Pune DarshanPune Darshan is a special bus service for sightseeing in Pune. Operated by Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML), Pune Darshan facilitates hassle free guided tour experiences to the visitors. The bus service provides a day-long tour covering all the tourists’ attractions in the city. So whether you are a citizen of Pune willing to rediscover your beautiful city, or a visitor wanting to capture the essence of the city, Pune Darshan is one of the most convenient options to explore the city.
The buses for Pune Darshan starts at 8.30 am everyday from two locations, Pune Railway station bus depot and Deccan Gymkhana bus depot in Shivaji Nagar area. While one can go to any of the bus depots and purchase tickets for the tour, the best option is to book your tickets online through PMPML official website: www.pmpml.org. To get online tickets, they should be booked four days in advance of the desired date of travel. With slight variation in charges, PMPML offers both Air-Conditioned and Non Air-Conditioned bus services for Pune Darshan. While the ticket cost for an AC bus is INR 350 each, the same for a Non AC bus is INR 300. For children above the age of three years one has to pay the full ticket price.
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The buses take a more or less fixed route to explore Pune. From Pune railway station the buses take following route:
Pataleshwer Temple in PuneTo start the day-long tour a fascinating 8th century temple greets the tourists here. Dedicated to the Lord of the Jungle, the Temple in incomplete in its structure and is built with marvellous stone architecture.
Pune UniversityThe next stop for Pune Darshan is Pune University which was formerly known as the University of Poona. The sprawling campus comprising an area of 411 acres holds the distinction of being one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the country.
Chaturshringi TempleBuilt in the era of the legendary Maratha ruler Shivaji, the historic Temple is dedicated to Goddess Chaturshringi. Located on a small hillock, the Temple offers stunning view of the adjoining areas.
Ambedkar MuseumDedicated to the life of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the Museum presents a picture of his life. Many awards he received during his lifetime are displayed here. One can also see items used by him and his family.
Tilak MuseumMoving ahead Pune Darshan takes its visitors to another museum dedicated to great nationalist leader Lokmanya Tilak. Situated in the press once used by “Kesari”, the Museum displays item related to the legendary leader.
Shaniwar WadaOne of the most famous historical destinations in Pune, Shaniwar Wada was once the centre of Peshwa power. Constructed in 1730 by Bajirao, the mesmerizing palace was destroyed in a fire in 1828. Presently renovated and open for tourists, the palace symbolizes the vibrant heritage of the city.
Lal Mahal PuneAfter Shaniwar Wada, the tour takes you to Lal Mahal where legendary Maratha ruler Shivaji spent most of his early life along with his mother Jijabai and his Guru (master) Dadoji Konddev. The palace was built by Shivaji’s father Shahaji and presents beautiful pictorial representation of life incidents of Shivaji.
Dagdu Set Halwai GanapatiOne of the most famous temples in Pune, this temple is dedicated to Hindu God Lord Ganesha. Built by a Dagdu Seth who was a halwai (sweetmeat seller) by profession, the temple attracts devotees from every part of the country.
Phule WadaNamed after Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Phule Wada is one of the most visited museums of the city. The Museum not only displays different aspects of Jyotiba Phule’s life but also showcases various industrial items, handicrafts and agricultural products.
Saras BaugThe beautiful garden with sprawling lake around it creates an unforgettable experience.
Peshwa Zoo PuneA favourite among the children, Peshwa Zoo offers some interesting animal rides and boating facilities apart from being a zoo. The zoo houses and displays numerous animals and birds.
Mahalaxmi TempleNext the Pune Darshan takes you to Mahalaxmi Temple which is again a highly revered shrine in the city. Dedicated to Hindu Goddess of wealth, the Temple attracts a large number of devotees every day.
Swamy Vivekananda MuseumAnother popular museum in Pune dedicated to the great visionary and monk Sway Vivekananda.
Snake ParkA favourite among nature and snake lovers, Snake Park Pune houses more than 160 species of snakes. The most popular attraction of the place is the 6-year-old and 9-feet long King Cobra.
Shinde’s ChhatriBuilt in the loving memory of Mahadji Shinde, the grand Temple mesmerizes its visitors with stunning beauty and splendid architecture.
National War MuseumBuilt by the citizen’s group of Pune, Express Citizen’s Forum, the National War Museum was set up in the loving memory of all the soldiers who laid their lives in war front for their motherland. The Museum showcases different memorabilia of various wars in its vicinity.
Tribal MuseumTribal Museum Pune is another interesting museum that displays the vibrant cultural heritage of various tribal communities. The Museum not only displays items of their daily use but also provide clear picture of their ethnic lifestyle and social system.
Osho GardenOne of the most popular spiritual centres of the country, Osho Ashram attracts thousands of Indian as well as foreign followers.
Aga Khan Palace in PuneThe beautiful palace was built by Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan in 1892 and till date is one of the most stunning palaces of the country.
Important Points to be noted:
- If you book ticket online, make sure to confirm them after submitting the form.
- The contact number for PMPML – Pune Darshan: 020 24503200, 020 20260065. The office timings are: 8.00 am to 11.30 am, 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
- One can file complaints regarding the tour to the PMPML official website: www.pmpml.org.
- The timings of the tour are generally 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.