What to do and see in Pune, India: The Best Places and Tips

December 12, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

Education, the arts and music are staples of life in the culture-rich city of Pune. The Pataleshwar Cave Temple, dating to the eighth century and dedicated to the god of the underworld, is a marvel of rock-cut architecture. For a panoramic city view, climb to temple-topped Parvati Hill.
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1. National Defence Academy

NDA Rd | Khadakwasla, Pune 411023, India +91 20 2529 0333
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5 based on 205 reviews

National Defence Academy

Reviewed By rkr-ch - Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

visited this spectacular place where our future stars are prepared, saw the wonderful facilities from where we get our leaders from. we should make it a mandatory visit if we are with our children.

2. Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati

250, Budhvar Peth, Pune | Ashok Bajaj 9011042486, Pune 411002, India +91 90110 42486
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati

Reviewed By Pulkita P - Hyderabad, India

Its a beautiful temple with a huge ganesha idol. and beautiful artwork on the ceiling too. Long lines draw up to enter this place but once you enter it really is beautiful, no denying that.
While we were mesmerised by the beauty of the Lord, my husbands running shoes got picked up from outside. We didnt know there were racks available so we had just left them on the side like many others. but unfortunately.. in less than five minutes the shoes were gone. so watch your shoes or pay a buck and leave it with a shopkeeper.

3. Darshan Museum

10 Sadhu Vaswani Path | Near GPO, Pune 411001, India +91 20 2612 3847
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4.5 based on 729 reviews

Darshan Museum

FREE ENTRY TO ALL VISITORS --- Darshan is not really a 'museum' in the conventional sense of the term. Although it does what every museum does, keeps alive a memory, but at Darshan, it's done through 3D Holographics, Life-Like Statues, Realistic Sets, Hi-Def Audio, HD Video, Theatrical Lighting and much more!Darshan is the next step in story-telling. The visitor literally 'walks' into a scene and the scene 'plays out' before your eyes! Each scene is brought to life through realistic sets, and within the set are various props that help to recreate the scene before you. For the first time in the country has 3D Holographics been used in a show! Characters appear in thin air and act out scenes before your very eyes! A truly magical experience!Darshan tells the beautiful story of a Saint of Modern India, Sadhu T L Vaswani. He was a visionary, an educationist, a spiritual giant, a poet and much, much more! His life bore witness to the universal ideals of Unity, Brotherhood of all life, Compassion, Love for all, Peace. He inspired many to work for the cause of the independence of India alongside with Gandhi, he worked for women upliftment years before modern society did it, by starting a Women's Education Movement called the Mira Movement in Education. The Mira Movement in Education has now spread to many cities and thousands of young girls benefit from it. He was an animal rights activist, his birthday, 25th November, is celebrated as Animal Rights Day and crores of people pledge to abstain from food of violence on this day every year! He was a spiritual giant. He spread the Eternal Message of the Saints and Rishis amongst the common man and made the Divine accessible to everyone. Ever a believer in the Unity of All Life, He promoted no one religion but taught that all religions lead to but One Goal. The Paths are Many but the Goal is One! His spiritual poetry has been compiled into the largest compilation of Spiritual Poetry by a single author in the world! It is called the Nuri Granth and is revered by his followers as a storehouse of spiritual wisdom and knowledge.We invite you to come and experience His simplicity, His wisdom, His purity, His unique life at Darshan!

Reviewed By KseniyaMaslennikova - Vrindavan, India

Darshan museum is dedicated to Sadhu Vaswani, where you can get knowledge about him and his life. To visit museum no need to pay any fees. all darshan is going on in interacting manner, which is very spectacular And interesting, BETTER TO SEE it once...MoreDarshan shows starts in morning 10:00AM to 6:00pm. every hour show. Thursday closed.

4. ISKCON NVCC Temple

Katraj-Kondwa Bypass | beside Dastoor Boys School, Pune 411048, India +91 92255 45984
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4.5 based on 705 reviews

ISKCON NVCC Temple

Reviewed By Aryan2007 - MUMBAI

ISKCON temple at Camp in Pune is a pretty old temple but very very peaceful place. The idol of Shri Radha Krishna is beautiful and gives one inner peace of mind. There is a small garden in the premise near the temple. They also have a shop selling Krishna gift articles and stuff. There is a food court serving delicious prasadam. One can also buy books about Krishna and ancient Hindu Vedas in different languages at the temple. One should try and sit here for some time in peace and be one with the lord !!!

5. Western Ghats

Pune, India +91 88949 17116
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4.5 based on 240 reviews

Western Ghats

Reviewed By Prasanna1965 - Kuwait, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait

This is one of the best places in India to visit, especially, in monsoon season because all Mountains are lush green everywhere. It rains heavily here in monsoon season. There are several spots all over the western ghats, which are worth visiting. One can go with friends & families. It is preferred to have your own vehicle or rented vehicle so that one can have stopover at any scenic spot along the way.

6. Rajgad Fort

Velhe Taluka, Pune, India +91 90967 84978
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4.5 based on 187 reviews

Rajgad Fort

Reviewed By Vinod P - Pune, India

Rajgad is the fort which 'Shivaji Maharaj' had a lot of history related to him. Rajgad was known as the king of forts and capital of "HINDAVI SWARAJYA". Shivaji Maharaj captured the fort in between 1646 to 1647 with other fort Torna.
It takes Around 2 hrs 30 minutes from Gunjawane base village.
Shivaji Maharaj reconstructed the forts with Three machis which are called as Suvela,Sanjavani and Padmavati machi.

7. Malshej Ghats

Pune, India +91 95030 50360
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4.5 based on 463 reviews

Malshej Ghats

Reviewed By TheUntourists - Mumbai, India

A beautiful natural place, this must be preserved for eternity.

I have been coming here for over 12 years and seen Howe slowly this place is getting destroyed. The entire drive through Kalyan is ruined by many many speed breakers. There is building construction all along the road making you feel like you haven’t left your city. Only the last few km are good but that too is changing. Every year I come here, I see more trees cut down, more hills burnt, more hotels coming up.

8. Narayani Dham Temple

Narayani Nagar | Pune-Satara Road, Katraj, Pune 411046, India +91 20 2436 5151
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Narayani Dham Temple

Reviewed By JAGDISHJAGDISH - Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

NARAYANI DHAM, Lonavala
While going to Bhimashankar from Mumbai, we have been here for 1 hour for getting blessing from Goddess Narayani in the well-known temple of Lonavala- NARAYANI DHAM. The temple is newly made by Agrawal Community. Here you can stay and can take breakfast, Lunch and dinner with full of variety at a reasonable price. A big, neat and clean complex. # 1 religious place of Lonavala.

9. Sri Balaji Mandir

S.No. 116 / 11 Sus Road | Pashan, Pune 411007, India +91 20 2587 0125
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4.5 based on 817 reviews

Sri Balaji Mandir

Reviewed By Sharmila D

The temple is a peaceful haven in the city bustle. Very traditional and typically south. Warms my tamilian heart in Pune!
I specially love the night pooja with the "naadasvaram" that is played to put the Lord to sleep. Happens at 8:45 to 9 pm. Peaceful time to visit and soothing music :)

10. Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple

Ranjangaon Village | Near Shirur, Pune, India 02138-24-32-00-24-32-01
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Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple

Reviewed By twinkle906 - India

We had been to this Maha Ganapati Temple at Ranjangaon on our trip to Ashtavinayak.. This is one of the Ashtavinayak temples of Maharashtra.. The Temple complex is very much big. The temple and the surroundings are kept very clean. We went to this temple on a week day at about 4 pm. There was not much rush and we had a very nice darshan of the Lord.Ganesha. The idol is just like Siddhivinayak of Mumbai. It is said that Lord Shiva worshiped Lord Ganapati here before fighting the demon Tripurasura.
Good Car Parking facility is available here in the temple complex.

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