Do you live in and around Mumbai? Do you need to go on that much-needed break because 2019 is already too stressful to take? Is this starting to sound like a sales ad? Okay, we’ll get right into revealing all the secrets that’ll make for the most awesome 2-day itinerary if you’re visiting Pune. By Shubhanjana Das
1. Dagduseth Ganpati:
Start the first day on a religious note by making a visit to the sacred Dagduseth Ganpati temple built by Dagduseth Halwai, a sweet-seller dedicated to Ganesha. Built in 1893, this is an important site for Hindu pilgrims and also makes for a tourist attraction. The timing is from 6 am to 11 am in the morning.
2. Shaniwar Wada Fort:
If you’re trying to remember where you’ve heard that before, let us help you with it. This historic fort 1732 AD was the seat of the Peshwa rulers, including Bajirao (remember now?). The rise of the Maratha Empire marked this ancient fort palace’s importance in the political affairs of the country. The palace reached completion on a Saturday, and hence the name. It had prominent influences of Mughal architecture and makes for one of the most important historic sites and tourist attractions in Pune.
3. Vohuman Cafe:
There isn’t a dearth of Irani cafes in Pune but it seems like locals have a soft corner for Vohuman cafe. Other than the ooey-gooey cheese omelette, you can find other Iranian cuisine staples like the bun maska, Irani chai, and egg bhurji. After you’re happily fed, you’ll be fueled enough to go on exploring Pune.
4. Taljai Hill:
End the day at Taljai Hills located in Sahakar Nagar for a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline. Perched at a height of 2,000 feet, this one is a must visit if you’re a biker, just like taking long walks through dense forests, or are a sucker for sunsets. Grab some food from the shacks at foothills and go on to visit the quaint temple that lies on the mouth of the hills.
1. Chaturshringi Temple:
Dedicated to the supposed reigning Goddess of Pune, the Chaturshringi Temple is one of the most popular and visit temples in the city. Hundreds of devotees visit this temple every day, built during the reign of the Shivaji Maharaja. You have to climb 100 steps to reach this sanctum of hope and faith, as believed by the locals. Entry timing is from 6 am to 10 am in the morning.
2. 11 East Street:
For an interesting breakfast, you can head to 11 East Street, which is designed to look exactly like the streets in London using the iconic red phone booths, shop windows, and an absolutely unique vibe. Try their pasta and desserts for a fulfilling brunch.
3. Lal Mahal:
Close to Shaniwar Wada is the Lal Mahal, built by Shahaji Bhosale for his wife and son, Shivaji, in 1630 CE. The Lal Mahal has seen various attacks by invaders and has been witness to historic events during Shivaji and Shahaji’s reign. The entry timings are from 9 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 8 pm.
4. Khadakwasla Dam:
Drive out of Pune for 18-km to the Khadakwasla village to end your 2-day trip staring into the vast openness of the Mutha river across which the Khadakwasla Dam is built. This 1.6-km long dam was built way back in 1873 to supply water to Pune. There is a food Chowpatty around for you grab some knick-knacks and make a small picnic of it. If you like, you can even explore the area. Kudje Village, Peacock Bay, and Neelkanteshwar Hill are some of the attractions around Khadakwasla Dam.