7 best places to see in PunePosted By Joe on August 26, 2011 at 1:37pm | Asia, Blog, India
History of Pune
Pune is the eighth largest metropolis in India, the second largest in the state of Maharashtra after Mumbai, and the largest city in the Western Ghats. Once the centre of power of the Maratha Empire, it is situated 560 metres above sea level on the Deccan plateau at the confluence of the Mula and Mutha rivers. Pune city is the administrative capital of Pune district.
Pune is known to have existed as a town since 937 AD. Pune was originally called Punawadi. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire, lived in Pune as a young boy, and later oversaw significant growth and development of the town during his reign. In 1730, Pune became an important political center as the seat of the Peshwa, the prime minister of the Chhatrapati of Satara. After the town was annexed to British India in 1817, it served as a cantonment town and as the “monsoon capital” of the Bombay Presidency until the independence of India.
Today, Pune is known for its educational facilities and relative prosperity. Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Pune has well established manufacturing, glass, sugar, and forging industries since the 1950-60s. It has a growing industrial hinterland, with many information technology and automotive companies setting up factories in Pune district. The city is known for various cultural activities like classical music, spirituality, theater, sports, and literature. These activities and job opportunities attract migrants and students from all over India and abroad, which makes for a city of many communities and cultures. In this article we will be discussing the top 7 things to do in Pune.
Almost all Airlines have flights to Pune Jet Airways, Kingfisher, IndiGo SpiceJet. Best it can be reached from Mumbai or from Bangalore by Air.
Pune is well connected to other Indian cities by rail.Pune City Station is an above average Indian station, with an information booth, an internet cafe and computerized ticket booking office. Trolleys are not available, but porters can be hired to help with luggage. Trains Come in from different routs like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Goa and Chennai.
Pune has State Government run and Private Buses. Tourists traveling between Pune and Mumbai can use either Private buses and the state government. Tourists can also use Taxi service from mumbai. Pune is served by three national highways (NH) and an expressway.
- NH 4 between Mumbai in the west and Chennai which is part of the Golden Quadrilateral of highways connects.
- NH 9 connects Pune in Maharashtra to Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh.
- NH 50 connects Pune to Nasik.
- It takes about three hours to get from Pune to Mumbai airport via the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. Shared Cabs operate on the popular Pune City Station to Dadar, Mumbai route.
Top 7 things to do in Pune
1. Visit Panshet Dam
One of the first things to do in Pune is to visit Panset Dam for water sports. Here one can try kayaking or wind surfing at the newly developed water sports complex. Special facilities for speedboats and water scooters too are available. This is an excellent place to visit with kids during the summer vacations. Many Organization have Water Sport facilities in and around Pune.
Inland windsurfing and Sailing Academy has many different water sport and other adventure sports like
- Enterprise dinghy sailing
- Topper dinghy sailing
- Catamaran sailing
- Seabird sailing
- Rock climbing
- Optimist dinghy sailing
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2. Visit Bhatgar Dam
It is only 40 km from Pune. Bhatgar Dam is the highest river dam wall in India, which is built on river Velvandi, Bhatgar Dam. Fun lovers often visit the dam. Government buses are available between Pune and Bhatgar Dam.
3. Soak in the history at Pimpri Chinchwad
Chinchwad is about 15 km away from Pune, Maharashtra. It is an old town, and one can find its references in Shivaji’s and Peshwa’s periods. The Ganesh Temple in Chinchwad is very famous place, and a Yatra takes place in the month of ‘Shravan’. The ‘Moraya Gosavi’ temple is pride for Chinchwad. It is associated with the 14th century Saint Moravi Gosavi. The temple is a well maintained and is very old, and but it is known as Moraya Gosavi Temple. Chinchwad Ganesh Temple is situated on the banks of river ‘Pawana’. The small ghat on the backside of the temple is very pretty and the quiet atmosphere here pleases the mind.
4. Go to Raigad
Raigad was the capital of the Marathas under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Britishers named it ‘Gibralter of the East’ as the well-fortified structure atop a hill that had repeatedly defied attackers. Shivaji built the fort in the 14th century. Chit Darwaja, also known as Jit Darwaja is at the foothills near village Pachad.
Khoob Ladha Buruj is a strategically located tower, from where any attacker from both the side could be defended. Maha Darwaja is at a distance of nearly a mile ahead after a difficult climb. This 350 years-old main entrance to the fort stands so majestically. Mena Darwaja is a special entrance for the royal ladies and the queens.
5. Connect with your inner self at Osho International Meditation Resort
This beautiful campus is situated in the pleasant residential area of Koregaon Park, Pune. mbai. This lush contemporary 40-acre meditation resort is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly, both within and without. With its white marble pathways, elegant black buildings, abundant foliage and Olympic-sized swimming pool, it is the perfect setting to take time out for yourself.
This is a place where you can simply relax and where you can also enjoy the company of visitors of all ages from over 100 countries. You can choose if you want to do something, or if you just want to rest, swim, meditate — or just to be.
You can learn simple Osho Active Meditations, techniques specifically designed for the contemporary over-charged mind and stress-impacted body
6. Go Bird watching at Konark Park
One of the things you can do in pune with Kids is to visit the Konark Park. Situated in the outskirts of Pune, ahead of Ambrosia and around 5 kms from Pashan is this beautiful bird sanctuary. It is a private collection of birds of Dr. Suhas Jog. The birds here have been collected by Dr. Jog over a period of 30 years from different parts of the world.
This aviary cum birds research centre houses the most unique and beautiful species of birds. One cannot but feel overwhelmed by the beauty of these birds. Photography is not allowed inside the park and nothing can replace the joy of seeing the birds in person.
7. Visit Shaniwarwada
Shaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs. 16,120. Several additions were made to the palace like fortification walls with bastions, gates and court halls by his successors.
What was once a seven storied structure was gutted by a fire in the palace. Only the remains can be seen now like the fortification walls with five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the entire palace. The principal gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates are called Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.
Do you think there are other fun things to do in Pune?? Feel free to mention it in the comments.
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