The Deccan Queen, as Pune was once called, is an old city with a rich culture that is slowly getting modernised. Instances of this wonderful blend of the bygone era with the contemporary can be seen throughout the city of Pune where the Marathi culture and modernisation go hand in hand, creating some of the most beautiful sights that cannot be found anywhere else. Without further ado let us discuss the diverse sights that Pune has to offer. Even though there are countless tourist spots in Pune, some just stand out from the rest. These include:
1. Shaniwar Wada Palace:
It is one of the most frequented historical palace forts in Pune, which was built in the 18th century by the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. As much as the fort is known for its historical significance, the palace is also the site of one of the most gruesome murders committed in the presence of a Peshwa; one that was fuelled by political ambition and greed. Shaniwar Wada palace is also well-known for being one of the most haunted places in India.
2. Parvati Hill Temple:
Parvati Hill is one of the highest points in the city of Pune. There is a well-marked path that leads to the top. The steps on this path are wide and comfortable, so it enables a person to climb without difficulty. There are plenty of places on the trail that are photograph-worthy and the view at the top is simply stunning. You can see almost the entire city below. It is definitely worth the climb and is beautiful enough to be visited again.
3. Pashan Lake:
An artificial lake far away from the hustle and bustle of Pune city, Pashan Lake has earned fame as a peaceful and tranquil spot for good reason. Not only is the landscape pleasing to the eyes and definitely worth taking a photograph or two, but Pashan lake is also famous as a sanctuary for various species of birds, both local and migratory. Therefore, Pashan Lake doubles as a leisure spot and a bird sanctuary. Boating here is a recommended experience, as being out on the tranquil lake is described as “almost a religious experience.” Whilst out on the lake, you might just get lucky to spot a few rare birds.
4. The National Defence Academy and Peacock Bay:
The NDA is the joint services of the academy where cadets who wish to join the Army, Navy or Air Force receive coaching before being trained at their respective service academies. The Peacock Bay is an amazing place to visit when you come here. Situated next to the lake at the Khadakvasla Dam, this area is owned by the NDA and got its name due to the numerous peacocks that frequent the area. In addition to peacocks, you can also catch a glimpse of various other animals like deer, lion-tailed monkeys and civets, to name a few.
5. Osho Ashram:
The founder of this ashram, Shree Rajneesh, was a devout believer in expressing sexuality and radical meditation. The ashram promises to give you rest and relaxation. There are several facilities including a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a tennis court for those who reside in the ashram. The registration process is rigorous, and only those who are serious about meditation should sign up.
The list given above includes only some of the many sites and experiences that Pune offers. Still a lot remains to be said about the Aga Khan Palace, which was built in 1892 by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan who helped the poor in the region, the Lal Mahal (Red Palace) a spectacular monument that was constructed by Shivaji Maharaj’s father for his wife and son and many others. A list containing all the culturally-rich spots you should definitely visit in Pune is a long one.
However, it is not just the important places of heritage that are worth seeing in this city, the nightlife in Pune is vibrant and is a great way to unwind and relax. With popular weekend getaways and one-day tours, the nightlife in Pune has tons of options. From tent stays at popular resorts, high-end swanky clubs, 80’s dance clubs to casual pubs where you can simply relax and spend some quality time with your friends, there is really something for everyone out there in Pune. This is not all. There are many more things to do in Pune. You can enjoy day outings at resorts, Pune city tours, rafting, water parks, camping, trekking, para-motoring and more.
Reaching Pune by Air
Travelling is a great way to meet new people, enrich your experiences and to relax. However, it can also be expensive. Trains and buses are amongst the cheaper modes of travelling. But there are some places that are only accessible via flight. Given below are some ways you can book cheaper flights and save some money:
- When searching for flights, always search in incognito or private browsing mode for the best prices.
- Use search engines that are unbiased and show fair airfares.
- Identify the most inexpensive day to book your ticket. Although it has been generally seen that it is always better to book flights on the weekdays, it is always better to check and see which day has the cheapest flight.
- Always book with budget airlines. They offer remarkably cheaper tickets than their luxury counterparts. For example, Bangalore to Pune flights are relatively short duration, therefore it is best to book such flights in budget airlines.
- Book return flights separately rather than booking tickets a round trip. Doing so will generally save you money and also give you the freedom to cancel flights if need be.
- Sign up for fare alerts to stay updated about price drops on your specified route.
- Avail student discount, if it applies to you.
Use the tips given above to travel wisely and responsibly. Be thrifty and save cash while travelling, and explore the beautiful places the world has to offer.