the best and people's favorite weekend getaways from Pune and has tourist spots like Krishnabai Temple, Old Mahabaleshwar, 3 Monkey Point, Arthur Seat Point, Venna Lake and many more. The weather is mesmerizing and during rains a lot of waterfalls emerge and the place becomes a true heaven on earth.Book a taxi from Pune to Mahabaleshwar for Round Trip or Oneway
Alibaug is around 140 km from Pune. It is known to be a famous place for recreation along the seaside, more so because it is quite undisturbed and clean. There are a plethora of places in Alibaug to visit like the Alibaug fort. Alibaug is an open beach having Alibaug fort situated on the sea-side. There is also a temple named Siddheshwar Mandir near Khandala which is a pious Shiva temple that attracts people from far especially during the Hindu month 'Saavan'. Alibaug houses a large population of Israelis and Jews which is the reason for plenty of synagogues in the area.Book a taxi from Pune to Alibaug for Round Trip or Oneway
Situated in Raigarh district in the state of Maharashtra, Matheran is a famous weekend getaway for people in Mumbai and Pune. It is the smallest hill station in India. It is located about 90 Km away from Mumbai and 120 Km from Pune. Despite the small size this beautiful serene hill station has 28 hangout points, 2 parks, 2 lakes, 4 chief worship places and a golf course within it. Some important points of interest are Rambagh point, Alexander point, Big chowk point, Little chowk point, Belvedere point, One tree hill point, Khandala point and many more.Book a taxi from Pune to Matheran for Round Trip or Oneway
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