Osho Ashram, also known as the Osho Communal Centre is located at the
greenery area of 17 Koregoan Park of the city. The Ashram offers a
variety of expensive courses on meditation. Osho Ashram attracts a
number of devotees each year including a large number of them from the
western countries since early 70s even though Osho expired in 1990.
Shaniwar Wada is a royal residence built by the second Peshwa,
Bajirao-I Shaniwar Wada, which is located in Pune. Construction of
Shaniwar Wada began on 10th of January 1730. It is said that Bajirao
Peshwa-I laid the foundation by collecting handful of mud from the
nearby Lal Mahal. Shaniwar Wada today is left with only with an imposing
outer wall. It is visible that the ruins can translate the glory of the
Maratha power. The doors of the palace are so strong that it had been
designed to dissuade huge enemy attacks.
Dinkar Kelkar Museum
The museum has nearly 20,000 collections of objects paintings,
handicrafts, armour-suits, musical instruments and many other objects of
art and artifacts collected from all over the world. The building has
been designed in a Rajasthani-style, but the galleries give a clear
depiction of the life and culture of the Marathas. Dinkar Kelkar spent
almost 60 years traveling and purchasing objects from the remote areas
and towns of India. Dividing into 36 sections, the collections are
confined mostly to everyday life like pots, lamps, containers,
nutcrackers, pen stands. 'Mastani Mahal' is regarded to be the
masterpiece to this museum, which was erected here in its original form.
It is near the railway line, which is just east to the railway
station. Maharashtra is a vast country and there are uncountable numbers
of tribal in this country. Having different languages, these tribes have
their own food habits, taboos, and beliefs - in short distinct cultures.
Tribal Museum exhibits the cultures of the tribal communities mainly
from the Sahyadari and Gondwana regions. It is a place where one can
find to get an insight into the lives of the tribal communities of
Gandhi National Memorial / Aga Khan Palace
Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi, Shri Mahadeobhai Desai, Dr. Sarojini
Naidu and others were kept under imprisonment in the Agakhan Palace
during 1942- Quit India movement. Shri Mahadeobhai Desai and Kasturba
Gandhi breathed their last breath in this Palace. Marble memorials of
these two great leaders are there. Agakhan Palace is known for its
architectural excellence. Spreading on a 19-acre land, the picturesque
beauty of the palace captivates the eye of every onlooker; with its
magnificent structure. Mahatma Gandhi's items like his bed, writing
desk, Kasturba's saree and other clothes; her Chappals (slippers) are
maintained properly at their place.
This is a three-storyed mansion, known for its beautiful entrance and
balcony with carved woodwork typical of the Peshwa period. The 260 ft
long and 815 ft broad Teen-Chowki Wada was built by the last Peshwa,
Bajirao II as his residence at a cost of Rs. 2 lakhs. The Wada's
eye-catching wooden facade is memorizing in its beauty, and has
beautiful columns carved in the Suru form. On October 31,1880 a surprise
fire engulfed the Wada ravaging the entire structure. Vishranbaug Wada
was restored to its somewhat original appearance by public subscriptions
and municipal contributions. For many years till 1958 it was to serve as
the offices of the Poona Corporation. Today it houses assorted offices:
a strange fate for what was once a king's abode.
Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy constructed the Bund Gardens. The Bund
gardens, which are next to the river, are just the place for evening
strolls on the lush green grass. Boating and rowing facilities are also
available over here. There is a Ganesh temple situated in the vicinity
of the park too.
Pune University's premise spreads over 400 acres of sprawling grounds
with quiet roads and small open canteens towards the city suburbs.
Mr.Woodrew laid out the university garden. Spending a pleasant quiet
evening at this garden is refreshing.