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Pune travel guide

Published: 11/06/2012

Pune is known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra, India. Situated in the Deccan Plateau at the confluence of the Mula and Mutha rivers. Historical records have found the existence even in 9th century. The place was known as Punawaadi. As a seat of political power during the Maratha reign, the city rose into prominence and continued to be so even after it was annexed to British India. Pune served as the cantonment town and ‘Monsoon Capital’ of the Bombay presidency during the Raj days.

Being a Maratha stronghold, the place is filled with Hindu temples and forts that have predominantly Hindu look and architecture. Constant invasions and temporary occupations has also given some muslim monuments like the mosques. The British brought with them churches and its typical architecture. Lal Mahal, Sinhagadha, Rajgadh, Pataleswar temple, Kasbapeth, Karla and Bhaja Caves are some popular tourist attractions. As the cultural capital, Pune is known for various cultural activities like classical Music, spirituality, theatre, sports and literature. A number of parks and museams are there in Pune. Some of them are Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Mahatma Phule Museum, the college of Military Engineering archive and many more parks like the Saras Baug, Empress Garden, Taljai Hills and many others are popular haunts for nature lovers.

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Top Tourist Attractions in Pune

Sinhagada

Sinhagada is located at a distance of 25Km. from Pune on a steep hill of the Shahyadris. Once known as Kondhana, the Sinhagad fort lies in ruins. This is the site where Shivaji’s General Tanaji malaswar died a martyr while fighting a fierce battle. Sinhagad is perfect for week end getaways for the locals in Pune and popular tourist attraction of historical importance.

Rajgadh

The Rajgadh fort is considered as one of the favourite forts of Chatrapati Shivaji. About 85Kms. From Pune, a visit to Rajgadh fort gives a glimpse of Shivaji’s strategy in war tactics. Zig Zag narrow paths, deceptive double walled armour, massive gates, treacherous approaches and many more features of the fort give a picture of the constant threat faced by Shivaji by the Mughals and the Deccan Sultanate. There is also the Padmavati temple on the top of the hill. A great tourist attraction of not only historical importance but also a weekend getaway too.

Kasba Ganapati Temple

This temple houses the presiding deity of Pune, the Kasba Ganapati. This temple was built by the Royal queen Jijabai Bhonsle. This temple is located in Kashbapeth.
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