Best Tourist Spots to Explore In Pune

Lying in between the Western Ghats and the Sahyadri Mountain Range, Pune has developed itself as such which suits all kinds of visitors. Based on your interests, you can get almost everything here. From the colossal forts to modern theme parks, well-preserved museums to milky waterfalls, zoological wonders to adventure activities, including camping & trekking, all are present in this city. And yes, don't miss the night clubs! With so many scenic places, you are sure to have a great time roaming around the city with your friends and family.


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1. Parvati Hill Temple, Pune


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2. Shaniwar Wada, Pune


Shaniwar Wada was built in the early 18th century. It served as the fortified seat of the Peshwa empire until they lost control to the British East India Company in the early 19th century. After that, an unexplained fire here destroyed large parts of the fort. But still, the remnants of the fort have been maintained as a tourist site.

The love story of Bajirao and Kashi as well as of Bajirao-Mastani both started here. Being an architectural marvel, this ancient structure is widely acclaimed across the country. Moreover, light and sound shows are organized here every evening to depict the rich history and culture of the Peshwas.


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3. Bund Garden, Pune


A serene garden right in the heart of the city is all what one can desire for without spending much. From horse riding lessons to magic shows, you can get an all round experience in this tranquil garden that is surrounded by mini dams built over the Mula river. Not only you can go boating across the river but also this garden is a home to exotic migratory birds during winters. It is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Udyan as it spans across the river till the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial. With its tranquil ambience and majestic beauty this is one of the best places to visit with your pals in the evening.


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4. Vetal Tekdi, Pune


Vetal Tekdi or Vetal Hill is the highest point in Pune with an elevation of 2600 ft. above the sea level. Attracting hordes of bird watchers, photographers and joggers, this hill is one of the best places in Pune to hangout with your friends and also capture the panoramic views of the city. Moreover, its rich flora and changing seasonal look has earned it the sobriquet, the ‘Lung of the City’.

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5. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune


Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum houses over 20,000 artefacts, making it one of the prominent artistic museums of the country. Later donated to the Maharashtra government in 1975, this museum was built by Baba Dinkar Kelkar in 1962. The sculptures, musical instruments, paintings, carvings and ornaments exhibited here date back to the 14th century and cover the important art pieces from the Mughal and the Maratha eras. It is a must visit for art lovers to experience the rich grandiose of the emperors & artists who once lived in the region.


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6. Osho Ashram, Pune


If tired with trekking and sightseeing, then Pune has also got a perfect place for you, Osho Ashram. The Osho Ashram in Pune attracts people from all over the world to gain inner peace. Not only this, it houses the largest meditation hall in the world, and that is why this place is also known as a meditation resort. Built in an area of 32 acres, it has a guest house, a spa, sauna, jacuzzi, gym, and a tennis court. Various meditation courses such as Nadabrahma, Nataraj, Kundalini, etc. are offered here for different rates. This is a must-visit place for a relaxed and peaceful experience.


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7. Swig, Pune


Who would deny spending their night relaxing with live music and continental cuisine? Well then, here you are sure to encounter some thriving artists along with an enthusiastic young crowd. The club invites painters, sculptors, dancers and other artists during theme-based nights. Also, this club turned lounge tops the list when it comes to having a casual getaway with friends.


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8. Panshet Water Park, Pune


Located in the Sahyadri Range of mountains, the Panshet Water Park is surrounded by dams on its either side. Amidst all the regular rides, the water park has several water sports options like kayaking, water scooters, speed boating, and windsurfing, that are sure to give you an adrenaline rush. With such a serene environment and lush green surrounding, this place is bound to prove itself for a thrilling getaway with family and friends.


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9. National Defence Academy, Pune


If you happen to be in Pune on a Sunday then visiting NDA must be in your bucket list. Situated about 15 km away from the city, it is one of the most unique places to visit near Pune. It holds the honour of being the only academy in the world that provides training to all the three forces – Army, Navy & Air Force together. On Sundays, the academy is open for educational institutions and organized groups for motivational tours. A prior application is required to be submitted beforehand along with the proposed date and number of people.


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10. Mix@36, Pune


Located in the Westin Hotel, Mix@36 is rather on the expensive side. If you are still left with some bugs then this place is not going to disappoint you. For those who enjoy the retro beats while munching on some delicious snacks and cocktails, this is one of the best places to visit in Pune with friends or your partner, at night. Also, being surrounded by the Mula-Mutha River, this place is sure to give you an ecstatic experience with your near and dear ones.


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