Tourist In Pune? These 10 Famous Spots Should Be On Your Bucket List

Junisha posted on 08 January

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Visiting Pune soon and want to do all the touristy stuff? Check out this list of ten famous places that you must definitely visit.

Shaniwarwada

Built in early 16th century, Shaniwarwada was originally the capital building of the Peshwas of Maratha Empire. Now, almost in ruins, this architectural beauty is known for its beautiful lawns, empty royal hallways and handful of artifacts that survived the major fire that broke in wada and said to have lasted a week. If you don’t mind a little folklore and horror, there are rumors of the screams of Narayanrao crying “Kaka mala vachva” {uncle save me} on full moon nights. Currently, the ASI has banned the entry to the fort post sunset.

Monument

Shaniwar Peth, Pune

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    Aga Khan Palace

    Built by Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III in 1892, this palace is best known as the palace where Mahatma Gandhi was arrested and imprisoned for 21 months. The room in which Gandhi stayed remains untouched till date. You can see his books, clothes, writing desk, letters and spectacles on display along with Kastura Bai’s {his wife} personal items. Read more here.

    Monument

    Near Gandhi National Memorial Society, Nagar Road, Kalyani Nagar, Pune

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      Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways

      Pocket-sized steam engines, flyovers, swimming pool, lamp posts and even a tiny circus! The 26′ x 26′ hall inside the factory of Soudamini Instruments at Kothrud – Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways, boasting of its minute yet intriguing details, is India’s only miniature city that has found itself a mention in the Limca Book of Records in 2004. There are several kinds of trains including the steam engine, diesel engine, high-speed intercity express, underground metro, rope railway, funicular railway and Wuppertal hanging railway. Read more here.

      Museums

      17/1, B-2, GA Kulkarni Path, Next To Sangam Press, Kothrud, Pune

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      Pataleshwar Caves

      Listed in Guinness Book of Records for a grain of rice which has 5,000 characters inscribed on it, these caves on JM Road date back to the 8th century, precisely the Rashtrakuta period. Boasting of ornate carvings, this architectural beauty, dedicated to the god of underwater world and Lord Shiva, is perhaps one of the oldest in the city that still stands strong. Read more about it here.

      Religious Establishments

      Revenue Colony, Shivajinagar, Pune

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        Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

        If you’re inclined towards Puneri culture and the Maratha history, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is the place to be. From  jaw dropping chandeliers to high ceilings and archways, this museum is an art in itself. What’s more? It has a textile wing that houses rare hand-fans {hath pankha}, paithani sarees with real gold zaris, Kurtas and robes worn by kings of the bygone era. The war gallery is dedicated to ancient swords, dand-pattas, arrows, spears, shields and more. Must check-out the Mastani Mahal which depicts the design and decor of the original mahal with cushions, bedding and artifacts.

        Museums

        1377/78, Natu Baug, Shukrawar Peth, Pune

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          Marz-O-Rin

          This Irani cafe in Camp is legendary. You can’t be a true Puneri if you haven’t eaten here yet. The building is old, the ambience will transport you to a different era and the sandwiches that the cafe is famous for are worth every bite. 


          Fast Food Restaurants

          Bakthiar Plaza, 6, MG Road, Camp, Pune

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          Kayani Bakery

          Another famous spot in the city, the bakery is where tourists and locals go to stock up on goodies. It’s infamous for its Shrewsbury biscuits, the super soft Pune cake and cheese khari. If you’re visiting Pune, you’ve got to pay a visit and take home goodies as souvenirs.


          Bakeries

          6, Opp. Victory Theatre, East Street, Camp, Pune

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          Vishrambaug Wada

          Residence of Peshwa Bajirao II, Vishrambaug Wada is a significant monument in Pune’s cultural history. It’s a three-storeyed luxurious mansion, often awed for its fine entrance and balcony with carved wood work. It took six years to complete and was once a garden, hence it gets the name vishram (at ease). 


          Tourist Attractions

          619, RB Kumthekar Road, Sadashiv Peth, Pune

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            FC Road

            Pune may not be the ultimate street shopping destination, but the Fergusson College road is a popular spot among those looking to shop cheap. You can get clothes, accessories, shoes and a whole lot more from here. It’s the best place for a street haul. 


            Parvati Hill

            The second highest peak in Pune, you can hike up to get a glimpse of the cityscape. While gorgeous views and nature surround you, bow your head at the Parvati Temple built during the Peshwa rule. You’ll be climbing 103 steps to reach the top of the hill, but the views are worth every step you take. The steps leading to the hillock are an example of the intricate stonework that came about during the Maratha rule.