Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pune, the Queen of Deccan

Pune (State: Maharashtra) is known as the "Queen of Deccan" as it is situated 560 meters above the sea level on Deccan Plateau. The beautiful City known for its pleasant weather is surrounded by hill forts. One such fort is Sinhagad, a hilltop fort.

This ancient city is around since 937 AD. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire, lived here as a young boy, city grew into a place of importance during his reign. It was once the capital of Maratha Empire.

The important tourist attractions in the city are:

Above is the view of Aga Khan Palace.

The interesting places near by are:


We shall discover these places in more detail in subsequent posts.

71 comments:

Rama Mohan A said...

Great!! Whenever I go to Mumbai, I travel through Pune. But never visited the places. Thanks for sharing this photos.

Babli said...

I have not been to Pune but travelled through your post. Very beautiful place. Aga Khan Palace looks marvellous. Nice shot.
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pietrzyk said...

Very interesting post and photos.Greetings Andrzej.

ladyfi said...

That last shot looks so peaceful!

joo said...

Fascinating places!

magda said...

Welcome to my blog and many thanks for so nice words!!!
Your photos are beautiful and inderestings!!!
Many greetings of Greece
Magda

Spiderdama said...

Looks like a wonderful place. And I think you have a great view from that top.
Wish you a happy weekend:-)

Liz said...

Beautiful shots. The structures are amazing.

Gorgeous sky!

Liz @ A Simple Life

Pearl Maple said...

Thanks for taking us on tour with Sky Watch Friday, so many interesting places to see in your part of the world

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures of lovely skies and such beautiful temples! Always love the history that you include, Rajesh! Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Photo Cache said...

i like the last image a lot.

My sky is here

George said...

The Aga Khan palace is very impressive. I look forward to seeing more of the scenes from this beautiful place.

Carver said...

That's a beautiful place and you photographed it so well.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Rajesh that is a beautiful city. Your collage is magical -- I kept looking and looking at it. The weather looks perfect there as well. Thank you, as always, for taking us along on your wonderful journey.

Al said...

That looks amazing - I can't wait to see more.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful place and beautifully captured as always, Rajesh! I do look forward to seeing more of your photos! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Clytie said...

A truly beautiful and magical place. So old and peaceful looking!

kavita said...

Never been to Pune .In my list from now on.Nice collage.

Martha Z said...

A beautiful palace nicely reflected in the fountain.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

So many important sights in a single town.

Team G Square said...

Lovely photos , i'm yet to visit this place .

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful reflections at the Aga Khan palace, Rajesh. Your travels take you to some wonderful places.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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ladyfi said...

Lovely and serene!

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! It looks lovely... And if you say that the weather is pleasant, there is another reason to put it in my list... ;)

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'Tsuki said...

Nice place !

NatureFootstep said...

nice reflection in the still water.

eden said...

Simply gorgeous. Love it.

Eden said...

What a beautiful place! Great shots.

Have a lovely weekend.

Jeevan said...

Interesting detail about the city. Looking forward to know more on it. Great capture rajesh!

J Bar said...

Fantastic.
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Dianne said...

I love the palace
and the collage is so pretty

Jacob said...

You have to wonder about the engineering and effort that went into the hilltop fort so many years ago without modern machinery. Quite amazing, always!

Gary said...

Another great tour Rajesh. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Karen said...

A grand palace reflected beautifully in the stillness of the fountain.

Ebie said...

Beautiful palace! Your mosaic showed us how beautiful is the City.

sush said...

Fantastic. We had a free pune tour. My and my husband read your blog together so curiously that my daughter too wanted to join.
Thanks for such wonderful posts.
Will keep in touch.

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

The palace is so beautifully situated :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful contrast with the modern tower in the first shot, Rajesh. Beautiful sky!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

nonizamboni said...

A lovely jewel! And such a rich history. Your photos made it come alive. Thanks for sharing!

Pooch Purple Reign said...

gorgeous photos! another beautiful spot
~laura

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You make me want to come to your country to ogle the architecture!

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RNSANE said...

Everything you post thrills me - as does your wonderful country and its culture, traditions, and the wonderful people of India. I always wait anxiously for more.

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Francisca said...

I'd like to visit Pune one day.

Tammie Lee said...

ponds are such a wonderful addition to any building.

ladyfi said...

My comment seems to have disappeared... So lovely and tranquil!

Leovi said...

Excellent post with beautiful pictures and interesting information.

Genie said...

Loved see the Aga Khan....please show us more of it from different angles. The hilltop city is amazing, and to think it is still standing. Your pictures are fabulous and so filled with interesting history which is so new to folk like myself.

shopannies said...

what beautiful pictures and love the shadows as well

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

Shadows at my page, have a blessed Sunday!

Zuzana said...

As always, you make India feel so endlessly appealing with your beuatiful and enticing photography.;)
xoxo

James said...

Amazing place and cool reflection!

Anna said...

... and here comes telecommunication tower. amazing how they can build those. Anna :)

Vintagesouthernlife said...

A beautiful place. I love the fountain shot!

Pie said...

Beautiful structures.

My Blue Monday.

Joyful said...

Lovely photos.

Seema Guliani said...

Nice photos !
Pune's main must-try thing : An ice cream from Naturals in Balewadi, Pune.
:P

Judy said...

how fascinating to read the history of such a beautiful location. Judyx

Deguide said...

some of the main spots in Pune i missed during my multi official visits. thanks for the recap Rajesh

innergybeauty said...

What a lovely and beautiful country. Your entry is very imformative.I Wanna visit your place one day..

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Wow, way cool! I would love to see these all up close, and appreciate you sharing them with us.

Happy Blue Monday,

Kathy M.

LV said...

Always so entertaining visiting your blog. You share so much history and stories about your part of the world I never knew.

Lynns Lovelies said...

Oh Beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing~
Happy Blue Monday!

Rajesh said...

Thank you. I am glad you all liked this place. We shall explore it more soon.

Pietro said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful views of this great place!

Rizalenio said...

Awesome!!!

V Rakesh said...

Having spent about 2 years in Pune, I have come to love that place very much and have had some of the finest moments of life spent there!

Saru Singhal said...

It's a beautiful place but with your post, know we know which places to visit:)

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for the appreciation.

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Excellent entry. Beautiful shots.

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Rohit Singh Jain said...

Classy.