This famous landmark at the southern end of the city Consists of a group
of beautiful temples dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh, Vishnu and Kartikey. A
relatively easy climb up to the top via a set of wide stone stairs rewards
one with a panoramic view of the city and an invigorating draft of cool,
Katraj Snake Park
The snake park came into being in the year 1986, with the help of Pune
Municipal Corporation. It is situated on the Pune-Satara Highway near
Bharati Vidyapeeth Campus. The park has a collection of exotic reptiles,
birds, a baby leopard, crocodiles and other animals. The Snake Park's most
prized specimen is a six-year-old, King Cobra that's nine feet long!
This beautiful architectural creation is located just a few km from the
Pune racecourse. This monument was built in the memory of the great
Maratha nobleman Mahadji Shinde. It is an imposing edifice, which exudes
an air of serenity and austerity, coupled with architectural beauty.
Just across the river on Jangli Maharaj Road is the wonderful rock-cut
Pataleshwara Temple. This small, partially completed, 8th century temple
is similar in style to the much grander rock temple at Elephanta and is
actively used by the locals. In front of the excavation is a circular
Nandi mandapam. Adjacent is the Jangli Maharaj temple, dedicated to a
Hindu ascetic who died here in 1818.
The rock-cut Panchaleshwar Temple is a small 8th century temple built in a
similar style to the much grander rock temples of Ellora. According to
local lore, the temple was excavated in one night. There's a fine
equestrian statue of Shivaji close by.