Tourist In Pune? These 5 Famous Spots Should Be On Your Bucket List

Sneha posted on 20 February

Visiting Pune soon and want to do all the touristy stuff? Check out this list of five 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.

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

Pune Nagar Road, Palace View Society, 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.

The layout is a well-detailed city controlled by state-of-the-art digital system with light and sound effects. 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.

The design comprises 65 signals, 26 points, six platforms, fences, lamp posts, flyovers and a two-lane highway with moving cars. There is also a tiny Ghat section with a reversing station, especially for the steam trains. The station yard has announcement systems, main lines, goods loading facilities, hump shunting and a crane. 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.

Monument

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, Off Bajirao Road, Mandai, Shukrawar Peth, Pune

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    #LBBTip

    If you’re a foodie, you must visit some of the legendary restaurants of Pune including Good Luck on FC Road, Dorabjee’s, Bagban and Kayani Bakery in Camp, SP’s Biryani House in Sadashiv Peth and of course, Sujata Mastani!