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.It is a beautiful stroll park, which unfolds like a painted scroll as you walk along the path. A concept known as ‘concealment’ or miegakure, literally ‘hide and reveal.’)in Japanese is used here. Features are hidden behind hills, trees groves or bamboo, walls or structures, to be discovered when the visitor follows the winding path.
The garden also follows the Japanese architecture of asymmetry.nothing lies in straight lines, and yet is perfectly planned and positioned to guide the line of sight over the hills, around the streams, and by little rest houses interspersed between the trees.
This garden is a home for many birds.”Pu La Deshpande Garden (built on 10 acres) style is devised in such a way that if you take a walk through a garden enjoying the landscape, which changes along the garden paths, you will experience a picture scroll”, The garden has been designed in a manner that you can enjoy the changing landscape as you walk around it! This Japanese garden has been named after Pu La Deshpande.
The Pu.La.Deshpande park has a miniature water cascade between grassy and rock filled ponds, smooth rock filled streams of water meandered their way through the park, leading to a large pond in the middle of the park. The irregular structure of the pond, the rocks placements, and even the bridges over the streams are picturesque and yet steeped in Japanese symbolism. suggesting spontaineity, and yet have careful placement.
Pu la deshpande park or the Pune Okayama friendship park is a beautiful testimony to how we can learn and incorporate from different cultures.
Timings of Pu.La.Deshpande Garden
Morning 6 am to 10.30 am
Evening 4 pm to 8 pm
Entry fee – 5 Rs per head
37/3, Narveer Tanaji Malusare Rd, Dattavadi Sarita Vihar, Pune, Maharashtra 411030
Compiled by: Townpune.com Team