Best Places to Visit in and near Pune With Friends
There are so many places to visit in and around Pune, and sometimes it can get confusing. Do you feel like going clubbing, visiting a museum or going on a quiet picnic? Or something completely different. Like shopping, eating out, or going to an adventure park, maybe? Well, we have got you covered. Since we at Stanza Living know that young people like you prefer variety, we have given exactly that to you in this list. Just like we provide a range of services and events in our residences – unlimited wifi (for when you want to binge-watch all episodes of FRIENDS), game nights (for when you’re in the mood to challenge your roomie to a duel), focus zones and workshops (when you’re feeling super productive) and so on.
And with over 50k people trusting us, it’s not a surprise that we understand your needs too. Well, we at least try. That is why we have put together this list of the best places to visit in Pune, from sightseeing to adventure to chilling. All in one place. So that you won’t miss the sunset because of the time you wasted, opening multiple tabs on your browser.
Best Places to Visit in and Around Pune
These are the places to visit near Pune:
- Shaniwar Wada, Shaniwar Peth
- Aga Khan Palace, Samrat Ashok Road
- Bund Garden, Sangamvadi
- Pashan Lake, Sangamvadi
- Vetal Tekdi, Pashan
- National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla
- Darshan Museum, Agarkar Nagar
- Osho Ashram, Koregaon Park
- Panshet Water Park, Khadakwasla Dam
- Swig, Koregaon Park
- Area 51, Baner
- Della Adventure Park, Kunegaon
- Adlabs Imagica, Khopoli
- Seven Wonders Dream Park, Parvati Paytha
- Absolute Scuba, Sangamvadi
- Hong Kong Lane, Deccan Gymkhana
- Appu Ghar Amusement Park, Pimpri-Chinchwad
- Parvati Hill, Parvati Paytha
- National War Museum, Ghorpadi
- Koregaon Park
- Khadakwasla Dam
- Pawana Lake, Maval Taluka
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Shaniwar Wada, Shaniwar Peth
Built by Peshwa Baji Rao I, Shaniwar Wada is one of the most primary tourist attractions of Pune. Visit this place of Bajirao-Mastani’s love and take a walk among the gardens with your date. You might have seen glimpses of it in the movie Bajirao Mastani.
Aga Khan Palace, Samrat Ashok Road
The Aga Khan Palace is considered an important historical landmark. It served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and many other freedom fighters during Independence. It now has a museum showcasing the lives of Gandhi and his family during their time here. And showrooms selling his favourite textile, Khadi.
Bund Garden, Sangamvadi
This is one of those places to visit in Pune for couples that you simply shouldn’t miss. If you ask us, it’s a perfect date spot. Picnic in the garden, boating in the lake, watching migratory birds – you can do all of it here. And if you and your date are the athlete kind, definitely try out their horse riding and go for a jog early in the morning.
Pashan Lake, Sangamvadi
If you love bird-watching, this is the best place to visit in Pune. Some of the exotic birds you will spot here are – white-breasted kingfisher, grey heron, open billed stork. Although it’s a man-made lake, these migratory birds love to flock here. Probably one of the only places where man-made meets nature.
Vetal Tekdi, Pashan
Vetal Tekdi is the highest point in Pune. And a favourite hangout point for joggers, bird watchers, photographers, and couples. It’s also known as the “lung of Pune”. This is ironic since your lungs will definitely hate you if you jog up the hill. But the view from the top is more than enough to make up for it.
National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla
NDA is the only academy in the world that provides training together to all three forces – Army, Navy, and Air Force. The academy is only open on Sundays for civilians and that too for educational purposes only. You’d need to visit in a group and apply for it in advance. Oh, and no t-shirt and jeans allowed here. Only complete formals.
Darshan Museum, Agarkar Nagar
This museum offers you a unique show using audio-visual shows with 3D Holographics, life-size statues, and other cool stuff. You should definitely pay a darshan here, but just remember they’re closed on Thursdays.
Osho Ashram, Koregaon Park
If you’re a zen person and want some much-needed me-time away from the city life, definitely visit this place. It’s actually a resort, with the world’s largest meditation hall. Along with a spa, jacuzzi, gym, and tennis court. Both Indians and foreigners love this place. Osho comes from the word “ocean”, and this place will give you the calm vibes of one.
Panshet Water Park, Khadakwasla Dam
Damson on both sides, mountains in the background, and a water park right in between. That’s what this place to visit near Pune within 50 km is about. The water park has so many rides that by the end of the day, you’ll just want to sip some juice and watch the sunset. But only after you’ve done some kayaking, speed boating, and windsurfing.
Swig, Koregaon Park
With live music, continental food, and theme-based nights, Swig is one of the best places to visit in and around Pune with your friends. The club also invites painters, sculptors, dancers and other artists so it could also be a night of networking for you. You must definitely visit swig to get some swag on.
Area 51, Baner
If you’re running out of places to visit near Pune, this nightclub is what you need. Located on a hillock in Baner and built like a spaceship, Area 51 is one of the best nightclubs in Pune. This place will make you want to hit the dance floor all night. Even if you have two left feet.
Lonavala is one of the top places to visit near Pune within 100 km. Especially for a short staycation. Hills, waterfalls, scenic viewpoints – this place has it all. In fact, it’s so picturesque that you must have already seen this place in many Bollywood movies, including Welcome.
Della Adventure Park, Kunegaon
Another place to visit near Pune within 100 km with your buddies is this adventure park in Khandala. They have over 70 activities for you, and not just the regular ones you see at other adventure parks. You can challenge your friends to off-road biking, zorbing, shooting, archery, and paintballing, among other things. And if you lose, there are still 65+ things to try.
Adlabs Imagica, Khopoli
Imagica is a 130-acre theme park and is one of the most popular places to visit near Pune. It is so huge that the park is divided into five areas – Theme Park, Water Park, Snow Park, Gaming Zone, and Hotel. The management there will even help you arrange transportation from Pune or special discount packages for corporate outings. So the next time HR talks about a work outing, definitely pitch this place to them.
Seven Wonders Dream, Park Parvati Paytha
Pose in front of the Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty, and the Eiffel Tower, all while being in Pune. Okay, they’re not the real thing, but the cheat code versions of the seven wonders this park has will work as well. Especially if the wanderlust bug has bitten you but you’re too broke to travel.
Absolute Scuba, Sangamvadi
Scuba diving in Pune? Sounds strange, but it’s possible. Absolute Scuba has scuba diving services for both newbies and pros. You can also opt for their one-day snorkeling course, at just 750 bucks. Who says you needed to go to Andaman to go scuba diving?
Hong Kong Lane, Deccan Gymkhana
From accessories to clothes to food, you’ll find everything here at Hong Kong Lane. That too, at ridiculously cheap prices. All you need to do is come here with your friends, a shopping bag and of course, your best bargaining skills.
Appu Ghar Amusement Park, Pimpri-Chinchwad
Appu Ghar is a popular name, especially among the kids. But that does not mean it does not have any rides for adults. While your kids or younger siblings ride on the Appu Express or Helicopter, make sure you check out Columbus, Roller Coaster, and My Fair lady. And when you’re exhausted from the day, just order yourself a nice lunch at the restaurant inside the park, instead of going home and cooking a meal.
Mahabaleshwar, especially Wilson Point is known for its amazing sunrise view and picnic spots. If you’re into trekking, taking photographs, or just admire nature, definitely give this place a try. As a reward, you’ll find numerous vendors selling fresh strawberries on the top.
Alibaug is a place you should definitely consider if you’re looking for places to visit in Pune for couples. It has a beach, some great resorts, and hotels and is the perfect place to click some #beachvibe photos for your feed. Now we know why it’s the favourite destination of all social media influencers.
Parvati Hill, Parvati Paytha
There are two types of people who visit Parvati Hill. Devotees who wish to visit the Parvati Temple on top, and trekkers and friend groups who love chilling amidst nature. Whichever group you’re in, you’ll love the view of Pune from 2100 feet above. Stay all day and watch the sunset, or stay up all night to catch the beautiful sunrise, you won’t regret it.
National War Museum, Ghorpadi
This museum is dedicated to the martyrs of our freedom struggle. Among all the weapons from various wars in Indian history displayed here, the most famous is the Mig 23 BN, which was used in the Kargil War. If you’re a history buff or interested in politics, this museum will be perfect for a solo date.
It’s conveniently located from most places. It houses so many cute cafes. And it also has some really nice shopping outlets. No wonder most Punekars agree that Koregaon Park is the best place to visit in Pune.
If you get confused choosing between all the places to visit near Pune within 50 km, we recommend making a breezy one-hour drive from the city to this beautiful dam. It’s become one of the most popular picnic spots in the whole of Maharashtra. With the sun setting in the background, the sound of water nearby, and surrounded by greenery, you’ll see no reason why it shouldn’t be.
Pawana Lake, Maval Taluka
Pawana Lake is a lesser-known gem when compared to other places to visit near Pune. Although located just 20 km from Lonavala, many do not know about this place that looks no less than a painting. Especially perfect for campers, since the lake is also surrounded by some tall hills. You and your special someone, camping out under the stars – what else do you need?
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FAQs on Places to Visit in Pune
Where can I go for a One-day or Weekend Trip near Pune?
You’re spoilt for choice because there are so many places to visit near Pune within 100 km. Some of them are:
- Lavasa – India’s first planned city
- Lonavla and Khandala
Is there any beach in Pune?
While there’s no beach in Pune itself, there are a few less than 200 km away from the city. The most famous among them is Alibaug at about 2 hrs 40 minutes from Pune.
Where can I go alone in Pune?
Pune has many wonderful places where you can take yourself out on a solo date:
- Meditation at Osho Ashram
- Chill with books at Pagdandi- Books Chai Cafe
- Visit Wai- a beautiful hill station near Pune
What Attracts Tourists to Pune?
Pune has a lot of tourist attractions, the most famous being-
- Aga Khan Palace
- Shaniwar Wada
- Sinhagad Fort
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