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Our Sunday Travel column covering exciting destinations and adventure trips is now a hot favourite with our readers; today we bring you options within Pune that you may not have had occasion to visit…
Tribal Cultural Museum
The culturally rich state of Maharashtra is bestowed with several people from different tribes and cultures. The Tribal Museum located in Pune is one such place that exhibits the cultural diversity of different tribes. It showcases various artefacts including clothing, jewellery, photos, handmade crafts, masks, replicas, combs, pottery, equipment and more reflecting the lifestyles of various tribes, some that still exist and some that are vanishing with time and urbanisation
Timings: Monday to Friday- 10am to 5:45pm
Address: 28, Queen’s Garden, Near Old Circuit House, Bund Garden Road, Pune.
Ohel David Synagogue
Open since the year 1867 and believed to one of the largest Synagogues in India, it is locally know as Lal Deval, referring to the external colour of the monument. Albeit this being a place of worship for the Jewish community, the synagogue has many visitors coming from different cities, religion and communities. The place is seen best, guided and an impromptu visit to this place is not encouraged. However, one can book a time slot with the synagogue to do so.
Timings: Open everyday from 6am to 6pm
Address: Moledina Road /Synagogue Street, near M. G. and Ambedkar Road, Pune Camp.
Although the city has innumerable temples spread across, Ramdara remains the least explored. Located at the other side of the city, a ride up hill through curvy and lush green roads will lead you here. The Ramdara temple is located at the centre of a huge pond covered with tall trees and stone paved trails. The idols of Lord Rama, Shiva, Laxman and Sita majestically sit in the temple, attracting the nearby villagers. One can also spot various groups of students, halting at the temple while trekking up the hill.
Timings: Open everyday from 6am
Address: Loni Kalbhor Village, towards Solapur/MIT College Via Hadapsar, Pune.
Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden
Inspired by the 300-year-old Okayama’s Kōraku-en Garden, this is one of the largest gardens located on Sinhagad Road. This Japanese garden has been named after Pu La Deshpande, a well-known Marathi writer from Maharashtra and is popular for movie shoots. With a wide stretch of open area, it is perfect for everyone seeking a good walk amidst the tranquillity of this garden.
Photography is strictly prohibited at this location,
Timings: 6am to 10:30am and 4pm to 8pm
Address: Sinhagad Road, Dattawadi, Pune.
This spot located near Khadakwasla dam’s lake gets its name because of the many peacocks that gather here. Owned by National Defence Academy, the place is skilfully maintained with facilities for seamanship training, including sailing boats, speed boats, water skis, whalers, windsurfers and cutters. The bay also encourages various water sports making it a niche destination for adventure sports enthusiasts. A few species of animals like the deer, Lion-tailed monkeys and Civet cats can also be spotted here.
Timing: Best time to visit –Morning or before sunset
Address: National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune.
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