Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra, is a seamless blend of the old and the new. The city was once a very important centre of the Maratha Empire and is full of historical attractions by way of forts and temples. Besides, the destination has several educational institutes, which has earned it the epithet, “Oxford of the East”. Check out some of the top attractions in Pune.

 

Osho Commune International

This centre offers various activities such as sports, creative art and of course meditation. In fact, certain famous meditation techniques are practiced here. These include Nadabrahma, Nataraj and Gourishankar to name a few. Unsurprisingly, the Osho Commune International is a favoured spot among the ones seeking a spiritual holiday in India. Visitors from across the globe come here for short visits as well as several months.

 

Shivneri Fort

Shivneri Fort, the birthplace of the great Maratha ruler “Shivaji”, is one of the most historically important sites in Pune. Shivaji spent his early days here and also took military lessons. Visit this place with a tour guide for an interesting and memorable experience.

 

Shaniwar Wada

This is yet another historical site, which will charm you no end. The ruins here once served as the palace of the “Peshwas” (Prime Ministers of the Maratha Empire). While most of the grand structures ran to ruins long time back, the place still gives you an insight into the architectural brilliance of the era. Make sure that you don’t miss the sound and light show held in the palace grounds.

 

Lonavala

Lonavala is a gorgeous hill-station at a distance of 64 kilometres from Pune. The breathtaking views of the valleys and hills punctuated by tiny villages make it an endearing place. Lonavala is also famous for lip-smacking local Marathi dishes. The best time to visit this place is during monsoons, when the greenery is in its full glory.

 

Omkareshwar Temple

Omkareshwar Temple, one of the most renowned temples of Pune, is a classic example of the richness of the art and architecture of its time. Offering prayers here has as a calming effect on the mind, while the spectacular architecture of the temple is a treat to the eye.

 

Katraj Snake Park

Katraj Snake Park attracts a large number of tourists. This place is home to a variety of snakes, birds, reptiles and turtles. You will come across as many as 160 species of snakes here. For interesting information on snakes, head to the exhibitions held in the library of the Katraj Snake Park.

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