Oh, what a change!
Pune, the second largest city of Maharashtra is also one of the most developed cities in India. Being one of the safest cities in India for women, it houses some of the most beautiful monuments and heritage sites in the country. It has new sight seeing destinations too.
When I saw the pictures of how the city transformed in last few decades, I was stunned. For sure, they depict India's rich architecture and throw light on intricacies of city planning.
Having registered the fastest growth in the span of 20 years, Pune has witnessed an extreme transformation of certain places and sites.
WittyFeed brings you pictures and information about its major transformed sites. Have a look.
Khadakwasla lake came into being during the severe drought, which East Pune faced in the 19th century. In 1863, British Army officer Captain Fife recommended that a high-level reservoir be built. Therefore, it is also called Lake Fife.
Now, it is one of the favourite evening hang outs for Punekars. On weekends, the venue remains crowded as people from all walks of life flock together for fun and frolic. Peacock Bay is a part of Khadakwasla lake. It gets this name, as large numbers of peacocks are found here. It is owned by National Defence Academy.
This building's construction started in 1882 and the market was built by Poona municipality. It was called Reay Market and also worked as Municipality office once.
Mahatma Phule Mandi is now the biggest vegetable market in Pune. It is located in the middle of Pune in Shukrawar Peth area.
Laxmi Road is one of the longest commercial streets which leads through old and seedier parts of the city. There are many old and famous institutions on this road.
Now it is the main venue for Laxmi Puja during the festival of Diwali.
The Shaniwar Wada was originally a seven-storeyed building. It was the seat for Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. By 1758, 1,000 people lived in the fort. Shaniwar Wada has 5 gates, a fountain, palaces and a statue of Bajirao I.
Shaniwar Wada now is categorised as a thrilling travel destination of Pune.
Parvati temple situated on Parvati Hill is one of the oldest heritage sites built during the reign of the Peshwas. The hill has 103 steps leading to the temple.
Parvati Hill's main temple is called Devdeveshwar temple and it is one of the religious heritage sites of Pune. Many other temples are also located on the hill.
The University of Poona was established on February 10, 1949, under the University of Poona Act. The institution name changed from University of Poona to Savitri Bai Phule Pune University on August 9, 2014. in honour of Savitri Bai Phule.
Now Savitri Bai Phule Pune University has 43 academic departments. It is spread over 411 acres of land. The university has affiliated colleges, departments, and research institutes.
Agriculture University was established on March 29, 1968. It became functional in October 1969.
Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth is now a big campus to which different agriculture colleges are affiliated.