With a large student population, Pune is popularly known as the college town of India and has a range of great restaurants, happening nightlife and an overall young atmosphere.
Pune showcases the perfect amalgamation of the new and old India. The very place where Chatrapati Shivaji was raised, Pune has a rich history and many maharajas had built there palaces here. Pune with its plethora of history is also called the cultural hub of the state. It is one of the fastest growing cities of India and is becoming the next IT hub. Pune is also famous for a lot of educational institutes established here and you would find the city brimming with students. No wonder, it is also called the 'Oxford of the east'. Pune is also very close to the hill-stations of Matheran, Lonavla, Khandala, Kamshet, etc.
Pune has many good places to lodge in. From cheap motels to expensive resorts, you can find a great variety here.
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An IT hub with everything you can imagine in a modern city. Good nightlife. Scenic places to visit in and around the city with religious and historical buildings.
Being a major city and a neighbour to Mumbai, the city suffers from traffic jams and crowd in most of the tourist places. There aren't a lot of touristy things to do within the city.
For people who wish to experience a good mix of modern city with a lot of heritage in a pleasant weather. Pune is also good for people looking for shopping and good food with fresh beer. Pune also acts as the central hub for a lot of nearby trekking spots, hill-stations and adventure towns nearby.
Day 1: Reach Pune early in the morning and get yourself together and ready for the day ahead. Now you can start your day by visiting Hazrat Qamar Ali Darvesh Dargah or Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati temple. Later you can get to Shaniwarwada before 5 pm and witness the structural glory of Maratha empire. This heritage building was built in the time of Peshwa Bajirao and was shown in the movie Bajirao Mastani as well. After this you can head to a lot of places to eat or drink based on your choice and budget and enjoy the nightlife in Pune
Day 2: After having breakfast you should visit Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum to see amazing archaeological artefacts dated back to 14 century. Later you can visit malls like Phoenix to shop or go to any local market. You can also enjoy some time at local cafes, bakeries and breweries based on your taste.
Pune is a city full of energy and fun, with not only being a technological hub and centre, it's also a cultural and religious heritage city with lots of beautiful and important places around the city. With more than 200 IT companies and more than 100 destinations to dine and shop, the city also houses more than 50 marvellous temples. Shaniwarwada, laid by Bajirao in 1729, though largely destroyed, is still a thing of beauty and historical importance. The Sinhagad fort is a place of immense natural beauty situated over a mountain, 30 km south-west of Pune would give you a natural view to love and be mesmerised. Many other beautiful places like the Mulshi Dam, Lohagad and Vetal Hill are located around Pune for a quick excursion.
Pune is a sparkling city and offers a wide range of cuisines and countless options for food. However the most colourful and vibrant is the local cuisine and the city's specialties. These include Misal Paav, Bhel Puri, Pav Bhaji, Pithla Bhakri, Vada Paav, Poha, Dabeli and Puran Poli. These items are extremely popular and most have their flavors and fragrances filling the streets of the city as they are staple street food items. Do try Mastani, a rich milkshake garnished with dry fruits, one of the most delicious savories of the town.
It's a good place for a one day vacation. There are many restaurants on the way. Had lunch at the Basho's Resort which provides a good view of the lake. Faced minor glitches as roads were being carpeted.