Osho Garden, Koregaon Park, Pune

48-Hours in Pune – a quick itinerary!

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.

Omelette and Coffee at Vohuman Cafe, Dhole Patil Road, Pune
Omelette and Coffee, Pune
Toast Cheese Sandwich at Vohuman Cafe, Dhole Patil Road, Pune
Toast Cheese Sandwich, Pune

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.

Dagdusheth Ganpati, Pune
Dagdusheth Ganpati, Pune

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.

Mix Veg Vada Pav with groundnut chutney and green chillies
Mix Veg Vada Pav with groundnut chutney and green chillies

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. 

View from Sinhagad Fort, Pune
View from Sinhagad Fort, Pune
Pithla Bhakri Thali, Sinhagad Fort, Pune
Pithla Bhakri Thali, Sinhagad Fort, Pune

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. 😊😊

38 thoughts on “48-Hours in Pune – a quick itinerary!

  1. Wow Nanchi, I loved the way you planned a quick itinerary for your readers.
    I am always fond of visiting Pune, because of weather but here you seem to give me other reasons to be there.

    I enjoyed reading this post of yours.
    Take care!

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  2. I just love your blog. Your photos are amazing. I have always wanted to visit India but now with my disability it would be difficult. My sister has been and she loved it. Just don’t ever stop writing these blogs

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  3. I was only in Pune once back in 2016 and I squandered the day there. I had originally meant to run a half marathon there but was not in good enough shape after weeks of vacation so I skipped it. Instead I relaxed in the hotel and then spent the next day chatting with a colleague who lived there as we shared a car back to Mumbai.

    Now I know many people there, there’s an excellent storytelling community there that Sage is connected to, and clearly from your post there is lots to see and do. I am really missing the food of Maharashtra. You can get a vada pav here in Toronto but it’s not so great. The pav bhaji I make is decent, but I have been missing misal pav since the last time my son and I had it on the street in Mumbai. And don’t get me started on the delicious food we ate near Ganpatipule. Literally the best food I had in my entire life was from that region. (And you *definitely* can’t get anything close to that here).

    I hope sometime soon we can take your advice and visit some of these places.

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  4. Great post, very interesting to read and many nice images. I never heard of this place before. Thank you for sharing! Greetings from sunny Malta 🙂


  5. very interesting! pictures are very beautiful👌. I have never been to pune but my husband knows so much about this place, he keeps talking about the weather, the people, the food and now i also have some idea of this place! thanks to you.😃 You are making my ‘places to visit post covid’ list long! very long indeed!😁


  6. I have been to Pune twice but never explored it except I think to the market place for a short time. I had good opportunity to stay there & explore it in leisure but as we say things happen when its time.

    I so want to explore Maharashtra as such. Till then let me do a virtual trip through your lovely informative posts!

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    1. Please so travel to Maharashtra as soon as it is feasible. There are quite a lot of places to visit around Pune. 😊❤
      I am glad I could take you on the virtual tour with me. Thank you for being a wonderful reader. ❤❤

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      1. You know when I see the unending greens of the Western ghats , Shayadri range (right?!) I just cannot take my eyes off….. And I say to myself ‘the day will come soon’ when I will be there.
        Till then tum ghumao hum ghumeyngey …..virtually 💓

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      2. Yes, Sahayadri range is a marvellous creation of nature. We love it to the core. Surely, you must visit it, hopefully soon. ❤

        Oh! You are so sweet, Monika. Chaliye virtual hi sahi …aap ko hum ghumaenge. 😊😊❤

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  7. This looks like a beautiful place to visit, and certainly a packed itinerary. Definitely useful as it’s easy to get bogged down when you are researching a place to visit, so a fantastic to have everything in one place.

    And a usual, you’re photos are lovely. Thank you for sharing with #AdventureCalling


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