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Pune is a part of the Deccan Plateau and is an important town of Maharashtra renowned for its rich culture and heritage. It has a picturesque location and remains unparalleled in terms of industrialization in the entire state famous for some of the most popular brands of automobile products. There are many things to watch in Pune and a major portion of them comprises of the museums and temples. The city has earned name and fame in the tourism industry of Maharashtra and is also an important gateway to the important places of Maharashtra such as Shirdi, Nasik, Lonavala, Khandala and Mahabaleshwar. Some of the major tourist attractions in Pune that should not be missed out at any cost are:

Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum: It is one of the most important museums of the city and is housed in a Rajasthani building located on the Bajirao Road. It houses a wide range of fascinating Indian arts and crafts apart from a large number of other interesting artifacts. The museum is divided into 36 sections that include carved palace and temple doors, exquisite pottery works, traditional Indian lamps and paintings belonging to 17th century.

Tribal Museum: This museum houses interesting artifacts that were excavated from the Sahyadri and Gondhwa regions of Maharashtra. The archaeologists will surely find this museum an amazing one.

Shaniwar Waada: This impressive palace was constructed by the Peshwas in the year 1736. The imposing brass studded gates and lotus pools are the only major attractions left in this palace as it was destroyed by a huge fire in the year 1827. This palace is counted among the major tourist attractions in Pune and it is now recognized as symbol of Pune culture. Don�t miss out the 'Light & Sound Show' which is held here every evening.

Aga Khan Palace: This palace is an important highlight of this town and flaunts beautiful arches, gracious building having salons, suites and spacious lawns. The palace holds a lot of historical importance since during the 1942 Quit India Movement, Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi were placed under house arrest by the British in this building. You must not miss this palace when you travel to Pune.

Parvati Hill temples: It is a splendid temple built by Balaji Baji Rao and occupies a significant place for the pilgrim tourists. You have to climb 108 steep and narrow steps in order to reach the hill top temple. Formerly it was the private shrine of the Peshwas. It also houses Parvati museum featuring portraits of Peshwas, ancient manuscripts and coins. From the top of the temple you can get the awe-inspiring views of the town.

Bund Garden: This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pune and is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Udhayan. It is located on the right bank of the Mula-Mutha Rivers and was built by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy to provide the poor with water during hot months of the summers. The adventure enthusiasts can indulge here in boat rides and horse rides.

 
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