Pune is a beautiful city located at the convergence of rivers Mula and Mutha and is known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The historical past along with rapid modernization has made the city one of the main tourist spot in India. Also known as the ‘Oxford of the East’, Pune is a home to the National Defence Academy, the elite training school, the Armed Forces Medical College, Film, and Television Institute of India and the Symbiosis Educational Society as well as the Savitribai Phule Pune University. The beautiful historical site along with the natural beauty of this place has a lot to offer you. The best places that you must visit if you are planning a trip here are as follows
Lonavala: 65 kilometers away from Pune, Lonavala is a hilly area with bushy dams, cool waterfalls, and beautiful caves. The pleasant view of this place makes it a perfect destination for nature lovers. The main attractions of Lonavala are The Tiger’s Point, The Bushy Dam with waterfalls where you can take a bath in the cool water and the Karla caves with Buddhist shrines inscribed in it, dating back to 5th century AD.
Kamshet: Just an hour away from Pune, Kamshet is a destination for adventurous people. On one hand, the presence of hills, lakes and lush greenery here will overwhelm you with its natural beauty, whereas on the other hand, it will also give you the opportunity to explore the nature through adventurous sports like paragliding from Tower Hill or Kondeshwar Cliff, watching the Bhairi Cave, and trekking to the Kondeshwar Temple.
Mahabaleshwar: It is a small hill station with a pleasant climate throughout the year and is famous for strawberry, mulberry and gooseberry farms. The way to Mahabaleshwar from Pune will offer you a pleasant view of nature with ghats and beautiful bends. The Mapro gardens, the Mahabaleshwar Temple, boating at the Venna Lake, Table Land, Arthur’s Seat, Elephant’s Head and Wilson Point are the main attractions of this place.
Aga Khan Palace: This spectacular building is considered to be one of the largest landmarks in Indian History where Mahatma Gandhi and other renowned freedom fighters have spent their life as a prisoner. The wonderful architectural works, Italian arches, green lawns, huge hallways will give a clear picture of India during the British Raj.
Shaniwar Wada: Built by the Peshwa rulers, Shaniwar Wada was always the pride of Pune. It comprises armoured gates, huge palaces, and a beautiful fountain. It is a major tourist spot in Pune that holds a lot of history about the lives of the Peshwas. The ghost story revolving around this fort adds to the charm. The light and sound show in the evenings helps recreate the history which makes us feel proud of our rich heritage.
Other than these there are a lot of places in Pune that will attract you like The Sinhagad Fort, Chaturshringi Temple, Pataleshwar Temple, etc. So without wasting time, plan a short trip to Pune soon.