Katraj lake Located near the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Reviews – Kataj Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the city of Pune. Developed and maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation, the lake is a must visit for all the nature lovers who are on a vacation in Pune. It is an artificial reservoir and has a pleasant jogging track around it drawing in a number of fitness enthusiasts. Offering a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Katraj Lake has been hailed for its beautiful surroundings. One of the prominent attractions of this lake is the incredible statue of Shivaji Maharaj that is in the middle of the lake. Katraj Lake is a treat to the eyes where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Sahyadri Mountain ranges and also spot some beautiful birds. The beauty of the lake is best enjoyed at the time of sunset which makes it a postcard-perfect setting to be captured by your cameras.
Location: Katraj Vasahat, Katraj, Pune, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon season.
Timings: Katraj Lake can be visited between 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Katraj Lake A must visit place to get away from the chaos of city life. Easily accessible by road and just takes about 30 mins to reach. Plenty of dining options in the vicinity.
Katraj Lake has abundant greenery during monsoons, a very pleasant sight. We captured a marvelous view of the lake from the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park. The lake is very much isolated and restricted, with anticipation of nature and life.
There are actually two lakes in Katraj: one attached to the Zoo and the other is this one, also called as Peshwa’s Katraj Lake (as per Google Maps). This lake was beautified by the Pune Municipal Corporation and their efforts are praiseworthy.
Katraj Lake though small, has an island, with a statue of Maratha warrior king, Shivaji and a large national flag on it and can be reached by boat (was closed when I visited). A path along the periphery is a good place for walkers and is also used by residents of surrounding areas to commute. Parking facilities are somewhat limited and one need not spend much time here. 4 KM far there is taljai hills pune.
This is very close to Katraj chowk. Lake is having walkway around and sit-outs. You can watch one of the biggest tri-colours flag nearby. Toy train is made for children but could not watch it as it was closed that time. Shivaji maharaj statue is fitted in the mid of lake and boating is available but closed that time.