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Pune: the Queen of Deccan


Bangalore (now called Bengaluru) has witnessed the unprecedented migration for its high-tech industrial growth. This megacity is rich in Dravidian architecture and serene parks and is known as the ‘Garden City of India’. The Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore is one of the busiest airports as it connects the Deccan to the other parts of the country. Tourists can commute from Bangalore to the land of Marathas (Pune) by multiple Bangalore to Pune flights flying daily.

Pune, also known as Poona, withstood several Maratha wars and served as the base of Maratha Empire. The sprawling city experiences a wonderful climate and was made to be the capital of Bombay Presidency. Pune is globalised now and the city exhibits an amalgamated culture of capitalism and spiritualism. This city in Maharashtra is an ideal weekend destination for tourists. The famous places for tourist attractions are elucidated below.

‘Shaniwarwada’, the seat of Maratha Empire was lost to the British after the third Anglo-British war. It served as an important centre for Indian Politics when the Maratha Empire rose again. This historical site got partly damaged due to an accidental fire in 1828. The remnants are restored now for tourism purposes.

‘Sinhagad’, the 2000-year-old fortress witnessed the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670. Strategically located amidst other forts, Sinhagad has two gateways in the south-east and north-east end. It is perched on the cliff of Sahyadri Mountains with extremely steep slopes which provides natural protection. The tourists need to trek from the base of the fort to reach the top for approximately 2.6 kilometres. On reaching the top, they gain an elevation of 600 metres. They can see the temple of Kali, military stable and a brewery. Various training activities by the National Defence Academy are also carried out here.

The ‘Aga Khan’ palace is a major tourist attraction and an important landmark in the history of India. This palace was initially built as a palace of charity to help the victims of famine. Later on, Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned here along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi, secretary and Sarojini Naidu. During the British rule, Kasturba Gandhi and Secretary Mahadev Desai died here. The palace archives pictures of Gandhi and other famous leaders from the freedom movement. Spaciously built with Italian arches and halls, this palace is a significant monument as certified by Archaeological Survey of India.

‘Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple’, a famous Hindu temple is a religious tourist site. ‘Ganapati Mahotsav’ is one of the most celebrated occasions of Maharashtra. During these 10 days Mahotsav, the celebrities and the chief minister pay their homage in this temple. The main idol of ‘Ganesh’ is worth 10 million rupees. This temple is extremely sacred and thousands of pilgrims visit here every year.

‘Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park’ is another tourist site of 130 acres where both children and adults can enjoy. Located adjacent to the 42 acres Katraj Lake, it is divided into three areas. It has an animal orphanage, a zoo and a snake park. The 13 feet Cobra, the male Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger and Python are all sheltered in this zoo. The zoo also houses a pair of Asiatic lions, Indian rock python and the Indian star tortoise.

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