Sights to See
Aga Khan Palace/Gandhi National Memorial
Located on Nagar Road, this iconic landmark entered the records of history books when the palace was used by the British to intern Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace. A memorial, in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi, was later erected here, giving the palace the name of Kasturba Gandhi Memorial or Kasturba Samadhi. Built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Agakhan III, Aga Khan Palace is an impressive building with Italianate arches, suites, salons and spacious lawns.
One of the most visited parks in Pune,Bund Gardenis a wonderful place to visit with something to entertain your whole family. Also known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, it is a welcome haven for migratory birds during winter.
Architecturally amongst the best, just about a couple of kms from the Pune racecourse is the memorial of the great Maratha nobleman Mahadji Shinde. You can see the warrior's painted silver likeness, swathed in a flame-colored turban and elaborate shawl. At his feet are the original prayer vessels, used to propitiate the family deity each morning.
A sign asks you not to open an umbrella within the Chhatri's precincts, as it would be an insult to the warrior's memory.
Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum
Containing things beautiful, unusual, and ancient, Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum is housed in a Rajasthani style building located adjacent to the busy Bajirao Road. The museum holds a large repository of artefacts.
Locally as the 'Soldiers' Garden',Empress Gardens should be your stopover if you are on a sightseeing trip to Pune. Occupying an area of 39 acres, the garden is the habitat of several rare species of trees and flowers. The garden is a delight for the nature lovers who throng here in large number.
Upon visiting this 18th century imposing palace, it's easy to see the grandeur of the Peshwas who raised Maratha power to greater heights. Built as the chief residence of the Peshwas, it is one of the famous monuments in Pune.
The Tribal Museum documents the cultures of Maharashtrian communities, particularly those from the Sahyadri and Gondawana regions. It is open weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm. The city tours do not halt at this site.
Situated on the slope of a hill on Senapati Bapat Road is the shrine
of Chaturshringi, the presiding deity of the city. The temple is a
sacred place for the devotees.
Located on Jungli Maharaj Road at Shivaji nagar, this 8th century cave temple is hidden in the heart of the city, in the midst of modern high rise buildings. Carved out of a single rock, Pataleshwar Cave Temple is dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar - God of the Underworld.
Central Water, Power, Irrigation and Navigation Research Institute, Film and Television Institute of India; Katraj Snake Park, Parvati Hills and Temples, SarasBaug, Osho Ashram, Parvati Hills and Temples and Shinde’s Chhatri are other places of interest in Pune.