Parvati Hill - History, Timings & Entry Fee

Nature | Pilgrimage

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Distance (From Pune Railway Station): 6 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 6 km from Pune Junction, Parvati Hill is the one of the most scenic places situated at the center of Pune. It lies at an altitude of 2100 feet and offers an excellent view of the Pune City.

The temples on Parvati hill are the oldest heritage structures in Pune and reminiscent of the Peshwa dynasty. It is believed that Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao used to watch the defeat of the Britishers at the Battle of Kirkee from this site. The Parvati Mandir, dedicated to goddess Parvati, is situated on this Hill. According to history, the temple was built by the third Peshwa, Shrimant Nana Saheb in 17th century to fulfill the vow taken by his mother Kashibai. Today, this temple is respite for the Puneties and offers a discrete picturesque view of the adjoining areas. The view from Parvati during the early hours is simply soothing and makes a great start of the day. This hillock also holds several temples including Lord Devdeveshwar, Lord Ganesh, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini.

Besides these temples, there is an adjoining museum with the historical records of the Peshwa rulers. The museum contains a variety of things dating back to the contemporary society of the Peshwas. Among these artifacts the most important ones are the old manuscripts, replica of ancient paintings, weapons and coins, etc.

Parvati Hill is the daily visiting place for morning walks for several of citizens of Pune. One has to climb 103 steps to reach the hilltop. The steps are an example of fine stone work of the Maratha period. The steps are not too steep and even elder people can easily climb.

Timings: 5 AM to 8 PM