Pune, a beautiful city surrounded by mountains crowning the serene locations on the outskirts of the city, is well known for its historical forts and famous hill stations in India. This attracts trek lovers and people who love visiting picturesque locations for photography, and exploring natural beauty in leisure time.
Out here, the climate is very pleasant in most of the times. Pune also, referred as Deccan Odyssey, and popular for its rich culture. Exploring various places during the monsoon season is the perfect holiday activity for many nature lovers. The city surrounding is being covered in green, the magical aroma, and the awesome climate makes a best combination for you to set out on an expedition to get around Pune.
Here are some of the prime locations you SHOULD NOT miss, while you step out to discover best locations:
Sinhagad Fort: A historical fort located around 4300 ft above sea level on the Sahyadri hills, which was originally named as Kondana. Located 30 Km southwest from the city of Pune, the fort has been the site of many important arenas, and Battle of Sinhagad in 1670 is one of them. Natural protection given by its steep slopes, the walls and bastions were constructed at only key places, and the fort has two gates namely, the “Kalyan Darwaza” in the south-east, while the other one is “Pune Darwaza” in the north-east.
Rajgad Fort: Rajgad means “Royal Fort” is one of the must visit places in Pune. The fort stands at a height of 1318m above the sea level. Formerly known as Murumdev, the fort was the capital of Maratha Empire during the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The diameter of the fort at the base is 40 km, making it difficult for anybody to lay siege to it.
Aga Khan Palace: A beautiful piece of architecture that was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in Pune. Built in 1892, it is one of the biggest landmarks in Indian history. The palace was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighboring areas of Pune, who were drastically hit by famine. A majestic building, the Aga Khan Palace, is one of the greatest marvels of India. It was also, declared as a national monument in the year 2003.
Katraj Snake Park: Also known as Rajeev Gandhi Zoological Park, this park has a large collection of snakes, reptiles, birds, turtles and few other wild animals. Over 22 species of snakes, and 10 species of reptiles comprising more than 150 individuals, the park is one of the best places, especially for snake lovers. Make sure to visit the giant 13-foot-long king cobra, it’s a different experience all together.