From the Saras Baug Pune we headed towards our next destination which was the Pu La Deshpande Udyan Pune. However, it was already 2:00 PM and we were extremely hungry. So before reaching the Udyan, we decided to stop at a roadside restaurant and have our lunch. Moreover, we knew that the park would open only after 4:00 PM. Meanwhile, I checked out all the beautiful photos that I had captured by then.
I was extremely fascinated by the manner in which the Marathas had planned the construction of the city. After having our lunch, we went to the Sambhaji Uddan on J. M. Road in order to obtain permit for carrying the camera inside the park. Also known as the Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, the Udyan is actually a garden which is located at a place called Sinhagad Road or Narvir Tanaji Malusare Road.
The design of the garden was inspired from that of Okayama’s Koraku-en Garden in Japan as it had completed its 300 years of existence by then. The Japanese styled garden is spread over a beautiful area which is ideal for spending a leisurely day. The entire garden was decorated with a wide range of flowers, plants and small sized water bodies.
There is no doubt about the fact that the Pu La Deshpande Udyan is a great spot for those who want to experience nature in its true form. It is one of those few locations in a well built city like Pune where you get to live in the lap of Mother Nature. We had to pay a very nominal entry fee of Rs 10 and the price was even lower for children.
One of the locals told us that the park stays open for the general public throughout the week from 6 in the morning to 8 in the evening with a gap from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM. After spending around one to hours in exploring different parts of the park, we found that it was getting dark. And so we decided to return to our hotel and explore the remaining spots the next day.