Late P L DESHPANDE GARDEN
Theme - Pune Okayama Japanese Style Friendship Garden
Pune Okayama friendship garden is a symbol of Indo-Japanese friendship between partner cities of Pune and Okayama and the garden is truly the pride of Pune. It is the biggest Japanese style garden, out of Japan, in Asia. The idea of recreating the original Japanese garden in Pune was, of course, inspired from the 300-year old Okayama Korakuen Garden developed by the Ikeda Royal family in the 12 spacious hectares in Okayama
The Japanese garden is spread over an area of 10 acres, representing the culture and intricate ideology of an authentic Japanese Garden. This garden is a perfect bridge between to cities of Okayama and Pune, encouraging cultural, traditional, economic, industry and friendship ties.
The garden is named after eminent Marathi litterateur Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, who was popularly known as Pu La Deshpande.
Attractions of the park
Harmonious Experience: The garden is planned in such a way that it gives the visitors a pleasing experience throughout the year. As a person strolls, he/she can enjoy the wide lawns, ponds, artificial hills and forest, while listening to the murmur of meandering stream. This brings one close to nature, revitalize one's senses and rejuvenates spiritually. Characteristics of the garden are a composition of fire, harmony, line, spirit, world, and water. Thus, the garden expresses various elements to speak about light and darkness, soft and hard, stillness and motion, warm and cold. It is based on the Yin and Yang philosophy. There are wooden pergolas to sit and rest. There are bright red-orange fish in the ponds.
Outside the park
The garden is maintained by PMC's Garden Department. There are no food stalls outside this garden.
Rs. 5 per person (for adults), Rs. 5 per person (for children )
6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Sinhagad Road