When you're broke, you don't have to be bored. Pack a bag of snacks and a bottle of water from home and head out and explore the city. The only thing you'll be spending on is commute. And, if you've got your own vehicle, that's even better. Here are things you can do in Pune for free.
Empty Pockets? These Are Some Of The Exciting Things To Do In Pune For Free
Considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Pune, 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. 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 am to 9 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm everyday. So, if you ever just want to chill, read a book, go for a jog or walk, you know just the place. It is also one of the most romantic spots in Pune.
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 trip. 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 with your feet dipped in the water or with a group of friends enjoying the various snacks and chaat available, is completely up to you.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. It is a literary centre focused on making literature easily accessible to the masses mainly through events, meets, discussions, etc. Some of their events are free of cost that you can attand. Or, grab a book from the well-stocked library with titles across genres and languages. Visit their stimulating art gallery too. So the next time you’re seeking some solitude and art, head to this cozy treasure trove, tucked away in Kalyani Nagar.
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 with wooded areas on one side of the trail and rocks on the other. The view from the top is quite stunning. And, you can enjoy 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. If you've got INR 10 to spare, check out the Peshwae Museum on the hill. It's a curated collection that showcases the llifestlye of the Peshwas.
If you've got no money to spend to visit an art gallery, head to Kasba Peth and do an art hop by yourself. You'll spot works by various street artists from the 2013 Pune Street Art Project. About 100 metres away from the main entrance of Shaniwar Wada, you'll start spotting graffiti that's cool. There are a ton of nooks, so keep your eyes wide open for some art. There's no map to follow, but you can make a trail of your own and hop around the peth.
Visit Pataleshwar Caves
Visit a treasured monumental site and that too for free! Nestled in the heart of Pune, the ancient Pataleshwar caves on JM Road have been featured in Guinness World Records for a grain of rice with 5,000 characters inscribed on it. They are known for the intricate carvings, amusing designs, and rich history. There is a temple inside which is dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar – the god of the underwater world and Lord Shiva, these caves date back to the 8th century, carved out in the Rashtrakuta period.
Visit National War Museum
Pune’s National War Museum at Ghorpadi, is a museum open for all who are interested in knowing the many achievements of the Indian Army. National War Museum allows you to see guns, models, rockets, tanks and MIG 23 Plane Prototype and many more important historical references that have assisted India’s bravehearts to guard the nation during the times of war. Not limiting themselves to the Indian Army, it also takes us back to the history of the Maratha Kings. Entry to the museum is free and photography is allowed as well. You can visit the museum from 9.30am-12.30pm and 3-7pm all days of the week except Tuesdays. Read more here.