5 Breezy Picnic Spots In Pune For Those Who Don't Have The Time For A Vacay

Ishita posted on 21 February

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The hustle and bustle in Pune can often leave you wanting an experience in tranquility. So if you want to enjoy quietude in the lap of nature here are five picnic spots in the city.

Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden

Going by it’s name, this one was built in inspiration of the Okayama’s Koraku-en Garden. The garden has a natural water flow coming through a canal, and is spread across 10 acres. While walking on the lawn isn’t allowed, all you need to do do is stroll down the walking path to treat your eyes to the beautiful landscape and ponds full of colourful fishes. Don’t forget to take scenic landscape pictures, while you are there!

You are not allowed to carry food, make sure you carry some water to be hydrated. Ample parking space, means you can drive down without a worry. It is usually crowded on holidays and even through the week. Most importantly, (and sadly) professional cameras are not allowed.

Papillon – Butterfly Park

Now, who doesn’t like running after a butterfly trying to catch it! The name comes from the French word papillon, which means butterfly. Even though not too many people know of this spot, it happens to be the country’s 2nd largest Butterfly Park with 60 different species. It’s just not butterflies that you find here, but also, other insects and birds. If you are a nature lover, and an ardent photographer head over.

#LBBTip: Don’t forget to take your binoculars and a heap loads of patience too!

Parks

11, Aranyeshwar Marg, Aranyeshwar Nagar, Parvati Paytha, Pune

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    Nala Park

    An arched bridge across a stream, beautifully paved roads and walk-through flanked by bamboo trees are sure to take your breath away. Located at Sahakarnagar, this park {known as Vasantrao Eknath Bagul Udyan} spread over 7 acres also has an art gallery, a musical fountain and an artificial waterfall.

    Parks

    Tapodhan Society, Sivadarshan Poorgrasta Vasahat, Parvati Paytha, Pune

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      Peshwa Udyan

      It might not be too far from the city, but still is a relaxing retreat. A zoo and a special hop-on train known as the ‘Phool Rani’ that takes you through the beautiful park, make it a perfect outing. Take a walk down memory lane, as you go back to enjoying the little things like taking a boat ride, animal rides and more. The picturesque beauty of the garden is an ode to nature.

       

      Parks

      9, Sane Guruji Road, Municipal Colony, Pune

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      The Empress Garden

      The Empress Garden is located near the Pune Race Course at Wanawadi. Getting there is easy and all you need to do is hail a rick or ride down.

      The sprawling garden is home to some rare species of flowers and trees and is a perfect escape from tall concrete structures. They have a play zone for kids, a plant nursery, a lotus pond, a library to play indoor games, a snack corner and green lawns to sit around at. There is also an open and wide space in the garden to play cricket and football.

      Parks

      Near Race Course, Kavade Mala, Camp, Pune

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