Asa tha Kasa – The Pune Story – Part 6

The Sinhagad Fort situated on the outskirts of Pune

(…contd)

It was indeed a pleasure to wake-up to the chirps of these tiny wonders of nature and inhale the fresh air of Pune Camp.

bird

Then again, the restless ‘outie’ in me barred me from ‘staying-put’ within the walls of my hostel. Thus, began the next adventure!

For those of you who yearn to explore the ‘holy and high’ sides of life, Pune is definitely the place to be!

With shrines of Lord Ganesha as well as other ancient temples located across the city and many hilltops, you can always consider being an ‘outie’ in Maharashtra’s cultural capital.

Over a period of 1.5 months, I have had the pleasure of exploring the ever famous Dagdusheth Ganapathi Temple, Parvathi Hill and of course Sinhagad Fort.

Gods and Goodies

Fear not, the Gods always assure you of a good meal. As I explored the streets that housed the famous Dagadusheth Ganapathi Temple, a unique yet tiny hotel had caught my attention instantly. Interestingly, this place was known for its Misal Paav as well as the popular Ram Mandir that was said to have been constructed during the Peshwa reign (i.e between 1713 to 1818 AD).

A quick glimpse of the Dagadusheth Ganapathi Temple, Pune

A quick glimpse of the Dagadusheth Ganapathi Temple, Pune

 

All the way to the top

Pune is blessed with a fantabulous hilly terrain. Hence, it is indeed a trekker’s haven. If you wish to satisfy the adventurer in you, within the city’s limits, you could definitely explore Parvathi Hill. The hill also houses a few temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Hanuman, Lord Karthikeya and Lord Ganesh. This place also allows you to dig deeper into the history of the Peshwa Dynasty and has a museum that displays interesting historical artifacts.

Temples of the Peshwa Reign

(Left to right) the Ram Mandir at Tulsi Baug, Pune and the Ganesh Temple at Parvathi Hill, Pune.

Not too far from Parvathi Hill, is one of the world’s largest Japanese style gardens – The Okhyama Friendship garden aka the Pule Deshpande Garden.

Okhyama Friendship garden

The Okhyama Friendship garden (a.k.a Pula Deshpande garden).

However, a visit to Maharashtra’s Pune district is incomplete without a climb up the famous Sinhagad Fort. Situated approximately 35 kilometres from Pune city, this place offers one of the most breathtaking views.

The Sinhagad Fort situated on the outskirts of Pune

A view from the Sinhagad Fort situated on the outskirts of Pune

The place guarantees you of a most satisfactory experience despite the tiresome trek. If you are not bound by a hectic itinerary, enjoy yourself at the serene Khadakwasala Dam.

The Khadakwasala Dam in Pune

The Khadakwasala Dam in Pune

(Tip: Carry at least 4 bottles of water and a tube of sunscreen lotion with you. You are adviced to wear clothes that cover the body in its entirety, lest you suffer from bee stings on the hilltop!)

Transport

You could try your luck with the Public transport systems of the city. But as mentioned before, it is wiser to grow accustomed to Ola, Uber or even hiring autorikshaws. Your best bet would be to roam around Pune using a vehicle of your own.

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#Punelesson6 – Accept it. Pune is NOT Mumbai nor is it like any other city in India. It is one city that is bound to toughen you with the assurance that your ‘machoness’ would not have to be showcased in its true sense at all times. Do it yourself – whether it is sightseeing or even shopping on the streets of the city’s ever famous M.G Road. But as always, be street-smart and be resourceful. Like any place, Pune also has its pros and cons.

So until next time, I would say ‘me ekdam bari aahe’.

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