The Aga Khan's Palace -
Gandhi Smriti Mandir - This beautiful building with salons and suites,
is a great historical landmark. It was here that Mahatma Gandhi and other
leaders of the Indian National Congress were imprisoned during the 1942
Quit India Movement. Here lies the samadhi of Kasturba Gandhi, the
Bund Gardens -
Presently known as Mahatma
Gandhi Udyan, these gardens are situated on the banks of Mula-Mutha River.
The bund was constructed by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy for providing
water to the poor.
National Defense Academy -
Khadakvasla, 17 kms. from Pune, the Academy imparts basic training to the
cadets of all three branches of the services, Army, Air Force and Navy.
Parvati Hill and Temples - The Parvati
Temple was the erstwhile private shrine of the Peshwa rulers. Now it is
a popular tourist spot, with the Parvati and Devdeveshwar temples standing
atop a hill and also the Parvati Museum which houses replicas of ancient
paintings, old manuscripts, weapons and coins.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum -
building showcases a one-man collection of some of the most fascinating
Indian artifacts one can ever get to see. Among 36 sections full of antiques,
carved palace doors, miniatures, the 'Mastani Mahal' is particularly famous.
Mastani was the mistress of ‘Peshwa Bajirao’, the Prime Minister of Satara.
This impressive collection was donated to the Govt of Maharashtra by Shri
Dinkar Kelkar and is only displayed by rotation
Shaniwarwada - Built in 1736, this was
once the palace of the Peshwa rulers. After the palace was mysteriously
destroyed by fire in 1827, only an old fortified wall, the majestically
built 'Nagarkhana' and a lotus pool park remain.
Pataleshwar Cave Temple - Ensconced deep
in the heart of the city, at Shivajinagar, is a 8th century rock-cut temple.
Reminiscent of Ellora, the temple has been painstakingly hewn from a single
rock and houses massive pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull.
Saras Baug - With pleasant lawns and the
famous Ganesh temple built by Madhavrao Peshwa, Saras Baug is a popular
evening spot at Pune.
Shinde's Chhatri - Among the best architectural
sights in Pune, this memorial of the great Maratha warrior, Mahadaji Shinde,
houses his Chhattri (umbrella) and his portrait in silver.
Lal Deval (Synagogue) - A red brick and
trap stone building of English-Gothic style, the Lal Deval was built by
the famous David Sassoon in 1867.
Pashan lake - 12 kms. north of NDA, this
beautiful lake is a home to a variety of migratory and residential birds.
The Film and Television Institute of India
- A premier institute, FTII imparts training in all major branches of film
training in all major branches of film making and is known to have produced
some of the finest film professionals of the country.
- The site of the
Pune University, the stately mansion at Ganeshkhind, was the official residence
of the Governor of Mumbai during the monsoon season. A large building in
Italian-Gothic style built with the local grey trap rock, it is surrounded
by a high square tower (30 metres high), a swimming pool and well kept
Yoga Institute - The ‘Ramamani Iyengar
Memorial Yoga Institute’ directed by Mr B K S Iyengar is an internationally
reputed Yoga institution. Courses for short and long durations are conducted
here, depending on individual requirements and the availability of time.