We’ve all found ourselves bored of sitting home, yet too broke to go out and ‘do something’. Well, we’ve got good news for you! Pune has several options for all of us to enjoy without spending a penny. Make a note of the 5 places in Pune that you should definitely check out-
Treks, Museum Hopping & More: Explore Pune Without Spending A Penny!
If you’re a nature junkie we’ve got just the place for you! Considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Pune (and boy, does Pune have a lot of them), the Osho Garden is a Japanese Zen garden founded by the Shunyo foundation. Built in 1994 on a nullah, it is also known as Nala Park. It attracts a varied crowd, right from students, children, older folks; all of who enjoy the greenery, birds, and scenic beauty. Situated behind the Osho Ashram in Koregaon Park, the Osho Garden spans a total area of whopping 5 hectares. So you don’t have to travel very far for that breath of fresh air. The Osho Garden is open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. everyday. So if you ever just want to chill, read a book, go for a jog or walk, you know just the place!
Khadakwasla Lake is one of the major sources of water supply to the city of Pune. In addition to this, it makes for a picturesque and serene day outing. With a scenic view of blue waters, lush greenery, and the dam itself, it is the perfect spot to catch the sunrise or sunset. Whether you want to enjoy this by yourself, feet dipped in the water or with a group of friends enjoying the various snacks and chaat available, is completely up to you!
#LBBTip: The Khadakwasla Lake is particularly beautiful during Monsoon, so make sure you plan a trip soon!
Gyaan Adab Centre
If you love the written word and visual poetry, Gyaan Adab is just for you. Gyaan Adab is a literary Centre focused on making literature easily accessible to the masses. It nurtures new creative work while showcasing old and established literary and artistic tradition. So grab a book from the well-stocked library, with titles across genres and languages. Or check out their stimulating art gallery; best seen at the inauguration of their exhibitions, during which they invite creative people to celebrate the work on display through poetry, music, theatre and literary renditions. So the next time you’re seeking some solitude and art, head to this cozy treasure trove, tucked away in Kalyani Nagar.
Raja Kelkar Museum
Turn back time and revisit the different eras of exquisite Indian Craftsmanship at this historic museum. The Raja Kelkar Museum contains the collection of Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar dedicated to the memory of his only son, Raja. The three-storey building houses various sculptures dating back to the 14th century. The impressive Museum collection of 21,000 priceless artifacts recalls the historic Indian culture and traditions; creations in stone, wood, metal, ivory, fabric and clay. The Museum contains variety of every day artifacts, which includes artifacts like Lamps, Palanquins, Carved Woodwork, Tin ware, Hookahs, Musical Instruments, Miniature Paintings, Glass Paintings, intricately Carved Wooden Doors and Windows, etc. Even if you didn’t like History in school, we promise you that you’ll enjoy this visual delight!
The highest point of Pune, Parvati Hill has a lot to offer. Scenic views aside, the complex hosts temples and a museum as well. You can reach the top of the hill in around 15-20 minutes, a brisk uphill walk of 108 steps. The well-marked trail is charming in itself, wooded areas on one side of the trail and rocks on the other. The view from the top is quite stunning; an aerial view of the city below. Although not extremely crowded, Parvati Hill does attract a fair share of people during the weekends, especially in Monsoons.
#LBBTip: Try to catch the sunset from the top; the vivid colours in the sky make for a great view and stunning pictures!