Planning a travel to a place which has peace and tranquillity along with the modern amenities? Maybe it’s a calling from a city located in Maharashtra called as Pune.
Situated on the leeward side of the Sahyadri hills which form a part of the Western Ghats, Pune is ideal for people who are looking for a short travel to the plains wherein the temperature is moderate, the environment is calm and all the modern amenities are available at any place you choose to stay in. The best thing about this city is its medium paced life and its nature. You will not find a road which is not covered with trees on both the sides. Its greenery makes your eyes feel relaxed and happy.
From Oyo rooms to luxurious hotels like Grand Hyatt, all are here to make your stay more enjoyable according to how much you are willing to spend on your vacation.
Pune is very well connected via air as well as train. You can choose any mode you want according to your budget.
As Pune is known to be the Oxford of the east, you will find many youngsters plying on the roads on their two-wheelers. Because of this influx, the travelling is quite easily available through cabs and auto-rickshaws (which by the way has its on charm to travel in). There are many restaurants offering a variety of cuisines to satiate your food palette. If you are looking for typical Maharashtrian food you must visit a restaurant called as Shabri which is situated on F.C. Road (Fergusson College Road) which is famous for its Thalis. You can also go to Mayur Thali for experiencing the authentic Gujrati food. The south-Indian food is also quite developed in terms of taste and availability in the city. Indulge yourself in a delicious South-Indian breakfast in the restaurants like Wadeshwar (F.C. Road), Vaishali (F.C. Road), Shiv Sagar which has branches all over Pune. Trying pav Bhaji at Shiv Sagar is a ritual which one must perform. It is so yummy that you will not stop eating.
Post eating all these amazing dishes, one really wants a great dessert. Sujata Mastani is a must visit in Sadashiv Peth near the railway station.
No trip is complete without shopping and some shopping would do no harm. Pune has great malls so you can always visit them. But if it is the local markets you wanna explore then you must go to Laxmi Road which is the oldest market in the city. Laxmi Road is an authentic Puneri market as it actually has the old-fashioned royal look. You can buy Paithani (it is a traditional silk saree with golden work) from a chain of stores in Laxmi road.
F.C. road is another place to go for the cafes and shops which offer all sorts of clothes, bags and chappals (osho chappals being really famous here). The Camp area in Pune is another place which has the old market vibe going on. Visit the famous Naaz Bakery and enjoy the Shrewberry cookies which this bakery is famous for. Now that you are in camp, you can always take a halt at the Marz-O-Rin and have some chutney sandwich along with rose milkshake to go for.
If you wish to visit high-end cafes and enjoy the modern side of the city then Koregaon Park, Kalyani Nagar and Aundh are the places for you.
Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple:
which is located in Budhwar Peth. It is the most famous temple located in the heart of the city and it is maintained in a great manner.
Aga Khan Palace:
This museum has its name registered in our modern history as this was the place where “Bapu” (Mahatma Gandhi- The father of the Nation) were imprisoned for about 2 years. He lived here with his wife Smt. Kasturba Gandhi. The museum is very nicely kept and the relics of the personal belongings of Bapu are preserved and displayed here.
For the religious soul in you, you can also visit places like Shirdi, Shani Shingnapur and Mahalaxmi temple which are a one-day affair from Pune. Bhimashakar which is roughly a five-hour drive from Pune is also a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva to visit.
Pune is quite close to many small and beautiful hill stations where you can visit in a day’s time or stay overnight according to your own preference. Want to have some fun and enjoy an idyllic drive in the Sahyadri hills? You can visit the hill stations like Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar (the Maple strawberry ice-cream is a must try) and Khandala which are ideal places for enjoying tranquillity and the beauty which the nature has to offer. You can even camp at these locations and have a bonfire that is if you choose to spend a night in the lap of the nature.
Wanting to see the Konkan Coast? Well Pune has got it covered too. A three-hour drive will take you to Alibaug which is a coastal town located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This is a great place to offload all your worries and enjoy the waves. Alibaug is not heavily populated but it has amazing hotels where you can stay if you so wish, otherwise this place too is a one-day affair from Pune. A small Tanga ride will take you to the Kolaba fort which has its own history and is another beautiful place to stopover.
Wondering when to pack your bags for Pune? As the city has a moderate climate, you can visit at any time of the year except for the monsoon time as it rains quite heavily there and it also rains for days and days together. Do not forget to carry your sweater as you must not underestimate the cool which the city offers. So, ball away!!!