Pune is a city steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a perfect destination for students and families looking for a fun and educational way to spend their free time. On this page, you will find a comprehensive list of the historical landmarks, natural beauty spots, museums, and other places of interest that Pune has to offer.
At Walnut School, we believe in nurturing well-rounded individuals who are not only academically strong but also possess a deep understanding and appreciation for the world around them. That’s why we wholeheartedly encourage our students and parents to explore the diverse range of historical landmarks, natural beauty spots, museums, and other places of interest that Pune has to offer. These excursions provide a unique opportunity for our students to delve into the city’s rich history and culture, fostering a sense of pride and connection to their roots.
We hope that this resource will inspire you to explore Pune and its surroundings, and discover the rich and diverse history and culture that make this city such a unique and special place.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum: This museum houses the collection of a single man – Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar. The three-storeyed building has sculptures, ornaments and various artefacts dating back to the 14th century. This is one walk down history lane that your children will definitely enjoy!
Aga Khan Palace: Built in the year 1892, this is one of the biggest landmarks in Indian history. It is famous for having provided shelter to Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, Kasturba Gandhi. They were imprisoned here from the year 1942 to the year 1944.
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park: The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological park commonly known as the Rajiv Gandhi zoo or Katraj zoo is a popular tourist destination that appeals to both children and adults. It comprises three main sections : a snake park, a zoo and a lake. It also has a wildlife research center, which serves as an animal orphanage, rescue center and care center. You can explore all these parts and watch the animals being cared for in a protective environment. The park is home to a variety of interesting animals, including tigers, leopards, black bucks, and elephants. You will also find different species of snakes and other reptiles in the snake park.
It also has a small library, where you can find more information about snakes. The zoo organizes various animal welfare activities, environmental awareness events and guided tours too. And it is a must-visit place for nature lovers, experience seekers, and wildlife enthusiasts.
National War Museum: This is a war memorial located in the Pune Cantonment area as a tribute to the post-independence war martyrs. This is the only war memorial in South Asia, erected by citizens’ contributions. A visit here will definitely help to sensitize children towards the sacrifices people have made for the sake of our country.
Pune University: Recently named as the Savitribai Phule Pune University, this institution is a living example of why Pune is termed as the ‘Oxford of the East’. It was originally built in 1864 as the governor’s mansion, but today is one of India’s premier universities. A campus spreading over 1.66 sq.km, the university houses 46 academic departments. The grandiose architecture and landscaping acts as a crowd-puller, especially on Sunday evenings.
Pataleshwar cave temples : Did you know that Pune city has a mysterious cave which is hidden in plain sight? Pataleshwar caves are one of the oldest structures existing in the city. The Pataleshwar Cave Temple is a rock-cut temple that dates back to the 8th century AD and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is carved out of a single basalt rock and you can find fine craftsmanship and delicate carving on all of these structures.
Parvati Hill : With a history dating back to almost 250 years, Parvati Hill is famous for its temples and museums, in addition to being one of the oldest structures in Pune. Visitors have to climb 108 steps leading to the top of the hill where the temple is situated. The Peshwa museum besides the temple houses the weaponry, coins, utensils, wooden furniture, palanquin and gifts acquired from the times of the Peshwas. The top of Parvati hill also offers a panoramic view of Pune.