Pune

About Pune (
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There was a time when Pune was known as a Pensioner’s Paradise – home to those who had retired and wanted a peaceful life in a salubrious environment. Now of course Pune has grown into a vibrant metro, a hub of education, industry, information technology, entertainment, and so on. But what makes Pune still more significant is that it is a place from where you can plan several exciting trips to hill-stations, forts, and places of pilgrimage, not to forget an adventurous package too.

Apart from the many interesting places just beyond the city limits of Pune, such as the Sinhagad Fort or the backwaters of the Khadakvasla Dam, tourists always make it a point to visit the twin hill-stations of Lonavala and Khandala for its bracing weather and the wonderful views you get of the valley and the snaking highway that leads to Mumbai. Lonavla is about 64 kilometers away from Pune and has several ‘points’ that offer breathtaking views of nature at her best. One of these is the Rajmachi Point which commands a view of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s famous fort, Rajmachi, and the surrounding valley. Lonavala is also known for its ‘chikki’ and fudge. Some of the other spots include the Ryewood Park and the Valvan Dam which has a garden at its foot. On the way to Khandala you can visit the Duke’s Nose which is popular with trekkers.

Yet another pair of hill-stations easily accessible from Pune are Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.  Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. It reaches a height of 1,439 meters at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson or Sunrise Point. With its name derived from Sanskrit and meaning ‘god of great power’, Mahabaleshwar has lots to explore. Arthur’s Seat is one such interesting point from where you can get a view of Jor Valley. Another exotic location is Lodwick Point, located almost 1,240 meters above sea level. Some of the other points that you must visit are Monkey Point, Carnac Point, Falkland Point, Helen’s Point, Elphinstone Point, Mumbai Point, Marjorie Point and Babbington Point. For boating you must head to the Venna Lake.

Panchgani, about 100 kilometers from Pune, is nestled in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges topped by a volcanic plateau, which is the second-highest in Asia after the Tibetan Plateau. This plateau, popularly known as ‘Table Land’, is a part of the Deccan Plateau. Some of the points that you must visit are Sydney Point from where you can see the waters of the Dhom Dam, Parsi Point that overlooks the Krishna valley and Devil’s Kitchen which has a mythological legend associated with it - it is believed that the Pandavas of the Mahabharat epic had stayed here for a while.

If you would like to see the magnificence of Indian art and history, you must make it a point to visit the caves of Karla and Bhaja, located about 15 kilometers from Lonavla. The more popular Karla Caves date back to 1st century BCE. After a trek uphill through the winding roads, the impressive rock-cut structure includes the stupa, a representation of the Buddha, and an aisle made up of 37 pillars and carved elephant heads, which once had real ivory tusks. Just outside Karla Caves lies the Ekvira Temple, the chief shrine of the Koli (fishing community) and is visited by thousands of devotees every year. Exactly opposite the Karla ridge lie the Bhaja Caves dating to 2nd century BCE.

From Kamshet one can also visit the Bhedse caves. They are also dated to 1st century CE.

For the history lovers the forts Visapur and Lohagad are just close to the Bhaja caves.

If you would like to see nature at its best and also pack in a little adventure, one of the best choices, especially during the monsoon, is Tamhini Ghat. It is during this time that the deep brown hills turn a verdant green and provide a feast for the eyes. The value addition is that you can also explore the backwaters of Mulshi Dam and spice up your vacation with a bit of river rafting.

If it is adventure you seek, head towards Kamshet, just 45 kilometers from Pune. In recent times it has become a hub for paragliders and the world-class facilities that have sprung up here attract a great number of flying sport aficionados to the place. One of the most popular sites for paragliding is Tower Hill which is the destination for hand gliding. Another one is Shelar which offers ideal conditions for soaring and thermal paragliding. Here, you can take off from a height of 175 feet above ground level. Kondeshwar Cliff, about 20 kilometers from Kamshet, is for the hardcore paragliding enthusiasts looking for some challenging flying adventure. It offers the right elevation of 2,200 feet for those with a head for heights.

And if it is still a hill-station that you would like to spend some time at, Matheran is yet another wonderful option. The best part about going to Matheran, the starting point for which is the railway station of Neral on the Mumbai-Pune route, is that you can buy a ride on the tiny train that traverses the narrow gauge track to the top, offering you on the way breathtaking sights even as it negotiates the bends and the curves. The train makes its way around the verdant slopes and through thick forest cover. Matheran is known as the ‘pedestrian’ hill-station because all vehicles have to per force stop at Dasturi and tourists have to either walk or hitch a horse ride into Matheran. The hill-station in itself is an undulating hilltop cloaked in shady trees and ringed by walking trails leading to several vantage points from where you can have stunning views. It is also marked by its market place – a single street – which houses restaurants and shops.

And if a pilgrimage is on your itinerary too, go to Jejuri, situated on a 758-meter high hillock about 80 kilometers away from Pune. The temple here is a huge complex with the shrines of various deities, including its resident lord, Khandoba. In fact, there are two temples of Khandoba at Jejuri, one older than the other, both built at the end of the outlying spur of the Purandar range which sinks into the plains here. The newer one is larger and stands about 84 meters above the town. The smaller temple is believed to be more sacred.

To seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha, there can be nothing better than to go Ranjangaon, 51 kilometers from Pune on the road to Ahmednagar. The majestic temple is the fourth in the ‘ashtavinayaka’ circuit. It faces east and has a huge entrance with two large-sized ‘dwarapalas’ on either side. The temple is designed in such a way that during ‘dakshinayan’ and ‘uttarayan’ (movement of the sun to the south and north) the rays of the sun fall directly on the deity. The image of Mahaganapati is seated, faces east and has his trunk to the left. The forehead of the deity is exceptionally broad. Here, Bhadrapad Chaturthi is celebrated in a big way.

Pune is also be considered as a halting place for the Ashtavinayaka tour, the Jyotirlingas like Bhimashankar, numerous forts around Pune, sanctuaries, traditional Maharashtrian food and much more.

Distance from Mumbai:  150 kms

How to reach

Air
There are direct flights from Mumbai airport to Pune.

Rail
There are many trains which connect Mumbai to Pune. The train journey is very convenient and goes through the scenic Khandala ghats.

Road
These two cities are very well connected by road. There are State transport buses as well as private buses which ply between Pune and Mumbai. The expressway has reduced the travel time between the two cities by approximately two hours. The expressway starts at Kalamboli (near Panvel), and ends at Dehu Rd. (near Pune).

Hotels in Pune

Sr No Name & Contact Details (STD Code: 020)
1 Ajit, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2567 1212 / 3388.
2 Akshay, No. 20/2, Balaji Nagar, Pune-Satara Road, Dhanakwadi, Tel. 2437 8718.
3 Alankar, Motilal Talera Road, Tel. 2612 0484-86.
4 Ambassador, Model Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2566 0623.
5 Ambience, Cts 1105/2, Lakaki Road, Model Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Tel.2566 2751.
6 Ambience Resorts, Indraprastha Society, Hadapsar, Tel. 2699 1613.
7 Ambrosia, Bawadhan Khurd, Tel. 2295 1023.
8 Amir, 15, Connaught Road, Tel. 2612 1840.
9 Amrita Executive, Baner Road, Tel. 2729 2345.
10 Apeksha, Sambhaji Park Chowk, Apte Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel.25535106.
11 Ashirwad, 16, Connaught Road, Tel. 2612 8585 / 86
12 Ashiyana, Shivaji Nagar, Fergusson College Road, Tel. 2553 8011-15.
13 Ashoka, Behind Peshwe Park, Tel. 2433 3444.
14 Aurora Towers, 9, Moledina Road, Tel. 2613 1818.
15 Aviraj, Karve Road, Kothrud, Tel. 2543 2553.
16 Basil, 4th & 5th Floor, Mahalaxmi Market, Shukrawar Peth, Tel. 4019 1111.
17 Bhandari, Dattawadi, Sinhagad, Tel. 2433 2134 / 51.
18 Bhooshan, 1170/78, Revenue Colony, J.M. Road, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2553 5299.
19 Bright Lands Resorts, 26, 1st floor, Kumar Palace, Camp Cantonment, Tel. 2634 3963.
20 Celebrations Inn, Maldhakla Road, Chichwad, Tel. 2744 3744.
21 Central Lodge, 13, Wilson Garden, Opp. Poona Rly. Station, Tel. 2612 1313.
22 Central Park, Bund Garden Road, Tel. 4010 4000.
23 Central Park Studios, Bund Garden Road, Tel. 4018 8444.
24 Chetak, Model Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2565 2681.
25 Chinar, Ghole Road, Tel. 2553 1870/1.
26 Choice, Nana Peth, Nr. Parsi Agyari, Tel. 2633 6069.
27 Comfort Inn The Coronet, Apte Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel.2553 0300/2553 2940-42.
28 Crown, 83, New Bazaar, Khadki, Tel. 2581 8317.
29 Cypress, Lane No.10, Kalyani Nagar, Tel. 4018 0000.
30 Deccan Park, F.C. Road, Tel. 2565 6511.
31 Deccan Rendezvous, 1202/3, Apte Road, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2561 2145.
32 Deluxe, 8, Tadiwala Road, Nr. Railway Station, Tel. 2612 2060.
33 Dreamland, Opp. Railway Station, 2/14, Connaught Road, Tel. 2612 2121-24, Fax: 2612 2424.
34 Dwarka, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2553 4132 / 4783.
35 Elite, Tadiwala Road, Tel. 2612 6600.
36 Ellora Park Lodge, 20/2, Balaji Nagar, Pune-Satara Road, Dhanakwadi, Tel. 2437 2022.
37 Farmer’s Inn, Solapur Highway, Wruli-Kanchan, Tel. 2692 6256.
38 Gajalakshmi, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2553 4535.
39 Gandharv Residency, 1291, 1292 Off. J.M. Road, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2552 0903.
40 Gauri, Chinchwad, Tel. 2747 5588 / 2745 0958.
41 Gockela, Sree Nagar, Pimpri, Tel. 2727 0400.
42 Gordon House, Esquare Level 5, 132/2a, University Road, Tel. 6604 4000.
43 Gourish, 1217, F.C. Road, Tel. 2553 1121 / 1075.
44 Grand, M.G. Road, Camp, Tel. 2636 0728.
45 Green Gate Resort, 426/6, Dhokalwadi, Mulshi Taluka, Tel. 3292 5062.
46 Gulmohar, Connaught Road, Tel. 2612 2773 / 1774.
47 H.M.C. Guest House, 953, Bhori Ali Lane, Ravivar Peth, Tel. 2447 0370.
48 Hill View Executive, B.M.C. College Road, F.C. Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2565 2096.
49 Holiday Inn, Hinjawati, Tel. 6686 2200.
50 Homeland Inn, 18, Wilson Garden Sasoon Road, Pune Rly. Station, Tel. 2612 7158.
51 Homeland, 18 Wilson Garden, Tel. 2612 3203.
52 Hyatt Regency Pune, Weikfield IT Park, Nagar Road, Tel. 6645 1604.
53 IBIS Hotel, Survey 32, Nagpur Road, Tel. 2605 5347.
54 Jagannath, Opp. State Bank of India, Tel. 2613 7208.
55 Kalasagar, Mumbai Pune Road, Pimpri, Tel. 2712 5901.
56 Kapila, Dhole Patil Road, Tel. 2612 1272 / 1240.
57 Kapila, Ubale Nagar, Wagholi, Tel. 3250 7246.
58 Ketan, Fergusson College Road, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2565 5081 / 82
59 Kohinoor Executive, 1246-B, Apte Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 25532000.
60 Kohinoor Lodge, 98, Mumbai-Pune Road, Chinchwad East, Chinchwad, Tel. 2748 8919.
61 Krish Residency, Rasta Peth, Tel. 2553 1526.
62 Krishna, B. Kanchan Galli, Law College Road, Tel. 2546 6325
63 Kundan Palace, Akurdi, Tel. 2746 4001/2.
64 Lakeme Executive, Ghole Road, Nr. Tukaram Paduka Chowk, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2511 1863/4
65 Laxman, 35/2, Erantwane Prabhat Road, Nr. Lijjat Papad, Tel. 25433262.
67 Laxmi, Laxmikrupa, 795, Sadashiv Peth, Gadgil Street, Tel. 2447 6571/ 2443 6571, Fax: 2433 2077.
68 Le Meridien, Rbm Road, Tel. 2605 0505.
69 Lokesh, Aranyeshwar Corner, Pune Station Road, Tel. 2422 3947/ 4767, Fax: 2421 9940.
70 Lotus, Lane 5, Koregaon Park, Tel. 2613 9701.
71 Madhav, Tadiwala Road, Behind Pune Station, Tel. 2605 9920 / 9219/ 9118.
72 Maharaja, Somwar Peth, Tel. 2612 0591.
73 Manasi, Madhav Niwas, Deccan Gymkhana Tel. 2553 2653 / 974.
74 Marina, 77, M.G. Road, Tel. 2635 0151.
75 Maurya Residency, 1195/6A, F.C. Road, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2553 5085/86.
76 Maya, F.C. Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2553 4484.
77 Mayor, Ajay Chamber, Chichwad Stn., Tel. 2747 2071.
78 Meru, Off. Dhole Patil Road, Boat Club, Tel. 2612 3939.
79 Mobo’s Bund Garden Road, Tel. 2553 1111.
80 Moti Mahal, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2553 1526.
81 Nanashree Grand, Maruti Showroom Nagar Road, Viman Nagar, Tel. 30423150.
82 Nandvan, Shivaji Nagar, Apte Road, Tel. 2553 1111.
83 National Hotel, 14, Sesoon Road, Tel. 2612 5054.
84 Natraj, Chinchwad, Pune-Mumbai Road, Tel. 2747 5042.
85 New Sandeep, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2565 2207.
86 Nutan Badashahi, Budhwar Peth, Tel. 2445 9069.
87 Oakwood, Good Luck Square, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2567 0011.
88 Orritel and Service Apartments, Bhosale Farm, Wakad, Tel. 6654 4600.
89 Osho Meditation Resort Guest House, Koregaon Park, Tel. 6601 9900.
90 Padma Vilas, Mahadji Shinde Marg, Wanowrie, Tel. 2687 2951 / 1184.
91 Pancard Clubs, Baner Road, Mob. 9881244614.
92 Panchshil, MIDC, Chinchwad, Tel. 2765 2012/13.
93 Panchvati, Tadiwala Road, Tel. 2262 8500.
94 Parc Estque, Viman Nagar, Tel. 4100 4100.
95 Parichay, 1191/A, F.C. Road, Tel. 2553 1511.
96 Parkview, Ghole Road, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2552 1818.
97 Pathik, Off. Shankarrao Kudale Chowk, J.M. Road, Tel. 2551 2085/86.
98 Pearl, Rani Laxmibai Chowk, Opp. Balgandharva, Tel. 2551 4247-9, Fax: 25671815.
99 Pichola, Ganeshkhind Rd, Aundh, Tel. 2588 5695.
100 Plaza Palace, Mumbai-Pune Highway Road, Chinchwad, Tel. 3068 4101.
101 Pleasant, Ganeshwadi, Behind British Library, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel.2565 2225/1585.
102 President, Erandwane, Prabhat Road, Lane No.8, Tel. 3022 5555 / 3022 2600.
103 Pride Hotel, Shivaji Nagar, Pune-5, Tel. 2553 4567.
104 Pune Marriot Hotel & Convention Centre, Senapati Bapat Road, Tel. 6683 3333.
105 Quality Inn Centurion, Next to SSC Board, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2551 0600.
106 Quality Inn Centurion, Opp. Akashwani, Shiavji Nagar, Tel. 2551 0600, 2552 0400.
107 Radhika, Sadashiv Chambers, Nana Peth, Tel. 2612 7202 / 870.
108 Radissor, Nagar Bypass Road, Kharadi, Tel. 2706 0606.
109 Rajdhan, 429, Somwar Peth, Narpatgir Chowk, Nr. Zilla Parishad, Tel.2613 2326/5327.
110 Rajdoot, Pune-Satara Rd, Tel. 2426 4011 / 4748.
111 Ranajeet, Bhandarkar Road, Deccan, Tel. 2565 5014/7, Regency, 192, Dhole Patil Road, Tel. 6603 0303.
112 Ritz, 6, S. Vaswani Path, Opp. GPO, Tel. 2612 2995.
113 Rupam, Apte & Shirole Road Junction, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2553 1919/ 7461.
114 Rutu Gandh, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2402 9201/ 5.
115 Rutu Gandh, Heritage, Pulachiwadi, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2553 6560.
116 Rutu Gandh Lakeside Leisure Resort, Gorekhurd, Panshet Rd, Khadakwasla, Tel: 3292 1120.
117 Safari, Opp. ST Stand, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2553 6523.
118 Sagar Plaza, Bund Garden Road, Tel. 2620 5000.
119 Sai Holiday Resort, 977, Gokhale Road, Gokhale Nagar, Tel. 2565 9502.
120 Samrat, 17, Wilson Garden, Tel. 2613 7964 / 2613 7964.
121 Samrudh, Nr. Pune Station, Tel. 2612 2988.
122 Satkar, 9, Wilson Garden, Tel. 2611 3074.
123 Sayali, Mumbai-Bengaluru Bypass Highway, Wakad, Tel. 2421 1212.
124 Season Service Apartment Hotel, Trinity Court, Koregaon Park, Tel. 2614 0130.
125 Shalimar, 12-A, Cannought Road, Sadhu Waswani Road, Tel. 2612 9191, Fax: 2612 9595.
126 Shantal, Shanti Park, Rasta Peth, Tel. 2613 0095-8
127 Sheetal, 1180, Shivajinagar, Dnaneshwar Paduka Chowk, F.C. Road, Tel. 25535165/7.
128 Shivprasad Guest House, 261, Bibvewadi Road, Budhwar Peth, Tel. 2445 7847.
129 Shree Mathura Lodge, 20, Wilson Garden, Camp Cantonment, Tel. 2612 4298.
130 Shree Panchratna, Tadiwala Road, Tel. 2605 9999.
131 Shreenath, 1483, Sadashiv Peth, Opp. Tilak Smarak Mandir, Tel. 2447 6359.
132 Shreyas, Apte Road, Deccan, Tel. 2553 2023 / 2496.
133 Silver Inn, 1973, Gaffar Beg Street Near Shivaji Market, Tel. 2634 0041.
134 Smart Inn, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 25338811.
135 South Court, Koregaon Park, Tel. 2612 7575.
136 Span Executive, Revenue Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2553 5999.
137 Srimaan, Bund Garden Road, Tel. 2613 3535.
138 Simaan, 361/5, Bund Garden Road, Tel. 2613 6565.
139 Sun Holiday Resort, 457, S.P. College, Shaniwar Peth, Mob. 9370125291.
140 Sunderban, Koregaon Park, Tel. 26124949/8383.
141 Sunndaram Executive, 1012, Swargate Circle, Shukrawar Peth, Tel. 2446 8877.
142 Sun-n-Sand, Bund Garden Road, Tel. 2613 7777.
143 Suraj Classic, 398, Somwar Peth, Tel. 2605 3172.
144 Surya, Shivajinagar, Apte Road, Nr. Mahatma Phule Museum, Tel. 2553 1801/2/3/4.
145 Surya Villa, 294/1, Lane No.5, Vaswani Nagar, Koregaon Park, Tel.2612 4501.
146 Suyash Deluxe, 1547-B, Sadashiv Peth, Opp. Navi Peth Vithal Mandir, Tel. 2432180028 / 29/30.
147 Swan International, J.M. Road, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2552 1416.
148 Swaroop, 10, Prabhat Road, Tel. 2567 2662-64.
149 Taj Blue Diamond, Koregaon Road, Tel. 6602 5555.
150 Talera Group of Hotels, Bhandarkar Road, Good Luck Square, Deccan Gymkhana, Tel. 2567 0011.
151 Tamana, Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Phase-1, Opp. Infosys, Hinjewadi, Tel.66751900.
152 Tej Regency, 5, M.G. Road, Tel. 26131571/2/3.
153 The Coronet, Apte Road, Deccan, Tel. 2553 0300.
154 The Deccan Royaale, J.M. Road, Tel. 4102 4000.
155 The Golden Emerald, Gultekdi, Market Yard, Tel. 2427 4881.
156 The Gordon House, E, Square, 132-A/ 2A, University Road, Ganeshkhind, Tel. 6604 4100.
157 The Grace, Cosmopolitan CHS, Flat No. 101, Pushpak Park, Ganesh Khind, Tel. 40056987.
158 The Pride, 5, University Road, Shivaji Nagar, Tel. 2553 4567 / 30444.
159 Tourist International, Mangalwar Peth, Station Road, Tel. 2612 9342 / 43 /44.
160 Utsav Deluxe, Chaphalkar Centre, Market Yard Road, Tel. 2421 5151.
161 Valshali, Tel. 2565 6511.
162 Vanashree, M.G. Road, Vandana, Off. J.M. Road, Shivaji Nagar, Tel.25531717/1616.
163 Westin, 36/3-B, Koregaon Park, Tel. 6721 0000.
164 Woodland, Sadhu Vaswani Circle, Nr. Pune Railway Station, Tel. 2612 6161(5 Lines) 26136161.
165 Yatrik, 438, Raviwar Peth, Tel. 2456 6566.
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  • Kayani Bakery At Pune
  • Sample the mouthwatering baked biscuits and freshly baked bread at the city’s oldest bakery.

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  • Take the three-day beginners' course for the basics of flying and landing or opt for joyride where a trained pilot takes you on a 12 minute flight.

  • Pune Darshan Tour
  • The Pune Darshan tour starts at 8:30 am every day and is conducted by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). It begins with the Lokmanya Tilak Museum at Tilak Wada which used to be the great nationalist leader Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s home. A few minutes from here is the Shaniwar Wada, a fort that used to be seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire. Next is Lal Mahal which was built by Shivaji’s father Shahaji Bhonsle for his wife Jijabai. It was here that the great Maratha warrior spent his formative years.

    The tour also includes Mahatma Jyotirao Phule’s cottage, the Kelkar Museum, the Chaturshringi Temple and the Ambedkar Museum. In the second part of the tour you will find yourself in the serene and colourful Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, modeled on the lines of the famous 300-year-old Korakuen Garden of Japan’s Okayama City. From there it is to the sprawling Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and the Shinde Chhatri Temple. The Aga Khan Palace is a part of the Pune Darshan tour.

  • Shaniwar Wada
  • Shaniwar Wada was the palace of the Peshwas since the 18th century C.E. The construction of this structure started on a Saturday, hence the name Shaniwarwada was given to it. Started by Bajirao I on 10th January 1730 C.E. the monument was completed in 1732. Spread over 625 acres, it was primarily a residence for the Peshwa (Prime Minister of the King). It is a heavily fortified building complex with nine bastions and five gateways. The Pune Municipal Corporation has started a sound and light show in an open air auditorium in the palace grounds of Shaniwarwada which is a must watch.

  • Vishrambaug Wada
  • This was the palatial residence of Peshwe Bajirao II. Today it houses a museum on Maratha artifacts as well as beautiful miniature models of the famous buildings of Pune. Its unusual entrance and the beautiful woodwork make it a must visit on the tourist itinerary.

  • Shopping Spree
  • Lakshmi Road, Tulshi baug and M G Road are a shoppers’ paradise. Poona saris woven with an intricate checked field, detailed borders with multiple bands of different designs, striking colour combinations, good quality and finer yarn, and a higher thread count in the weave are worth checking out.

  • Explore Pune City
  • While you make the city a touch point to travel beyond its boundaries, take time off to see Pune too. To do so, take the Pune Darshan tour that starts at 8:30 am every day and is conducted by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). It begins with the Lokmanya Tilak Museum at Tilak Wada which used to be the great nationalist leader Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s home. A few minutes from here is the Shaniwar Wada next to which is the Lal Mahal which was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s father, Shahaji Bhonsle, for his mother Jija Bai. It was here that the great Maratha warrior spent his formative years. The tour also includes Mahatma Jyotirao Phule’s cottage, the Kelkar Museum, the Chaturshringi Temple and the Ambedkar Museum. In the second part of the tour you will find yourself in the serene and colourful Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, modeled on the lines of the famous 300-year-old Korakuen Garden of Japan’s Okayama City. From there it is to the sprawling Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and the Shinde Chhatri Temple. The Aga Khan Palace, where Mahatma Gandhi was placed under house arrest, is also a part of the Pune Darshan tour.

  • Pune Life
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  • Visit Pataleshwar Temple
  • The Pataleshwar cave temple on the Jangali Maharaj road is the earliest monument in the city. Dating back to 7th-8th century CE, it showcases stylistic similarities with the caves at Ellora. It was created as a Shiva temple with a separate shrine for his vehicle, Nandi.
  • Pune Sight-Seeing Trip
  • To see and know Pune better, take the Pune Darshan tour that starts at 8:30 am every day and is conducted by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). It begins with the Lokmanya Tilak Museum at Tilak Wada which used to be the great nationalist leader Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s home. A few minutes from here is the Shaniwar Wada next to which is the Lal Mahal which was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s father, Shahaji Bhosale. It was here that the great Maratha warrior spent his formative years.

    The tour also includes Mahatma Jyotirao Phule’s cottage, the Kelkar Museum, the Chatuhshringi Temple and the Ambedkar Museum. In the second part of the tour you will find yourself in the serene and colourful Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, modelled on the lines of the famous 300-year-old Korakuen Garden of Japan’s Okayama City. From there it takes you to the sprawling Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and the Shinde Chhatri Temple. The Aga Khan Palace, where Mahatma Gandhi was placed under house arrest, is also a part of the Pune Darshan tour.

  • Tour Museums
  • The city of Pune has many different museums the most well-known being the Kelkar Museum which is a unique collection of utility objects put together by one individual. The Deccan College houses two different museums, one dedicated to Maratha history and the other to Archaeology. The Tribal Museum showcases the tribes of Maharashtra and the Mahatma Phule Museum has sections on Industry and Natural history. Museums dedicated to Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Dr. Ambedkar are some of the other museums in the city.
  • Participate in Ganesh Festival
  • Pune is known for its 10-day celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi that attracts tourists and pilgrims from far and wide. The festival involves the participation of local temple trusts and neighbourhood groups who put up extravagantly decorated ‘pandals’ in which the deity is installed. The festival culminates with a parade of Ganesh idols from across the city; these are carried to the local rivers to be immersed. The Kasba Ganapati, as the presiding deity of the city, is the first in this parade. The idea of a public celebration was initiated by freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak and has since spread to many other cities, particularly Mumbai.

  • Sawai Gandharva Festival
  • The Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, one of the most prominent and sought-after Indian classical music festivals in India, is held in Pune every year in December. It commemorates the life and achievements of Pt. Sawai Gandharva and has witnessed the participation of some of the most talented exponents of Indian classical music such as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, among many others.

  • Buy Poona saris
  • What is it about ‘Poona’ saris that give them such a singular image? The saris are woven with an intricate checked field, detailed borders with multiple bands of different designs, striking colour combinations, good quality and finer yarn, and a higher thread count in the weave. These are considered ideal as gifts.

  • Try Puneri Cuisine
  • Pune is one of those few cities where you can sample cuisine from not just across Maharashtra but the world. There are some excellent dining restaurants that serve Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Southeast Asian and other specialties, while you will also find small and economically priced outlets that will provide Mughlai items, Maharashtrian or Gujarati ‘thalis’, Maratha-type spicy dishes, and so on. The ‘wada pav’ is the most popular snack available everywhere. 

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