Pu La Deshpande Udyaan is located at Sinhagad road, Pune. It is also called Pune Okayama Friendship Garden and was errected by the Shimoden Landscape & Civil Engg.Co Ltd, Japan (in cooperation from the Commemorative organisation for Japan World Exposition), on the lines of the 300 year old Korakuen Japanese Garden of Okayama, Japan. The inauguration of the garden took place in the presence of chief guests like the erstwhile chief minister of Maharashtra, Shri Vilasraoji Deshmukh and Masahiri Iko, the governor of Okayama. The Park was renamed as Pu La Deshpande Udyan after Shri Pu La Deshpande, the late humourist and playwright also declared as Maharashtras most loved personality.
The park is built on a ten acre stretch of land. The park is complete with sprawling green lawns, flower / decorative plants, rice/ coffee/ bamboo plantations, man made streams , ponds, mini waterfalls, arranged rock patterns, stone lanterns, Japanese bridges, Gazebos et all.
The Park timings are 4pm-8pm in the evening. Entry fee is Rs 5/-p.head. Car parking charges are extra.
The Garden is an excellent example of balance of the five elements and the spirit of Zen.
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Text and photographs : Abhijit Rajadhyaksha