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Mercy Jacob Feb 21 2014

What to do on a 1 day trip tour to Pune?

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Bustling and commercial, leafy and slow, cosmopolitan and vintage, Pune effortlessly adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Well, the city play a perfect host to a number of attractions which are worth visiting but if you are planning a 1 day trip tour to Pune, here is the list of some of the not to miss places when you are here just for a day.

Shaniwar Wada Palace:

The Peshwa’s citadel-like Shaniwar Wada Palace was built in 1736 but razed in a fire in 1828. You can still see its outer walls, and the entrance with spikes to deter enemy elephants. There’s a sound-and-light show every evening.

Address:Shaniwar Wada Palace, Pune, Maharashtra, India Entry: Indian (INR 5) and Foreigner (INR 125)
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm
Sound and Light Show: INR 25 (Timings: 8:15 pm, all week except Wednesdays)


Photo of Shaniwar Wada Fort (by Bharath12345)


The Peths of the Old City

Around Shaniwar Wada lies the Old City where you can see the Peshwas’ town planning. A peth was the administrative unit, like a ward, in Peshwa times. They often named these wards after the days of the week. Walk through them, down narrow lanes and see some beautiful wadas (Marathi for fortress-like homes): the Patwardhan Wada or the Binewale Wada…. The brick tiles on the rooftops, the fine brick work on the façades and the elaborate animals and plants in the woodwork that covers large façades of these buildings are a delight to see.


Aga Khan Palace


Mahatma Gandhi was kept under house arrest by the British in 1942-43. This is where he lost two persons to whom he was most close; Kasturba and Mahadev Desai both died here. Extensively used as a location for the film Gandhi, the Aga Khan Palace is now a Gandhi Memorial and houses photographs and personal objects of the Mahatma. The palace was built by Aga Khan III, Imam of the Ismaili branch of Shia Muslims.

Address: Yerwada, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Phone: +91-20-26680250
Entry Fee: INR 4 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners
Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm


Photo of Aga Khan Palace (by Khushroo Cooper)

Osho Meditation Resort

The commune of spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh in Koregaon Park is now a meditation resort and continues to attract visitors. Bamboo groves, ancient banyans, a Zen garden, creative architecture and many meditation and New Age self-help courses are on offer at Osho Meditation Resort. Check with the reception for meditation and stay options. Compulsory HIV test for all visitors. Day-tours now discontinued.

Address: Koregaon Park, 17, 1st Lane, Pune
Phone: +91-20-66019999


Photo of Osho Meditation Resort (by Official Facebook Page)

Cantonment Area

The Cantonment area has wide, lovely roads, and a series of churches and synagogues dating from the 19th century. The St Xavier’s Church, one of the most famous attractions of Pune, with its gothic altars and the stained glass window with depictions from St Xavier’s life and the Ohel David Synagogue has a striking façade of exposed bricks. St Paul’s Church, with its carved façade, and the archives of the Peshwas — the Peshwai Daftar — with its special precautions against fire, are notable. It might be a good idea to visit this place when you are planning just a one day tour to Pune.


Photo of St Xavier's Church (by Gauravyawalkar.2012)


Shopping at Famous Markets

Laxmi Road is the old-fashioned Pune shopper’s heaven. Peddlers are out with different wares: the Nav vari sari, the traditional Puneri sari, dresses, clips, envelopes to slip your auspicious sum in at weddings. The small shops in the Tusli Baug enclosure are great for silver nose pins. A walk around the peths will yield all sorts of unusual shops. For example, the cane shops with canes for the elderly, batons for policemen, long sticks for school masters. Special shops selling wares for ‘Kanhaiyya’ — a diversity of dresses and head ornaments for your idols at home. These are some of the shopping places in Pune and and worth checking out.


Photo of Laxmi Road (By Amityadav8)


And to add a little bit, if you want to try some delicious offerings of this city, there are a whole bunch of nice restaurants in Pune which will surely satiate your hunger pangs and please your taste buds like anything. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead with your Pune trip and be back with lifetime memories.


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