There are a lot of things that should be taken care of in Pune. They are listed below:
The cab drivers tend to fool you and take you to your destination through a long route which will benefit them. Also, certain changes are done to the taxi metres which increase the fare up to a really high level.
Southern India is known for fewer cases of thefts and pickpockets but you should not expect so in Pune. Be alert always.
Never carry much cash with you in markets of Pune as they are heavily crowded.
Know your hotel well before checking in. Select well known hotels. Also, never leave costly belongings at hotel rooms while you will go out for sightseeing.
Take the help of the cops if you cannot figure out something. Asking others might not be beneficial.
Bargain while shopping. If you are going out for street side shopping, don’t forget to use your bargaining skills or you might end up buying a cheap thing for a lot of money
Try taking public transports such as a bus or train rather than getting into a cab. This will be cheaper.
Try avoiding office timings as Pune is well known for its traffic jams.
The drinking age in Maharashtra has been raised to 25 years. Below that, drinking is illegal. Some districts in Maharashtra also require liquor licence from government civil hospital to permit liquor consumption.
National Defence Academy
This is a must visit for every Indian to see how our soldiers are trained. Established in 1954, this academy is the reason behind our peaceful nights.
Agha Khan Palace
The Agha Khan Palace holds a prime position in the history of India’s freedom. Mahatma Gandhi along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi was imprisoned in this palace since 1942. Now, the palace is the headquarters of Gandhi National Memorial Society where khadi is still being manufactured. The palace has beautiful scenic gardens too.
This holy place is believed to be created by lord Shiva. Earlier known as Manipur, this place is a must visit for those who seeks to know about lord Ganesha and Hindu culture. It is the fourth temple of the eight Ganesha temples of Maharashtra. The other ashtavinayak temples in Pune are Lenyadri and Theur.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
This museum is solely made by the collections of Raja Dinkar Kelkar. The main displays in this museum are embroidered textiles, antique copper vessels and swords, antique sculptures and many more precious things that will remind you about the Peshwas. Dr. Dinkar Kelkar had collected them and made this museum. You can pay a visit between 9:30 am to 5:30 pm to transport yourself back in history.
The forts at Lohagad and Visapur are so unique that they will leave you mesmerized. These forts are an important part of the Maratha rule and are worth visiting
. They have witnessed so much during the making of history.
Malshej Ghats is often referred to as a rain traveller’s abode. These picturesque waterfalls
can give you a treat for your eyes. You would definitely not like to go away from this particular place. The heavy downpour, the lush greenery all around, the chilled out weather makes this place no less than a heaven.
Melghat Tiger Reserve
Located in the northern part of Amravati District, this is the place for those who love forest and wildlife. You can encounter a lot of varied species of animals here. The tribal communities of Korkus and Gaolis reside here. This is the place where Maharashtra meets Madhya Pradesh.
This Maratha fort with five gates holds a lot of history inside. Now, it is one of the major attractions in Pune. The five gates are namely Dilli Darwaza which is the main gate of the fort, Mastani Darwaza or Alibahadur Darwaza facing north, Khidki Darwaza facing east, Ganesh Darwaza facing south-east and Jambhul Darwaza or Narayan Darwaza facing south.
The main attraction of this hill is a temple on its top. There are 103 steps which will take you to the temple. The temple was completed by Balaji Baji Rao in the year 1749. The main temple is made of Blackstone. There are other temples beside the main temple.
The home to INS Shivaji, this is also a famous and picturesque picnic spot and camping spot
. Adjacent to Khandala, it is a hill station and a must visit for youngsters for camping. The famous places to see in Lonavala are Lonavala Lake, Duke’s Nose, Rajmachi Point, Ryewood park and Shivaji Udyan, Tiger’s Leap, Valvan Dam, Lion Point, Karla Caves, etc.
Infrastructure: Pune is a well-developed city with smooth roads, five star hotels, big malls, multiplexes, good communication system which will make your trip well organised.
Education System: There are a number of good schools and colleges. The famous Symbiosis International University is there in Pune. If you are planning for an admission in a well-known college, you must take Symbiosis under consideration.
Forts: Marathas were great warriors. They gave us some spectacular examples of forts you could find nowhere. Some examples of forts which you should visit are Shaniwar Wada Fort, Sinhagad Fort, Rajgad Fort, Shivneri Fort, Fort Jadhavgarh and Lohgad Fort.
Food: The authentic Maharashtrian cuisine is really yummy and delicious. You can get a mild aroma of curry leaves in your meals which, in turn, increase appetite. No matter if you are a vegetarian or a non-veg, Pune meals will offer you whatever you will wish to have.
People: The reasons are unknown exactly, but you will find young people all around more than the aged ones in Pune. This might be because Pune is the city with great work culture. The young folks around you are very helpful.
Weather: The weather is Pune is ideal for Sightseeing. The moderate climate makes it really comfortable out there. At some places such as Lonavala, the weather is cool with soft breezes.
Pune offers great sightings in the monsoon with lush green hills and numerous waterfalls and so July to September is a nice time of the year to visit Pune for sightseeing, outdoor activities like trekking and adventure sports. However, you may get stuck in one of the many traffic jams in the city.
You can plan a weekend or even road trip to Pune anytime of the year, since Pune has a moderate climate with temperatures ranging from 19 to 33 degrees. It experiences three seasons: Summers from mid-March to June.
The monsoon lasts from June to October with moderate rainfall and makes the place look really pretty. The winters from November to February are pleasant and an amazing time to be here.
Pune has an ambient weather throughout the year and being sandwiched between the Western Ghats and Sahyadri mountains, there are several places for hiking and camping for adventure seekers. It was the capital city of Maratha Empire, so there are several places of historical interest.
- Osho Ashram in Koregaon Park is spread on 32 acres of land. It is a place of peace and tranquility with a break from city hustle bustle. The Yoga and Meditation practices will leave you rejuvenated. The ashram offers several spiritual learning programs for personal development. It is open on all 7 days and the timings are 6 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
- Pu-La Deshpande Garden is the largest garden in Pune, located on Sinhagad road. The highlight of the garden is the uncanny natural flow of water from a canal that is spreading across the garden. It is open on all days from 6 am to 8 pm.
- Pataleshwar Cave Temple in Jangali Maharaj Road is an ancient typical rock cut temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is made of basalt rock and has a cube shaped sanctum 3-4 meters on each side. A circular Nandi Mandapa is placed in front of the cave but its umbrella shaped canopy held by massive square pillars is the main component that makes the temple’s beauty heightened. The walls have beautiful carvings depicting stories of Hindu mythology. The temple is open from 6 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on all days.
- Katraj Snake Park on Pune-Satara road has a large collection of rare snakes, turtles, reptiles, and birds. A 13 foot King cobra is the main attraction of tourists. It is open on all days from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
- National Defense Academy in Khadakwasla is a joint service academy of Indian forces. The grand architecture of various buildings made of basalt, granite, and Jodhpur sandstone with a blend of arches, pillars, and verandas are a must visit. The visit is restricted to Sundays between 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
- Parvati Hill is the second highest point in Pune. The hillock offers the best views of the city and is the most scenic place in Pune. The oldest heritage structure in the city, Parvati Temple is flocked by tourists and pilgrims. The 103 steps leading to the temple showcase intricate stonework of the Maratha period. The temple is open on all days from 5am – 8p.m.
- Aga Khan Palace is graceful and grand building with magnificent Mughal architecture. It has significant importance in the Indian Freedom Movement as many movements like Satyagraha, Quit India in 1942, were discussed here. A part of building houses Gandhi National Museum. It is open on all days from 9 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.
- Shaniwar Wada in Shaniwar Peth (old city) has remains of the fortressed palace of Peshwas. It is also known for its spookiness and is open on all days from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pune is nestled between the Western Ghats and Sahyadri ranges and has several picturesque spots for picnics and trekking
- A one day trek to Lohagad Fort near Lonavala takes you amidst greenery and breathtaking views.
- Rajmachi trek is one the most scenic and untouched regions in Maharashtra.
Sandwiched between the Western Ghats and Sahyadri Range, there are numerous hill stations around Pune to cool your heels.
- Panchgani with its picturesque beauty and amazing viewpoints is a good getaway in the summer.
- Malshej Ghat is the most scenic drive in Maharashtra with dense green forests and misty clouds
- Satara (112 km) is at the foot hills and is a charming picnic spot amidst rivers and hills.
- Panshet (50 km) is the closest destination for watersports and is ideal for a relaxed day trip.
- Khadakwasla (20 km) near NDA is a great for an outing by lake side and delicious street food.
Winters are mild and a perfect time for outdoor activities. The best destination in winters are
- Matheran (120 km), a quaint small hill station known for its trekking trails, caves and waterfalls.
- Bhandardara (162 km) is a famous lake town known for watersports activities.
- Ganpatipule beach (250 km) in Mumbai for its untouched beauty and splendor is ideal for winters when the sun is not harsh.
- Twin hill stations Lonavala (65 km) and Khandala (69 km) are most popular destination in winters for camping and trekking.
- Mahabaleshwar (120 km) is another winter holiday destination. It has many beautiful viewpoints and interesting historical sites.
Pune with its quaint life, mixed with the city bustle has a lot of options for lovebirds to have fun as well as spend some time in the privacy and comfort of each other.
- Empress Gardens close to Race Course is the most popular hangout place for couples with its shady trees and numerous flower bushes.
- Vetal Hill is the highest point in Pune with a magnificent view of the city from the top. It is a great place to hang out, away from the city humdrum.
- A meandering drive through misty clouds will take you to Mulshi Dam, a paradise for couples with dense forests and beautiful surroundings.
- Sinhagad Fort, the eminent historical site is visited by many couples who want to watch the sunrise and sunset together.
- O Hotel with poolside candle light dinner and Shisha Café in ABC farms are best hangout places for couples.
These are the five most romantic restaurants in Pune.
- Prem’s in Koregaon Park is known for its great service, exquisite wines under natural shades of trees are ideal for that special date.
- Arthur’s Theme in Balewadi is an Italian food connoisseur’s delight with its all white décor.
- Shisha Jazz Café in Mundhwa is the hippest place to have a candle light dinner with classic jazz music.
- Paasha-JW Marriott in Senapati Bapat Road is a rooftop restaurant with a view of entire city and look at the star lit sky with your date.
- Dario’s in Koregaon Park is an all vegetarian restaurant with sublime food and ambiance for candle light dinners.
Pune being such a diverse city has varied options for fam
- Lonavala (65 km) is a hilly town that has enough to see in a single day with its many viewpoints and waterfalls.
- Lavasa (57 km) is a beautiful hill station with a promenade and lovely eateries.
- Kamshet (47 km) is an idyllic picnic spot for a perfect getaway with family.
- Khandala (69 km) is a beautiful hill station with nature trails and forts.
- A drive to Mulshi Dam (50 km) is great picnic spot with languid surroundings.
There are many new places in Pune which are kid friendly.
- Imagica Snow Park in Khopoli is the largest snow park in India where the kids can indulge in making a snow man, snow sledding, and snow fights.
- Funky Monkey Play Center in Koregaon Park is great for unstructured free play with a cheerful ambience, play gyms, ball pools, wave slides and walk way rope bridge for children.
- Wet n Joy Waterpark in Kamshet is a fun place with the longest water slide and the largest wave pool in India.
- Gram Sanskruti Udyaan in Pashan is a mock village which gives a glimpse into rural life with many life size statues of farm animals, wells, and farms. It is ideal to introduce children to the charm of rural Maharashtra.
These luxurious resorts amidst the scenic Western Ghats are a perfect place to laze and luxuriate.
- Maachli in Sindhudurg (approx 6000 INR) is a serene and calm dwelling where you can embark on sightseeing to Vithoba and Ravalnath Temples and beautiful Lotus and Mauli Lakes. The Khavane beach is near and has many water sports activities for adventure lovers.
- Nashik Wine Tour (approx. 4000 INR) with a stay at Soma Service apartments for relaxing with a glass of wine between bountiful vineyards is an experience of a lifetime.
- Villa Stay at Le Farm Pune is one of the few properties in India with private pools. The resort is located on a secluded island surrounded by lush greenery and is the best place for that special weekend. The rates are expensive, with bookings starting at 20,000 INR per night.
- Saj Resort in Mahabaleshwar is known for its opulent surroundings and has many interesting adventurous activities like zip line, zorbing and nature trails. The booking starts at 12,000 INR.
These resorts are located close to places where the dare devils can indulge in adventure activities.
- Kundalika Eco-friendly adventure and rafting camp (113 km) will keep you on your toes with river rafting, trekking trails, village activities and camp cook outs at about 2300 INR per day.
- Family Leisure Camp at Aundoli in Lonavala (65 km) is ideal for farm activities and horse riding in scenic surroundings. The tariff is 5500 INR for a night.
- Igatpuri Camp at 3500 INR per day, offers solitude in an ambient natural scenery with activities like swimming and nature trails.
- Stay and scuba diving at Tarkarli for experiencing the rich and exotic marine life in the Arabian Sea. A Dolphin Safari for spotting dolphins and Sangam Safari to witness crocodiles in their natural habitat are the star attractions. The booking rates are 2500 INR for a night.
There are the best resorts for an adventurous and fun filled break with your colleagues.
- Della Resorts in Lonavala (65 km) is India’s largest adventure resort with many activities like zorbing, zip line, bungee jumping, treasure hunt and many amazing rides. The booking starts with 2500 INR.
- Empower Camp in Kolad (113 km) offers many team building activities like raft building and white water rafting with booking charges of 1800 INR per person.
- Adventure Plus in Yeoli (50 km) is the best place for a corporate outing with unique rustic yet comfortable accommodation and many adventure activities at approximately 1500 INR.
- Kamnath Residency Resort in Alibaug (104 km) is located close to the beach and has many sports like beach volleyball, water scooter, camp fire and fun team building activities. The booking charges are 5000 INR for a room.
- Machan (68 km) in Atvan is perfect for stargazing, bird watching and going for walks in the lap of nature. This is an eco-friendly resort with rooms built on MachThe tariff rates are approx 5000 INR for 1 night.
- Ramsukh-resort and Spa at 108 km near Mahabaleshwar is the place to rejuvenate and reconnect with your significant other. The tariff rates are 5000 INR for a night.
- Radisson Resort and Spa (141 km) in Alibaug is surrounded by mountains and Lake Veshvi is perfect for spending an idyllic time. You can pamper yourself with a Thai massage in the luxurious Thai Spa. The tariff can range between 4000- 7000 INR.
- Ccaza Ccomodore (141 km) in Alibaug is a sanctuary for seclusion for honeymooners. It is 7 min away from Mandwa jetty and beach. The resort has many water sports activities. The rooms are available for approximately 6500 INR.
There are quite a few destinations for a short break from the monotony of city life.
- Lonavala (65 km) is a beautiful hill station with many trekking trails, camping opportunities, viewpoints and majestic forts to visit.
- The city of Wai (85 km) on the banks of Krishna River is a sight to behold with its untouched beauty. There are many activities like kayaking, raft building, river crossing and trekking to indulge in.
- Kamshet (48 km) is a beautiful destination surrounded by rustic hamlets. It is the paragliding hub of the state.
- Khandala (69 km) is the most popular hill station in the region as it lies on the Mumbai-Pune highway.
- The moss covered statuesque Lohagad Fort (74 km) is a hot spot for trekking and history lovers.
Pune has amazing outskirts and many picturesque day out destinations. A bike trip through the Ghats is the best way to get a panoramic view of the greenery, waterfalls, and valleys. The best destinations are:
- A ride to Rajmachi (78 km) passes through many mountains and viewpoints.
- The route to Lavasa is cloaked in the beauty of nature with green meadows and placid lakes.
- A 125 km bike ride takes you to the quaint and charming Matheran. The place is known for its unique flora and fauna.
- The road to Tamhini Ghat passes through the most stunning locations- Temghar Dam with a reservoir, virgin forests and many small rivulets.
- Panchgani is 100 km from Pune and the drive is enchanting with meandering roads and misty clouds.
- The incredible and awesome perspective of the valley can be seen while driving towards Malshej Ghat.
Mahabaleshwar is 125 km from Pune by road. There is a direct state transport bus from Pune to Mahabaleshwar and the journey takes 3 hrs. There is no direct trains between Pune and Mahabaleshwar but the train is the cheapest way to get there.
Take Koyna express from Pune to Satara and then take a bus from Satara. It will take 6 hours to reach Mahabaleshwar. The winter months are the best time to visit the hill station as the weather is ideal for outdoor activities.
Mahabaleshwar has many unique sites and historical stories. Some interesting places to see are:
- Venna Lake for boating and basking in the glory of nature
- Strawberry Plantation in Mapro Gardens is a delightful place to visit and try jams, preserves and ice creams made from fresh Strawberries.
- Pratapgad fort with its spectacular view and interesting war stories of Maratha rulers is must visit for all.
- A walk through the forest through a trudged trail will lead you to the beautiful Lingmala Falls.
- The needle point or Elephant’s head has the most mesmerizing view of the mountains.
- Mini Kashmir or Tapola is a rustic hamlet with a beautiful lake and jungle treks.
Mahabaleshwar is one of the few evergreen hill stations in India.
- The Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar and tourists flock to enjoy beautiful sunrises.
- Arthur’s Seat’s specialty is that, in case you throw a light weighed thing in the valley, it comes up again due to air pressure. It is situated amidst fascinating panorama, one can admire the Konkan and the Deccan on another.
- The Mahabaleshwar Temple built in the 16th century has many interesting legends associated with it. Babington Point is fascinating because of its lush green vista and enticing landscapes.
- Moraji Castle for its splendid British Architecture.
- Panchganga Temple is based on the merging point of the five rivers, Krishna, Veena, Savitri, Koyna, and Gayatri. Innumerable devotees visit the temple throughout the year. The Panch Ganga Temple is blessed with a wonderfully carved Gaumukhi, from where the five rivers flow.
Pune is nestled in the Western Ghats which have many rocks and water falls ideal for rappelling.
- Rock climbing and rappelling in Lingana in Raigad district is an opportunity to see the beauty of nature in the wilderness. The climb is a challenging 4-mile ascent.
- Waterfall rappelling at Rajmachi Fort near Lonavala is an exhilarating experience through refreshing falls.
- Bhivpuri Bekare Waterfalls near Karjat are visited by adventurers from all parts of the country to enjoy the experience of a vertical descent on the rocks with water rushing over your head.
- Rappelling down Duke’s Nose in Lonavala is the popular haunt for thrill seekers.
- Waterfall rappelling at Kondane caves 33km from Lonavala allows you to see the majestic beauty of Sahyadri ranges along with beautiful Buddhist caves.
- For an experience of rappelling at night in an ethereal surrounding, a trek to Harishchandragad Fort is a must for hard core adventure junkies.
It is one of the most popular adventure activities with friends or corporate outings. Mariplex Mall P.A.I.N.T Paintball zone in Kalyani Nagar is located in the heart of the city and will cost 1500 INR per head. Down Town Paint ball adventures in Kharadi is another option for this activity.
The most famous monsoon treks near Pune are:
- Purander Fort near Narayanpur and it takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to reach the top.
- Kalsubai (5400 ft.) is the highest peak of the mountain range of Sahyadri and the most enjoyable trek with breathtaking views of the lush green valley and a series of waterfalls.
There are many forts in the vicinity of the city known for their meandering trekking trails. The best are:
- Korigad Fort 20 km from Pune starting from Bhairavnath Temple.
- Rajmachi Fort is one of the most beautiful forts in the region. It is covered by moss and misty clouds.
- Tikona Fort is a hill fort located near Kamshet and Lohagad Fort with its 4 large iron gates and stunning views are a treat to the eyes.
Caving is an adventurous sport for exploring caves in groups. The Deccan Plateau has many natural caves of historical importance.
- The Bhaja caves are located 56 km north-west of Pune on Mumbai-Pune highway. There are 25 Buddhist caves with some inscriptions and narrative sculptures.
- Bedse Caves are 45 km from Pune, towards Kamshet. There are 2 finished and 2 unfinished caves along with some rock cut cisterns and Buddhist stupa.
- Karla Caves are on Mumbai-Pune highway and are 8 km from Bhaja caves. It is one of the most famous rock cut caves in India with inscriptions in Brahmi script and Prakrit language dating back to the 1st century.
There are several serene places tucked in the Sahyadri Mountains close to
Pune, which is perfect for a camping trip.
- Pavana Lake Camp (65 km) is one of the least explored artificial lakes and is a perfect spot for camping, picnics, and sightseeing.
- Camping in Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Panvel (93 km) is an enthralling experience with swaying palm tree forests and untouched splendor.
- Camping in Badlapur (91 km) is an enjoyable experience with sounds of chirping birds and music of the flowing river.
Lonavala is a beautiful hill station approximately 68 km from Pune and it takes 1 hour by road. It has a lot of adventurous activities like trekking, water sports, para gliding and rock climbing. A beautiful and peaceful Narayani Dham temple with beautiful fountains is a place to visit.
The view from Lion’s Point with floating clouds and green valleys is a feast for the eyes. Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves are two Buddhist caves carved into the rocky mountain site and has unique Buddhist depictions. Wet and Joy Water Park is an amusement park nestled in the Lonavala hills.
Alibaug (145 km) is a beautiful beach destination with pristine sandy beaches and tranquil surroundings. Other than lazing around on the beach you must visit the Kolaba Fort built by Shivaji and Kanakeshwar Forest for its abundant varied flora and fauna. A visit to Vrindavan Farms to enjoy a walk through Custard Apple, Mango, Guava orchards. It takes 2 hours 40 min to reach by road.
These Jungle Safaris present you with thrills of being in a jungle with undisturbed ecosystem in harmony with nature. Some famous and nearby wildlife sanctuaries are:
- Katraj Snake Park (10 km) houses many species of snakes, turtles, birds, and reptiles. It is located on the Pune-Satara highway. There is a library inside the park which gives ample information about the various species of snakes found in the park.
- Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary (102 km) is the largest wildlife preserve in Maharashtra. It has species of barking deer, leopards, wild boar, sambar, hyena, and langurs. It is the home of the giant Indian squirrel.
- Mayureshwar wildlife sanctuary (7 km) on Pune-Sholapur highway is known for housing Chinkaras, Indian wolf, Indian fox, and hyena.
The Sahyadri range comes alive during monsoons with many waterfalls.
- Mulshi Dam valley (50 km) is dotted with many waterfalls during monsoons. Eight waterfalls in a row cascade down a mountain on the road to Palshe and are called Ashtdhara waterfalls.
- Kune Falls (70 km) in Lonavala-Khandala valley are three-tiered waterfalls offering a spectacular beauty.
- Zenith Falls in Khopoli (85 km) and Bhivpuri fall in Kajrat (105 km) are a must visit during monsoons.
- Lingmala Falls in Mahabaleshwar (120 km) is the highest waterfall in the region. They fall from 600 feet and drop into Venna lake.
- Pandavkada Falls (123 km) in Navi Mumbai are majestic and the main tourist attraction during monsoons.
The joy of exploring a city on cycle with a panoramic view of the surrounds is unappalled. There are 2 cycling tours in Pune. A private 4-hour complex tour through Pune University will give you the chance to see buildings with charming colonial British era architecture and imbibe the vibe of campus life. A midnight cycling tour for fitness freaks takes you through Kothrud, Bhusari Colony, Chandni Chowk, Bhavdan Budhrakh, Pashan, Pune University, and Chaturshrungi. The cost of the tour is 700 INR.
The Kundalika River in Kolad is the fastest flowing river in the southern part of the country and is one of the top 5 destinations for white water rafting in India. Kolad is 113 km from the city and it takes 4 hrs. to reach by road.
Dandeli at 440 km in Karnataka is an overnight journey from Pune. The Kali River, has a 13 km stretch full of rapids making it ideal for rafting.
Monsoons are definitely the best time to visit for rafting as the water levels are high and with strong currents which make the rafting experience more thrilling and enjoyable. The entire Sahyadri range has a lot of waterfalls and one can enjoy trekking through the waterfalls and its lush greenery.
Sula Vineyards and Soma Vineyard Resort in Nashik provide wine tasting session with ample information on the techniques of proper wine tasting. A tour of the vineyard estate will show you the grapes from which wine is made and wine factory for the techniques involved in winemaking.
The approximate cost of wine tasting tour is 1500 INR per head. The tours take place between 1130 to 1830 hrs. on all days except dry days.
Nashik is 208 km from Pune and the drive will take approximately 4hrs. There are 2 direct trains from Pune and they take about 7 hrs. to reach Nashik. Its salubrious climate is best suited for making wine.
The country’s best and biggest vineyards like Sula Vineyards, Soma Vineyards, and Grover Vineyards are close to Nashik and offer tours which will include walking through grape plantations and ample information about thecorrect method of tasting wines.
Go-Karting is an exciting activity and makes you feel like a professional F1 driver.
- Downtown Racing has the most sophisticated, fastest and longest 500m go-karting track in the country. It also has advanced cars to match the sophisticated track.
- High Octane is a roof top 200m long go-karting racing track on the terrace of Seasons Mall near Magarpatta.
There are several beautiful hill stations located close to Pune.
- Lonavala & Khandala are 68 km & 70 km from Pune respectively and it takes a little over an hour to get there. They are covered in a blanket of greenery and have many camping sites and trekking trails. The places are famous for a variety of ‘chikki’, a type of sweet.
- Matheran is the oldest hill station and is the only automobile free hill station in Asia. It is a charming place and the famous Raigad Fort is located in its vicinity. It is 120 km and it takes 2 hrs to reach from Pune.
- The Panchgani hill station known for its unparalleled beauty is 220 km from Pune. It has both hilly terrains as well as coastal plains. Rajpuri Caves, Tableland, and Lord Kartikeya temple are star attractions of this charming place.
- Malshej Ghat at 116 km with its uneven rugged terrain and many waterfalls is undoubtedly the most picturesque place in the vicinity.
- Amboli is one of the best eco hot spots in the world. It is home to 108 Lord Shiva Temples. It is 348 km and it takes 6.5 hrs. by road.
Pune has many beautiful beach destinations within 150 km. The best beaches to unwind are:
- Kihim Beach is 140 km and it takes 2 hours to reach by road. It is an ideal destination to spend time by the emerald green waters and sandy beaches.
- Alibaug is 145 km and it takes 2 hrs. 40 min to reach here. It is the most popular beach destination for Puneites and Mumbaikars. There are some amazing resorts in Alibaug.
- Mandwa Beach is at a distance of 150 km and is 3 hrs. 30 min. away. It is a paradise for nature lovers with tranquil waters and less crowded beaches.
- Kashid Village and Murud at a distance of 160 km is 4 hrs from Pune. It is at the confluence of ghats and sea with mesmerizing views of lush green hills and pristine white beaches. Murud is known for a fort in the sea.
- It takes 4hrs. to reach Diveagar beach which is about 175 km from Pune. It is still unexplored making it the best destination for those looking for peace and serenity.
The most famous markets in Pune for shopping are:
- Laxmi Nagar is the busiest and longest markets of Pune. It is famous for clothes and jewellery shops. Famous publishing houses like Nirali and Manali Prakashan are also located on this road.
- MG Road or Camp is the best place for window shopping. It is the poshest market in the city and has several brand outlets and many famous old shops.
- Fashion Street serves the multitude of shopping needs from bags, shoes, foot wear, clothes, and accessories.
- Tulsi Baug is best known as a low price market for household items. It is the most crowded and commercial areas of Old Pune.
- Juna Bazaar has antique coins sold for pittance along with mundane accessories. Lots of foreign tourists and amateur coin collectors haunt this market.
- Phule Market is the wholesale vegetable and fruit market.
- BajiRao Road has excellent shops of household furniture and modular kitchens.
- Hongkong Lane in Deccan is the famous market for foreign goodies like clothes and accessories.
- FC Road is popular with students as the shops sell clothes at ridiculously low prices and you can try haggling with the vendors to get best deals.
- Phoenix Market City and Amanora Mall are best places to buy branded goods and have good eating joints.
Some of the best restaurants in Pune are:
- Shizusan in Phoenix Mall is an Asian Pop Bistro with subtle oriental décor has an innovative south-east Asian menu like Leek Dimsums, Unusual lamb, Peanut butter pie, green tea infused Tiramisu.
- Greedy Man Pizzeria in Kalyani Nagar serves the best iteration of Napolitano- style pizza in the city.
- Mahlzeit in Koregaon Park has a charming rustic décor and serves German food in impressive portions.
- Madness-Social Clinic in Koregaon Park is a unique resto-bar with a hospital theme décor. The food is a blend of North Indian, Italian and South-east Asian.
- Donkey’s Arse serves multi-cuisine food and is a hub for comedy nights and music charts.
- Superheroes in Koregaon Park as the name suggests is littered with super hero paraphernalia and has a large play area for kids, making it a favorite with families.
- Playboy beer garden in Baner offers an excellent beer menu and sumptuous food.
- Savya Rasa in Koregaon Park in famous for its regional gourmet south Indian cuisines ranging from Syrian Christian food, Nellore, Kongunadu and Nasrani dishes.
Pune is one of the few places in India where pubs remain open as late as 4 am. The hippest joint with swinging music and heady cocktails are:
- High Spirits is the best place to get your favorite drinks at affordable prices.
- Mi-A- Mi is designed like an underground garage and has the largest dance floor. It is famous for its wild and crazy parties.
- Swig is the place to visit for music, fun, dance, and drinks. All kinds of artists like painters, sculptors, musicians, and dancers are invited here for performances.
- Mix @ 36 is located inside a luxury hotel with Mula-mutha River on the backdrop and the bar gives you an enthralling view of the city.
- Stone water grill located by river side has an enchanting ambiance and is a heaven for music lovers.
- Fish Bowl in Hyatt Regency has a lounge like atmosphere. The USP of this place is its premium cocktails and liquor.
- Euriska has its décor inspired by the famous Greek Island Santorini and has a mesmerizing ambiance along with authentic Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails.
- Area 51 is most popular amongst youngsters because of its unique 2-level dance floor.
Coffee is a persistent passion in the modern world. Here is a list of the coolest and quirkiest café in Pune
- Pagdandi books chai café in Baner is a place where twin joy of books and coffee co exists.
- Durga Café in Kothrud is not fancy but known for its iconic cold coffee.
- Minus Eighteen Degrees in Baner has a beautiful ambiance and coffee.
- Book Café Ssong in Aundh is ideal for a coffee date with a novel.
- Peter Donut Café in Aundh has munchy donuts and food along with their trademark coffee.
- Café Abaca in Koregaon Park is located inside a high end home décor shop and has a beautiful ambiance. It serves fresh muffins and cakes with coffee.
- Fat Cat’s Café at Wanorie is a hip but slightly expensive. However, their desserts are mouthwatering.
- Café de Custard in CDC is known for its trademark custards and sandwiches along with coffee.
- Café Bread n Butter in Erandwane is the place to visit for waffles and pancakes.
The old eateries have gained fame and have transformed from stalls to shops. The list of the best eateries for street food are:
- Good Luck Café for Keema Pav and Chicken ra ra.
- Burger King (local, not the American food chain) is famous for its huge delectable burger and salami sandwiches. It’s a popular place and you may have to wait to get a place to sit.
- Sujata Mastani serves Mastani, which is a combination of milk and ice cream topped with dry fruits and Kesar.
- Kayani Bakery for its Shrewsbury biscuits and Mawa cakes. The shop opens at 3 or 4 in the evening and it’s a mad rush till the shutters are down.
- JJ Garden in Camp area serves the best ever Vada Pav. They
serve the classic dish in variety like cheese vada pav and masala vada pav.
- Marz-o-rin on MG street has been famous for its coffee, macaroni, and cheese & chicken sandwiches.
- Vaishali on FC road is the place for Sev Puri, Dahi Puri, Sabudana Vadas. The coconut chutney is world class.
- Tiranga Non-veg is known for its sumptuous biryani dishes
- Shabree on FC road is the place for traditional spicy Maharashtrian cuisine like poran poli, masala bhaat, kadi gole etc.
- Vohuman Café on Sassuman road is an Irani cafe famous for its breakfast menu. The cheese omelets are their specialty. Do try Malai plate for their in house soft juicy buns.
- Coffee House serves multiple cuisine and is known for getting their orders quick
- Om Jai Shankar is the place for spicy, tangy pani puri.
- The most famous German Bakery in Koregaon Park is known for its muffins and mint tea.
- Chaitanya's on FC Road is the best place for mouthwatering buttery aloo parathas.
- Bedekar Misal is crowded from morning to night and serve the hallmark Maharashtrian misal pav.
Pune is located in the Western Ghats and is a gateway for many scenic drives in the region. Some of the most scenic drives are:
- Tamhini Ghat about 70 km from railway station towards Munshi. It is a sight to behold with its lush greenery and a misty layer of clouds.
- A drive from Tamhini Ghat to Lonavala has been adjudged as one of the most beautiful drives in Maharashtra.
- Mulshi Dam (50 km from railway stn.) is a popular picnic spot with scenic surroundings and good eateries.
- A drive to Panshet Dam (52 km from railway stn.) in Khadakwasla is beautiful and there are boating opportunities as well.
- The old Pune-Mumbai highway is full of meandering roads and many viewpoints.
Pune is known for its throbbing nightlife and partying. The most happening pubs are:
- Doolally on Tap is the first microbrewery in the city and is famous for German brewed beers.
- High Spirits is popular with students and youngsters and is always bustling with activity.
- 1000 Oaks is probably the oldest resto bar with a wonderful ambiance.
- The Ship is a bar built using wood from wrecked ships and has the most interesting extensive cocktail menu.
- The Single Malt and Co. is an elegant bar known for lovely Jazz music.
- Swig is one of them chicest and stylish bars with simple and classic outdoor seating.
- Toons is still a favorite with students and has a boisterous crowd.
Pune was the capital city of Maratha Kings and the monsoon capital of British India. It has many noteworthy museums reflecting its rich history and culture.
- Tribal Museum will help you to get a glimpse into the lives of tribal living around Sahyadri and Gondwana region.
- National Film Archive Museum is a living heritage of Indian Film Industry and is the largest museums dedicated to films in Asia.
- Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum has a collection of 20,000 rare artifacts collected from all over the country.
- The National War Museum is a war memorial dedicated to post-independence war martyrs and is a must visit.
A visit to the water park offers many rides, games and activities. The most exciting water parks in Pune are:
- Diamond Water Park in Lohegaon promises utmost fun and merry moments to visitors and has 28 different water rides.
- Sentosa Resorts and Water Park has slides known for their exhilarating twists and turns.
- Krushnai Water Park is located in the vicinity of Singhad Fort and is the most picturesque fun paradise in the city.
- Splash Mountain Waterpark is famous for its giant slides.
- Adlabs Aquamagica and Panshet Waterpark are popular for their adventurous rides and wave pools.
The most popular and visited temples in Pune are:
- Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple is one of the richest temples in the city. The freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak used to visit this temple during Ganesha festival and meetings in this temple were pivotal in uniting people for the freedom struggle.
- Omkareshwar Temple is one the oldest temples in Pune, built during the Peshwa reign and is known for its splendid architecture and huge domes.
- Parvati Temple, at a hilltop, is one of the main attractions for pilgrims and tourists. The view of the surroundings is breathtaking.
- Kasba Ganpati is the most beloved and visited shrines in the city. The grandest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are in this temple and it is known as the deity of Pune.
- Chatushrungi Mata Temple is known for its Navratri celebrations.
All the temples can be visited in one day. They are open between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all days.