The city of Pune lies between 18 degrees 32 minutes North; 73 degrees 51 minutes East. It has an altitude of 559 metres above mean sea level and has a very pleasant climate. The Temperatures range from 15 degrees C to 35 degrees C. The best time to visit is October-March. The Winter Period is between Mid Nov to mid Feb charecterised by Dry, cold nights, pleasantly warm days. The Spring falls in between Mid-Feb to end-March having Warm days and pleasant nights.
AGA KHAN'S PALACE
Pune is at the confluence of the Mutha and Mula river,surrounded by hills and lies in the natuaral settings having pleasant climate. Pune is a significant milestone in the history of India. For many years Pune was the pulse of the Maratha land and has given India some of its most memorable personalities. Raja Shivaji, the Maratha king who defied the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb was brought up in Pune. The city also served as the Head quarters of the mighty Maratha Empire under the Peshwas. After the fall of Maratha Power, Pune became an educational centre. Many social reforms were initiated in Pune.Pune
The City of Pune spans over 138 square kilometres with around 40 per cent of area under greenery. The Population here is around 4 million and the official language is Marathi. Marathi and Hindi are the two main languages spoken. English is widely spoken and understood. Gujarati, and other Indian languages are also used by the largely cosmopolitan population.
Places to see in Pune
This palace was build by Bajiroa 1st in the 18th century. It was a 13 storey building . It used to be the head quarter of the Peshwas and it symbolizes Pune 's culture. Currently renovated & there are plans to have a lights & music show. The main part is left is nagarkhana which gives good inside view. This is an expansive palace with its impressive fountains and gardens. The palace was the seat of Peshwa power and later was destroyed by a fire in 1828. All that remains are the walls that fortified this palace, with their sturdy doors, studded with spikes for added protection. Nearby is a street where the Peshwas unleashed elephants to trample dissidents to death.
AGA KHAN'S PALACE :
This is a famous landmark in Pune city. Agakhan Palace is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, Karturba Gandhi and Mahadeobhai Desai were imprisoned during the "Quit India Movement" in 1942. Marble memorials were put later on in the memory of Kasturba and Mahadeobahi, both of them breathed their last in this place.
LAL MAHAL :
In Pune, Dadaji built a palace 'Lal Mahal', for Shivaji and his mother Jijabai. At the age of sixteen (1643 A.D.) Formerly Synagogue, Now it is newly Re- constructed by Pune Muncipal Corporation .It is a red brick structure standing very prominently in the heart of the city. There is a statue of "Jijamata " ( Shree Shivaji's Mother ) and there is garden also for small kids to spend their evenings.This place is just next to Shaniwarwada .
KELKAR'S MUESUEMKELKAR'S MUESUEM :
One man show is the way to describe this museum. It is a collection of Mughal antiques which include paintings, instruments, lamps & different types of nut crackers. The Mastani Mahal which was made over here after dislodging it from its original place takes the cake.
SCINDIA'S CHATRI :
The building built in the memory of Mahadji Scindia who was great Maratha noble man. It is about 4kms away from Pune camp.