Pune rightly known as 'Pensioner's Paradise' and 'Oxford of the East' is a heaven for any traveler. Oodles of visitors come to this city that is marked for its scenic beauty and serenity. Among other tourist attractions, gardens, parks and sanctuaries also draw people from all over India and abroad. The beautiful garden-zoo of Peshwe Udyan or Peshwa Udyan, near Saras Baug offers a lot to the visitors. If you happen to visit Pune, spend some time amidst the nature's bounties in this zoo.
This garden-zoo provides refuge to many wild animals and reptiles. It is liked by the young and old alike; it has become a much-preferred picnic spot. Read the following and get familiar with the park before paying an actual visit:
In the past trees were planted in this area by the Peshwas. So the park is dedicated to the Peshwa Regime. The park derives its name from this Regime.
The Peshwa Udyan is imbued with rich historical and religious significance. The present zoo area used to be the place for hunting, a preferred pastime of the Peshwas. At the time when the construction of the Talyatala Ganapati temple in Saras Baug was going on, the then existing lake was dug out. A large quantity of sand was cast aside which was later used by the Peshwas to plant trees.
This area chosen by the Peshwas has turned to be the Peshwa Udyan. Today the Udyan is maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation who had taken the successful initiative of constructing a zoo on this site with the aim of renovating the area. Thick greeneries combined with great biodiversity make it a significant attraction in Pune.
Peshwa Udyan is located near Saras Baug. It is near the Swargate bus station.
In its glorious past, Peshwa Zoo was a refuge for a number of wild animals. But now not much wildlife can be traced here. Elephant is the main attraction. The cool breeze blowing from the beautiful lake will refresh your soul and body. Besides these, an energy park has recently been established in order to increase the general awareness on the importance of non-conventional sources of energy.
Adding to the attractions is the famous Ganesh temple. The architectural patterns and carvings on the wall of the temple make it very popular.
Where to stay?
There are a number of luxury and budget hotels in Pune. Citrus Pune, The Westin Pune Koregaon Park, Sayaji Pune, etc. are some luxury hotels.
When to visit?
The park remains open on all seven days of the week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can visit throughout the year except the summer months (April and May). If you want to watch the gardens in their full bloom, then February and March are the best.
The nearest airport is Pune international airport. From there you can hire pre-paid cab that will take you to the park.
Pune Railway Station is the closest railway station.
The park is very close to Swargate bus station. It is only half a kilometer away from the station. You can take bus from this station that will take you to the park.
Some extra dose:
Children love to visit the park. There are many fun and exciting rides. Sea-saws, slides and a toy-train named 'Phool Rani' gift the children a fun timing. You can also enjoy boating. Hundreds of stalls are there to satisfy the taste buds of the foodies.
If you want to have a blast of a time with your spouse or family members, then Peshwe Udyan is the right place for you. Pictorial beauty, wild animals and loads of fun- what more for a holiday?