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Top 5 Places to Visit in Pune Within a Day

Pune has a special place in the history of mankind for being the birthplace of the Badminton game. It is one of the popular weekend gateways for Mumbaikars after Lonavala. Situated at a close distance from Mumbai, Pune has become extremely popular over the last 10 years. Despite being a popular education hub, Pune is surrounded with Peace like environment, making you far away from being in a busy city life.

Pune: An Overview

Location Maharashtra
Topography Western Ghats Mountain Range
Nearest City Mumbai(3 Hours)
Ways to Reach Road, Rail and Air
Popular Dishes Misal Pav and Poha
Best Time to Visit October to March
Other places to visit near Pune Lonavala, Sinhagad

 Budget Travelling Recommendations

The accommodation in Pune only starts from Rs1500, But there are other alternate options, i.e. Choosing Airbnb or Backpacker’s Hostel. However Care must be taken on when choosing the hotel, as it should be accessible through Transport and Restaurant Facilities, in order to avoid spending extra amount on Transport.

To help you with the Budget Travelling, Here are the websites/Apps that will be helpful for you.

Accommodation

1.       Hostelworld 

2.       Triviago (For Hotel Prices comparison) 

3.       Airbnb

Transport

1.       Confirmtkt – A handy website on where you can check your chance of getting your train ticket, when you find out the availability status as Waiting List or RAC in Irctc website

2.       Ola or Uber – (Just in case if you can’t find Bus and not willing to use Auto Rickshaw for an exorbitant Price

3.       Pune RTC Bus Helpline no : 020 – 24503355(For Routes and Timings)



5 Must Visit Places in Pune

Known as the “Oxford of the East,” Pune is a city of young people. With the right blend of spiritual and modern, the city has numerous places that interest a travel. Here are the must visit places if you find yourself in the City for a day.

1.Dagaduseth Ganesh Temple

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Dagaduseth Ganesha Temple. Photography by Atharva Gaikwad Patil

 

This Lord Ganesh temple is the 2nd Popular Temple in Maharashtra after Mumbai’s Siddivinayak Temple. The Size of the idol is as Similar as that of its Mumbai’s counterpart.  Dagaduseth is actually a name of a sweet trader, Dagaduseth Halwai, who built this popular temple. He was also a close friend of a Famous Freedom Fighter, Bal Gangadar Tilak. It is believed that, through this temple, Bal Gangadar Tilak got inspired in declaring a public festival on Lord Ganesh.

This temple also has a connection with the Bollywood, where the family of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan offered prayers here when he was facing life threatening health problem. Coincidently, Dagaduseth Halwai actually built this temple in order to relieve him from the trauma of his son’s death.

Recently, Dagaduseth Ganesh Temple was been celebrated as a mark of its 125th year anniversary.

2.Shaniwar Wada

 

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Shaniwar Wada. Photography by Pranav Wagmare

 

If you have watched Ranveer Singh’s Bollywood Movie, Bajirao Mastani, Then this place will seem familiar to you. This ruined Palace was once the home of the Maratha Empire for almost a Century.

You can only see this palace as in ruins, since Most of the parts were destroyed by fire.

Features of Shaniwar Wada

It consists of 5 Gates, since the rooms of all gates were destroyed by fire and each gate is faced in different directions.

The Lotus shaped Fountain

The ruined marble Palace walls having the painting of Mahabharata and Ramayana.

This Palace was finally taken over by British Rulers in the Anglo – Maratha War.

Pataleshwar Cave Temple

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Pataleshwar Cave Temple. Photography by Sridhar Palange

 

Unlike Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Pataleshwar Cave temple is located within the city limits, making it easier to reach. It was built in 8th Century. This cave temple’s deity is Lord Shiva Linga. It is added in the list of protected monuments by the Indian Government.

Things to do :

Make an Echo inside the cave temple, to hear your voice.

Feel the sound of bats inside the cave

Caution: Since it is dark inside, do walk carefully in order to prevent from getting injured.

4.Agah Khan Palace

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Aga Khan Palace. .Photography by Marie Wingate

 

Aga Khan III, who was a famous Philanthropist, built this palace in the memory of Dr.Mahatma Gandhi. It was believed to be a prison, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during the fight for Independence. It also served as a prison of his Wife Mrs.Kasturba Gandhi, His Secretary Mr. Mahadev Desai and the famous poet Dr.Sarojini Naidu.

Another Important Feature of this Memorial is that you can find Gandhi’s Ashes kept here. Portraits and Photos of Mahatma’s life were also kept here for the Public View.

It was then in 1969, the Next Generation of Aga Khan (Aga Khan IV) donated this palace for the public by converting it into Gandhi National Museum.

5.Parvati Hill

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The backside view of Parvati Hill. Photography by Gandhar

 

If you want to see the view of Pune from a mountain, then head to Parvati hill. This Hill temple was built by the Peshwa Rulers of Maratha Empire. This temple also provides Water Supply services to half of Pune through their Water Tank. Devdeveshwara (Shiva and Parvathi) are the deities of this temple

Recommendations

Do walk slowly and carefully as the Steps are flat, and it might help you in being less exhausted.

Do watch the view of the city from the top, since this hill lies in the centre of the city.

Happy Wayfaring.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Navneeth Venkatesh is a B.Com Honours graduate from Hyderabad. Currently residing in Bangalore, Navneeth is a traveller and an animal lover. He feels that travel should be more of a necessity than a luxury as it provides life education and memories.

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