Most of the important religious, historical, and tourist
attractions are located around the Sahyadri and its slopes abutting the
Bhima River. Some of the famous Marathi forts like Sinhgad have become
modern resorts. Important religious centers of Pune include Bhimashankar,
one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, of India; Dehu the birthplace of the
poet-saint Tukaram; Alandi, the home of the Jnaneshvara, the author of the
well-known commentary on the Bhagavadgita, and Karli, the site of famous
Buddhist caves. Nearby are Meherazad and Meherabad, sites associated with
Saint Meher Baba.
The Agakhan Palace
Agakhan Palace is a great historical landmark of Pune, situated 2-km away from Bund Garden in Yerwada on Pune - Nagar Road. Agakhan palace is made of Italian arches and spacious lawns.
Appu Ghar located in Indira Gandhi Udyan near Pimpri in Pune is a perfect picnic spot for all. People from all age groups visit this place. There are number of games, which attract children. Appu Ghar also houses vast explorable hills, which attract the youngsters and a cool and comely Lake for older generation people. It's a place worth visiting at least once, while in Pune. It is opened from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Presently known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, these gardens are situated just two kms north east of the railway station on the right bank of the Mula Mutha river in Poona. The bund was constructed by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy for providing water to the poor. A noble gesture remembered forever.
Chaturshrungi Goddess Temple
The popular temple of Goddess Chaturshrungi considered as the reigning deity of Poona is situated on the slopes of a mountain on Senapati Bapat Road, northwest part of the city of Poona. She is also known as Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Ambareshwari. This temple is ninety feet high located midst of nature's scenic beauty. This temple was built in Shivaji era. It is looked after by Chatushringi Devasthan Trustees, with full dedication.
Dagdusheth Ganapati temple is situated in the heart of the city, which houses the most famous deity of Maharashtrians, the Ganesh. Dagdusheth Ganapati is the famous and richest deity of Pune and so it is called the 'Shreemant' Dagdusheth (Shreemant means rich in Marathi).
Dashmesh Darbar On Deccan College Road
Dashmesh Darbar was established in 1950. According to Mahendra Singh, caretaker of this Gurdwara, their 10th guru, Guru Gobind Singh's, presence and strength prevails in the entire area of the Gurdwara. According to him man should never forget the holy 'Granth' be in happiness or distress. Guru Nanak Jayanti, Baisakhi and Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti are the three significant days that are observed in this Gurdwara.
Ganesh Peth Gurdwara - Gurusingh Sabha
Ganesh Peth Gurdwara is one of the oldest and biggest Gurdwaras of Poona. This Gurdwara opens up early in the morning with prayers. This Gurdwara also adheres to the teaching of their first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, that all human beings on this Earth are equal and whatever we produce should be equally distributed among all. Every Sunday after the morning session a community Lunch - 'Langar' is served, where everybody, irrespective of rich or poor, sit on the floor and eat. The Gurdwara is open to people of all religions.
Gurdwara Shri Gurusingh Sabha, Khadki Bazaar
Gurdwara Shri Gurusingh Sabha is located at Khadki Bazaar in Poona. On every Sunday there is a holy gathering where discourses are held to enable devotees to spend the day immersed in the teachings of their Gurus.
Ramgodia Shivajinagar Gurdwara
The day in this Gurdwara starts at 5: 00 a.m. with Pooja, followed by 'Raheras Path' and 'Kirtan' is arranged between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. After Kirtan, 'Langar' is held in which 250 to 300 people participate. Ramgodia Bhavan Committee extends financial help to the needy and poor.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Poona (Pune) houses an enormous number of over 20,000 collections of objects and artifacts collected from all over the world. Built in a Rajasthani-style, the museum has a vast collection of paintings, handicrafts, armour-suits, musical instruments and many other objects of art. The galleries give the onlooker a clear depiction of the life and culture of the Marathas.
Nagpur Chawl Gurdwara
Sobharaj Khatani established Chawl Gurdwara 30 years ago. Though the Gurdwara is small in size, all the rituals and prayers are carried out with high sanctity over here. The day starts at 5.30. p.m. with Pujas and Kirtans, after which the 'Prashad' is distributed.
Dagdu Halwai Datta Mandir is a famous temple of Pune located in the city area of Budhwar Peth on the famous Laxmi Road as well as near the Mahata Phule market, which is popularly known as "Mandai".
Kasba Ganapati temple is situated in the heart of the Pune City, which is considered as the first Ganapati in the city. This Ganapati is Pune's pride and entire Maharashtra's most popular and most respected Ganapati. He is considered as the Gram Devata (deity of the city) of Pune.
Nageshwar temple is considered as one of the oldest temples of Pune and it has been there since the times of Sant Gyaneshwar (also known as 'Jnaneshwar') and Tukaram. One can notice that the main shrine has the typical Yadava structure with a stone roof. Several renovations and additions have been made the temple over the years. It is believed that there was once a reservoir near the temple, whose water could cure leprosy.
Ohso ashram, which is now known as the Osho communal centre is located at 17-km away from Koregoan Park, a green and elite suburb of Pune. This place gained recognition, because of the presence of this ashram. Bhagwan Rajneesh is the founder of the ashram. Thousands of visitors are attracted to this ashram. The Ashram offers a variety of expensive courses on meditation
Pune has many temples, which are very famous. Among them there is Panchaleshwar Temple, which dates back to the 8th century. Panchaleshwar temple is very small and is built in a style similar to the much grander rock temples of Ellora. The story goes that it was excavated in one night. One can see a fine equestrian statue of Shivaji near the temple.
Parnakuti is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is situated on top of a hill across the famous Bund Garden. The place is very crowded but as soon as one enters the temple, one can meditate peacefully.
Pataleshwar Temple is an ancient rock cut temple dating back to 8th century housed in caves, amidst modern high-rise structures and developments, at Jungli Maharaj Road in Pune. Pataleshwar temple is similar in style to that of temples found in Ellora. This temple has been carved out of a single boulder of awe-inspiring size, which includes massive pillars.
Parvati Hill and Temple
Parvati hill is in the southernmost part of the Pune City. It is a famous landmark of the city with a group of beautiful temples. These temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya, the family of Lord Siva, which were built by Balaji Baji Rao. A steep flight of 108 narrow steps lead to the hill, but it is not very difficult to climb.
The Fire Temple
Sir Jeejeebhoy built the Fire temple in 1844, which is located along the Dastur Meher Road, once known as Agiary Street. It is the place of worship of the Zoroastrian inhabitants. The temple has the Atesh Adaran Saheb (the Holy Fire and Sacred Holy Book) enthroned in it.
Trishundya Ganapati Temple
Trishundya Ganapati temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha (also spelt as 'Ganesh') is located in Somwar Peth, Pune. It was built during reign of Peshwa. The temple derived its name from the idol of Ganesh, which has three trunks and hence the name 'Tri-Shundya' which means three trunks. The idol is made of wood, which is the only one of its kind in the entire country. The temple has beautiful carvings on its exterior.
The Durgadevi Park Temple Of Vaishnodevi
The Durgadevi Park Temple of Vaishnodevi is located in Pimpri about 20-km from the city of Pune. This temple is a replica of the Vaishnodevi temple located at the Katra village in Jammu and Kashmir. It was built in just 90 days in the year 1993. Vaishnodevi is also called, 'Jai Mata Di'. It is said that this deity fulfils all your desires.
Shaniwarwada, the royal residence built by the second Peshwa, Bajirao-I is located in Pune to the West of Lal Mahal, divided by just a busy traffic intersection from the famous Ganesh Darwaza. It became the seat of political power during his days and achieved tremendous importance. To this date the Shaniwarwada has been the city's landmark. A charming place that will take one through the memorable pages of Maratha history. It is said to have been the finest palace in the Deccan in its times.
With pleasant lawns and the famous Ganesh temple built by Madhavrao Peshwa, Saras Baug is a popular evening spot in Pune. An exquisitely landscaped place with excellent, well manicured lawns and well lit fountains recourse where one can relax especially during the evenings.
Shinde's Chattari is one among the best architectural sights in Pune, which is a memorial of the great Maratha warrior, Mahadaji Shinde. It treasures his Chhattari (umbrella) among many other personal effects.
Lal Deval (Synagogue)
David Sassoon built the Ohel David Lal Devul (Red Temple), in 1867 for the small Jewish community. It is a beautifully built synagogue, in English-Gothic style, made of red bricks and well-drafted stones. It is also believed to be one of the largest synagogues in the world.
Pashan Lake is a small lake around 12-km off the road to the National Defense Academy in Pune, which is a favourite haunt for migratory birds during the winter. The lake is being developed as a bird sanctuary and is considered a Ornithologists delight.
Sinhagad fort stands 25-km away from Pune and is one of the important Maratha forts having a colourful history linked with it. The fort was formerly known as "Kondhana", its literal translation is the "Fortress of the Lion". The fort is the most impregnable fort in western India. It has changed hands many times from Mohammed Tughluq in 1340 AD to the British in 1918 AD.
Pimpri Lake is an artificial lake connected to an industrial-cum-residential effluent water treatment plant in Pimpri. Recently, it has started attracting some rare migratory birds, including Siberian cranes.
Dehu is an ancient town on the river Indrayani. It is about 24-km from Pune and is easily accessible. Dehu is the birthplace of famous poet-saint Tukaram. Abhang Gatha is considered as the eternal creation of Poet Tukaram. It has gained a proud place in Marathi literature. According to legend, the adversaries of the saint-poet mercilessly sank his entire collection of Abhangas in the river, but low and behold, to their surprise, the Gatha surfaced and was saved.
Alandi is a small village located 22-km away from Pune, on the banks of the river Indrayani. It is one of the important pilgrim centres of Maharashtra. It houses the 'Samadhi' of Sant Dnyaneshwar's who is the author of "Dnyaneshwari". Dnyaneshwar lived and attained 'Samadhi' in Alandi at a tender age of 21.