5 day picnic places in Pune

Diwali vacations are still not over for many and managing kids can be a task especially if they have gone into the “I am bored” zone. However this is a great time to be outside in Pune so make the most of this break and take your kids to parks around Pune, where you and your kids can enjoy from fresh air, calm surroundings and a leisure picnic. All these picnic places in Pune have been my favorite since I was a kid and now my kids enjoy visiting them.

Five Parks for day Picnics in Pune

5 picnic places in Pune

  1. Peshwe Park & Saras Baug

This was the most favourite place to go as a kid for me! Peshwe Park was a zoo earlier however after the norms for animal safety and upkeep at the zoo changed the animals were moved to a bigger place at Rajiv Gandhi Udyan and the Peshwe Park was converted into a park. There was a toy train ‘Fulrani’ which was a hit among kids. It had stopped functioning for some time but I recently read about it starting again. In the evenings the road leading up to the park changes into a chowpatty ( snacking and fun rides place) and the place is magically transformed into a buzzing mela. Peshwe Park has started some adventure games for children too, but I am yet to check it out!


Sarasbaug is a big garden just adjacent to Peshwe Park. During the Peshwe era, the whole area was a lake with an island in the middle. The island had a Ganesha temple. However later the lake dried up and the park was developed in that area. The temple is still there and it is a beautiful and quiet complex to visit. Sarasbaug is a popular picnic place among young and old as a break from the city madness.

Aquarium at the park. Picnic places in Pune

  1. Sambhaji Park

Sambhaji Park is another green spot in the heart of the city. The Park is flanked by the Mula- Mutha river on one side and a major shopping destination J M Road on the other. The walkway outside the park was recently beautified by PMC and it now offers some nice places to sit and read. The park itself has some nice play area and also hosts a small aquarium that small kids will enjoy. There is a dedicated snack corner near the exit of this park, but it is small as compared to Sarasbaug area. This too is a good place to spend an evening and is a well-connected picnic place in Pune


  1. Empress Garden

Empress Garden falls in the Cantonment area and also doubles up as a botanical garden in Pune. It has some amazing varieties of plants and birds. Empress Garden has a big play area for children and in the evenings there are a few rides and rain dance available. This park does not have decent snacking options so when planning a picnic here do carry your food. The place is also great for some shoot if you plan to have maternity or baby shoots done in the natures lap!

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Udyan ( Katraj Zoo)

Rajiv Gandhi Udyan or Katraj Zoo as it is popularly called is a zoo that today hosts the animals from Peshwe Park and another snake park. The reptiles section is mind-boggling and you will see a variety of snakes here. If snakes scare the day lights out of you, you can see animals like deer, peacock, bear, elephants and if you are lucky tigers too! Katraj Zoo also has electric vehicles for transporting people and there are enough benches along the way. One can easily spend a day here and have a fun picnic within city limits.


  1. Durga Devi Udyan

This is my personal favourite as you can easily spend the whole day here having as much fun as your kids. This park is actually at the foothills of a small hill and extends all the way up. There are paths made for small treks and small play areas for children at regular intervals. There are also picnic areas where you can carry your food and eat it. The lawns section provides for some good space to play badminton or football or even gully cricket while the pond with the ducks in it offers some serene views.


The place after the foothills has been developed into a small amusement and water park which is another fun vista for children of all ages.


Have you checked out these popular  picnic places in Pune? Do you have some other favourite that needs mention? Do share your thoughts in comments below.

Post Author: nehagpatwardhan

Neha Tambe is a freelance social media marketer, writer and influencer. I studied mass communication and worked in various capacities spanning from journalism, copywriting to social media marketing. Blogging from the past 4 years. Founder and Owner of nehatambe.com.

30 thoughts on “5 day picnic places in Pune

    Ghazala Naseem

    (November 15, 2018 - 11:39 am)

    Kids love going to such places and being close to nature make one stress free 😊
    Last one in the list seems must go one.

    Ritu Kalra

    (November 15, 2018 - 2:10 pm)

    Have stayed in Pune for 4 years..Peshwe park and Sambhaji park was my all time favourite spots there..nice clean places to spend time with nature


    (November 15, 2018 - 2:14 pm)

    I have not been to Pune yet but the list will come handy when I Visit with my family. We always look for family friendly attractions in every city.


    (November 15, 2018 - 6:06 pm)

    I feel picnics are such fun! and sadly they are a dying activity… with the weather and pollution, most people prefer to go spend the day at a mall than to go out into nature! Happy to find a list of places… my pune friends are going to rejoice when i share this with them 🙂


    (November 15, 2018 - 6:07 pm)

    I feel picnics are such fun! and sadly they are a dying activity… with the weather and pollution, most people prefer to go spend the day at a mall than to go out into nature! Happy to find a list of places… my pune friends are going to rejoice when i share this with them 🙂
    i liked the suggestions.

    Jhilmil D Saha

    (November 15, 2018 - 9:02 pm)

    I love going for picnics during winter and its great to know that there are so many nice places for picnic in Pune.


    (November 15, 2018 - 10:46 pm)

    So many places for kids as well elders to explore. Katraj Zoo sounds a must visit, as I’ve not seen much snakes from naked eyes and variety of snakes here increase my curiosity.

    Jhilmil Bhansali

    (November 15, 2018 - 11:38 pm)

    That’s a great guide to Pune parks. I love going to parks and gardens with family for some good family time .

    Snehalata Jain

    (November 17, 2018 - 2:41 pm)

    Nice compilation of places to visit in Pune.Would love to go on family outings to these parks and Zoo.

    Snehalata Jain

    (November 17, 2018 - 2:43 pm)

    Nice compilation of places to visit in Pune.Would love to go on family outings to these parks and Zoo.

    Deepa Rudraksha Jaisingh

    (November 17, 2018 - 5:00 pm)

    noted the list with thanks, In this lifetime, If i ever plan a trip to Pune, I would defo remember these places.


    (November 17, 2018 - 6:27 pm)

    My friend stays there so I have a plan to visit it someday. This list will help me definitely. I will try visiting these places one by one.

    Pragnya Mishra

    (November 18, 2018 - 2:56 am)

    You filled my love to explore Pune with Penguin on weekends. Going to explore all soon. Thanks for sharing.


      (November 19, 2018 - 10:35 am)

      I hope penguine enjoys these places as much as my kids did

    Ashvini Naik

    (November 18, 2018 - 5:49 pm)

    These spots sound so exciting, Neha.
    I’ve only been to Pune to visit my relatives a few times & that seemed it. Buy I guess, visiting these places that look so naturally appealing, is something we must plan for a trip.


      (November 19, 2018 - 10:32 am)

      Absolutely, thanks for dropping by

    Radhikka Karkare

    (November 18, 2018 - 6:21 pm)

    Kids love to explore outdoor places so much and Im always on a lookout for them. This post will be very useful for mommies


      (November 19, 2018 - 10:30 am)

      True that!


    (November 18, 2018 - 7:39 pm)

    This is a great list shared….when I’ll be visiting Pune, this list will come handy


    (November 18, 2018 - 8:21 pm)

    M sure my girls will go crazy t these places.. hope to visit few soon 🙂🙂


      (November 19, 2018 - 10:29 am)

      Thanks Misha

    Neha Jain

    (November 18, 2018 - 9:16 pm)

    Wow that’s awesome, I never visited these palaces when I was in Pune. But now would surely take my.girl to all places .


      (November 19, 2018 - 10:28 am)

      Glad you found this helpful

    Shalu Sharma

    (November 18, 2018 - 9:56 pm)

    I have once lived in Pune and I love that place so much. I wish someday I can be there with my kids for them to show how wonderful place it is. A nice list you have made here!


      (November 19, 2018 - 10:27 am)

      Thanks Shalu

    Gunjan (Tuggu.n.mommy)

    (November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am)

    Though I have been yo pune, but that was more a work visit than personal. Planning to stay a longer next time to visit these picnic spots


      (November 19, 2018 - 10:26 am)

      Yes, do check them out.. thanks for dropping by Gunjan

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    Priya Singh

    (June 5, 2019 - 3:19 pm)

    Hey, I am so glad to read your thoughts because I really enjoyed reading this. The way you explain your travel experience is truly awesome.

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