Often called the Oxford of the East, Pune is a brewing educational hub. Not only that, it has a huge population of immigrants working here. With placement and admission season almost over, a lot of you’ll be shifting your base to this cosmopolitan city. Even though it’s the cultural hub of Maharashtra, Puune is not much talked about when it comes to the awesome things you can do here. So don’t be anxious about your time here and get really excited, because we are listing down 14 things and places you HAVE to experience here!
1. Koregaon Park
No, it’s not an amusement park as much as it sounds like it. It’s what Cyber Hub is to Gurgaon. It has exciting clubs, restaurants and bars. Kue Bar and Hard Rock Cafe are highly recommended places from students all over. If it’s a little too expensive for you, try Swig or Hidden Place. Burger Barn is great for comfort eating. Try Post 91 for their amazing buffet!
2. Sinhagad Fort
Pune doesn’t have many options when it comes to historic monuments. This old fort, covered with lush green moss and creepers make it an ideal place to relax and do some photography. Perched on a hilltop of 25 kms away from Pune, it gives a marvelous view of Khadakwasla Lake & Dam while you drive to it.
3. Doolally Micro Brewery
It’s India’s first microbrewery! Located in South Pune, Doolally has beer for every palette to match. They have an exclusive range of brews from round the world. You name it, they have it – Witbier, Kolsch, Oatmeal Stout, Hefeweizen, Apple Cider…the list goes on. Their flagship events, The Doolally Beer Olympics and Doolally’s Oktoberfest, are not to be missed. Catch them happening in May and October.
4. Student’s Night Spots
Pune is quite a safe city and hence it’s alive all night. Party till wee hours at Miami or One Lounge and then hangout at Cafe Coffee Day in Chandni Chowk. Try lip smacking poha
on Karve Road at 4 AM or head out to Sky Garage – a 24*7 open student’s favorite.
5. Ganesh Chaturthi
Maharashtra’s favorite festival and you can’t afford to miss this 10-day-long gala. Promised to leave you colorful and super zealous, you’ll find yourself singing “Bappa Moriyo, agle saal fir aana
” quite literally! Visit the mandap
in Peth areas to taste Pune festivities. For one of those authentic experiences join dhol pathak
for Ganesh Utsav.
6. ABC Cheese farms
If you love cheese and all things cheesy, head out here as soon as you reach. Not everybody knows about all kinds of cheese, but if you do, or would love this is the place. It produces 70 assorted varieties of cheese and you can taste them all before buying it. It’s like having an European experience right here in India. Apart from the basics like mozarella and gorgonzola, try luscious varieties of whiskey, wine and cranberry. They also host annual cheese and wine fests for all cheese connoisseurs.
7. Shopping Destinations
Pune might seem a bit off in terms of shopping, but you are wrong. To shop at high end brands, visit Phoenix Mall. Fergusson College Road and MG Road are popular shopping destinations in Pune. Hong Kong Lane is known for its imports and if you have it in you, you can dig out some really cool junk jewelry from here. College girls love heading out to Fashion Street to do some casual shopping.
8. Mulshi Dam
Lush, green scenery and blue sparkling water is Mulshi Dam for you. It’s really pleasant and you can trek or do some bird-watching around.
9. Nh7 Weekender Music Fest
Pune hosted the first ever edition of Bacardi’s Nh7 Weekender music fest back in 2010. Since then, it’s one of the most awaited fests in India. It’s one of the coolest things in Pune and the crowd loves it wholeheartedly. People from all around India flock to witness it, and if you are here, by no chance should you miss it.
10. Lavasa City
Lavasa City is said to be India’s first non-British hill station. Its inspired by Portofino, an Italian city. It has interesting, award-winning architecture alongside a beautiful lake. Visit it to get a peek of this upcoming center of education, recreation and health wellness.
Pune has a lot of sea beaches in close proximity. The nearest ones are Alibag, Harihareshawar and Diveghar. Head out here after a long week. You deserve some recreation!
12. Bike Rides
The absolute stunning scenery of Pune in monsoons demands to be felt. And what better way than a cool bike ride on Pune-Lonavala highway? The airport road on a Sunday morning would be a breather in your hectic weekdays. Don’t fret if you don’t have a bike for that matter. It’s really easy to rent bikes or scooters in Pune without digging a hole in your pocket. Just, be a bit careful.
13. Sweet Cravings
The infamous German Bakery in Koregaon Park and the historic Kayani Bakery are two spots which will be a very intrinsic part of your Pune diaries. The immensely popular “bhakadwadi
” can only be found till 2 PM at Chitale Bandhu. Yes, it’s that quick to disappear. Go Sujata Mastani for amazing ice creams and sundaes. Pune Baking Company and Fantasie Fine Chocolate are one of the many high end patisseries.
As cliched as these spots may be, they are enchanting to say the least. The list would have been incomplete without these weekend getaways.