Pune, previously known as Poona is a perfect blend of tradition-bound and well as modern city. It is also known as the “Oxford of the East“, “Queen of the Deccan“, and “Pensioner’s Paradise“. Once it was used to be a retirement city. People, after their retirement, used to come for relaxation. Pune was also a cycle city. But in the past few decades, with the advent of IT Companies, education institutions, modern infrastructure, Pune is now one of major business and education hubs in India.
Did you know? Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra.
Pune provides a great variety of spots for adventure-lovers, trekkers and para-gliders and also for those who wish to spend some leisure time with their families.
Best time to visit Pune:: October-February
If you are planning a trip to Pune but have a time crunch, here is the quick itinerary for 48 hours in Pune. It will help you plan your trip.
Day 1: Start your day as early with the breakfast of Bun-Maska and cutting chai at any Iranian Cafe or try the Pune style breakfast of Dosa, Cutlets at Vaishali or a street side Vada Pav with sizzling hot chai.
Post breakfast, to admire Pune’s one of the most famous historic monuments, visit Shaniwar Wada which opens at 9AM. To avoid the crowd, reach at the opening time. After spending a couple of hours, if you are interested in history you can visit Kelkar Museum or move on to visit Lal Mahal (Red Palace) which was built by Shivaji Maharaj’s father, Raja Shahji’s Bhosale. Parking can be an issue.
After that, take a walk to the most popular temple and one of the oldest in Pune, Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir, established in 1893. If you want, you can stand in a queue or because of the glass panel, the idol is visible from the road as well. Stroll around the Tulsi Bagh and Laxmi road, the famous hotspot for shopping. Head on to Poona Guest House for some scrumptious authentic puneri snacks and thali. You can even devour batata vada, sabudana khichdi in nearby local shops.
Either you can spend some time shopping or drive to the camp and explore the church, synagogue, ISKON Temple at the MG Road, Camp. It is best to walk and explore the area. Grab JJ Garden’s vada Pav for a quick snack or sit upstairs in the bungalow converted restaurant, Marz-o-Rin and relish the chutney sandwich, cupcake. Some street shopping can be done here as well. Do not forget to grab a couple of packets of Pune’s signature Budhani Wafers and shrewsberry biscuits from Kayani Bakery. End your day with dinner at Hotel Priya for south-indian delicacies or Dorabjee and Sons for some Parsi menu.
Day 2: Wake up early and head on straight to the hill fortress, Sinhagad Fort. Witness the sunrise from the second highest peak of Maharashtra. You can trek up there or go by local taxis. The mesmerizing landscapes will take your breath away. Munch on the hot and crispy Kanda Bhajiya (Onion Fritters) along with the popular and authentic rural food, Pithala-Bhakri for the early lunch.
On the way back, enroute enjoy the scenic view at Khadakwasla Dam, the main source of water supply to Pune and its suburbs.
Post lunch, drive to Aga Khan Palace where Gandhiji stayed during the struggle for Independence of India. Head on to Koregaon Park and visit Osho Teerth Park, also known as Nallah Park, picturesque surrounding in the middle of the city with the elegant style of Japanese Zen garden. Also explore the lanes around Osho ashram that are full of small street side shops selling knick knacks, clothes, bags and shoes.
Enjoy the dinner at any of the lifestyle cafes in that area and if you want to enjoy nightlife head on to Hard Rock Cafe or Oak lounge where the high energy music fuels you till the wee hours.
Hope you enjoyed this itinerary. It can serve as a quick guide to must visit places in Pune. We have tried our best to make a comprehensive list of all the popular places which you can plan as per your preference. Thank you for reading!
Happy Traveling. 😊😊