History & Culture
1) Parvati Hill
Want a combo of nature and heritage at one go? Well, Parvati Hill fulfils that for you. A hillock located in the central area of the city surrounding bustling neighbourhoods on its side. This place is known for being one of the oldest heritage marks in the city and was built by the Peshwa dynasty. It takes a quick hike for about approximately 70 – 80 steps to reach atop. The area comprises of 4 temples dedicated to Lord Kartikeya, Lord Vishnu, Lord Vitthal and Lord Shiva and Parvati. The hill also consists of a small memorial in the centre showcasing a brief history of The Peshwas. Early riser or a sunset lover, this place is best recommended for you to not miss the stunning shades of the sun. All in all, Parvati Hill treats you not just with its glorious past but also perking you with a mix of nature.
2) Shaniwar Wada
This place is doubtlessly known by all especially after the movie Bajirao Mastani and the most visited tourist place in Pune. Built in the 18th century, this place was served as the capital and centre of administration for the Peshwas of the Maratha empire. Situated amongst the busy streets of Kasba Peth, the fort consists of a garden and a palace fountain. The fort also includes five distinctive gates named – Dilli Darwaza, Mastani Darwaza, Khidki Darwaza, Ganesh Darwaza and Jambhul / Narayan Darwaza. The fort also hosts a light and sound show in the evening putting limelight on the history of the mountain range of Sahyadris and its deep connection with the Maratha Empire. This place makes you relive the era of the Maratha kingdom and shares it ancient stories. History lover or not, this place will surely make you wonder about its historical glory
3) Fort Sinhagad
A place most loved by the Puneits? Of course there are a lot but that one place that wears a prideful crown in every Puneits’ heart, is undoubtedly Fort Sinhgad. Located on the outskirts of the city, the fort is also a favourite hiking spot for the trekking enthusiasts. You can also drive your way up to the fort. The fort consists of bastions, a natural water pond and a memorial dedicated to the Maratha warrior upon whom the name of the fort is derived from. Foodie at heart, right? Enjoy a sumptuous meal atop the fort that pumps up your taste-buds. Try out the famous delicacy – Kanda Bhaji (Onion fritters), Pithala – Bhakri (Millet with chickpea flour thick gravy) and Matka Dahi (Curd in a small pot). After all this, it’s pretty certain that this place will make you wear it a prideful crown too!
4) Aga Khan Palace
A very important landmark in the city that’s related to the Indian freedom movement. Situated in the well off neighbourhood of the city, this place is an unrecognizable landmark. The palace represents Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance style architecture. The galleries of the palace give a touch of the Victorian era. This is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi and his secretary Mahadev Desai were imprisoned. A small memorial inside the palace is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhiji where his important belongings and paintings depicting the major activities during the Indian freedom movement are displayed. This place also serves as the burial where the ashes of Gandhiji, Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai are buried. The area surrounding the palace encompasses a sparsely spreaded green lawn. Still, steady and quiet – this place succeeds winning your heart with its charming exterior and deep history.
5) Pataleshwar Cave Temple
As the name suggests, this is a rock-cut cave temple made out of a single rock. Located on one of the busiest and popular streets of Pune, this cave temple is still a less known heritage mark in the city. Said to be built in 8th century by the Rashtrakutas, this place comprises a Nandi Mandapa (a prayer hall dedicated to bull), a small cave structure and a Shiva Linga inside the main temple of Pataleshwar. This place serves as the protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. A true hidden gem, this place will leave you making you wonder that why hadn’t you visited this beauty earlier!
6) Pashan Lake
In search of a perfect solitude into nature’s arms but still want it to be around the city? Pashan Lake’s here for you to fulfil that need. Being an artificial lake, doesn’t seems like one at all! Located on the outskirts of the city, this place is a favourite pick for the birds too. Early morning visit is a must if you are a bird lover. Serenity at its best calling you out at Pashan Lake!
7) Khadakwasla Dam
The major source of water for the residents and a major source of a weekend getaway for the Puneites! Khadakwasla dam asks for a little time from your busy schedule and promises to please you at its best! Sunrise and sunsets are a not-to-be-missed ones. Double your joy during the monsoon for you can savour the scenery with Bhutta (grilled corn) under the raindrops.
8) P.L. Deshpande Garden & Mughal Garden
These two go hand in hand. P.L. Deshpande Garden and Mughal Garden are two different genre gardens located in the same premises. P.L. Deshpande Garden – also known as Okayama Friendship Park is a Japanese setup garden and a must for you if you are garden lover. Mughal garden in the other hand, is comparatively less chosen option but as pleasing as the Japanese garden. Mughal style spreaded flower terraces invite you to step inside. Both the gardens are ever-ready to serve you with glee and eager to show its iconic side.
9) Osho Teerth Park
Looking for mental relaxation? Meditation vibes? Well there’s an entire park giving you the therapy you need. A formerly wasteland, and now converted into an ecological park – Osho Teerth Park gives you the best mental spa you can ask for. Situated alongside The Osho International Meditation Resort, this park treats you giving you the glimpse of the ecosystem and reforestation. Who would think getting a mental spa was that easy?!
10) Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
A best treat for an art lover – Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum entices you to look into it. Located in the heart of the city, the museum is three-storeyed building showcasing a number of sculptures, musical instruments, ornaments, jewellery, weapons and old traditional costumes. Always filled with art lovers, this place will surely be succeed fulfilling your cultural and art hunger.
11) Joshi Railway Museum
The only railway museum in Pune – Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway exhibits different types and models of trains. The models feature steam engine of bullet train and mini sky train. A unique style museum also makes kids fall for it.
12) Pune Tribal Museum
Fascinated about tribal and tribal life? This museum is the right place for you. Commonly known as the Tribal Museum, this museum showcases the culture of Maharashtrian tribes. The display items include ornaments, utensils, costumes, handicrafts, jewellery and musical instruments. This one really works for you if you want to be tribally satisfied!
13) Bedekar Misal
Kolhapuri Misal (spicy sprouts curry served with bread) is commonly famous amongst all but if you’re looking for a typical Pune touch, then this is the place for you. A mixture of spicy and sweet curry accompanying Namkeen is something worth melting for!
14) New Poona Bakery Patties
Another unique item and probably the most eaten item in the city – ‘patties’ is what they call it locally, is basically a veg puff filled with mild spicy potatoes is a must eat in Pune. Especially from the New Poona Bakery – are the most eaten – ones today. A trip to Pune will be incomplete without eating patties.
15) Vohuman Café
A recommended place for a perfect and pocket friendly breakfast. Simple and pleasing ambience, this place is also known as an early – morning café. Bun – Maska, tea and omelettes are the must try dishes. A great option to kick start your day!
16) Vohuman Café
Hardcore non vegetarians? Pamper your taste buds savouring over Irani and Mughlai cuisine at this restaurant. Located amidst the camp area of Pune, also has another various restaurants alongside. Bhuna Gosht, Chicken Biryani and Caramel Custard are the specialities. Enthusiastic waiters, active atmosphere and smiling faces are evidence that this place has to be on your list!
17) Unique Café Experience in Pune
A new concept of Book Cafes has arisen in Pune i.e. a cosy, quiet coffee place especially built as a workplace where one can sit / work / read as much as you want and pay as per the time spent. These book cafes, as the name suggests, also have an avid collection of different genre books. The following four are the best suggested book cafes :
– Waari Book Café
– Pagdandi Book Café
– Leafy Trails
– Fat Cat’s Café
Pune has to offer vibrant and energetic nightlife. Want to get rid of the tiredness? Well, indulging into Pune’s zestful nightlife can lift up your mood. Koregaon Park, Kalyani Nagar, Viman Nagar, Aundh, Baner are a few options where you can find tons of pubs and discotheques to hit the dance floor. Below are a few options of the highest recommended pubs / discos :
– JW Mi-a-Mi
– Agent Jack’s Bar
– Hard Rock Café
– Pune Social
– Hidden Place
– High Spirits
– Rude Lounge
– Frozen Monkey
Want to know the actual heartbeat Pune? Well, this is where you come. Located in the heart of the city, Tulshibaug is a legendary marketplace for cosmetics, jewellery, traditional Maharashtrian utensils, etc. This place is the most cherished and essential part of every resident of Pune. You can also get the real an authentic vibe of the city in the streets of the market.
20) Laxmi Road
Laxmi Road is the most famous and one of the main old shopping streets of Pune. Clothing is majorly sellable shopping item on the street. From typical traditional Maharashtrian style clothing shops to the classic western style clothing shops can be found in the street. The street has kept its zeal for more than 50 years.
21) Fergusson College Road.
The real vein of the Pune youth? Doubtlessly, the Fergusson College road or FC road as the city residents call it. Filled with vibrance and dynamic energy of the youth, this street offers a number of clothing shops, jewellery shops, gadget stores, bag stores and a tons of restaurants. One of the oldest and legendary restaurants i.e. Café Goodluck, Vaishali and Rupali are also located on FC road.