Empress Garden in Pune

With 39 acres of sprawling grass, Empress Garden Pune has been rightly claimed to be “Jewel of Pune”.  It has been a home to various rare species of flowers and trees. This landscaped Garden provides abundant area for kids, senior citizens and lovebirds to enjoy their time in the lap of nature.

Flower show, which is held annually, is one of the major attractions of Empress Garden in Pune. Various programs are conducted at Empress Garden to create awareness for the conservation of nature.

Empress Garden in Pune – A Brief History

Empress Garden Pune

Initially, Sardar Vithalrao Purandhare was the owner of the land where the garden is located. During that time General Finjer looked after the maintenance of the Garden. In 1838, the government took over the ownership of the Garden. Later, in 1845, the government handed the possession of the Garden to Sir Charles Napier. During 1845, the garden was known as "Garden of Dr. Don". Later, it was named as Empress Garden by British in the honour of Queen Victoria. During British rule Empress Garden Pune was also known as “Soldiers Garden” as it was often visited by soldiers.

Today the Garden is a major tourist attraction of the city where people come to enjoy the nature which is impossible to find in today’s mundane city life.


Empress Garden is located near Race Course in Pune. The vast garden shares its location with Wanavadi, the camp area in Pune. Public Transport is easily accessible to reach Empress Garden Pune. PMPL buses as well as auto-rickshaws can be taken to reach the Garden. It takes only 15 minutes to reach Empress Garden from Pune Junction as well as Swargate Bus Terminus.

Empress Garden Pune Address

Near Race-Course
Pune- 411 001
Phone no.: 020 26361840
Fax: 020 26331193
Email: [email protected]
Entry Timings: All days; 9.30 am to 6.30 pm
Entry Fee: Rs 5 per person

Buds and Bloom – The Flower Exhibition in Empress Garden Pune

Empress Garden Pune Flowers

The flower exhibition “Buds and Bloom” is held on an annual basis inside the precincts of Empress Garden. The flower show has become a hit not only with the locals but also among the visitors in Pune. Apart from the exhibition, workshops, puppet shows, demonstrations, street plays and video and audio presentations are held in Empress Garden Pune to create awareness for conservation of environment.

Facilities at Empress Garden Pune

  • Senior citizens can spend quality time at Nana Nani Park, located within Empress Garden in Pune. The Nana Nani Park in Pune also has a special track for people who use wheel chairs. The elderly can also enjoy games like carom, chess and cards at the Park. There is also a library at Nani Nani Park Pune.
  • More than 50 swings and rides have been provided in Empress Garden for the recreation of kids to play freely in the lush green landscape.
  • A small canteen can also be found at Empress Garden Pune.
  • Horse Ride at the entrance of the Garden is one of the major attractions especially for kids.

Frequently visited by Punekars, Empress Garden is the charm of the city.
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