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7 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Pune

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Cover Photo by Atharva Tulsi

The second-largest metropolitan city of Maharashtra and the eighth-most populous city in India, Pune is widely known as the second largest "IT hub of India" and one of the major  "automobile and manufacturing hub of India" with the likes of Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra, Mercedes India, Volkswagen India, India Kawasaki Motors, and many more prominent OEMs having a base here. In addition to this, there are several prominent educational institutions here that earn Pune the moniker of being the Oxford of the East. This results in a significant influx of students and working professionals to the city.

But hey, that’s the Pune that most of us keep hearing about. Let’s switch it up a bit and take the scenic route to Pune.

Punyat aaple swagat aahe - Welcome to Pune

The land of Misal Pav and Vada Pav… and also, the iconic Parsi food, the place where the weather is always good, the food is always delicious and easy on pockets, people are simple and amiable, Pune is rightfully the most liveable city in the country. From rustic peths to quaint little Parsi cafes, Pune has somehow managed to stay connected with its roots despite experiencing rapid urbanization. People from all over the country book Pune tour packages and visit the city for various reasons and admiring the beauty and charm of the city is an important one.

So, here are a few handpicked places to visit in Pune in a true Punekar style:

Osho Ashram, some calm is important

When in Pune, you cannot miss your only opportunity to experience the bliss of meditation and spirituality. One of the most famous places in Pune, Osho Ashram is cosily situated in Koregaon Park. Established by Bhagwan Rajneesh Osho, Osho Ashram is a meditation centre. You can take a day tour but you will have to make sure that you book the tour beforehand. Osho Ashram is one of the most popular tourist places in Pune and finding a slot can often be difficult. Meditating while dressed in maroon robes can be an experience in itself.

Sinhagad, a glimpse of the bygone era

Located around 35 km southwest of Pune, Sinhagad has witnessed many famous battles. Originally named as Kondhana, Sinhagad got its name from the battle of Sinhagad which was fought by the brave general of the Maratha Empire, Tanaji Malusare. This impenetrable fortress has a vast history and is one of the best places to visit in Pune for travellers interested to know more about Maratha and Mughal battles. Apart from an enriching experience, this is one of the best tourist places in Pune for couples. Amongst other places to visit in Pune, couples can enjoy the sunset here, the majestic view of Rajgad hill fort in peace while enjoying the pleasant weather. You can even have some #instaworthy shots if you visit during the monsoon season which happens to be the best time to visit this glorious fortress.

Fergusson College Road, a little retail therapy

The shoppers always have it sorted. One of the most popular tourist spots in Pune for shopaholics. Walking from Deccan Gymkhana to Shivajinagar will allow you to cover the entire market in one go. From smart casuals to a pair of gorgeous tassel earrings to elegant Kurtis, FC road is one of the best places to hang out in Pune and the best part, you do not need to shell out a lot to enjoy here. Even if you are not fond of shopping, the overall feel of this place is worth a shot.

Sujata Mastani, not without my Mastani

Started as a small pan shop in Sadashiv Peth, Sujata Mastani was established by Sharad Rao, the son of Raoji Mama Kondhalkar. One of the most popular places to visit in Pune, Sujata Mastani sells a wide variety of mastani, a delicious concoction of milk, ice cream, and different flavouring agents. Being a prominent tourist spot in Pune, you will always find tourists huddled at the place. If you are still confused about the name mastani, it is said that this iconic drink is named after the princess of Bundelkhand who had Peshwa king Bajirao’s heart. Quite interesting! Well, do not miss their mango mastani next time you are in Pune.

Seven Wonders Dream Park, a little family time

Also known as Yashwantrao Chavan Garden, Seven Wonders Dream Park is one of the ideal places to visit in Pune with friends and family. You can find Replicas of all the seven wonders of the world can be seen here. This is amongst Pune’s best tourist places, especially for families with kids. It can be an enriching experience for children as well as they can get a glimpse of the great pyramid of Giza, Colosseum, Stonehenge, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty, and Eiffel Tower. Also, there are 3D and 4D entertainment shows. So, a visit to Seven Wonders Dream Park becomes an absolute must-see place in Pune if you have children in your family.

Dorabjee & Sons, some food for thought, deekra

Travel and good food go hand in hand. How can you go to Pune and not have Parsi food, it is against the rules. Well, there are no rules but you have to have some Parsi food if you are in Pune and that too from Dorabjee & Sons only. A 150-years-old restaurant, Dorabjee & Sons has been serving authentic Parsi food since 1878. For a meagre sum of 600 INR, you can have a full course meal here. One of the most important places to visit in Pune, Dorabjee & Sons makes the best mutton dhansak and chicken farcha. An iconic place to have authentic Parsi food, Dorabjee & Sons is one of the best places to visit in Pune with friends or with your family.

Pune to Lonavala Long Drive, something for him/her

If you are looking for romantic places to visit in Pune, nothing can beat the charm of a Pune to Lonavala long drive. Nothing will bring you closer to your significant other than a romantic long drive and the Mumbai-Pune highway is the best stretch for it. Start from Pune and just drive to Lonavala, and that’s it. Driving through majestic green hills and valleys, the Mumbai-Pune highway is one of the beautiful places in Pune and perfect for a long drive. You can have short breaks at the small stalls and restaurants.

Puneri Misal Pav at Bedekar Misal, filter coffee at Coffee House, accessories at Hong Kong Lane, souvenir collecting at Juna Bazaar, Pune has something for everyone. From shopper’s paradise to a foodie’s haven, Pune is everything. From Poona to Pune, the city has come a long way. Its history, culture and natural heritage make it one of the perfect places to visit. Pune welcomes you.

May 30, 2021


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