Deccan CollegeDescription :
The Deccan College in Pune is one of the oldest educational institutions in the country. It was started by funds given by a Maratha Sardar Khanderao Dabhade and was later supported by the Peshwas, the institution was named as Hindoo College on October 6th 1821 by Mountstuart Elphinstonem, the Lieutenant-Governor of Bombay. In 1842 an English School was added to the College and both were merged to form Poona College in 1851. The College moved to it present campus in Yerawada on 15th October 1864 and was renamed as Deccan College. With its classical Neo-Gothic building, this college has been a seat of learning for centuries for Indians and has produced stalwarts like Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gurudev R.D. Ranade, G.G. Agarkar, V.K. Rajawade, and Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis.
Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railway
Joshi's Museum of Miniature RailwayDescription :
The miniature railway museum located in the Karve Road locality of Pune was conceptualized by Late Mr. B. S. Joshi (1932-1998), known to all as Bhau Joshi. An engineer by profession, collecting train models was his hobby. Soon he started building models and exhibiting it in various cities.
Tambadi JogeshwariDescription :
Positioned in the heart of the city, Tambadi Jogeshwari was built on the banks of a small water current called Ambil Odha. It is believed that the idol is self-formed and was originally a small temple built by Trimbak Bendre in 1545 AD, and was surrounded by farms. This was the village diety of Pune
Rohida FortDescription :
Rohida was built during the reign of the Yadavas, sometime in 1315 AD. Post 1656, this fort became a part of Shivaji Maharaja's Swarajya. In 1666, the Moghuls conquered the fort but could not hold it for long. On June 24, 1670, Shivaji Maharaj recaptured the fort.
Pataleshwar: The Cave Temple
Pataleshwar: The Cave TempleDescription :
Hewn from a single basalt rock and carved out in the 8th century during the Rashtrakuta period, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as Pataleshwar. The sanctum, a cube shaped room about 3-4 meters on each side, houses a linga, the symbol of Shiva. In front of the cave is the circular Nandi mandapa and its umbrella shaped canopy is supported by massive pillars. The temple is left incomplete, possibly because a fault line found at the sanctum which made further sculpting unsafe. The Shiv linga is worshipped daily by the priests here.
Vishrambaug wadaDescription :
Vishrambaug wada was built as a residence for Peshwa Bajirao II, the last Peshwa leader, who played a prominent role in the 1857 Uprising against the British. The entire construction of Vishrambaug wada is made of bricks. In a move to bring education to the masses, a Sanskrit school was started here in 1821. Most of the educational institutes in Pune viz. Government Engineering College, Deccan College, Pune University and Agricultural University started out in the wada premises.
Alandi is located on the banks of the Indrayani River and is a well-known pilgrim centre for Hindus. Situated at about 25 kilometer east of Pune, Alandi houses the Samadhi of Sant Dnyaneshwar, who sowed the seed for Bhakti movement in Maharashtra. He entered into a permanent state of Samadhi here in 1296 AD.
Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha
Jyotsna Bhole SabhagruhaDescription :
Opened in 2012, Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruha (JBS) provides an alternative space to theatre lovers. Owned and managed by Maharashtra Cultural Centre, JBS can seat 225 people. Theatre, drama and other performances are regular held here.Address :
Maharashtra Cultural Center, Udyog Bhavan Building, Hirabaug Chowk, Dadawadi, Shukrawar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411042Phone number :
020 2444 0080
Lohagad FortDescription :
Lohagad fort is believed to be about 2000 years old. The fort was captured and controlled by several dynasties including Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizamshahis, Mughals and the Marathas. When Shivaji Maharaj captured the fort from Adilshah in 1648, Netaji Palkar was appointed to look after the fort and the surrounding region.
Omkareshwar TempleDescription :
Situated on the banks of Mutha River, Omkareshwar is one of the largest temples in the city, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shrine is well known for its endurance even after the 1962 Panshet floods, and is known for its extravagant style of construction and huge domes.
Shivneri FortDescription :
Shivneri Fort is a historic military fortification located near Junnar. It is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire. Chhatrapati Shivaji was born at this fort on 19th February 1630. At the centre of the fort is a water pond which is called 'Badami Talav'.
Pimpri Chinchwad Science Park
Pimpri Chinchwad Science ParkAddress :
Near Auto Cluster Chinchwad, Pune- 411019Phone number :
020- 27454050Timings :
10.00 AM to 5.30 PM. Open on all days except Mondays.Description :
Pimpri Chinchwad Science Park is an activity based Science centre in the Pune region. It was established to spread information, knowledge and development made in the field of Science & Technology amongst people, and encourage curiosity, enquiry and creativity among the students. The science centre has galleries on different themes of Science & Technology, activity area, inflatable taramandal and an auditorium. There are 3D science shows, Taramandal shows and live demonstrations for the visitors and students. The centre also organises activity based programmes and workshops for students and teachers. The Science park is an open air park of 3.5 acres. Most of the exhibits in the park are interactive and visitors can explore science in an entertaining way.
Shaniwar WadaDescription :
The Peshwas helped create a Maratha State that took control over most parts of Central India, South India and some parts of North India, from Shaniwarwada. It is a masterpiece of Maratha and Moghul architecture and craftsmanship. While the walls of the palace are painted with scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata, a sixteen petal lotus fountain in it premises shows the beautiful work of that era.
Sudarshan RangamanchDescription :
Inaugurated on the 31st March, 2003 Sudarshan Rangamanch is a theater which can accomodates 150 people. It is run by Maharashtra Cultural Cente, a cultural trust. Its a space available to all theatre groups at a reasonable cost to perform and for theatre lovers to watch. Amateur groups from all over Maharastra use this space and new plays along with music and dance programs are performed at here throughout the year.Address :
421/422, Sudarshan Hall, Near Ahilyadevi Girl’s High School, Above Bank Of Maharashtra Shaniwar Peth Branch, Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030Phone number :
020 2443 0803
National Film Archive Museum
National Film Archive MuseumDescription :
The National Film Archive of India, headquartered in Pune, is a living heritage of Indian cinema and is one of the major film archives in Asia. Established in 1964, NFAI has a wide collection of journals, tapes, scripts, photographs, posters and records. The building is exquisitely designed in old British architecture. Centrally air conditioned, the museum collects award winning films, box office hits, off beat and critically acclaimed films which are shown at International Film Festivals.
Vetal TekdiDescription :
Vetal Tekdi or Vetal Hill at an elevation of 2600 ft is the highest point within the city limits. The hill derives its name from a temple that is situated on its summit called the Vetala Temple. This has become one of popular places to visit in Pune, as one can see the city of Pune from the top of this hill.
Pu La Deshpande Garden
Pu La Deshpande GardenDescription :
This Japanese garden is spread over 10 acres and named after the famous Marathi writer Pu La Deshpande. The garden is inspired by Okayama's Kōraku-en Garden hence its also referred as Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden. As one walks through the garden the landscape changes, there is a canal flowing through the garden over which a small bridge is set up for one to view colorful fish in the water.Address :
Sinhagad Road, Dattawadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411030Timings :
6:00 AM - 10:30 AM, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM all days.
Mahatma Phule Museum
Mahatma Phule MuseumDescription :
Founded in 1875, it was called Poona Industrial Museum and was subsequently named Lord Ray Museum. In 1968 it was renamed as Mahatma Phule Vastu Sanghralay. The 138 year old museum houses rare artefacts which offer a peek into the glorious history of India. As one enters the museum, past the 1959-built howitzer, one is transported back in time. The solid stone structure of the building too lends an air of history.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Raja Dinkar Kelkar MuseumDescription :
The museum contains the collection of Dr Dinkar G. Kelkar (1896–1990), dedicated to the memory of his only son, Raja, who died an untimely tragic death. The three-storey building houses sculptures, ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments, war weapons and vessels, etc.