Pune is the second most populated city in the state of Maharashtra after Mumbai.It is known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra.It is a hilly city and its highest hill known as Vetal Hill is 800m above sea level.In the past,Pune was ruled by Peshwas and Marathas.
Pune is known as the center of learning because there are many educational institutes and universities.University of Pune is the main educational center of Pune.Pune has a hot semi-arid climate.Its average temperature ranges between 20° C and 28° C. Pune has 3 seasons: Summer,Monsoon and Winter.
People who come to Pune for a short visit,they can do the below top 10 things in Pune:
- Visit Lonavala and Khandala Hill Stations
Puneites and Mumbaikars are blessed with 2 hill stations:Khandala and Lonavala.Lonavala is about 64 km away from Pune and is the best picnic spot especially in Monsoon season.The driving distance between Khandala and Lonavala is only 5 Km.
- Visit Beaches around Pune
The famous beaches around Pune are Alibaug Beach,Awas Beach etc.Alibaug is known as the Goa of Maharashtra because the town is surrounded by beaches on three sides.Alibaug Beach is the main beach of the Alibaug.There are various water sports and horses on the Alibaug beach.
Awas Beach is the cleanest beach around Pune.It is less crowded as there are no water sports and restaurants at this beach but if you want to spend some time with your family witnessing the sunset then it is the best beach to visit.
- Visit Shaniwar Wada
Shaniwar Wada was built by Bajirao Peshwa in 1732.It is the main attraction of the Pune city.Shaniwarwada is named from two Marathi words Shaniwar meaning Saturday and Wada means any residential complex.Shaniwarwada has 5 gates namely Dilli Darwaza,Mastani Darwaja,Khidki Darwaja,Ganesh Darwaja and Jambhul Darwaja.Dilli Darwaza is the main gate that faces north towards Delhi.This fort was destroyed by fire in 1828 but the structure of the fort survived the fire and now it is maintained as a tourist destination.
- Visit Lavasa
Lavasa is a private city in Pune.People who visit this city can enjoy various water sports here.It is famous for its scenic beauty.People do various adventurous activities here like Trekking,Mountain Climbing,etc.
- Do Street Shopping
MG Road is the famous place to do street shopping.Here you can find everything like clothes,footwear,accessories,etc at reasonable prices.You can also do a little bit bargaining with the shopkeepers.Another Famous street shopping destinations are FC Road,Bajirao Road,Fashion Street.
- Eat Street Food
Puneites are famous for their fondness for food.You can find various street corners in Pune where you can taste Pav Bhaji,Misal Pav,Pani Puri,Sev Puri,Dabeli,etc.
- Visit Koregaon Park
Osho Ashram which was founded by Osho is the main attraction of Koregaon Park or KP.People come here for Meditation and Yoga to get rid of their stress.There is Nitish Hub and Jewel Square Mall in Koregaon Park for shopping and entertainment.
- Trek to Sinhagad Fort
Sinhagad Fort is also known as Lion’s Fort and it is about 30 Km southwest of Pune.It is situated on a hill rising 700 m above sea level.The fort can be covered in around an hour.Smoking and Drinking on the fort are not allowed.
- Visit Caves around Pune
One can visit the famous caves around Pune like Karla Caves,Bhaja Caves.Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves are located near Lonavala,Maharashtra.Karla Caves is around 60 km from Pune.Adjacent to the Karla caves is the Ekvira Devi Temple in which goddess Ekvira is worshipped.
- Visit Phoenix Marketcity
Phoenix Mall is the biggest shopping mall in Pune that has various brands for shopping,best restaurants and a movie theatre all under one roof.You can find almost every clothing brand in this mall.Also,there are McD,KFC,Burger King,Moti Mahal and various other restaurants where you can eat delicious food.