5. The Western Ghats"Which covers border of GUJARAT, MAHARASHTRA, South of GOA, KERALA, TMAIL NADU, offers you the range and breath taking variety and expanse of one of India's most pristine part of forest" Best time to travel - Through out the year ( preferable June-March)Connectivity - Easily reachable Via all sources ( preferable by Road )
The Shaniwar Wada Palace was commissioned in the year of 1729 when Peshwa Baji Rao I ruled Pune. The scale on which this construction was carried out reflected the Peshwas larger than like attitude. The place is filled with tanks, fruit trees, sprawling courtyards, halls where the ruler would hold an audience, office rooms and a large portion where the Peshwa would stay. This place has a total of five gates each with a distinct name - Ganesh, Dilli, Narayan, Khidhi, Mastani and Jambhul darwazas. The place is royal and majestic and one cannot afford to give it a miss. The authorities also conduct a light and sound show.
To the south of the Mula-Mutha River in Pune lies a place called KP or Koregaon Park. This place is a city in Maharashtra and is quite a prestigious landmark in Pune. The place used to serve as a residential area but has now grown into a commercial market. A walk through the city allows one to view some magnificent bungalows and sprawling parks. The city is home to famous places like the Osho Ashram, Chabad House, Bund Garden and the German Bakery.People from all over the country pay a visit to this place that was rocked by a bomb blast on 13 February 2010. A number of high-end places like Starbucks and the O Hotel Group.
Parvati is the daily visiting place for a number of citizens and for many people, going to Parvati (103 steps) forms a part of their daily exercise regimen. Being the highest point in Pune and having conveniently located observation points, the beautiful panaromic view of Pune city leaves visitors spellbound. Beautiful sunrise and sunset views are like the icing on the cake. The height of Parvati hill is 2100 feet above sea level and 260 feet from the city level. The hill offers an aerial view of the city and the most picturesque scene in the early hours of the day. Parvati hill houses one big and three small temples. The Parvati gates open at 5.00 am and close at 8.00 pm.
Swargate ST Stand
This is a twin bus station in the Swargate region of Pune and is just opposite to the Swargate Police station. This is directly operated by the Maharashtra State Transport Corporation. It is estimated that around 18000 buses arrive and depart from here every week. There is also a nice bus terminus made here with chairs for people to sit and wait.
Hotel Royal Park
Early in the morning, I arrived Pune. Took a cab to #hotelroyalpark. I had a reservation made by my company, since this being a official trip. Room#209 was a little cramped space and was enough for me as I was travelling alone.After a short nap, I left for work and rest, I'm sure, is not relevant as well as interesting to be read in this blog..:D.. well surprisingly, while I returned to my room at around 21:00, I was told that I need to shift to a deluxe room at the price of my old room.. Room#404 was really cool.. lot more space and amenities.. I Loved this space..
National Film Archive Of India
Catch a Theatre performance, visit the National Film Archive – Drama and theatre forms the staple diet of a Punekar. Playwrights Pu. La. Deshpande, Vijay Tendulkar, Mahesh Manjrekar are names to reckon with on the theatre circuit. It is no wonder then dramas see successful runs in Pune. Inter College competitions like Purushottam Karandak, Firodia Karandak, encourage youth to dabble in Marathi theatre. There are many world cinema festivals that are celebrated at the NFAI, Law College Road. So, make the most of drama and cinema when you are in Pune.
We were to board the Goa Express from Pune. Having plenty of time at our disposal, we had lunch outside Pune station and headed for delicious Kulfis. Few friends decided to visit nearby Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh Temple.The train journey was simply amazing. We started off with Antakshari followed by series of “Mafia” and “Dumb Charades”. Everything was crazy. Birthday celebrations of Pankaj and Aayushi at the stroke of mid-night. We were not ready to stop and Manoj had to insist that we go to sleep since we had to wake up at 2:00 AM. Finally, everyone went to sleep past mid-night.Manoj woke all of us at 2:00 AM at Londa. Suddenly, a search began. Mumpy was missing. As Vaibhav said, she was last seen sleeping on her berth at Belgaum. Everyone started searching for Mumpy. Even people who did not know her, participated in the search with great enthusiasm. At last, Mumpy responded to the calls. She was fast asleep in an upper most berth and our shouts woke her up.By 3:00 AM, everyone had packed and was ready. We reached Castle Rock. The plan was to alight at Dudhsagar station which was 10 tunnels past Castle Rock. So, we had to count the tunnels. 106 people divided into 6 groups with respective leaders at different doors.Ideally, there is no halt at Dudhsagar station for passengers. The train halts at Dudhsagar station for 30 seconds for technical checks and we were to alight within that window.Our bad, the train did not halt for 30 seconds and more than half of the bunch was unable to get down. Only 3 groups out of 6 managed to get down which has less than half number of participants. Rest of us were the unlucky ones (atleast for now, we considered ourselves unlucky).
Chandni Chowk (pune)
Go on a romantic dinner date to Chandni Chowk, moon gaze near the Khadakwasla dam – Once the outskirts of Pune, Chandni Chowk is home to resto bars and fine dining restaurants. Just the right place to open up your heart to whisper the sweet nothings. And once done, drive down to the Khadakwasla dam for moon gazing near serene waters.
Being told I've to be at work today, though being a Saturday, I raised my sleepy head and hurried to my office. My target was fixed on something from last night's search for spots. "Pashan Lake". Soon after my work was done in the first half of the day, I went off to visit the Saniwarwada Fort. It was raining and this was happening from last few days, said the localites.Being a nature and wildlife lover, I don't know how I ended up in this place, but I got real good shots from here. Once after a brief walk in the fort, I came out and had my lunch at a small hotel just beside. What I loved about Pune especially in this part of the city was, a lot of heritage styled ambience.I moved to Baner with my colleague for a short meeting again. Over with it, I took a rickshaw toward Pashan Lake. I wondered why the rik driver was having a puzzled look on his face. He said he didn't know about any lake there. I asked him to drop me off at a point till he knows. He was glad to hear that. I took out my Google Map, searched for the route and it said 2.8kms. I started walking. Towards my right is where the destination is, and I could see hints of it because there was a whole lot of greenery to that side. Well, did I forget to tell you something?? My aim was to find out the bird watchers zone at Pashan Lake, I had intentions to take some good bird photos. I did get a few on the way. At one point after walking and looking at Google Map, I found that there's a short route to Pashan through a nasty road, which actually isn't a public path.. took my feet to that direction. An umbrella in one hand and my camera in the other hand. I was walking along and I could see the lake. But it is nothing like what I had imagined, it was not accessible, firstly it isn't a commercial sort of park or area, secondly the rain has made the marsh-like place more nastier. I could see some slums ahead, tried my best to get close to the lake, but I didn't get a chance. I wish I had a rain boot and a coat. And I regret not visiting this place during a drier season. Somehow I managed to get back on the road and it was no wonder people passing were looking very strangely at me head to toe.. I was covered in mud.Got a cab, asked the driver for some water and washed my feet (else I would've been asked by the driver to clean the mess in his car) :D. I asked the driver about this lake and as expected, he too gave me the same wierd look the rik driver had given. Reached hotel safe. Took a long shower. Yes I needed one very badly. Started compiling the shots I took today and alternatively writing this blog too.
I have been to Rajdhanis, Choki dhani, Nakhrali Dhani, Bhagat Tarachands and alot of places which serves Rajisthani Food, but Sukanta is typically better than all of them. Its Rajisthani to the Core !! I had heard a lot about this place for its food and service and had thought how different can it be from above mentioned usual Rajasthani Thali restaurants! The answer is the food!! Everything in Sukanta is nuanced and very different, the waiters, the chairs, the wall carvings and the way they serve. The service is very fast and servers are polite and respectful.They start with serving khus sharbat.. exhilarating!! Moved on to daal bhati/rotis and servings of four sabzis - bhindi, paneer, gatte ki sabzi and spinach......and list goes on... and and and If you are a foody and if you sit along with Sukanta's thali, you may fall in love with this place, this city, this world.
If you like non vegetarian food , this place is heaven for you. This is one of the most amazing place where you can get great kababs. Grilled items are very good. Gravy items like rogan josh have some Kashmiri touch, which is quite good. All gravies have different yummy taste.Off all the things I have mentioned the best thing to have is chicken kati kebab mixed with egg and chicken masala . On Sundays this place gets little crowded and one has to wait for 15-20 minutes to get their orders. For vegetarians, its not that great though. I hope one day they will serve good paneer rools and other veg stuffs.
There are places where you go once and then there are places where you go again and again. If you are sucker for south Indian food, this place should be in your list.They serve tasty Sambhar and Rasam, their Filter coffee is amazing too. The idlis they serve are soft and are generally served totally soaked in Sambhar, giving it a great flavor when combined with the Ghee. One must must try their filter coffee and Vadapao. This amazing place is famous for its landmark Vadapaos and South indian food. All in All a great place to go with great food, exceptional service and not heavy on the pocket either.
Bhaja Monastery & Temple Complex
A really amazing journey to the hill top caves as well as Monastery of the Buddhist religion. There we witnessed age old Stupa's of buddhist monks as well as rooms where they used. Most of the architecture is in ruins now but would have been looked glamourous and eccentric ages before while it was built.
Hotel Amruteshwar (Poha Special)
Late night party and feeling hungry at 4am , then you should head to Nal Stop.Try once and you will love to visit this place daily. The food cost is very light on pocket and with around 50 bucks,you can have belly-full of poha and tea. >>Must Try: Kaande Pohe, Sabudana khichadi, Idlis , Chai. >>Location:Hotel Amruteshwar, Nal Stop, Maharshi Karve Road, Pune
Jakson Inns is all about experiencing your holiday. And, that’s exactly what we were subjected to on day two, when we started out with a dreamy, al fresco set up for our breakfast. We had our share of poha, omelettes and freshly baked muffins with a glass of a refreshing mixed fruit juice for our breakfast set up in the garden area of the hotel – and that set us in the mood to embark on our second day tour. The old-world charm of the table accompanied by birds chirping at the distance and country winds blowing your hair acted as a fantastic kick-start to our day. We set out for our day’s sightseeing shortly after and were enthralled to know that we were visiting the Rajwada palace in Satara city. A sixty kilometre drive to the city and you’ll find yourself standing before a pale blue royal settlement with a heavy wooden door. Constructed in 1824, The Rajwada Palace that also served as a court to the Maratha King Shahu Maharaj is truly an elegant abode. We were disappointed to know that photography was prohibited within the premises, but our eyes captured the regal set up that looked full of life even today. With 11 blocks, the palace boasted of 21 wall portraits, had three wings of which the first one consisted of four court halls and the bar-room, record rooms and government offices on its ground floors. If requested, Jakson Inns can set up a royal breakfast for you at the Rajwada palace with proper prior permission. And, who wouldn’t love that? Amidst the valley of flowers