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

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Visiting Pune soon and want to do all the touristy stuff? Even if you are a resident, you can still enjoy these touristy spots! Here's our list of top 11 famous places that mirror the true spirit and legacy of the Oxford of The East.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


This Irani cafe in Camp is one of the best iconic restaurants in the city. 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. Enjoy snacks, Irani bites, shakes, desserts and old-school baked goodies at Marz-O-Rin.

Kayani Bakery

Another famous spot in the city, Kayani 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.

Vishrambaug Wada

Residence of Peshwa Bajirao II, Vishrambaug Wada is a significant monument in Pune’s cultural history. It’s a three-storey 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).

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. Here's our guide to have a memorable time on FC Road.

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. It is also a popular walking trails in Pune.

Okayahama Friendship Garden

Famously known as the P. L. Deshpande Udyan amongst the locals, Okayahama Friendship Garden is a beautiful Japanese style garden. This garden is a relatively new addition to Pune's landmark and is located on Sinhagad Road. It also has a built-in artificial stream which flows through a number of man-made ponds that have fishes in them. It's an ideally fit garden for anyone to go with their friends, family or even on a good romantic date.