Heading over to Pune for a quick weekend getaway? You are in for a fabulous time as Pune offers a lot of options for travellers. Popularly known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra and the queen of the Deccan, Pune is a modern traveller’s delight. It is known for its vibrant atmosphere, its historical significance, its lip smacking food and the denizens of the city (Punekars) are infamously known for their poker faced humour!
Museums and temples
Get the divine blessings at the Parvati Temple
Starting with the travellers who love visiting museums and temples, the city of Pune has a lot to offer. Do make it a point to visit Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum and the Darshan Museum. Apart from these, some museums worth visiting are Tilak Museum, Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway, the Tribal Cultural Museum and Mahatma Phule Museum. Dagdusheth Ganpati temple, Tambdi Jogeshwari, the Chaturshringi temple, Omkareshwar, Someshwarwadi mandir, Parvati temple and the Taljai Mata temple are a must visit while in the city.
When in Pune one must visit the Aga Khan Palace
As mentioned before, Pune has a rich historical significance. Right from the flourishing empire of the Maratha kings to the unjust rule of the Britishers, Pune has witnessed it all. The traces of its glorious past can still be found at places such as the intimidating Shaniwar Wada, the serene Aga Khan Palace, the humble Lal Mahal, the beautiful Shinde chi Chatri (Shinde’s Chatri), the quaint Kesari Wada and the charming Vishram Baug Wada.
Entrance to the Lohagad Fort
For the trekkers and adventurers, Pune city, along with Pune district has a lot of forts one can conquer (well, trekking and reaching the summit can be called conquering, right?). There are numerous forts near Pune which are perfect destinations for trekking as well as camping. The towering and magnificent Sinhagadh fort is one that every visitor to Pune must conquer! Apart from it, Lohagad, Purandar, Torna, Rajmachi, Harishchandragad, Tikona, Korigad, Pratapgadh, Sajjangadh, Rohida and Rajgadh are few of the forts that lie near Pune.
Vada Pav is a poular snack in Pune
For foodies, Pune is a delight. From traditional Maharashtrian food to cuisines from different parts of India to delicacies from various parts of the world, Pune restaurants offer finger licking good food along with great service. While on your weekend getaway, do squeeze in your breakfast/ lunch/ tea time/ dinner in one or all of these places- Vaishali, Shreyas dining hall, Nisarg Sea Food, Marz-o-rin, JJ Garden Vada Pav Centre, Ganesh Bhel and Bedekar Misal. These places are Pune institutions in their own rights.
Pune is a liberal city that embraces everybody. Be it with family, or as a couple or a solo trip, your weekend in Pune will be a memorable one. Equipped with dozens of modern shopping malls, classy cinema halls, an active theatre circle and a vibrant nightlife, you are bound to take back loads of memories.