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Pune Tourism Guide

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune

(9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Closed on 26th January, 15th August and Anant Chaturdashi, 91 20 2448 21 01/2446 1556/2447 44 66, www.rajakelkarmuseum.com)

This famous museum has vast collection of mainly decorative items and musical instruments by Dr. Dinkar Kelkar who founded the museum in memory of his son, Raja.

Shaniwar Wada, Pune

(Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm)

Shaniwar Wada was fort palace of Peshwas during Maratha Empire. It was built by First Bajirao Peshwa in 1732. It is important historical place to visit in Pune but not many monuments are left to see after they were destroyed by British in 18th century. There is water show in evening around 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Shree Shankar Maharaj Samadhi Math, Dhankawadi

(Timings: 4.30 am to 9.00 pm, www.shankarmaharaj.org, 022 – 24221535)

Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj was one of the greatest saints, endowed with divine powers and is worshipped as God Shiva incarnated in human form. Today the number of devotees visit Dhankavdi's Samadhi temple to pay their homage to the Divine Supreme power and to experience His existence even after His Samadhi. Shree Shankar Maharaj left the divine body on the decided day of Ashtami (28th April 1947). The Samadhi temple of Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj is standing in all its glory at Dhankavdi. Maharaj Samadhi Sohala is organized in the month of Vaishakha (April/May) from Shukla pratipada to the Vaishakha Shukla Durga Ashtami. Other major festivals include Gurupoornima Palakhi Ceremony, Lord Dattas Birth Anniversary Palakhi ceremony and Lord Hanumans Birth Anniversary.

Katraj Snake Park and Zoo, Pune

(Timings: 10.30 am to 6.00 pm, Wednesday Closed, (020) 24367712, 8 km from Pune City, 112 km from Satara)

Located on Pune Satara highway, it is one of the famous snake parks in the state. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi Zoo, it is located in Katraj and managed by the Pune Municipal Corporation. The zoo is divided into three parts: an animal orphanage, a snake park, and a zoo. Apart from snakes, the zoo has other species of plants and animals/bird.

Gandhi National Memorial, Pune

(Timings: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm, 020-26680250)

Gandhi National Memorial is located in Agakhan Palace near railway station. It exhibits photos and paintings from life of Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi National Memorial Society has been made this place a Living Memorial by organising a number of activities throughout the year.

Tribal Cultural Museum, Pune

(Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Closed on Sunday and Government holidays)

Tribal Museum exhibits culture and lifestyles of tribal communities of Maharashtra and maintained by Tribal Research and Training Institute.

Aai Ekvira Temple, Lonavla

(9 km from Lonavla, 57 km from Pune, 104 km from Mumbai, 167 km from Satara)

Just besides Karla caves, Ekvira Aai's temple is located and thousands of devotees mainly fishermen visit the temple throughout the year.

Alandi, Pune

(25 km from Pune Railway Station, 15 km from Dehu, 15 km from Pimpri)

Alandi is birth place of great Saint Dnyaneshwar and has Samadhi temple which was built in 1570. Palakhi Sohala (Program) is held every year in the month of Ashadh (June/ July).

Balaji Temple, Narayanpur

(Timings: 7.00 am to 12.00 am, 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm, http://sribalajimandirpune.com/, 020- 25870125, 3 km from Pune city, 276 km from Aurangabad, 189 km from Mumbai)

Also known as Sri Venkateshwara temple, it is replica of Tirupati temple and located on Pune Bangalore Highway.

Bhima Shankar, Pune

(Timings: 4.30 am to 9.30 pm, www.bhimashankar.in, 125 km from Pune, 221 km from Mumbai, 166 km from Ahmednagar)

One of the Twelve Jyotirlinga, this ancient temple is built in Nagara style of architecture. Nearby Bhima Shankar Wildlife Sanctuary has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the Bird Life International. Mahashivratri in month of March/April is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

Chintamani Temple, Theur

( www.ashtavinayaktemples.com , 3km from Pune city, 276 km from Aurangabad, 189 km from Mumbai)

The current structure of the temple is believed to be built by Saint Morya Gosavi before 17th century. The temple hall is in wooden built by Madhavrao Peshwa and there are other small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Hanuman. Ganesh Chaturthi and Ganesh Jayanti are celebrated in great joy.

Dehu, Pune

(15 km from Alandi, 15 km from Pimpri)

Dehu is birth place of Saint Tukaram and it also has the temple of Saint Tukaram built in 1723. Lakhs of people participate in "Palakhi" in month of Ashadh (June/July).

Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri

(www.ashtavinayaktemples.com, 5 km from Junnar, 94 km from Pune on Pune-Nashik Highway)

Lenyadri has around 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves in which cave no. 7 is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. These caves are said to be created in around 1st to 3rd century. Major celebrations are held during the Bhadrapad (August / September) and Magh Chaturthi. State Transport Buses are available from Shivaji Nagar Bus depot at Pune and bus depot at Talegaon to Junnar for Lenyadri. Auto rickshaws and private vehicles are also available

Pataleshwar Cave temple and the Jangli Maharaj Mandir, Pune

(Timings: 6.00 am to 9.30 pm, 154 km from Pune, 111 km from Satara, 235 km from Aurangabad)

Pataleshwar temple is small rock cut cave dedicated to the God of Underworld and beside it, at Jangle Maharaj temple, Samadhi of Jangli Maharaj is kept.

Ranjangaon Ganpati, Pune

(Timings: 5.30 am to 10.00 pm, 50 km from Pune, 136 km from Mumbai, 167 km from Satara)

Also called as Mahotkat, this temple was built in around 9th -10th century. It is said that the idol of Lord Ganesha has 20 hands. Madhavrao Peshwa had made room for basement. Major celebrations are held during the Bhadrapad (August / September) and Magh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi and Ganesh Jayanti is celebrated in month of August-September.

Vigneshwara Temple, Ozar

(Timings: 5.00 am to 11.00 pm, www.shrivighnaharganpatiozar.org, 02132-288330, 02132-288530, 9822319495, 85 km from Pune, 166 km from Mumbai, 197 km from Satara)

Vigneshwara Temple is surrounded by a walled compound with a large gateway bordered by two large stones. The main temple has three entrances with sculpture side posts and lintels. A special five day program is held on the eve of Karthikeya Poornima. Ganesh Chaturthi and Ganesh Jayanti are celebrated in month of August-September.

Shri Mayuresh Mandir, Morgaon

(Timings: 5.00 am to 10.00 pm, www.ashtavinayaktemples.com, 3km from Pune city, 276 km from Aurangabad, 189 km from Mumbai.)

This is starting and ending point of Ashtyavinayak Yatra. This is one of the most important pilgrimage for Ganesha devotees and also famous for killing of demon Sindhu by Lord Ganesha. The Mandir has four gates showing forms of Ganesha in four ages. Sabha Mandap of the temple has images of Lord Ganesha depicting his eight avatars. On the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh Jayanti, Vijaya dashmi special are carried on. Buses from Pune going towards Baramati halt at Morgaon. State transport Buses from Swargate bus depot in Pune are available.

Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala

(Timings: 9.00 am to 9.30 pm, www.celebritywaxmuseum.com/lonavala/index.html)

The Celebrity Wax Museum is an exciting interactive visitor attraction located in the heart of Kochi and Lonavala city. The Celebrity Wax museum is an outstandingly original visitor attraction and has been designed to deliver an interactive experience taking you on a journey through wax effigy, the exceptional life-like wax work characters you can expect at the Celebrity Wax Museum. The Celebrity Wax Museum offers a museum experience unlike any other whether you are young, old, a culture vulture, or fun seeker, male or female, star struck or star studded

Karla & Bhaja caves, Lonavla, Pune

(Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm)

Located on Old Mumbai Pune Highway, Karla & Bhaja caves rock cut caves show old sign of Buddhist temple art in India. These Buddhist caves are dating back 2nd century BC to 6-7 century AD.

Naneghat, Pune

(25 km from Junnar, 55 km from Kalyan, 120 km from Pune, 116 km from Mumbai)

Naneghat is popular trekking destination from Pune and Mumbai. Starting from Naneghat, waterfalls, mandirs, caves, sculptures are attractions during trekking. Naneghat is famous for Buddhist and Brahmanical inscriptions dating to the 1st Century BC to 2nd Century AD belonging to periods of Satavahanas. Don't forget to carry sufficient food and water.

Nearest Railway Station is Kalyan Railway stations with 80 km. ST buses going to Ahmednagar are available from Kalyan to Vaishakhare gaon. Likewise Bus is available from Junnar to Ghatghar if you are coming from Pune side. If you are coming with private vehicle and avoid the trekking, it is better go from Aptaale diversion to Chavand Phata (7 km) ->Chavand Phata to Ghaatghar (12 km)-> Ghaatghar to Caves (3 km).

Rajgad Fort, Raigad

(15 km from Nasarpur, 40 km from Pune, 200 km from Mumbai, 337 km from Belgaum, 348 km from Nashik.)

This Royal fort had witnessed golden history of Maratha Empire. Chhatrapati Shivaji stayed for 25 years on Rajgad before shifting to capital Raigad. There are different trekking routes with level of toughness and better to study the route suitable for your group. It is popular among trekkers with route of Chor Darawaja and Padmavati temple can be base camp for trekking. Padmavati temple, Suvela Machee, Alu Darwaja are attractions of the fort.

Nearest Railway Station is Pune. MSRCTC buses, autorikshaws and private vehicles are available from Pune to Nasarapur and Gunjavne. It is better to hire private vehicle or check bus time table as bus frequency to Gunjavne is very less.

Rajmachi and Kondana Caves, Pune

(20 km form Lonavala, 16 km from Karjat, 75 km from Pune, 110 km from Mumbai.)

The fortification structure of Rajmachi consists of two forts- Shrivardhan fort and Manoranjan fort built by Chhatrapati Shivaji. It can be reached by two ways, the tough route from Kondivide village near Karjat (4 km) and the other easy but long way route from Lonavala (20 km) (Lonavala-> Tungarli-> Udhivade->Rajmachi). In monsoon time, this place is flourished with giant waterfalls and greenery. The Buddhist caves of Kondana are located on the western slope of Rajmachi plateau. It can be avoided during monsoons as trekking becomes extremely difficult during these times.

Nearest railway station is Lonavala and Karjat. MSRTC buses and private buses are available for Lonavala/Karjat. Autorikshaws are available from Karjat and Lonavala to reach base village.

Stay can be possible at the caves on the fort or at Kalbhairavnath Temple and the villagers at the top of the fort make the food arrangements.

Shivneri Fort, Pune

(4 km from Junnar, 20 km from Narayangaon, 95 km from Pune)

Shivneri fort is famous for the birthplace of Great Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort has seven gates- Mahadwar, Hattidwar, Peer Dwar, Shipai Dwar, Phatak Dwar, Kulambkat Dwar and Parvanghi Dwar. Shivai temple, Badami talav, Birth Place, Ambarkhana, tomb with tall minaret and Idgah are important tourist spots of the fort. Solid fortification and Fantastic View from top are added features. Nearest Railway Station is Pune. MSRCTC buses are available from Pune to Junnar. From Autorikshaws are available.

Sinhgad Fort, Pune

(30 km from Pune City, 215 km from Nashik, 155 km from Mumbai)

Initially known as Kondhana, the fort was named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's Sardar Tanaji Malusare (Sinha means lion) who sacrificed his life to conquer the fort. It is good spot for weekend and trekking. PMT buses, ST buses and autorikshaws are available.

Torna Fort, Pune

(50 km from Pune, 140 km from Mumbai, 304 km from Ratnagiri, 113 km from Satara.)

Torna is first fort acquired by Chhatrapati Shivaji to add to Maratha Empire. The fort has two temples of Goddess Tirana and Mangham, two wings- Unbar Mache and Bukhara Mache, two gates -Benicha Darwaja to enter the fort and Kokan Darwaja to go Budhala Machi. Being one of the tallest forts in Maharashtra, it is popular among trekkers for difficult trekking. Extra care should be taken during rainy season. Regular Bus service is available from Swargate (Pune). It may be avoided during monsoon as trekking becomes extremely difficult during these times.

Korigad Fort, Lonavala

(20 km from Lonavla, 196 km from Satara, 244 km from Nashik, 110 km from Mumbai, 322 km from Kolhapur.)

Located in Aamby Valley, it is easy trekking site and can go from Peth-Shahapur road or Ambavne. It offers spectacular view of surrounding hills. Nearest Railway Station is Lonavla. MSRTC buses/autorikshaws/private vehicles from Lonavla/Pune city to Shahpur are available. It is better to hire a private vehicle or a cab.

Lohgad, Lonavla, Pune

(8 km from Lonavla, 55 km from Pune, 101 km from Mumbai, 163 km from Satara, 233 km from Nashik.)

Lohgad is widespread and strong fort which has four entrances. It is also popular among trekkers for easy trek. Nearest Railway Station is Malavli with 5 km. ST buses and shared cabs are available from Malavali and Lonavla Station.

Visapur Fort, Lonavla, Pune

(8 km from Lonavla, 55 km from Pune, 101 km from Mumbai, 163 km from Satara, 233 km from Nashik)

Visapur Fort is bigger and at a higher height than its twin fort- Lohgad. Within the fort are caves, water, the ruins of the Peshwa's palace, carving of Hanuman and several temples. Nearest Railway Station is Malavli with 5 km. ST buses and shared cabs are available from Malavali and Lonavla Station.

Check, Trekking and Monsoon Spots near Pune.

Hill Station near Pune

Lavasa, Pune

(60 km from Pune, 160 km from Satara, 190 km from Mumbai)

Lavasa is private planned hill city with full of entertainment, retreat and adventure games. Lavasa makes perfect peaceful and cool weekend break from Pune as well as Mumbai. It offers wide range of recreational facilities including water sports, nature trails, amusement centres and entertainment centres etc. Lavasa Holidays Festive Fiesta is a confluence of performances, cultures, cuisines, handicrafts and a lot more from various countries, in the beautiful hill city of Lavasa. This grand festival held in the month of December with full of entertainment, arts and handicrafts.

Wildlife and Nature Trails near Pune

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pune

(60 km from Manchar, 130 km from Pune, Best Time: September to February)

The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Ambegaon Taluka of Pune and spread over 130 km of the Western Ghat. The sanctuary is home to Giant Indian squirrel and has other wildlife species like panther, sambar, barking deer, leopard, wild boar, hyena and langur. The sanctuary has rich bird life like Quaker Babbler, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Green Pigeon, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Eagles and Grey Jungle fowl. Lord Shiva Temple is also located within the forest.

Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pune

(35 km from Daund, 70 km from Pune)

Located on Solapur-Pune highway, Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is small sanctuary of grass and scrub forest. The sanctuary is famous for Chinkaras (Indian gazelle), Indian Wolf, Indian Fox and Hyena. Another attraction of sanctuary is Bhuleshwar temple which has outstanding stone architecture. One of the eight Ashtyavinayak temples located at Morgaon which is close to sanctuary.

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Agricultural Tourism near Pune

Morachi Chincholi

(65 km from Pune, 150 km from Satara, 170 km from Nashik)

Located on Morachi Chincholi is a village of tamarind trees and place of dancing peacocks all around. It is situated near Ahmednagar-Pune Highway about 55 km from Pune.

It is said that during the Peshwe period many tamarind trees were planted and these attracted peacocks. Now there are around 2500 peacocks in this region. Some of the resorts have built special viewing areas that allow viewing the peafowl from a distance.

Ø Jai Malhar Krushi Paryatan Kendra Morachi Chincholi

(Mayur Baug, Aamrai, Morachi Chincholi, Taluka Shirur, Chincholi, Maharashtra 412218, 096738 70555)

Ø Morachi Chincholi Jai Malhar Krushi Paryatan Kendra

(Pune Nagar Road, Near Shikrapur, Taluka Shirur, Pune, 412208, 7507602271, 9673949305, http://www.chincholimorachi.com)

Ø Mayur Krushi Paryatan Kendra, Chincholi Morachi

(Chincholi Morachi,Tal-Shirur Dist, Pune, Maharashtra 412218, 092262 23364)

Ø Anand Krushi Paryatan Kendra

(Dattatraya Anandrao Thopate., Chincholi Morachi, near shastabad, Tal.Shirur, Pune, Maharashtra 412218, chincholi-morachi.com)

Borakar Farm / Yatrik Agro Tourism Center

(Borkar Mala, Veer phata, Pune-Jejuri Road, Saswad, Pune, 9545020201, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , http://borkarfarms.com/, 30 km from Pune and 22 km from Hadpsar)

Borkar Farm is near Veer phata at Saswad, Pune-Jejury Road and it has Hi-tech Nursery far growing seedlings of different vegetables crops.Visitors can watch experience and enjoy our farm by taking field around. Visitor can take live experience of Hurda party, bullock ploughing, Bullock cart riding in the field.

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