Best place to have an early morning breakfast: Nal Stop
Where: Nal Stop.
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 8 kms.
Garama garam Poha pahije? (Do you want freshly made, hot Poha? (Snack made with beaten rice)) Could there be anything sweeter than someone asking you this at 3:00 am!!! If you are forever hungry, want to start your day really early…or simply have wound up your party late and now the mice in your stomach won’t stop troubling you…head to Nal Stop and satiate your taste buds with yummy kanda poha, chai, sabudana Khichdi etc.
Other options: Comesum @ Pune Station, Egg burji at PUNE railway station
Best place to see the sunrise: Singhagad
Where: Singhagad Fort.
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 39.7 kms
Don’t know about you but I, certainly, am a morning person… I love everything about it, the cool breeze, the birds chirping, the way Sun lazily comes out its hidden place and warms everything around it. Pune is blessed with a fantastic weather, and come rain, sun or autumn…mornings here are bliss! Imagine if mornings are so surreal in the concrete jungle (your flat/hotel room), how it would feel to witness them atop a mountain, after a trek (or a drive)…! Amazing is an understatement, isn’t it? Make a dash to the charming Singhagad fort and catch the early morning rays, as they paint the sky orange, gold and yellow.
Other options: Parvati hills
Best place to have your morning cuppa: Ambika AmritaTulya Chaha
Where: Tilak road
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 4.6 kms
There is nothing like a ‘good morning’ if it doesn’t start with a hot steaming cup of chai. Pune has been quite renowned for the wide varieties of chai, it offers… irani, amrit tulya, cutting etc. All of them are winner in one way or another. But, if I have to choose, my personal favourite has to be the “Amrit tulya”… I have no idea what is the mix like… how much water…how much milk! But all I know is it takes good 15-20 mins to brew the secret concoction and what you get is a tea with right amount of everything. Caution: the portion is so tiny that it leaves you craving for more, so you would want to order two in advance!
Other options: Irani chai, Chaai, Naughty angel.
Where: Near Ruby Hall Clinic
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 800 mtrs.
With Zomato rating of 4.6 and 3.9 stars on Google reviews, this place is a legend, no marks for guessing that! Feast on the famous cheese omelette, bread butter, the iconic bun maska, and gulp it down with a warm glass of bournvita! This grand affair is modestly priced and worth every morsel. Don’t forget to chat up with the chirpy owner of this Iranian café: Hormazd uncle, who is prolly as old as the café, and has an infectious enthusiasm and hilarious stories to tell.
Other options: Good luck café, Vaishali, Rupali, Wadeshwar
Best place to see during day time: Pu. La Deshpande Garden
Where: Sinhagad road
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 8kms
Pune has transformed a lot from in the last few decades, it went from being a vacation home to being a hep cosmopolitan. Temples, museums, zoo, malls, multiplexes… it has it all. However, one lesser known gem of this beautiful city is: Pu. La. Deshpande garden. Acres of greenery, a man-made lake, waterfall, flowers of all colors and little migratory birds makes it a must visit place for everyone who is seeking some me-time and serenity. Named after the renowned writer-humourist Phule Deshpande, this indo-Japanese garden is a very well maintained and is a treat to concrete-infected eyes.
Other options: Shaniwar wada, Aga khan palace, Rajiv gandhi zoological park
Best place to see during day time – 2: Osho Ashram
WHERE: Koregaon park
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 3KMS
If you are tired of walking around and would want a place to erm ‘chill’ or say meditate, take a rickshaw and straightway head to the popular Osho Ashram, which is an incredible green patch in concrete jungle of highbrow society of Koregaon Park, Pune. Spread in about 32 acres, this beautiful resort is a premium yoga and meditation centre founded by Rajneesh Chandra Mohan.
Best place for lunch: Hotel Durvankur
Where: Sadashiv Peth
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 6.5kms
There is no dearth of good places to eat in Pune. Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Burmese.. Fine dining to casual dining to street food…you name it, you will have it. I will, however, recommend sampling the local cuisine: the authentic maharashtrian in thali. Head to hotel Durvankur, and treat yourself with about 14 items in your plate. Aamti, Puri, Rice, Rotis, vegetables cooked in maharashtrian style, Modak, Gulab jamuns, Shrikhand, Aamras (seasonal) etc. Do I hear your tummy and soul blessing me?! It most definitely will.
Other options: Shreyas hotel, Thaat baat, Shabree
Best place for shopping: Tulsi Baug
Where: Tulsi Baug
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 7.5kms
Shirt for 150rs, Skirt for 350rs, Jewellery for 100rs: you think am kidding, as I quote this these pre-historic prices of good quality items? I would be most happy to burst your bubble and whisk you to the most happening flea market of the town at Tulsi Baug. If you have about 1000rs in your pocket, you could possibly put together a decent combination for a date night. Yes! Sandals, dress, accessories all of that, and who knows a bunch of roses. Don’t forget to bring your bargaining skills along something you would need in abundance.
Other options: Laxmi road, M.G. road, F.C road.
Best place to seek divine intervention: Dagdu Seth Halwai Ganapati Temple.
Where: Shivaji Road
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 16 kms
A believer or not, I would definitely recommend a visit to this iconic temple of Pune, dedicated to Lord Ganesh. I deliberately chose the afternoon time, which is when almost 1/4th of Pune is asleep (Yes! They still love their afternoon siesta!) And you would find some quiet time at this enchanting place. Located in the heart of the city, this place is also surrounded by other prime attractions of the city, Shaniwarwada and Laxmi road to name a few.
Other options: Chaturshrungi temple, St. Mary’s church, St. Patrick’s church
Best place for high tea and snacks: J.J Garden Wada Pav
Where: Camp Area
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 3kms
Your trip to Pune would remain incomplete if you do not feast on the famous Indian burger, Vada Pav. The yummy potato fritter, served with bread buns and red & green chutney is a famous maharashtrian snack which is not only filling but also easy on your pockets. Grab a couple at J.J Garden Vada Pav centre, which sells the best ones in the town!!
Other Options: Joshi wadewale, kolhapuri vada pav centre
Best place to bring the sun down: Pashan Lake
Where: Via Pashan road, National highway 50
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 13.4 kms
Time to bid adieu the glorious sun and the leave all the hustle bustle of city behind. Whether you want to go bird watching (literally!), stroll down the nature trail, click the panoramic views of the man-made lake or go boating… Pashan lake is the place to be!
Other options: Vetal hills.
Best place to have dinner: Rangla Punjab
Distance from Pune Railway Station: 12.8 kms
Delicious late night food, rustic environment, typical dhaba like atmosphere and lip-smacking Punjabi food USPs of this place are more than one. Hogging on Chicken Keema Tikka Kebab, Dal Makhni, Butter Naan and Desi Ghee Khichdi would ensure are perfect closure to a near perfect day at Pune.
Other options: Yaara di Haaveli, Bashos, Shisha jazz café