Seeking Solace: Green Spaces in Pune

Over the past few months in Pune, I’ve rounded up a list of some of the most beautiful, green natural spaces in Pune. It can often feel like I’m suffocated by pollution and trash, so every once in a while I have to come to one of these lovely places to get my daily dose of nature.

Osho Teerth Park

This park is located in Koregaon Park, and has a reputation for being a popular spot for couples. I can always spot someone holding hands or chatting down by the stream. It’s rather small, but a lovely place to take a short walk and enjoy some greenery.

Pune University

The university is another one of those amazing green spaces in Pune. The main building is absolutely gorgeous and the grounds are covered in trees. There is a lot of space to walk around, and there are often events held there!

Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park

The zoo is a major attraction in Pune for children and animal lovers. I recently went here on a school trip with my students and they loved ogling at the tigers and snakes. It’s just a generally nice place to go for a walk.

Pune Okayama Friendship Garden

The Japanese garden remains one of my favorite places in Pune and I love going there, especially since it’s so close to my house. I recently went with some students and they were amazed by the colorful koi!

Tikona Fort

I went on a hike out to Tikona Fort a while back and it was absolutely beautiful. It was about a 45 minute hike uphill to the fort, and it was extra special because it was my first time seeing monkeys in their natural habitat. I snuck a few almonds out of my bag and fed them, and the way they gobbled them up was just too cute. The fort had amazing views of the surrounding hills, and I could even hear drumming from somewhere in the forest.

Bhedsa Caves

After Tikona Fort we hiked to the nearby caves, which meant walking up over 400 steps. It is a temple carved right into a mountainside. It is absolutely stunning, and really cool on a hot day.

These are just a few of the beautiful, nature-y, historic places in and around Pune. I’ve been holding onto these for awhile but I decided to let you all in on the beauty of Pune. Sometimes I get so wrapped up with living in a big city I almost forget that nature is always just a few steps away.

With love,
Leonie

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