Pune or Poona, the cultural capital of Maharashtra is best known for its cultural and heritage buildings, shopping, and street delicacies. It’s also known as the “Oxford of the East” which attracts about half of the international students of the country to the city. In Pune, you can enjoy various types of tourism such as the Educational Tourism, Cultural Tourism, Shopping Tourism, Culinary Tourism, Adventure Tourism, and Wildlife Tourism. Here are the top 20 things to visit and do in the cultural capital
It’s a must-visit the street of clothes for the shopaholics where you can fill your shopping bags at a cheap price. One can find the replica of their favorite brands here. These crooked crowded streets consists of about 450 stalls offering similar clothing where you can bargain and get them at the price you want.
Hongkong Lane is a popular spot for street shopping imported accessories. Most of the shops here are filled with bags, footwear, Mobile cases, hats, shades and western wears. Also for the jewelry freaks, it’s the best place to grab their favorite earrings, neckpiece, and rings at a cheap price
When you are in Pune, you cannot miss this glorious Maratha monument which is the most prominent cultural destination in Indian history. During the period from 1730-1818, it was the seat of the Maratha Empire. Shaniwar Wada was once a beautiful 7 story building that was destroyed by unexplained fire and the rest is now left for tourists to visit.
Sinhagad Fort is a hill fortress believed to build 2000 years ago located at an altitude of about 1312m above sea level. It’s a popular weekend destination where adventurers can enjoy trekking to the top of the fort. One can enjoy tempting Kande Bhaji which is a famous local snack here in Sinhagad Fort
Camping at Wai
Adventure lovers and those who seek leisure and recreation must enjoy this camping near the Wai lake. Enjoy the Campxotica with your friends and family by enjoying the mesmerizing aesthetic view, evening chai, sink with DJ music, delicious dinner by treating your taste buds with the freshly made BBQs, stargazing and snuggling under the tent.
Plan a trek to Andharban, Pune. It is the best place to trek for beginners. Why regular destinations always? Spice up your days in Pune by trekking to the dark forest. Walking through the dense forest, giant waterfalls and enjoying the picturesque beauty and having good foods are the best things to do.
Escape the city pollution and enjoy the breathtaking view of the lake. Enjoy adventurous activities like kayaking, boating, and camping near the lake.
Treat your tastebuds with the mouthwatering dessert of Punekar, Amba Barfi made out of mango pulp and milk. Chilak Bandhu Mithaiwala offers the best Amba Barfi in the city. It is one of the must visit place near pune.
Aga Khan Palace
The majestic palace built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III was an act of charity to the poor affected by famine. The picturesque architecture of the palace has Italian arches and spacious lawns which took 5 years and a budget of about 1.2 million to complete the palace.
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park
You can find a variety of snakes and other wild animals like Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Fox, Bear, etc. As the zoo is very vast in nature, hire a vehicle in order to avoid long walks and tiredness.