Things to know about Pune:
The Oxford of the East, the city of Pune is one among the largest city of the country in terms of its vast empire and also the people it houses. One can’t resist getting a youthful vibe here.
This metropolitan city has its roots sprouted from the old Poona. Poona had witnessed the glory of the Maratha Empire, which helped India being an independent country. The city shows the perfect amalgamation of modernity with tradition, which adds to the adoration of this beautiful city.
In the due course of time, the city of Pune witnessed many cultures and civilizations. But still it hasn’t gone far from its typical Maharashtrian conduct.
Places to visit in Pune:
Apart from the culture and history, the city of Pune is also blessed with a rich heritage sites, pilgrimage sites and natural sightseeing places. The climate of Pune is so pleasant that it keeps calling visitors from all over the country, all year round. Now let’s explore the places to visit in Pune.
You must include following places in your Itinerary to Pune -
- Rajgad Fort - This Palace is a perk for the trekkers and the explorers. Go trekking till you reach an altitude of 1400 meters to discover this majestic Palace. The place had witnessed many historic events of the past and thus has always been an important spot in the maps of the country.
- Neelkantheshwar Temple - This sacred temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Do visit this place to unreveal many mythological stories the temple says through its stunning statues.
- Lavasa - If you are looking for comfort, modernization, scenic views all at one place, still being in the lap of Mother Nature, then this is the ultimate Stop for you. The newest hill city of India is equipped with all the modern amenities and provides the chance to enjoy the nature from the closest.
- Aga Khan Palace - Visit this place to look for some mesmerizing architecture of the past and to explore the place of much historical significance. The Palace also holds a museum showcasing the collectibles related to the Indian war of Independence.
These are only few to mentions of Pune. But, there is lot more to explore in Pune and the city is truly a piece of heaven for the travel enthusiasts.
Things to do in Pune
Once you are at Pune, apart from visiting tourists places of the city, there are many more activities and fun awaiting for you. One can get chance to choose among the many options like -
- Paragliding at Kamshet - The flying enthusiasts have very adventurous option of paragliding at Kamset. The certified pilots will take you to the breathtaking tour of the Sahyadri Ranges and valleys.
- Exploring the Korigad Fort - The real power packed journey for the adrenaline junkies will start here. Trekking to the fort offers lots of mesmerizing spots to visit into.
- Trekking at Rajmachi - The treat for the trekkers are the thrilling trails to Rajmachi. One may choose the trail of their comfort to reach the 2 popular forts of Rajmachi- Shirvardhan Fort and Manoranjan Fort.
Not your choice?? Wait…. Pune is having much more options. You can go for-
- Hot air balloon safari and a quite escape at Lonavala - The place tucked at Sahyadris gives enough reasons to call the tourists. Go for a lifetime experience of flying high in the sky witnessing the vast horizon of greenery, deep fading valleys, mighty hillocks, and luscious lakes.
- Rajivgandhi zoological park - The zoology lovers can run to explore this place. Spreaded across 130 acres of land, the zoo has four important sections as - the Katraj Lake, the Zoo, an Animal Orphanage and the Snake Park.
But the fun is still not over!! The city of pune is party lover. It parties a lot. You can experience the nightlife here in its exotic resorts and Pubs spread all over the city.
Best time to visit Pune
I would suggest you to Plan your trip in the months between October and March, as the city sees most pleasant and predictable weather this time. Other months can be looking to scorching Sun or the rainfall. If you wanted to get the experience of romantic part of Pune, you should visit here in the month of May to June at this time there is little rain over here and you can the best monsoon experience in the Maharashtrian cities like Lavasa, Mahabaleshwar and Matheran.
Food to eat
The city never sleeps, nor does it’s eat streets. The streets of Pune are laden with delicious spicy tangy foods. One cannot resist themselves from tasting the mouth watering delicacies of the city. Not just the typical Maharashtrian dish, but you can find dishes travelling from across the country making their place in the vivid stalls.
You will regret later if you don’t taste the servings of -
- Kayani Bakery - Ah! The real treat for the sweet lovers awaits here. Rush here before the servings are gone. Don’t forget tasting some shrew berry biscuits and Mawa cake, the signature dishes of the place.
- Misal Pav - The unique dish of Pune that does not allow sharing. The hundreds of varieties of misal pav here will make you go wao and you will end up filling the tummy to the top.
- Sujata Mastani - as the name stands, this drink is sure to keep you “Mastt” all day. It's a perfect blend of milk with ice-cream with lots of mouth watering inclusions hidden inside. The relishing drink is available in a variety of flavors to choose from.
I am sure you are going to thank me after tasting these.