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Appu Ghar Pune - A Mini Disneyland Filled With Fun

Appu Ghar Pune, also known as Indira Gandhi Udyan, is one of the most popular and iconic amusement parks in Pune. Spread over sprawling acres of land at the base of Shri Durga Devi Tekadi hills in Nigdi Pradhikaran, Appu Ghar has provided wholesome family entertainment to Punekars for over 3 decades.

Fondly called "Mini Disneyland of Pune", it draws huge weekend crowds due to its festivals, rides, eateries and picnic spots.

Appu Ghar Pune

History and Background

The foundation stone for Appu Ghar Pune was laid in 1989 as an eco-friendly park project. It took 3 years to fully construct and open for the public in 1992. The main goal was to offer entertainment options for citizens of Pimpri Chinchwad and Pune while maintaining sustainability.

The park is named after the official mascot "Appu the Elephant" of the 1982 Asian Games held in New Delhi. The naming signifies the playful, friendly charm this amusement park brings to its visitors.

Appu Ghar Pune Entry Fee:

  • ₹30 per child (up to 3.5 feet in height)

  • ₹100 per adult (above 3.5 feet height)

** This covers only entry without rides.

Special Discounted Package:

To avoid long queues and ticket counters for every ride, there is a special discounted package:

  • Adults (above 3.5 feet in height) – ₹500 per person

  • Child (up to 3.5 feet in height) – ₹450 per person

This covers:

  • Entry

  • Unlimited access to all rides (once per ride)

  • Access is given based on wristbands

Not included: Food and Go Karting

Appu Ghar Pune Timings:

  • Monday to Friday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Major Attractions and Rides

With over 34 thrilling rides imported from Italy, Appu Ghar entertains all age groups. The rides conform to high safety standards, making them suitable for even small kids. Some of the most popular rides at Appu Ghar Pune include:

  • Appu Columbus: A giant pirate ship that swings back and forth to over 180 degrees for a thrilling ride experience.

  • Roller Coaster: One of the prime attractions, this giant rollercoaster zooms and loops at high speeds for an adrenaline rush.

  • The Wave: Dance and sway with the musical waves in this colorful swing chair ride.

  • My Fair Lady: Sit in a colorful umbrella that spins round and round giving a view of the whole park.

  • Merry Cups: Reminiscent of the classic tea-cup rides, spin the colorful cups manually for dizzying fun.

There are also kid-friendly rides like Appu Express mini-train, Frog Jump, Octopus, Mercedes Go Round, Mini Helicopter and more. For a more relaxing ride, take the Swan pedal boat ride at the Wish Pond or enjoy paddle boating.

Other Major Facilities

Apart from rides, Appu Ghar Pune houses many other attractions:

  • Sprawling garden spaces for picnics

  • Food stalls and restaurants serving local food

  • Water fountains and themed statues

  • Game arcades and video parlors

  • Party plots for birthdays and celebrations

The park also frequently organizes cultural programs, magic shows, dance performances and concerts during festivals like Ganpati, Navratri, New Year's etc.

How to Reach Appu Ghar Pune?

Appu Ghar is located near Nigdi railway station and can be easily accessed by:

  • Buses from Swargate and Pimpri Chinchwad bus stops

  • Auto from nearby Nigdi and Akurdi railway stations

  • Ola, Uber or public transport from any part of Pune

Final Words

Appu Ghar Pune has created many sweet childhood memories for generations of Punekars. With its vibrant carnival atmosphere, fun rides, entertainment options and green spaces, it continues to be one of the best amusement parks to visit in Pune for the whole family.


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