Pune is an amazing city in Maharashtra that is surrounded by many mesmerizing attractions such as temples, heritage sites, forts, lakes, and a lot more things making it a perfect weekend gateway option. The global pandemic has made us sit back at home when going through the old travel pictures is the only way left, however, we can still go nearby places and explore our own cities all over again. If you’re living in the city, it’s the time to rediscover the familiar spots that were long-lost and for people coming from other cities, Pune will never disappoint you.

1. Shaniwar Wada Palace

Shaniwar Wada Palace is considered as one of the most popular tourist places in Pune and also an eminent historical landmark. The majestic fortification offers major buildings like Thora Rayancha Diwankhana, Juna Arsa Mahal known as the Old Mirror Hall, and lots of stunning buildings inside the fort. The beauty of this former residence of Peshwas is the big attraction in Pune which you shouldn’t miss.

A couple of hours of travel outside the city will lead you to the cloud clad lush green hills of Mahabaleshwar and Lonavala which is sure to take your breath away. Trekking enthusiasts love Pune for its forts like the ones at Sinhgad, Shivneri, Rajgad, Pratapgad, Lohagad, etc. Tulsibaug, Juna Bazaar, FC road, MG road and Fashion street in Pune are a must visit for the shopaholics; all the better with a little bargaining skills.

2. Dagdusheth Halwai Temple

This is a famous Ganesha temple in Pune which is a major attraction point for all travelers, however, even though the temple is open every day between 6 am to 11 pm, you should visit this place during the annual celebration named Ganeshotsav which is the main festival of the Lord. The entire temple is designed so beautifully that not only devotees will find it fascinating, but others too.

3. Vetal Tekdi

Vetal Tekdi is another famous spot in Pune, where you can see the entire city standing on the top of the Vetal hill. The scenic beauty of this place is mesmerizing and the trekking experience across Vetal hill before dawn to witness the sunrise should be there in your list of the top places to visit near Pune. You’ll get to see the plantation of many exotic species, deforestation, urban development, and a few other activities here which also offers an oasis of serenity.

4. Lal Mahal

Lal Mahal, also known as Red Palace is a tourist place in Pune which was established in 1630 AD by Shivaji Maharaj’s father Shahaji Bhosale for his wife and son. The historic significance is definitely the main reason to visit the Lal Mahal where the architectural features will comfort your heritage soul.

5. Pashan Lake

This is an artificial lake, built during the British era, located near the suburbs of Pashan Hills at a distance of 12 km from Pune. Pashan Lake is famous for sightseeing where you can visit with your family and enjoy the picturesque view of the surrounding which is also home for migratory birds during winter.

6. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

A charming place where you will find the touch of the medieval history of India that possesses the unusual collection of Dr. Dinkar G Kelkar who made this in memory of his son, Raja. The museum has several sculptures from the 14th century, musical instruments, war weapons, also gorgeous ivory, silver, and gold items that will captivate you. The unique collection of rare things are the reason why people visit this place.

7. Parvati Hill

This place is a pure delight for nature lovers where you'll find the ultimate serenity in the lap of nature. Parvati Hill is located on the top of the lush green hill which was built in the time of Peshwas. Also known as the best sunset point in Pune and has Peshwa Museum at a close proximity.

8. Shinde Chhatri

Shinde Chhatri is one of the well-known places to visit in Pune which was built as a memorial to the 18th century leader Mahadji Shinde. The architectural designs are the main reason for people to find this attractive which has a touch of Anglo style and beautiful carvings made of yellow stone.

9. Rajmachi

This remote village near Pune is hidden within the Sahyadri ranges which is mainly a favorite place for hikers and adventure lovers. During monsoon, the lush greenery, waterfalls, and small streams make it a spectacular landscape that deserves to get your attention.

10. Aga Khan Palace

Another amazing landmark and one of the popular places to visit in Pune, Aga Khan Palace has engraved the historic elements of India. The place has a lot of stories to offer that you’ll get to see and learn once you visit here.

11. Katraj Snake Park

This is a must-visit in Pune, where you will find rare species of snakes, and a brown Palm Civet & a King Cobra are its main attractions. Located around 7 km from the city center, this place is a fun place to visit with your family. Visiting time is between 10:30 am - 6:00 pm and the entry fee is INR 3.

12. Shivneri Fort

Being one of the most attractive tourist places in Pune, the place is known for the birth of Maratha King Chattrapati Shivaji and was built to protect Shivaji that has seven huge doors and strong walls. You’ll get to see the stunning view of the nearby landscape from the top of the fort. The historical significance associated with Shivaji and the architecture are the attractions for the tourists.

13. Lohagarh Fort

Pune has lots of heritage sites, and Lohagarh Fort is definitely one of the famous ones. The beauty and architecture of this place is blended with the deep culture of the city, making it one of the best places to visit in Pune.

14. Sinhagarh Fort

Sinhagad Fort is constructed on the top of a cliff on the Bhuleshwar range of the Sahyadris and about 25 km away from Pune. The glorious history of this fort is related to Mohammad bin Tughlaq, and how Shivaji took charge of it later in 1647, all these stories are so fascinating that it attracts the travelers more.

National War Museum The museum holds the memories of all the efforts and contributions of war martyrs and became immensely popular among foreigners who are interested to know about Indian history and hence it indeed is one of the best places to visit in Pune. You’ll also get to see a replica of INS Trishul here which was used in the Pakistan War of 1971 and Portuguese-Indian War.

15. Pataleshwar Cave Temple

This famous place was built in the 8th century and is a major attraction in the city. This temple has been carved from a single piece of basalt rock which gives its shape a unique touch. The architecture of the temple is another temptation to visit the place which also includes a Nandi bull, massive pillars, and an amazing idol of Lord Shiva.