Top 5 places to visit in Pune

January 1, 1970

by Shivani Singh Sengar

I have been in Pune for last 2 years and have been exploring it as much as I can. Pune has a lot to offer you in each and every field of traveling either it is nature or history or food. Also, it serves as heaven in monsoon. I have shortlisted 5 places amongst the one which I have visited so far. It includes every prospect of traverse a person might be fond of. So let’s have a look over it.

1. Raja Dinkar Kelkar

I was randomly searching old museums in Pune and Raja Dinkar was on the top. This 3 storeyed was built in the remembrance of his son. The museum takes you back to the 14th century. Right from the elephant ivory jewels, it has a traveling cart which is a feast to all the history lovers. The museum has 3 sections. One of the floors has all the ornaments like the iron comb ivory jewels and so many other royal and beautiful things. Another floor was occupied with all the various weapons which featured the wars of the 14th century. The last floor was all covered with musical instruments. Depicting the art and music fans of the 14th century. There was a special corner which was the showstopper of the museum and that was Mastani Mahal. This took me back to Mastani’s aura. Chandelier, the old cushions, and the lamps smelled of the old golden times. Visiting the place introduced to me a stranger, Feder who later became my friend. He was a student of Sanskrit and he came all the way from the Netherlands to India to know about its culture. When asked about his review of the museum, he was mesmerized by the calmness and the beauty of the palace. Entry fee for this museum won’t heavy your pockets. It’s Rs 5 for children and Rs20 for adults.

Timings, tickets, and transport:

For foreigners its 50/children and 200/adults. If you want to capture this beautiful historical place in your camera it would take an extra charge of Rs 100. It is 4kms away from the station. Timings are 10 A.M to 6:00 p.m. where in last entry is of 5:30 P.M. There are many places to stay near this museum-like Central Park Hotel. From there museum is just km away in Shukravar Peth area. The destination can conveniently be reached by car or public transport.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

2.Okayama Friendship Garden or Pu La Deshpande

This garden was an excitement for me because of its Japanese name. Located at the Sinhagad, Pune which is almost the center of the city. As the name suggests it’s a joint venture with Okayama Japan. You can drive to this garden by car or public transport. Garden has beautiful landscapes which are based on uplifted plateaus. It is such a treat to the eyes. If you are tired of the city rush and want to spend quality time with your family then this is the best place. On weekends it is more crowded compared to weekdays. I loved to see families interacting and finding time for their beloved ones. So I visited the garden on Saturday, children playing and grandpas showering their love. This garden offers so much friendliness that you can’t skip it for loneliness. You don’t have to trouble with vehicles as there is a paid parking right in front of the entrance. The phase 2 of this garden is known as Mughal Garden which is a replica of Mughal Garden in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India.

Timings, tickets, and transport:

Entry fee is again too low, 5 Rs for adults. It is open for 6a.m to 10:30 a.m and 4 p.m-7:30 p.m

 

Okayama Friendship Garden

3.Aga Khan Palace

I have no idea of why I had the urge to visit Aga Khan right from the day I came Pune. Located at Yerwada, this place was built by Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan in Pune in 1892. Palace has a history attached to it. It served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife, and secretary for 2 years. It gave me goosebumps while I was exploring it. There is a room separated from Gandhiji’s belongings including his footwear and clothing. There is a kind of magic trapped in the walls of this palace. It replenishes the patriotism of every Indian visiting it. The palace is a must visit because of the beautiful architecture. It looks majestic and enchanting from the outdoors. There is a huge garden which adds to the beauty of this palace. It took me one and half hour for exploring it.

Timings, tickets, and transport:

The entry fee is 50 RS and the timings are 9 a.m to 6 p.m.Special celebrations could be seen on Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanti. The mode of transport could be either by bus or taxi. The elegance of the palace attracts people for the pre-wedding photo-shoots.

Aga Khan Palace

 

Aga Khan Palace

4.Kayani Bakery

It is a must visit place for foodies, located at Dr. Coyage Road, East Street Camp Pune This bakery reminds me of the British ruling. I personally had gone for Shrewsbury and the mawa cake. They are very strict in timings 7:30 a.m-1 P.M and 3:30-8 P.M. It remains closed on Sundays; I truly remember it from a tough experience. The cookies are all crispy and have a special fragrance of pure desi ghee. It reminded me of my childhood days at my grandma’s place.  It has the same taste as these Kayani biscuits.

Kayani bakery

5.Tikona Fort

Last one from my bucket list but the best one for the travelers. Located at Kamshet, height from the sea level is 300 feet. Tikona is basically known for trekking. It’s a heaven in the monsoon. I am very fond of bike rides so it acted as a silver spoon. It was July starting so all foggy and drizzle, such a special welcome of rain. The lush green color of the green grass was all pleasant. It was on the Mumbai-Pune road. There is a turn from Kumshet and then a straight road to Tikona. The path of trekking is not steep until you reach the stairs which give the real feel of adventure. You have to be careful enough at that point. The steps had moss which made it more slippery. Though there is a wire which acts a support. But once you reach the top it feels like a real warrior. The view there is breathtaking and gives a glimpse of Pawana Dam and the nearby forts of Lohagad and Visapur of Pune and now is maintained by. I wrote the coordinates at the top and it was 18.6320326, 73.5126644.  It was once a pride of the sprawling Maratha Empire local organization called Shivdurg Sanvardhan. People who are afraid of trekking that still wish to do it; this is a perfect place to start with.

Tikona Fort

Pathway to Tikona

 

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