Museum in Pune

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

An oddball of a museum that’s one of Pune’s true delights, housing only a fraction of the 20,000-odd objects of Indian daily life painstakingly collected by Dinkar Kelkar (who died in 1990). The quirky pan-Indian co…
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Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum

‘Bizarre’ takes on a whole new meaning at this ‘new’ palace, an Indo-Saracenic behemoth designed by British architect ‘Mad’ Charles Mant for the Kolhapur kings in 1884. The madcap museum features countless trophies …
Top Choice Fort in Murud


The commanding, brooding fortress of Janjira, built on an island 500m offshore, is the most magnificent of the string of forts which line the Konkan coastline. This citadel was completed in 1571 by the Siddis, desce…
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Mahalaxmi Temple

One of Maharasthra’s most important and vibrant places of worship, the Mahalaxmi Temple is dedicated to Amba Bai (Mother Goddess). The temple’s origins date back to AD 10, but much of the present structure is from t…
Palace in Pune

Aga Khan Palace

The grand Aga Khan Palace is set in a peaceful wooded 6.5-hectare plot northeast of the centre. Built in 1892 by Sultan Aga Khan III, this graceful building was where Mahatma Gandhi and other prominent nationalist l…
Hindu Temple in Pune

Jangali Maharaj Temple

Adjacent to the Pataleshvara Cave Temple is the Jangali Maharaj Temple, dedicated to a Hindu ascetic who died here in 1818.
Gardens in Pune

Osho Teerth Gardens

The five-hectare Osho Teerth gardens are a verdant escape from urban living with giant bamboo, jogging trails, a gurgling brook and smooching couples. You don’t have to be an Osho member, they’re accessible to all.
Hindu Temple in Ganpatipule

Ganesha Temple

Houses a monolithic Ganesha (painted a lurid orange), supposedly discovered 1600 years ago.
Palace in Ganpatipule

Thibaw Palace

Around 50km south of Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri is the largest town on the southern Maharashtra coast and the main transport hub (it’s on the Konkan Railway). There’s little to see and do apart from viewing the remnants…
Cave in Karla & Bhaja Caves

Bhaja Caves

It’s a 3km jaunt from the main road, on the other side of the expressway, to the Bhaja Caves, where the setting is lusher, greener and quieter than at Karla Cave. Thought to date from around 200 BC, 10 of the 18 cav…