Pune city is located in western India in Maharashtra State. Pune is situated
at the confluence of the Mutha and Mula rivers surrounded by hills. There
are several 17th- and 18th-century palaces and temples in Pune. It has caught
up with modernity and is noted for several institutions of higher learning.
Pune has a respectable place in the history that Raja Shivaji,
the might Maratha King who defied the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb was brought
up in Pune. It continued to be the centre of Maratha Empire activities under
the Peshwas. Pune was centre to social reformer, revolutionaries, scientists,
educationists and political leaders like Lokmanya Gangadhar Tilak during
freedom struggle of India.
Today, Pune is an important commercial and educational centre with distinctive
features and characteristics of its own including the omnipresent 3 wheeler
auto-rickshaws and cyclists and a daily siesta hour which is taken very
Despite nurturing the old and traditional values, Pune is growing fast into
a modern industrial town.
Places of Interest
Bhuleshwar( A Temple of Pandav Era )
Just about 50 Kms. from Pune. Bhuleshwar is a nice and cool place to visit.
Bhuleshwar is famous for the temple of Lord Shiva. The temple situated on
a hill, was built during the era of Pandavas. Originally , it was a fort
called as 'Mangalgadh'. The temple was built in 13th century. Here beautiful
carvings dominate the walls from the beginning enhancing it's stone structure.
Bhuleshwar has historical significance as it is the place where Devi Parvati
danced for Lord Shiva and after they went to Kailas and get married. Thus
this place is very important both historically and mythologically.
Malshej Ghat( Kulu - Manali of Maharashtra )
Apart from Lonavala -Khandala, Matheran and Mahabaleshwar this is one of
the developing hill station in Maharashtra. Malshej Ghat is situated on
the borders of Pune , Thane and Ahmednagar districts. A very popular place
as it is close to both Pune and Mumbai. Malshej Ghat is vital place in Sahyadri
hills and really very attractive when it is under dark clouds and heavy
fog. Heavy fog and amazing waterfalls are the spatiality of Malshej Ghat
especially in monsoon.Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation ( M.T.D.C.
) has its rest house in Malshej. It is situated in hill station's platue
between HarishchandraGad and the other hill ranges. A nice view of valleys
is one of the major attraction here. One of the beauties here are many waterfalls
in the hilly regions. Various waterfalls from small up to the huge ones
are really worth to see.Malshej Ghat is for also famous for dark woods and
the animals inside.
Khadakwasla / Panshet ( 'Chowpati' and 'Boating' near Pune )
If one asks about the 'Chowpati' in Pune, the Puneits will go for Khadakwasla.
Khadakwasla Panshet and Varasgaon are the three major dams near Pune which
provides water to entire Pune city. Khadakwasla dam was constructed in pre-independence
period. The dam is big one and many people enjoy their Sunday and holiday
evenings here. The amazing view of Sinhagad and Peacock Bay is again a major
attraction of Khadakwasla. Village Khadakwasla is just 12 kms away from
Pune to the way to Sinhagad. It has a military importance as National Defense
Academy (NDA) here is very famous in Indian Military History.
The Film and Television Institute of India
A premier training institute that imparts training in virtually all branches
of film making. The legendary Prabhat Studios building still stands within
the campus. Several well known and reputed film makers, actors, editors
and cinematographers have studied at this famous institute.
The Fire temple
A Fire temple or Agiary is of the place of worship of the Zoroastrian inhabitants.
The temple is built by Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy in 1844, the Fire Temple
in Pune is situated along the Dastur Meher Road, which was once known as
Agiary Street. The temple has the Atesh Adaran Saheb ( the Holy Fire and
Sacred Holy Book) enthroned in it. According to the rites and ceremonies
prescribed by the true Mazatayasni religion and assembled by the Anjooman
or Parsee community, on the 9th November 1844 of the Christian era, the
Holy Fire was lit in this place, and the flame has never been extinguished