Picnic Spots, Resorts & Misc Places (around Pune)

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One Day Picnic Spots around Pune -

Gardens & Amusement Parks - 

P.L. Deshpande Garden -

This is situated on Sinhgad Road just besides the Water Works Plant. It is open from morning 6 - 10 AM and 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Ticket is Rs. 5 for adult and enough parking space is available.


Katraj Zoo (Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park) -

Katraj Zoo & Snake Park is located near the Katraj Lake at the junction of NH 4 Bypass and Old Pune-Satara Road. It is right infront of Katraj Dairy or Katraj Bus Depot. Earlier, it was known as only the "Snake Park". Later, animals from the erstwhile Peshve Park were brought into this place and zoo was created.

It is home to pair of while tigers, Bengal tigers, leopards, bison, deers, snakes, crocs etc. Decent enough to amuse the kids.

Park is open from 10:30 AM till 6:00 PM and closed on Wednesdays. There is boating facility at the Katraj lake and MTDC restaurant inside the zoo. Battery operated cars were brought in to ferry the people inside park. Not sure if they are still operational. Ample parking is available outside the main gate.



Gram Sanskriti Udyan @ Someshwarwadi Pashan


Bhosari Sahal Kendra (Picnic Garden)

Huge garden with sitout / picnic areas, play equipment for the Kids, Balodyan, Replica of a Fort, Lake with an island and Dhyan Mandir, Boating, Water bodies (were not functioning when we visited), jogging track, amphitheater etc. Biggest attraction was a decent 10 min long Toy train ride  (for all ages) through the park with real ‘chug chug’ sound! 

Park remains open from 12 – 8 PM everyday and train ride operates between 12-2 PM and 4 – 8 PM. While this park is quite old, garden is not in its best shape due to maintenance issues but if more people frequent the park, it would force the PCMC to take some corrective measures (e.g. Train ride was not functioning for several years. It started back again only last year with the new coaches and engine. You can still see the old rakes lying around).

Entry ticket is Rs. 10, Train Ride – Rs. 10 and Motor Boat ride is Rs. 20 pp.

How to Reach :
Whether you are coming from Pune or PCMC areas like Aundh-Wakad, Take the newly built Two-Story JRD Tata Flyover and join NH50 Pune Nasik Highway -> Travel straight till you reach Bhosari -> Exit before the start of Bhosari Flyover and drive parallel to the Flyover -> after some time, you will see “Ankushrao Landge Natyagruha” on your left -> Take adjacent lane to this theatre and you will reach the Sahal Kendra. Parking is available. 


Shivshrushti @ Landewadi, Bhosari

More than 20 fiberglass Mural depicting the stories from the life of Shivaji Maharaj are depicted here (right from his birth on Shivneri fort to the Shivrajyabhishek). This is situated at the junction and illuminated at the night. So it can be visited any time. No restriction, no entry fee. There is a grand replica of Fort Entrance created at the junction having canons, soldiers etc. It is also illuminated in the night and there is a fountain as well. There is also a Tulaja Bhavani temple behind this gate.

How to Reach :
Take the newly built Two-Story JRD Tata Flyover on Old Pune-Mumbai Highway and join Nashik Highway -> Travel straight for a while and make left towards Landewadi before the start of Bhosari Flyover. alternately, perpendicular road below Bhosari flyover will also take you to the Landewadi chowk.

Durgadevi Hills & Appughar, Nigdi (PCMC)

“Durgadevi Tekadi” in Nigadi which is good for picnic outing with your family. However, this is open only between 11 – 5:30 PM. It has a temple, 2 KM pathway across the hill with landscaped gardens, picnic areas, water bodies, Kids play areas, view point from the top of hill etc. There is a “Appughar” amusement park at the bottom of the hill which is open till 8 PM. It has some 15+ rides for Kids and Adults which includes Mary-Go-Round, Roller Coaster, Columbus, Dashing Cars, Go karting, Mini Train Ride, Cinema Cinema etc. Entry Fee is Rs. 30 per person and most of the rides are priced at Rs. 30 or 40. Package for the Kids are also available. 

Savitribai Phule Garden @ Pimple Saudagar


Resorts around Pune (for Group Party / Family Picnics / outings) -

Towards Mulashi - Tamhini 

  • Maval Shrushti (Paud - Mulashi Road) - A 20 acre mountain paradise offering you - Well furnished cottages, Excellent Maharashtrian cuisine, Swimming pool and play areas, Numerous walkways through the foliage, Lawns, gardens and trees all around, Peace and Tranquility

  • Malhar Machi -   A Mountain Resort situated at about 40 kms from Pune overlooking Mulshi Lake and surrounding hills. 20 rooms / cottages, swiming pool, pool side restaurant, spa etc.

  • Jaiswal Farmhouse, Nr Mulshi Lake (9765137801)

  • Girivan Valley View (Paud - Kolvan Road) - farmhouse project from renowned Marathi actor Vikram Gokhale where bungalows are given on rent for the groups. Veg. / Non-Veg restaurant, play area and other activities are available. Booking - (020 ) 65002579/80, 9922930750
  •  Girivan Picnic Spot

  • KARE (Kerala Ayurvedic Research & Rejuvenation establishment) Ayurveda Spa Retreat at Mulshi - 22 well appointed cottages on 30 acre hills overlooking Mulshi lake. Spa treatments available.

  • Deshpande Farms, Mulshi - For Family/Group picnics and parties. veg-Non Veg Restaurant. Swimming Pool, Cottages, Dance Floor, Indoor games

  • Gauri Resort - Paud Mulshi Road
  • Green Gate Resort, Mulshi: Green Gate Resort is located at Dhokalwadi, 7 Km from Mulshi bus stand and is located on the banks of Mulshi Lake. There are total 12 rooms (Single Non A/C: 3, Double Non A/C: 4, Deluxe A/C: 1, Suites A/C: 1, Non A/C: 3) at Green Gate Resort, equipped with basic amenities. Pure veg restaurant, play area.
    • For booking - Green Gate Resort, 426/6 Nilesh Apt, Gokhale Cross Road, Pune-16. Phone: 020-25655555, Fax: 020-24263333.
    • Lake Residency Resort, Mulshi - A complex of 12 cottages in the scenic locales of Mulshi Lake. Ample recreational facilities for children coupled with good food arrangement make this a perfect weekend getaway. This resort is from Brahma group who runs Residency Club in Pune.

      For Booking Contact - 3 Queens, Near Inox Theater, Bund Garden Rd, Bund Garden Road, Pune - 411001

      +(91)-(20)-26362222, 26362888, 26362228, +(91)-9890565208

    Towards Sinhgad / Panshet -

    • Shantivan Resorts, Panshet Road - For booking Contact HQ at - Sr No 35/15 Sujata Farms Chandrasen Apts, Opp President Hotel, Prabhat Road, Lane No 8, Pune - 411004 +(91)-(20)-24388305,65205553,65205551,65205552

      Towards Katraj - Satara (NH4)

      'Fort JADHAVGADH' (Built in 1710 by Pillaji Jadhavrao) is the first in a series of Heritage forts scheduled in Maharashtra and the Rest of India. Situated in the beautiful rolling hills located 22 km away from Pune on the old Pune – Satara Road at a height of 2511 ft above sea level Fort Jadhavgadh lies in the heart of the Jadhavwadi – a 25 acre land. The Fort a fine example of Maratha craftsmanship was built by Pillaji Jadhavrao. A man who himself was as strong in mind and body as the stone structure he envisioned to create. The man named Pilaji Jadhavrao - Maratha General in the army of Chatrapati Shahuji, proved his mettle each and every time someone dared to challenge the supremacy of the Maratha ruler.

      This fort is now converted into finest hotel (there are only 2 palace hotels in Maharashtra - Shalini Palace at Kolhapur and now Fort Jadhavgadh near Saswad) and managed by Viththal Kamat group.

      Others -

      Water Parks and other 1 Day Picnic Resorts - 

      Please Visit Our Separate Page on Pune Water Parks for more details