Termed as the Oxford of the East, Pune is known for its location, weather, food and developing IT industry. There are many things to do in Pune that will take you a step closer to the Maharashtrian culture. Located amidst Sahyadris, Pune has so much to offer that it’ll get difficult for you to decide what to see and what not to see. In addition to historical monuments and cultural attractions, the city has many places for recreations as well. This exhaustive list of major things to do in Pune will keep you well informed with the activities to do and attractions to visit in Pune.
Relive some historical moments by visiting the grand Shaniwar Wada or Aga Khan Palace. Visit and meditate at the famous Osho Ashram. Soak in some divinity by visiting temples like Dagdusheth Temple, Bhimashankar Temple and Sri Balaji Temple. Trek all the way to the Sinhgad, Rajgad and Vetal Hill. Other major attractions in Pune include Chatushrungi Temple, Khadakwasla Dam and Mulshi Dam to name a few.
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Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Archaeological Si...
Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Given Pune’s rich Peshwai history, one cannot miss Shaniwar Wada while contemplating a list of things to do in Pune. A 17th century creation, this heritage monument stands tall in the center of Pune throwing light on its rich history. A huge fire struck this fortification in the 18th century, destroying most of its interior structures. However, what remains has been very well restored for the tourists. There are guided tours available here, along with a very minimalistic entrance fee. The mastermind architecture of those times, that has amazingly accommodated war weapons will leave you astounded.
One of the five most worshipped Ganapti’s of Pune, Dagdusheth holds an unmovable place in the hearts of Punekars. An idol with eyes that almost look real, it is believed that this one fulfils all wishes. With a very central location, in one of the oldest areas of Pune, the Dagdusheth Ganesh Mandir can be clubbed with another important attraction of Pune, Shaniwar wada. During the Ganpati festival, several devotees from across the nation come to pray here. The last day procession of this idol is especially looked forward to given its unmatchable Puneri extravagance.
Pune is Maharashtra’s cultural capital, so it is no capital that the city is full of heritage attractions. The Sinhagadh Fort is one massive fortress located in the rural district of Pune. Standing as a testimony to several battles fought atop it, the fort bestows you with a feeling of power and supremacy. The fort beguiles you with some mighty sweeping panoramas of the adjoining area and in the monsoon season, authentic Marathi food can be enjoyed at the summit. This is also one of the best things to do in Pune with kids, especially during holidays.
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Temple, Garden, Landmark, Family And Kids, Street Food
2170 Sadashiv Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030
06:00 am - 09:00 pm
Pune sure has a lot of temples and gardens, the Saras Baug is one attraction that has both in one place! Placed in luscious lawns, and encircled by a water fountain, is a beautiful Ganpati temple that is one of the most celebrated temples in Pune. This has got to be on your list of things to do in Pune, given its serene characteristics and some super scrumptious street food right outside it. If you happen to be around the day of padwa in Diwali, a visit here for its event of “Diwali pahaat” is a must!
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Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Bhimashankar temple, Khed, District Pune, Maharashtra 410509
04:30 am - 09:30 pm
One of the twelve major Jyotir linga sites in India, Bhimashankar Mandir is an ancient shrine in the Sahyadri Mountains. It is also the origin place of river Bhima that flows southeast and merges with River Krishna.
The journey to this absolutely blissful temple is full of adventures, surprises and unexpected treasures.
A legend of Lord Shiva slaying the tyrant Bhima is narrated by the locals. It is said that Lord Shiva made this place his abode after it at the request of the sages who resided in this area.
Bhimashankara temple has been built in the Nagara style of architecture. Mention of this temple in literature dates back to the 13th century. The current temple is believed to be developed in the 18th century. Chhatrapati Shivaji and later Nana Phadvanis renovated this temple and added wings to it.
Detailed Buddhist style of carvings found in these mountains makes your trip even fascinating. Bhimashankar has gained tremendous importance in the last few years and is a significant wild life belt in Maharashtra.
A blend of natural beauty and spiritual calmness, Bhimashankar is a traveller’s paradise. The place is terrifyingly beautiful and a favourite of compulsive trekkers.
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Entertainment, Street Market, Shopping Center, Family And Kids
Laxmi Rd, Narayan Peth, Pune, India
Laxmi Street might just be the busiest road in Pune. Laxmi road is named after the hindu goddess of wealth and it fits it very well. From traditional small shop owners to huge international brands, this area has an array options open for a shopper.
Countless narrow streets of the traditional maharashtrian area of Sadashiv Peth crisscross across the dazzling Laxmi road. It starts from the Alka talkies, runs through these old peths and ends in the cantonment board area.
Almost the entire road is covered with shops and eateries on both the sides. It also holds a lot of publishing houses. The mesmerising must visit traditional brands like P.N. Gadgil jewellers, Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale, Waman Hari Pethe also find a home here.
Laxmi road is a major attraction during Diwali and Ganeshostav. As the road of shopkeepers, Laxmi Puja is one of main festivals on it. Shops are decorated with garlands and crackers lighten up the sky. All the Ganesh idols are carried to the rivers through this road on Anant Chaturdashi.
The entire road is blocked and people from all over the city gather to witness the huge procession. Traditional Dhol bands, who have prepared for many months before for this day, pour all their heart out in the festivities.
Dancing with these bands on the loud, rhythmic beats of the Dhols is a heavenly experience. The locals will not call you a Punekar until you experience this huge Ganapati procession.
Handcrafted gift items, silk saris, traditional jewellery of the maharashtrian style is the main tourist attractions in Pune. Clothes, jewellery, cosmetics, utensils, accessories and what not, this road is the right place for shopaholics.
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Museum, Palace, Family And Kids, Architecture , Heritage Building
Pune Nagar Road, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411014
09:00 am - 05:30 pm
Placed in the then suburbs of Pune, the Aga Khan Palace is one of the most attractions of Pune given its significant association with Mahatma Gandhi. Essentially a creation by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III, this palace was built to shelter the feminine-hit villagers of Pune’s suburbs. Its association with Mhaatma Gandhi comes with the fact that this is where he was on house arrest along with his wife. Thus, it also holds a good amount of importance given its being as a crucial monument during the independence period.
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Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
10, Sadhu Vaswani Path | Near GPO, Pune 411001, India
11:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Darshan museum is a biographical museum that is dedicated to the Life and teaching of Sadhu Vaswani, the modern Sindhi spiritual leader. A visit to this museum can be a transforming experience in many ways.
The museum is built on the first floor of the Sadhu Vaswani mission building. It covers a huge area of 10000 sq. ft and hordes of visitors are charmed by this place daily. It is designed to engage people in a modernistic, rich in multimedia way with a number of interactive exhibits.
Audio visual films, mannequins, holographic screens make the experience very rich and emotive. Followers of this spiritual philosophy will guide you through the 8 sections of this place.
The Darshan museum is one of the important centres of the spiritual culture in the city. It will leave you spellbound and many people have called it a life changing experience. Whether you have a spiritual side or no, it surely is a place worth investing 90 minutes of your time in Pune.
Sri Balaji Mandir, also known as Sri Venteshwara temple is a temple based on the outskirts of Pune. It is a magnificent replica of the famous Tirupati Balaji Mandir in Thirumala.
Add the nearby Purandar fort and Baneshwar to your plan and you will have a wonderful one day visit figured out.
The temple was constructed by V.H. Group for a whooping amount of 27 crore Indian rupees. Once you take off your footwear and wash your legs, a red carpet will take you to the main temple.
Inside this expensive captivating building, there are idols of Lord Venkateshwara as well as different Hindu deities. Paintings that depict the life of the Lord liven u the buildings.
The surroundings of the temple are very beautiful and beautify your experience with the energetic atmosphere. The temple is not very crowded most of the times and is devoid of pestering beggars.
The Sri Balaji Mandir will take you on a holy journey similar to the Venkateshwara temple in Thirumala, well, except for the huge travelling distance. The well maintained temple is recommended for a divine relaxing evening.
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Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
New Vedic Cultural Center, Survey No 50, Katraj-Kondwa Bypass Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411048
04:30 am - 09:00 pm
ISKON New Vedic cultural centre is a temple situated in the suburbs of Pune near Kondhwa. It provides a picturesque view of the greenery around with enticing interiors. Murals depicting the life of Hindu god Krishna embellish the surroundings.
This ISKON centre which was earlier started in Camp has a larger spacious area here in Kondhwa. It was inaugurated by President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in February 2013.
Sri Sri Radha Vrindavana chandra, Sri Sri Gaur Nitai & Jagannath, Baldev & Subhadra are three main deities that are worshipped in the temple. An idol of Sri Prabhupada, the founder of the ISKCON movement is also placed at the entrance.
Soothing Kirtans, devotional songs that portray the Krishna consciousness spiritual fill the temple with a calm energy. Many devotees of the Lord play various instruments in the temple area, filled with enormous joy.
Any visitor can take part and dance in the central hall, steps matching to the beats of ‘Hare Ram, Hare Ram, Hare Krishna, Hare Ram’.
Sumptuous Prasadam, beautiful well maintained premises and friendly monks who are ready to answer any of your queries make this temple an unforgettable experience. You can also take part in the workshops held by the ISKON for people of various ages and professions.
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Art And Culture, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
1377-78, NatuBaug, Off. Bajirao Road, ShukrawarPeth, Pune - 411 002, Maharashtra, India
10:00 am - 05:30 pm
Home to some brilliant collections dating back to the 14th century, the Raja Dinkar Museum is in the memory of Dinkar Kelkar’s only son Raja. What you get to see here is a huge array of weapons, some exquisite fine jewelry, musical instruments and a lot more. Statistically, the 20,000 objects accommodated here are a collection over a whopping forty years, after which the museum was handed to the Government by Dinkar Kelkar, for preservation. However, visitors get the opportunity to view only 2,500 of them. Indeed, a must on every list of things to do in Pune.
Perched in the hills of what are also called as Chatturshringi hills, this temple holds a lot of significance given the belief in its idol. Fulfilling all your wishes, the Chatturshringi Maata showers her blessings on you from atop a steep hill. There is a Ganesh mandir too at the bottom of this hill. The temple hills draw fitness enthusiasts form adjoining area, given its 103 steps. During the festival of Navratri, the temple transforms into one fiesta with devotees visiting not just from the city but form pan-India. A spirit of togetherness as you climb the summit can be experienced.
One of the biggest gardens of Pune, the Pu La Deshpande or the Okayama Friendship Garden is an ode to two things. One, Pune’s most celebrated writer Pu La Deshpande and its inspiration from the 300-year-old Okayama's KÃÃ…raku-en Garden. Given its super beautiful structure, several regional and Bollywood movies have been shot here. A very well-maintained the garden, this gem is built encompassing a tranquil waterbody. Here you can spot some beautiful colored fish. One of the best things to do in Pune, the Pu La Deshpande / Okayama Friendship Garden is a local favorite.
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Religious Site, Temple, View Point, Leisure, Family And Kids, Hill
Parvati Hill, Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra 411009
04:30 am - 09:00 pm
A favorite spot of local fitness enthusiasts, the Parvati Hill is flocked to get some blood rushing in the mornings and evenings! Again, a creation of the Peshwa dynasty this attraction offers an unparalleled view of the city. A hike to the mountain rewards you with a blissful temple of Devdeveshwara along four others. The water tank atop the hill supplies water to half of the city. One of the oldest attractions of Pune, this one is a must on any list of things to do in Pune. Its height also owes to the fact that is the second highest point in Pune.
Go on a memorable drive to the Mulshi Dam which is a lovely place to visit with great views. The place is best visited during the time of the monsoon when it would be overflowing with water. Enjoy dining at the spacious Indo-Iranian restaurant of Shisha Jazz Café with its Iranian decor, spend time with your loved one at the home-like ambiance of the Frangipani - Ambrosia Resort and Spa and ask for the special candle-light dinner along with a cake if you are there on an auspicious day.
Escape to the refreshing places of Lavasa and Lonavla which are some of the top Pune attractions for couples. With plenty of activities and places to seek, they will keep you occupied. Dine under the stars at the roof-top restaurant of Atmosphere 6 while you enjoy the enchanting views of the completely lit city, take a stroll across the ever-blooming Empress Garden, and relax at truly liberating Osho Garden that offers peace and tranquility.
For things to do in Pune today for couples, you can go a hiking trip to the Sinhagad Fort.
Things to do in Pune for kids
Treat your kids by taking them to the Della Adventure Park that is full with activities like paintball, aqua zorbing, swoop swing, ATV rides, rocket ejector, archery, flying fox, and dirt bike. Book for a farm visit at the Green Tokri farm and visit the place as a family. With a knowledgeable tour guide on offer, kids will get to learn a lot of things regarding farming and you can also pack the fresh produce on to your bags which are directly from the farm.
Head to India's only miniature museum of Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway that will help you get closer to the Railway industry. Build out of passion, Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway is
Kamla Nehru Park is a one-stop destination for modern-day train lovers. Go on a fun visit to the Adlabs Imagica which is expansive in nature with three different parks - water park, snow park, and theme park. Adlabs is one of the popular outing places in Pune for families.
If your kids are aged between 6 months to 12 years, then the ideal place to take them to would be Funky Monkeys Play Center Pune. From climbing to sliding to crawling to jumping to running, Funky Monkeys Play Center is a super fun place for kids. They also have a cafe to hangout and a gift shop to get Merchandise from.
Spend time in exploring the one-in-a-kind of atmosphere of the Gram Sanskruti Udyan Village Park which is an exciting place for the kids as well as the adults. For an adventurous time, go on a visit to the Wet n Joy water Park.
Things to eat in Pune
For things to eat in Pune there are several options that you should try out so that you can get the authentic essence of the city. Among a huge list, here are some of the major things to eat in Pune - Keema Pav and Bun Maska at Goodluck Café, Bhel at Kalyan Bhel, Double Cheese Omelette and Bun Maska at Vohuman Cafe, gorge on the best Vada pav in Pune at the JJ Garden Vada Pav, pack Shrewsbury Biscuits and Mawa Cakes from Kayani Bakery, Misal Pav at Bedekar Missal, try out the varied kind of dosas at Vaishali, taste the local burst of flavor at the Sujata Mastani, and for things to do in Pune at night, a visit to High Spirits & Cafe toons is highly recommended. If you find time do try visiting the local breweries.
Things to do in Pune this weekend
There are so many things to do in Pune India over the weekend and it would really be very hard to explore them all. But there are of the best things that you shouldn't skip out in Pune this weekend. Go on a visit to one of the largest dairy producers of ABC Cheese farm to get your hands on the locally made fresh dairy products that will make your life better, try out camping in Kolad, and go on a trekking expedition to Lohagad and Sinhagad Fort.
If you are looking for things to do in Pune alone, then you should definitely check out Osho Commune International which offers a transcending experience revitalizing the body and the soul. Have an incredible time at the Della Adventure Park which is a great spot for the adventure junkies, for the history lovers a visit to the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is much recommended. With wonderful collections on place, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum gives a glimpse in to the journey of Pune.
Catch a live music show at Bluefrog, enjoy the taste of the desserts at the German Bakery, go on a family picnic to the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, explore the Aga Khan Palace, understand the rich history of Shaniwar Wada, and seek the blessings of the divine at the Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple.