Pune offers you the right blend of city culture with green landscapes. It is always buzzing with activities and is home to some spectacular places that attract many tourists. After Mumbai, Pune is the most popular go-to destination of Maharashtra. It’s a beautiful city known for its temples, forts, and authentic Maharashtrian cuisine.
Apart from great spots, you can also indulge in adventurous activities. You can book a bungalow in Pune or a homestay in Pune if you want to get the traditional feel of the place. Many villas in Pune also let you explore the outskirts of the city. It’ll give you a different kind of experience.
A trip to Pune will be refreshing and rejuvenating, its a great weekend getaway from Mumbai as well. Pune is a perfect destination if you want to spend time with your friends or family. So, take a break and explore this spectacular rich historical destination.
History of Pune
Pune is derived from the word Punya or holy. The first reference of Pune was as early as 786 A.D. Pune was famous for being under the Maratha rule. The first Maratha regime began in early 1600. The power back then kept shifting between the Bhosle and the Mughal dynasty.
Pune rose to a prominent position under the rule of Peshwa and Nana Saheb. However, after the important battle of Panipat in 1761, the influence of Maratha dynasty saw a significant decrease in power.
Nana Saheb was the one who built all the important architectural landmarks in the city. Once the British rule came into full power, Pune also became the most popular political city of India.
In fact, Pune and Mumbai were two cities that grew in importance during the British era. Pune has its historical significance, so book a homestay in Pune to explore and know more about the place.
Pune is dominated by the Marathi influence and you’ll find the same in its cuisine and culture. You can savour gastronomic delights along with a modern blend of North and South Indian cuisine. When you visit Pune, do try the authentic Kande Pohe and Misal. These two dominating foods are known for authentic taste.
Varan Bhaat is the comfort food that is also popular amongst tourists who visit Pune. Bun-Maska is a staple food that can be enjoyed on-the-go. Sabudana Khichdi and Puran Poli are two dishes that you must try. Also, savour the taste of traditional vada pav that is quite famous in Pune and different if you compare it to Mumbai Vada Pav.
For wonderful views of the valley, you can visit the Malshej Ghat. You can also visit the Sinhagad Fort if you like to explore historical ruins. Head to Shri Balaji Mandir and ISKON temple to seek some divine intervention. You can spend some blessed time with your family in the temple. Don’t miss out on National Defence Academy that is popular in Pune.
Dagadusheth Ganpati temple is a popular temple that you must visit. You can also visit the famous (Okayama) Friendship Garden for a picnic with your loved ones. Laxmi Road is perfect if you need to shop. It’s an ideal place to buy local stuff from Pune.
You can also visit Rajgad Fort in Pune, that’ll give you a wonderful view of the city. Pawna Lake and Devkund waterfall are two places that you shouldn’t miss.
If you are planning a trip to Pune and you want to explore the outskirts, you can book farmhouse in Pune. Your stay will be perfect, and you’ll get to savour local dishes while you learn about the rich culture of this place.