Perhaps the most prominent military institution in the country, the National Defence Academy is the Joint Services academy where cadets are trained for all three major services namely the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. It is located in Khadakvasla which is around 15 km from Pune. It is here that brave men receive academic and technological training and qualification that helps them in their future service careers. Their training here is followed by the pre-commissioning training in their respective service academies.
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NDA is known to produce the finest military talent who have become excellent mountaineers, sportsmen, writers, artists, and even Olympic champions. The architectural elegance of the institution is admirable and symbolizes the brilliance of the Tri-Services academy. The Sudan Block, for instance, is a stunning piece of architecture and an iconic symbol of the Academy. Its magnificent dome lined with Jodhpur stone is a marvel and appears splendid at night. The 30 ft Ashoka Pillar which is an adaptation of the one at Sarnath and the NDA museum which houses antique memorabilia, archives, and relics are other points of interest for guests in the academy.
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Only educational institutions and organized groups are allowed to visit the National Defence Academy. The nature of this visit can only be motivational (and not recreational like picnics). On your visit, you can check out the Air Force Training Team (AFTT), the Equitation Training Team (ETT), the Sudan Block and Weapon technology Park, the Habibullah Hall and NDA museum and the Cadet’s Mess.
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To visit the National Defence Academy, prior permission needs to be acquired by writing to the academy either directly through post to the address - AAG. HQ National Defence Academy. PO NDA Khadkwasla, Pune-411023 – or through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You need to provide details like proposed date of visit, number of persons, vehicle details, full identification of the people visiting and their respective contact numbers.
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Opening hours of National Defence Academy:Closed now
NDA can only be visited on Sundays between 10 am and 12.30 pm for a motivational tour. Only Educational institutions and organized groups can take the tour after acquiring permission at least 48 hours prior to the visit. Foreign Nationals are not allowed.
Entry fee for Visiting National Defence Academy:
Entry is free once prior permission (48 hours before visiting) is granted.
Address: Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra 411023Telephone: 020 2529 3105Approximate visit duration for : 2 hours 30 minutes