Last weekend I was at Sarasbaug and was to get down to Chinchwad … So I decided to drive down via Sinhagad road and Pune-Banglore highway to Chinchwad, which I felt will be fastest way.On the way back I saw the famous and most beautiful garden “Pu La Deshpande Japanese Garden” or “Okayama Friendship Garden” and could not resist to visit it.
It was late evening and hence I had limited time, still I got fantastic night glimpses of the garden, in fact I will recommend you to visit it also during night time to see the beautiful fountains dancing with colorful lights …
He was popularly known by his initials (“Pu. La.”).
The garden shows a composition of fire, harmony, line, spirit, world and water. It speaks about light and darkness, soft and hard, stillness and motion, warm and cold. It is based on the Yin and Yang philosophy.
Proud to mention that this is the ONLY Japanese style biggest garden out of Japan.
Pu La Deshpande Garden
- Morning 8 am to 11 am
- Evening 4 pm to 8 pm
Please note that on PMC website timings shown are different, and many people has given feedback that morning time as shown on PMC website of 6 AM is only for PASS holders and not for general Public!
At Narveer Tanaji Malusare Path (Sinhagad Road), Pune.
- Entry fee – ₹5 per Person Above 3 years
- Washrooms are near the main gate.
- Parking: Available ₹5 per Hour for 2 Wheelers, ₹10 per hour for Car.
- Build up in 10 acres of area
- Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, Phone 020 2553 8553
- List of things NOT ALLOWED in this park
- Plastic bags not allowed
- Food is not allowed inside.
- Professional DSLR Camera Not allowed [People click photos from mobile smartphones]
- Sitting on lawn not allowed, you will listen whistles from the guards to ward off defaulters.
** Secret information only for you **
The famous scene of the Bollywood blockbuster Bodyguard was shoot here.
One more thing I would like to mention here is that in this fountain garden there is no place for sitting ! which is normally inherent part of any garden, hence I saw people sitting on the steps (which blocks way of other people ! but can’t help) also you are not allowed to sit on the green lawn, it will be great idea if theyprovide proper sitting arrangement to enjoy the fountain views.
Also the fountains are of fixed height, I mean no ups and downs in the water sprinkling height, with minor modification in the gadgets the fountains will become more live !
Look at the Pu La Deshpande Garden Video Review
Map of Yokohama Pu La Deshpande Garden