Kelakar Museum



The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum contains the collection of Dr Dinkar G. Kelkar , dedicated to the memory of his only son, Raja, who died an untimely tragic death. The three storey building houses various sculptures dating back to the 14th century. There are also ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments, war weapons etc.
The collection was started around 1920 and by 1960 it contained around 15,000 objects. In 1962, Dr Kelkar handed his collection to the Department of Archaeology within the Government of Maharashtra.
The museum now holds over 20,000 objects of which 2,500 are on display. These consist of mainly Indian decorative items from everyday life and other art objects, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. There is a particularly fine collection of musical instruments.
The museum's collection depicts the superb skills of the Indian artists of the time. The door frames, vessels, ornaments, musical instruments, paintings and carvings represent outstanding examples of their art.
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Agakhan Palace



Aga Khan Palace was built in the year 1892 by Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III in Pune. Since then it is one of the biggest landmark in Indian history. The Aga Khan Palace of Pune was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighboring areas of Pune who were drastically hit by the famine.
Aga Khan Palace is one of the finest piece of architectural beauty in the western India. The exquisite palace is surrounded by the lavish green gardens all around. Aga Khan Palace also houses some lavishly decorated guest rooms and suites which take you back to the royal past of the heritage building.
Historically, Aga Khan Palace of Pune holds great significance as from 9th August 1942 to 6th May 1944, this palace was the prison for Mahatama Gandhi, his wife Kasturba and his secretary Mahadev Bhai Desai though the last two passed away in between their captivity at the Aga Khan Palace at Pune. Both of them have memorials in their name in the same complex near Mula river and everyday several visitors visit them.
In 1969, the Aga Khan Palace at Pune was donated to Indian by Aga Khan IV as a mark of respect to Gandhi and his philosophy. Today the Aga Khan Palace also houses a memorial on Gandhi where his ashes were kept. The historical palace also hosts a shop that deals in khaadi and hand loomed textiles.

Empress Garden



The Empress Garden lies adjacent to the Pune Solapur Road. This is a rather large garden, covering an area of about 59 acres. Empress Garden of Pune is basically a botanical park, which is located near the Pune Race course. Here there are several varieties of fruit and flower bearing trees. People often turn up in large numbers for a picnic at the Empress Garden of Pune.
Well known locally as the 'Soldiers' Garden', the Empress Garden at Pune was initially the property of a certain Sardar Vithalrao Purandhare which was managed by a General Finjer. In 1838, it came into the possession of the Government. In 1845, it came into the hands of Sir Charles Napier and came to be known as the 'Garden of Dr. Don'.
When Queen Victoria won the title of 'Empress Of India', this garden was named after her as the 'Empress Garden'. Its popular epithet, that is the 'Soldiers Garden', came into being for the reason that the British Soldiers frequented it for recreation.
The Empress Garden lies adjacent to the Pune Solapur Road. This is a rather large garden, covering an area of about 59 acres. Empress Garden of Pune is basically a botanical park, which is located near the Pune Race course. Here there are several varieties of fruit and flower bearing trees. People often turn up in large numbers for a picnic at the Empress Garden of Pune.
The Empress Garden of Pune is rather famous for its collection of tropical trees and a small zoo. The chief products of the garden are mangoes, tamarind and cut flowers.
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Osho Ashram



This lush contemporary 28-acre campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly. 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 learn simple Osho Active Meditations, techniques specifically designed for the contemporary over-charged mind and stress-impacted body. You may like to nourish your body-mind-soul with a stunning selection of individual sessions, like bodywork and massage, and longer workshops and courses — all designed to help you become more aware of yourself. Or perhaps experiment by learning new life skills and acquiring tools to take home, that will help you remain relaxed even in the busiest of workaday environments.
Above all this is a unique environment created through the awareness, humor, and celebration that each of us brings to the table.
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Parvati



Parvati is one of the favourite relaxation spots for the residents of Pune. 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 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.
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Sarasbaug



The Sarasbaug temple houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak (God who makes wishes true). A sacred ground of faith for millions of devotees in Pune and around the world, on an average the Sarasbaug temple receives ten thousand visitors a day and this figure goes upto eighty thousand devotees per day on Ganesha Chaturthi and other special occasions. Various dignitaries and luminaries throughtout India have made it a point to visit this sacred temple to seek blessings of Shri Siddivinayak.
In the 18th century, soon after completion of Shree Devdeveshwar Temple on Parvati hill, Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa turned his attention towards the development and beautification of environs of Parvati hills. He decided to construct a lake at the foothills of Parvati. An island of about 25000 Sq.ft. area was retained in the middle of this lake. Later on, a beautiful garden was created on this island. Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa gave it a poetic name, "Sarasbaug".
In 1784,  Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa built a small temple in Sarasbaug and installed the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak Gajanan, the God he worshipped. Sarasbaug has now become a place of worship for people from all over the world and also a popular hang-out for Punekars.

Sanke Park Pune



Katraj Snake Park in Pune is a famous conservation park boasting a vast collection of snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. It later became part of the Rajiv Gandhi Udyan in 1999. There are over 160 species of snakes here, of various shapes and sizes. The prize collection is a 6 years old, nine feet long King Cobra.
The Katraj Snake Park of Pune became functional in 1986, by the efforts of Mr. Neelam Kumar Khaire, aided by the Pune Municipal Corporation. Mr Khaire is not only the Director of the park but also a snake lover himself. He has introduced novel techniques of communication such as providing information about snakes for the blind through braille.
Information about snakes is exhibited in a library within the park. A zoo has just been added, making it a popular tourist destination, particularly for children. This snake park is well-known for its pro-wildlife activities. It has organized many snake festivals and snake awareness programs to clarify doubts and destroy fears about this species. During Nagpanchami, the Katraj Snake Park at Pune arranges programs to discourage ill-treatment towards snakes.
Slightly outside the city proper, Katraj Snake Park is located along the Pune Satara Highway near the Bharati Vidyapeeth University. The Katraj Snake Park is 8 kilometers from Pune, close to the Katraj Bus Depot.
Katraj Snake Park is a popular wildlife zone and tourist spot in Pune.

Balaji Mandir

Tirupati Balaji Temple, also known as Sri Venkateshwara temple, near Narayanpura village near Pune. The Balaji temple is meant to be a replica of the Tirupati temple in all aspects. The temple is very well maintained.
The temple itself is very good – the parking is about 200 meters away from the temple premises, and the parking area can be muddy and slushy in the monsoons. You can have good darshans and there's a mirror placed at the correct angle which also allows you darshan from behind. There are many other smaller temples for various gods within the temple complex, all in the beautiful marble or black stone.

Lavasa



Lavasa is located in the western mountain ranges of India, Lavasa is very near to the two major metropolises, Mumbai and Pune.
Lavasa offers a vibrant, self-contained world which is a part of 25,000 acres of land declared as Hill Station with an extensive Master Plan covering half that area. The rest of the region is left untouched to preserve the natural beauty Cradled in the heart of mystic Sahyadri mountain range, Lavasa is well connected to Mumbai & Pune.
Envisioned as a complete Hill Station offering a balanced lofe in harmony with nature, Lavasa is an inspirational destination for lifestyle seekers.
A far escape from the noise and chaos of the big cities, Lavasa is a complete world in itself.
The lakeside homes enveloped inside the natural surroundings of the mountains are replete with all the modern amenities in Lavasa. Workplace cocooned in the pristine valley, yet connected globally gives people an opportunity to explore a whole new work culture in Lavasa.
Lavasa is a hub for world-class educational institutions, hospitality and training centers, it's an arena for the mind where learning is a way of life.
Lavasa offers a refreshing climate with vast open spaces provides innumerable recreation and leisure activities like golf, trekking, rappelling...to satiate the adventurer in you.
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Lonavala



Lonavala is a town and a hill station near Pune. It is about 64 km away from the city of Pune, 96 km away from the city Mumbai. It is famous throughout India for the hard candy sweet known as chikki . Lonavla comes to life during the monsoon season as the countryside turns lush green with waterfalls and ponds.
Lonavala is one such place where nature is present in all its splendour. Lonavala has become famous because of nature's gift. Lonavala has been blessed with valleys, hills, Milky WaterFalls, Lush Greenery and pleasant cool winds. Beautiful mountain ranges trying to reach the sky are sites that please the human mind and give an experience of heavenly pleasure. The morning sun rising over here appears as if it is sprinkling rose water all over. The whole place is covered with a thick blanket of fog early in the morning; this is how the day begins here.
Lonavla and the adjacent Khandala are twin hill stations 622 m. above sea level, in the Sahyadri ranges that demarcate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan coast. The hill stations sprawl over an approximate area of 38 km and are popular holiday destinations during the monsoons. People prefer visiting Lonavla and Khandala in the rainy season. Lonavla and Khandala were discovered in 1871 by Sir Elphinstone, the Governor of the Bombay Presidency. The name Lonavla is derived from the Sanskrit word Lonavli, which refers to the many caves like Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and Bedsa that are close to Lonavla. A trip to Lonavla and Khandala can be combined with sight-seeing visits of Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves and also the two forts, Lohagad and Visapur. Another place of interest is the Tungi fort, one of the forts captured by Malik Ahmad near the village of Karjat and was known for its natural strength.
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Mulshi



Mulshi Lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions near Pune just under an hours drive away from the city. The Lake is formed in the catchments area of Mulshi dam. The lake with scenic surrounding and unexploited Sahyadri hilly terrains is a perfect spot for a weekend picnic. Mulshi is about 35 Kms from Pune and to reach Mulshi from Pune one has to take the road leading to Pirangut from Chandni Chowk near Baner on the Pune bypass road.
Misty green hills, few lost clouds meandering across a bright clear sky and a lake with sparkling blue water – This is the picture perfect beauty that awaits you at Mulshi. Mulshi Lake is amongst the most popular weekend get aways from Pune. Thanks to the salubrious weather all through the year, even in summers, Mulshi is a destination that has takers round the year.
Mulshi is one of the best spots near Pune for camping. A campfire near the lake is the perfect setting for a romantic evening. Lakeside Verandah is a good place if you want to rent a cottage, and camping in the premises is also possible. Mulshi is the editors pick for a weekend picnic near Pune.

Panshet



Panshet Dam, also called Tanajisagar Dam. It is about 30+ km from Pune and about 180 km from Mumbai. It is a dam on the Ambi river about 50 km southwest of the city of Pune in western India. The dam was constructed in late 1950s for irrigation and, along with three other dams nearby, Varasgaon, Temghar and Khadakwasla, it supplies drinking water to Pune.
Panshet Dam burst in its first year of storing water on 12 July 1961, when the dam wall burst, because of the total absence of the ubiquitous reinforced cement concrete, causing massive flooding in Pune. Although this caused a significant loss of property, there was little to no loss of human life.
Set in an idyllic location, between Panshet Dam and Varasgaon Dam, Panshet offers you a holiday option that's radically different. There are water sports galore! Kayaking, windsurfing, exciting rides in speedboats and on water scooters-all planned to excite the child in you. Besides, you can see Sinhagad fort and Sinhagad National park, Khadakvasla and the forts Torna and Raigad.
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Ranjangaon

Ranjangaon is a village located at a distance of about 50 km from Pune, en route to Shirur. It houses Maharashtra Industrisl Development Corporation (MIDC).Ranjangaon is a Industrial area and a shrine to Mahaganpati.
The MIDC in Ranjangoan is an industrial area, in which several manufacturing companies including LG, Whirlpool, Carraro, etc are based.
The Mahaganapati is considered to be one of the Ashtavinayaka.. Mahaganapati at Ranjangaon is believed to have come to the aid of Lord Shiva in destroying the citadels of the demon Tripurasura. According to history, the temple was built between 9th & 10th century by Madhavrao Peshwa.

Sinhgad Fort



Sinhagad Fort lies at a distance of 25 km from the Pune city. One of the popular picnic spots near the city, Sinhagad is situated on a hill, at a height 700 m above the surrounding landscape. Due to its height, the fort also serves as a popular trekking destination for the people . The trek from Katraj to Sinhagad is especially very famous.
It was once the venue of the historic battle where Tanaji Malusare, a general in Shivaji's army, recaptured the fort. The samadhi of Tanaji Malusare, along with that of Rajaram, Shivaji's younger son, can still be seen inside Sinhagad Fort. The bungalows of Lokmanya Tilak, a great freedom fighter, and G.D. Madgulkar, a famous Marathi Poet, are also located atop the fort. One can get an amazing view of the Panshet, Khadakwasla and Varasgaon dams as well as the Torana fort from Sinhagad. A popular weekend destination, the fort is also used by the National Defence Academy for training purposes.
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