A look at some of the most interesting ways to make the most of your spare time in the wonderful city of Pune.
Did you know that Pune was named ‘Oxford of the East’ by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru? If you’re studying in this amazing city, then you’d definitely agree that Pune is one of the best education destinations in India. It is home to some of India’s oldest and most reputed institutes, which attract both national as well as international students.
According to an old statistical data, more than 1,50,000 students get themselves enrolled in both private and government colleges every year under. The university of Pune, which was founded in 1949 and spreads across a massive 400-acre campus area, has over 46 graduate departments, 269 affiliated colleges and 118 recognised research institutions. This proves that the city is a popular hub for students.
The city is also a centre of traditional Marathi culture, where importance is given to both academics, as well as cultural activities, making it the most desired destination for students of all disciplines interested in art and craft, science, theatre or other educational affairs. The city forms a perfect blend of both tradition and modern day approach to help give your dreams wings while keeping you connected to your roots.
But as they say, knowledge is not limited to books; you learn so many new things while travelling to different places, exploring new possibilities, participating in adventurous sports activities and so on.
Here are some of the most interesting ways to make the most of your spare time in the wonderful city of Pune.
If you’re a party animal and love driving on silent, well-lit roads, then you’d be glad to know that Pune city is full of exciting hangout places like nightclubs, bars, and lounges. If you really want to let your hair down, then here are some of the most famous places in Pune where you can plan to spend your weekend in ways more than one.
· Stone Water Grill: Head to Stone Water Grill after dinner and enjoy partying all night to have the most thrilling experience of your life. You should not have a problem locating it as it is situated at Pyramid Complex, Mundhwa Road, Koregaon Park Annexe.
· Swig: This is a great place for enjoying finger food and beverages. You can even try your hand at foosball with friends. Located at North Main Road, Koregaon Park, this spot is perfect for night parties. Since it is a popular place, book your place in advance.
· Soho Restaurant: With some romantic ambience, this place is perfect for sitting upright in sophistication and tasting great food. Not just that, heavy beats and a wooden dance floor will invite you to show your best dance moves.
Other than these, there are many amazing nightclubs and cafes that you’d like to try.
Besides nightlife, Pune is well-known for its amazing food. If you’ve lived in Pune and never tasted local food and beverages, then you’re surely missing out on something big. Here are some of the famous Pune delicacies that every food lover must taste. Some of them are: Garden vada pav at J.J. Garden Vada Pav Centre, Chicken Biryani at the Blue Nile, Mango Mastani at Sujata Mastani, Shrewsbury biscuits at Kayani Bakery, and Red Velvet cake at Fat Cat’s Cafe.
From desserts to Indian spicy food, this city has various cuisines to offer to satisfy your taste buds if you are a food junkie. You’re definitely going to fall in love with the palatable food specialities, which are prepared to keep in mind traditional touch and modern delicacy. For those of you who like to have traditional food, delicious recipes are prepared the way they were cooked decades ago.
There are various places in the city that people of all age groups like to visit. The city portrays rich Marathi culture. If you want to know about the past of the city then you must visit places like Jadhavgadh fort, Sinhagad fort, Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple, rock-cut temples at Junnar, and several other exotic hotspots that remind us of the cultural heritage of Pune, formerly known as Poona. However, for hikers and adventure enthusiasts, places like Rajmachi and Tapola are a couple of sought-after weekend destinations for a cliff-side view of milky-white waterfalls and extended forest ranges.
Close proximity to hill stations/beaches
Pune city lies in the vicinity of hill stations and beaches. As a weekend activity, you can put your trekking shoes on and test your endurance by embarking on a shot trekking expedition to Gorakhgad and enjoy a 360-degree view of the world below. Lush green hill stations like Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Khandala, Lonavla and Lavasa are some of the best weekend getaways for escaping city life for a day or two. Since these spots are not crowded, natural wonders like beautiful green patches of forest or high hilltops darkened by fog and clouds make you glued to one place where you can enjoy the pleasant landscape for hours.
If trekking is not your cup of tea, then lying down in the sand on a lovely beach is another great way to relax your mind on a weekend. For beach lovers, the city has an amazing coastline, which is surrounded by some of the magnificent seaside locations. Some amazing beaches near the city are Kashid beach, Tarkarli beach, Diveagar beach, Harihareshwar beach, Murud beach, Alibag beach, Dapoli beach, and many more.
Wildlife parks, museums, sports clubs
You can find out more about the city by visiting wildlife parks, museums and sports clubs. Some of the famous wildlife parks in Pune that you must visit are Peshwa Udyan, Manas Lake Bhugaon, Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Chittaranjan Vatika Garden, etc.
Famous museums: Darsham Museum, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, National War Museum, Pune Tribal Museum, Blades of Glory Cricket Museum, Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History are few places that will make you travel back in time.
Sports clubs: Urbanisation comes with a price! You lose playgrounds, parks and open spaces to roam around. But Pune city has you covered if you love being outdoors. Some of the famous clubs where you can keep your love affair with your favourite sport alive are Solaris Sports World, Pune Youth Club, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Sanjay Sports Club, Carrom Club and Badminton Sports Club.
Believe it or not, there can be no real fun without some interesting recreational activities. Leisure and fun activities can help beat all the stress you get from studying for long hours or thinking about how to score high in the final exams. The city is flooded with multiplexes like City Pride Multiplex, E-Square Multiplex, Inox Movies, Cinepolis and Victory Cinema for enjoying movie shows with your friends. Besides, you can also visit places like IndiKarting to test your go-karting skills and High Octane for bowling down all pins in one hit.
The beautiful city of Pune has something for everyone; which is why it has become one of the most popular education destinations in India. You can surely expect to have the time of your life in this fun-filled city.