Looking to Visit the Most Iconic Places in Pune? Here Is a Complete Guide

New to Pune? Discover the best of Pune with our guide to its top tourist attractions. From the historic Shaniwar Wada and serene Parvati Hill to the fun-filled Sentosa Water Park and picturesque Khadakwasla Dam, Pune offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and excitement for every traveller.
Looking to Visit the Most Iconic Places in Pune? Here Is a Complete Guide
Looking to Visit the Most Iconic Places in Pune? Here Is a Complete GuideImage Credit: The Bridge Chronicle

Pune, known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra, offers a delightful mix of historical landmarks, natural beauty, and vibrant urban spots. Whether you are a history buff, nature lover, or someone looking for a relaxing getaway, Pune has something for everyone.

Shaniwar Wada: This iconic palace is a must-visit for history enthusiasts. Built in 1732, Shaniwar Wada was the seat of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. Though much of it was destroyed in a fire in 1828, the remaining structures and gardens give a glimpse into the grandeur of the past. The palace is famous for its massive doors, intricate architecture, and the light and sound show that narrates the fort's rich history.

Shaniwar Wada
Shaniwar WadaThe Bridge Chronicle

Aga Khan Palace: Another historical gem is the Aga Khan Palace which was built in 1892. The palace plays a key role in the role in India’s freedom movement and served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi and his secretary during the Quit India Movement. The beautiful gardens surrounding the palace add to its charm, making it a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city​.

Aga khan Palace
Aga khan PalaceThe Bridge Chronicle

Parvati Hill: For breathtaking views of Pune, head to the famous Parvati Hill. Situated at a height of 2,000 feet above sea level, this hill offers panoramic views of the city. The hill is home to several temples dating back to the 17th century, including the iconic Parvati Temple, which is one of the oldest heritage structures in Pune. Parvati is also a popular spot for morning walks and provides a peaceful escape from the bustling city.

Parvati Hill
Parvati HillThe Bridge Chronicle

Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park: Families and nature lovers will enjoy the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, which spans 130 acres and houses a wide variety of animals. Located near Katraj Lake, the park features a snake park, an animal orphanage, and spacious enclosures for various species. This is is a great place for a day trip, offering both educational and recreational activities.

Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological ParkThe Bridge Chronicle

Khadakwasla Dam: Located about 20 kilometers from the city, Khadakwasla Dam is a popular spot for picnics and leisure outings. The dam creates Khadakwasla Lake, which is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a serene environment for relaxation. The nearby street food stalls add to the experience, making it a favorite hangout for both locals and tourists​.

Khadakwasla Dam
Khadakwasla DamThe Bridge Chronicle

Okayama Friendship Garden: Also known as the Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden, this beautifully landscaped Japanese garden is one of the largest in Asia. It features manicured lawns, flowing streams, and quaint bridges, offering a tranquil setting for a leisurely stroll. The garden is a symbol of the Indo-Japanese friendship and is a great place to unwind and enjoy nature.

Okayama Friendship Garden
Okayama Friendship GardenThe Bridge Chronicle

Sentosa Water Park: For some fun and excitement, Sentosa Water Park is a fantastic destination. Located just a kilometer from Ravet, this water park features thrilling slides, a wave pool, and various water activities. It’s a perfect spot to beat the heat and enjoy a day out with family and friends.

Sentosa Water Park
Sentosa Water ParkThe Bridge Chronicle

Pune's diverse attractions cater to all interests and ages, making it a vibrant and welcoming city for tourists. The TBC guide for Pune is a collection of the most iconic places to visit that offer a glimpse into the history and contemporary experienced. Whether you are exploring historical sites, enjoying natural beauty, or simply looking to relax, Pune promises a memorable experience.

Enjoyed reading The Bridge Chronicle?
Your support motivates us to do better. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay updated with the latest stories.
You can also read on the go with our Android and iOS mobile app.

Related Stories

No stories found.
The Bridge Chronicle