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Pune is one of the most amazing cities in India. Though it may not be the capital of Maharashtra, it is considered to be the cultural capital of the state because of the thriving arts and culture scenario. The city is also known for being an educational hub with so many famed colleges and institutes located right in the city and on the outskirts. And in the past couple of decades, Pune has also emerged as an IT city. All the biggest IT companies in the country have offices in dedicated IT hubs across the city. From being a pensioners paradise to one of the most happening cities in the country, Pune has come a long way in becoming an amazing city to study and reside in.
Being a cosmopolitan city, Pune has many popular hangouts. These hangouts are a mix of historical places, museums, modern architecture, and food joints. One can easily go to these places with their friends and family. The biggest thing about these hangouts is that they are uniquely Puneri, and let you experience the true atmosphere of this great relaxed city.
Rich in history, and blessed with a hopeful future, Pune attracts thousands of people from all over the country. One of the biggest populations from the migrators is of students who come to pursue education. And where there are students, there are also trendy hangouts.
Here are the top 15 places to visit in Pune city:
Located just 35 km from Pune, Sinhagad Fort is one of the finest forts in Maharashtra. It was an important fort in the Maratha Empire and many battles were fought to control the fort. Today, it is one of the most visited spots near Pune. Owing to its height and steep nature, getting here is difficult but worth it. Theres a steep yet drivable road preferred by most, but the more adventurous ones trek up to the fort. Trekking up to Sinhagad is one of the best experiences youll ever have.
On top, you can relax and enjoy beautiful cooling winds and the best views of Pune city. One activity you also must do is eat kanda bhaji and pithla bhakri There are multiple village eateries that serve these dishes fresh and hot right inside the fort.
This is one of the biggest national parks in the state. Home to the white tiger and other such rare creatures, the Rajiv Gandhi National Park is the favourite hangout of the people of Pune. The place sees a lot of crowds on the weekends. Weekdays are also busy, but the crowds are much lesser.
Here, you can check out the rare wildlife in the park. Theres a snake park where thousands of snakes and reptiles are housed. And theres also a lake where you can go boating. Rajiv Gandhi National Park is a place where you can easily spend a day amidst wild animals and lush green nature.
Punes second tallest hillock is adorned with a Parvati Temple, hence the name Parvati Hill. There are many other temples as well, but the main temple is of goddess Parvati. Atop the hill, the most scenic views of Pune city await you which draw all the people of the city who want to get away from the noise and pollution.
You have to climb up the hill with the help of stairs. Many people in the city use this as a place to exercise in the morning. The steep climb up the stairs works as a great cardiovascular exercise. Plus, the fresh air you get on the top is the cleanest in the city. Parvati Hill is one of the places almost every Puneite has seen at least once.
The Khadakwasla Dam is responsible for the water supply to the entire city. However, the dam also doubles up as a beautiful picnic spot that is cool and peaceful throughout the year. Though swimming in the water is not allowed, you can sit by the river and enjoy the cool waves washing onto the banks. The banks are also dotted with street food carts that serve delicious fast food.
Getting to the dam is quite easy, and the earlier you get here, the lesser the crowds you will find. You can catch a nice place and enjoy grilled corn on the cob with your friends and family. Khadakwasla Dam is also a cozy place for couples. Do visit during the monsoon season, and you might be lucky enough to witness the water being released through the flood gates.
One of the most happening places in Pune, the Fergusson College Road is named after the prestigious college. F.C. Road is one of the best places for shopping with many street-side vendors and branded stores co-existing to serve the ladies of Pune. F.C. Road is also home to iconic restaurants like Vaishali, Wadeshwar, and Good Luck. So, you can always grab a bite after youre done shopping.
F.C. Road is connected to J.M. Road and University Road, making it an important juncture right in the heart of the city. The road is always packed with the young crowd of the city, and is an excellent place to hang out any time of the day.
Forget making a long trip to Tirupati Balaji down south. Right near Pune, you have the replica of the Balaji Mandir. This place is always packed with devotees who come here to take blessings of lord Balaji. The temple has been built on lush grounds and covers many acres.
Many people even visit the temple just to spend the whole day in the peaceful and calming atmosphere of the Balaji Temple. The temple is located a little away from the city, making it a good place to get away for the day.
Witness working models of up to scale miniature trains only at the Joshi Museum of Miniature Trains. This one-of-a-kind museum was started by Mr. B.S. Joshi who was a train enthusiast. He started collecting trains in the 1960s and built working models which he would display in various locations across Mumbai and Pune. In 1998, he finally found a place in Erandwane, and the museum was set up.
The museum has up to 15 working models which include a mini sky train, a mini bullet train, and a steam engine train – all of them built to scale. This place is like a magical land for people who love trains. So, make sure to visit the Joshi Museum of Miniature Trains.
Mahatma Gandhi Road in the Camp area is one of the oldest places for shopping in Pune. Also known as Main Street, the adjacent West Street and East Street are also excellent places for shopping and dining. On East Street, you must buy a few baked goodies from the legendary Kayani Bakery. On M.G. Road, there are must-try places like Monafoods, Pasteur, and Marzorin. This small road is like a gastronomic highway.
The other feature of M.G. Road is shopping. From high-end clothing stores to the cheapest accessories, you can find it all. Almost all of Pune comes to shop, eat, and enjoy every weekend on M.G. Road.
Another great place to hang out, shop, and eat is the Laxmi Road. Believe it or not, Laxmi Road actually has more clothing wholesale and retail stores than any other place in Pune. If you like shopping, you will go crazy realising the amount of shopping you can do on Laxmi Road. There are also places like Tulsi baug, which is famous for budget shopping.
And like all other shopping places in Pune, Laxmi Road also has some of the finest eateries located on and near Laxmi Road. The must-visit eateries are Supreme Sandwich, Agatya Restaurant, Shree Krishna Bhuvan, Bedekar Misal, and the iconic Chitale Bandhu.
Jump in the air to your hearts content at the Skyjumper Trampoline Park located at Creaticity Mall in Yerwada. The whole park has over 100 interconnected trampolines where you can jump around and fly through the air. This place is for kids and adults alike, so you can go there as a family and have a great time.
Skyjumper Trampoline Park has many branches all over the country and they are wildly popular. The trampolines are of world-class quality, and you will not face any risks when you play on them. Many people from the city head over to this place to have a fun time, and you should do it the next time you are in Pune.
Believed to have been built by the Pandavas themselves, Pateshwar Temple is located just off J.M Road. This temple has been carved into the rock and is dedicated to lord Shiva. The construction of the temple has been left incomplete, and there are many speculations behind the reasons why it was left incomplete.
The place is virtually empty and you can come here to enjoy ancient architecture or even to offer prayers. Pataleshwar is a protected site by the government. However, you will not face any hassles in getting here or even taking pictures in this ancient monument.
Probably the most happening places in the city, the North Main Road in Koregaon Park comes alive at night during the weekends. The place is packed with the finest bars and pubs in the city that see huge crowds during the weekends. They are packed during the weekdays as well, but the atmosphere is a lot more relaxed.
There are many shopping avenues, spas, and eateries located on North Main Road as well. The world-famous German Bakery is located here. Other famous places are all located on the off-shoot lanes connecting North Main Road. This place is one of the best places to hang out as there is a lot to see and do here.
Located in Koregaon Park, Osho Ashram is an international sanctuary that attracts devotees from all over the world. You can buy a whole days pass to be able to spend time here. You will just have to go through a few medical tests before you are allowed.
Osho Ashram was started by Acharya Rajneesh, who was called Osho by his devotees. The ashram in Koregaon Park is open to all. It mostly sees people come from overseas in search of peace and relaxation. Nearby, there is also a beautiful Osho garden where people just sit and enjoy the lush green environment. You can get the day pass, and enjoy the peaceful Osho Ashram.
To the world, it may be Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden, but most Puneites know this place as Pu La Deshpande Udyan. The original name is because the garden is designed to be just like Okayama’s 300-year-old garden, Koraku-En Garden. The whole garden is connected through a series of canals that keep the whole garden lush and beautiful.
Located on Sinhagad Road, the Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden has become a popular hangout for people wanting to get away from traffic and pollution. Currently, phase II of the gardens construction is underway, and it will be designed like Delhis famous Mughal Garden.
If there ever was a temple that would be the identity of Pune, it would be the Dagdusheth Halwai Temple. Each day, thousands of visitors pass through the temple to get darshan and prasad of lord Ganesh. This is the third idol established by Dattatray Govindsheth Halwai, the grandson of Dagdusheth Halwai. This idol is known to grant prayers of the devotees, and hence, many people from all over Maharashtra come to the temple.
The temple receives a lot of donations, and in return, the Dagdusheth Halwai Trust does a lot of charity work and donates towards the social causes of the city and its people. This place has been an integral part of Punes culture. Though it cannot be termed as a hangout, you can surely visit here once and revel in the wonderful atmosphere, and maybe even get your prayers answered.
These are 15 places that you must visit and hang out in Pune. Though there are many other places as well that one must-see, the above-mentioned places will let you experience the culture of Pune more than the others. Pune is an amazing city. Be it education or settling down with a high-paying job, this city is the perfect place where you can live and have a great time. Do visit these places to have a great time in Pune.