Drop Everything and Visit Pune: Top Things to Do in the City

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Quick guide to a fun vacation in Pune. Image Credit: Sid Kandoi

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It is said that Pune is a city that you will instantly fall in love with. It has the amenities of a metropolitan, but the simplicity of a small town. An integral part of the Maratha history, Pune is very rich, both culturally and historically, making it one of the best city-vacations in India. Tourists from all over the country flock to this little green town which is considered a little paradise tucked in the hills of south-west India. So here's a list of things charted out perfectly so that you have the best time in the Queen of the Deccan.

This fort is at the heart of many folklores of the Maratha dynasty. Built in 1732, Shaniwarwad was home to the second Peshwa, Bajirao I. Although, most of the fort was destroyed during an unexplained fire that struck the fort in 1828, it is a major point of attraction for its grand appearance and magnificent gardens. It is also widely acknowledged as haunted, and hence, vsitors from all over the country come to experience its mysterious vibe. At the fort, you will also be able to spot the few shots that were depicted in Bajirao Mastani, so walk along its paved paths and feel like the powerful Bajirao yourself!

The sprawling greens of Shaniwarwada. Image Credits: Joyesh Photography

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The grandeur of the fort is awe-inspiring. Image Credits: Rahul Soni

Photo of Shaniwar Wada Fort, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Saumiabee

About 125-years old, this extremely famous temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. In case you’re in Pune around the time of Ganesh Chaturthi, Dagdusheth is a must visit for its vibrance and festivity. The idol inside the temple is 7.5 feet tall and is adorned with a whopping 40 kgs of gold, making it a sight to behold. This is the perfect place to make your grandparents happy, in case you’re on a family vacation!

One of the most lavish Ganesh temples of India. Image Credits: Pratibha S Pawar

Photo of Dagdusheth Ganpati Temple, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Saumiabee

This is Pune’s oldest market and yet, bustles with crowd even today. It comprises of branded shops for clothing and handicrafts that make for perfect souvenirs that you can take back home for your friends and families. Moreover. the Camp is also famous for its unique restaurants and sweets shops. While you’re in Pune, the Camp will be your one-stop-shop for whatever you may need! Be assured to see this place be enlivened by college students at any time of the day as it also houses various pubs. A restaurant that you cannot miss at Camp is ‘George’ which is famous for its special mutton biriyani.

Street shopping at Camp in MG road. Image Credits: Ran Chin 14

Photo of M G Road, Camp, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Saumiabee

The Corinthians is a first of its kind micro-brewery in Pune, which strives to give its customers the unique experience of beer tasting. Surrounded by lush green lawns, with countryside themed interiors, The Corinthians is bound to make you feel like you’ve taken a flight out of the country. They offer buffet meals for lunch, with a variety of drinks and food to choose from. You can also pay a visit in the evening, have some snacks, and watch the setting sun while you sip on your special beer. The Apple Cider Beer here is a must try! The perfect place to take your mate on a date.

Enjoy the natural ambiance at Corinthians sipping a fresh mug of beer while you watch the sunset. Image Credits: Babloo 180

Photo of The Corinthians Resort & Club, Mohammed Wadi, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Saumiabee

Enjoy at the luxurious pool side.Image Credits: Babloo 180

Photo of The Corinthians Resort & Club, Mohammed Wadi, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Saumiabee

The Symbiosis University, synonymous with Pune city has aided the establishment of the Dr. Ambedkar museum which is a favourite among all history lovers. The museum attempts to capture all of Dr. Ambedkar’s life, his works, and ideologies. It offers a vast amount of information, and is thus,a must-visit if you want a clear picture of Ambedkar’s politics

Dr. Ambedkar's life size depiction at the museum. Image Credits: Shankar S

Photo of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India by Saumiabee

Situated on the outskirts of Pune, Imagica is a one of a kind amusement park with a water park, snow park and adventure rides. A two hour’s drive from Pune, you can spend an entire day at Imagica, and experience thrill and fun on its unique virtual and real rides. There are theme games, palaces and mazes which are suitable for all age groups. Moreover, it also has restaurants that serve all kinds of cuisines, which you can enjoy on a ship deck created beside the huge lake right in the middle of Imagica.

The Wonderland you've always been looking for. Image Credits: Aaditya Bardhaan

Photo of Imagica Theme Park, Khopoli, Maharashtra, India by Saumiabee

The scariest ride at Imagice, Nitro, that spans across the entire perimeter of the park. Image Credits: Jeremy Gunther Heinz Jahnick

Photo of Imagica Theme Park, Khopoli, Maharashtra, India by Saumiabee

So, if you're looking for a quick getaway that can impress all facets of the traveller within you, then I say, Pune is the place to be! Want to know more about Pune's nightlife? Read Here.

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