Pune Attractions

Parvati Hill & Temple :

Situated at a height of 2100 feet above sea level, Parvati is one of the most scenic locations in Pune. Temples on Parvati hill are the oldest heritage structures in Pune and reminiscent of the Peshwa dynasty. Located at the highest point in Pune, it offers a beautiful panoramic aerial view of the city. A climb of around 100 steps is well worth the visit. A number of citizens visit this place daily as a part of their daily exercise. The peace and tranquil amidst a busy city, is enjoyed by the young and old alike.

Agakhan Palace :

It was built in 1892 by Sultan Mahommed Shah, Aga Khan III, as an act of charity to provide employment for people hit by famine in the neighboring regions. It was donated to India in 1969 by Prince Karim El Husseni, Aga Khan IV.
The Aga Khan Palace is closely related to Gandhi's life and his contribution to India's freedom struggle. Gandhi's wife, Kastürba and his long time aide Mahadev Desai breathed their last in this house. Charles Correa built their samadhis (memorials) in the outlying grounds. Gandhi's ashes are also interred at this location. Today, this mansion is also known as the Kastürba Gandhi Memorial or, Kastürba Samadhi. 

Lal Mahal :

Assuming administrative responsibility in 1644, Shahaji had Lal Mahal built in Pune, which then became the residence of Shivaji and his mother Jijabai.
In 1660, the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb sent Shaista Khan, his maternal uncle with a large army to defeat Shivaji in the Deccan. Within three years in 1663, Shaista Khan, seized Pune and the nearby fort of Chakan. He made his residence in Lal Mahal ,which was once Shivaji’s home. Lal Mahal stands witness to Shivaji's brave surprise attack in which he severed three of Shaista Khan's fingers as he scampered in an attempted to flee. Shaista Khan lost his son, many of his guards, and soldiers in the raid.

Parks & Zoos :

Pune has a number of public gardens, such as the Kamala Nehru Park, Sambhaji Park, Shahu Udyan, Peshwe Park, SarasBaug and Bund Garden. The city has a zoological park which was earlier at Peshwe Park and has now been relocated at Katraj and known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park at the site of the erstwhile Snake Park which now forms part of it. Pune has got the replica of unique Japanese garden of Okoyama in Japan. It is named after Pune's beloved and versatile author P. L. Deshpande (also known as PuLa) as Pu La Deshpande Udyan.

Savitribai Phule Pune University :

Savitribai Phule Pune University is one of India's premier universities. Mahatma Phule and his wife Savitribai Phule started the first school for girls in India. As a tribute to Savitribai’s life and work, the University of Pune was renamed as SavitribaiPhule Pune University in 2014. It was established on February 10, 1949. It is spread over a comprehensive 400 acre (1.6 km²) campus and is home to 46 academic departments. It is also known as the 'Oxford of the East'. In 1949, there were only 18 colleges affiliated to the university, with an enrollment of over 8000 students. Thereafter, the number of colleges increased, and in 2004, the university had 46 graduate departments, 269 affiliated colleges and 118 recognized research institutions, with an enrollment of 170,000 students for both the undergraduate and graduate courses in different faculties.

Shaniwar Wada :

Bajirao laid the foundation of his original residence with a handful of earth from the nearby Lal Mahal on a Saturday, 10 January 1730. The opening ceremony was also on an auspicious Saturday, the 22nd of January 1732. Hence the name bears Shaniwar which means Saturday in Marathi. The principal gate facing the north is named the DilliDarwaja (Delhi Gate). This gatehouse had giant doors, large enough to admit elephants outfitted with howdahs (seating canopies).It is documented that at least a thousand people resided in the Wada in 1758 AD. It was witness to an endless bustle of visiting sardars, military leaders, kings and ambassadors of numerous inland and foreign powers.

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