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6 Things to do in Pune that the Locals Might Not Even Know About

6 Fun thing to do in Pune

The land of Peshwas and Marathas offers a heady mix of cultural and modern values. The cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune still retains the small town charm and laid back vibes whilst being one of the leading metros of India. Here are few things you can do in Pune.

6 Things to do in Pune that the Locals Might Not Even Know About:

  1. Pataleshwar Caves, Pune (Maharashtra)
  2. Osho Ashram, Pune (Maharashtra)
  3. Pune (Maharashtra)
  4. Khadakvasla Lake, Pune (Maharashtra)
  5. Sinhagad Fort, Pune (Maharashtra)
  6. SaffronStays Bliss , Pune (Maharashtra)

Day 1. Visit the Pataleshwar caves

Visit the Pataleshwar caves
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Dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar-the God of underwater and Lord Shiva. The caves designs are similar to those of Ellora caves. The sanctum (cube shaped room) houses the Lingam (the Shiva symbol).  

HolidayIQ traveller Anuradha Mahato shares: “Hidden gem in the middle of a concrete jungle! Very easy to miss on JM road but can find with concentration. It's like an oasis of peace with a short flight of steps leading to the inner sanctum area. You can find a lot of folks in need of peace and quiet sitting in the temple and praying or meditating silently.”

Fun fact: Made from the basalt rock, the Pataleshwar caves are said to be cut out from a single rock.


Day 2. Steal yourself from the city and experience serenity at Osho Ashrams

Steal yourself from the city and experience serenity at Osho Ashrams
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Located on the beautiful 32 acres of Koregaon park, the ashram organises regular training programs on spiritual uplift and meditation. The ashram also houses a Zen garden, a swimming lagoon, and rock garden.

HolidayIQ traveller Shivam Gupta shares: “I went to the Osho Monsoon fest this year and it was absolutely wonderful. The vibe of this place is very different from any other such ashrams and has a very calming influence.”


Day 3. Explore and shop at MG Road

Explore and shop at MG Road
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Pune MG road is a paradise for shoppers with a unique blend of Indian and western cultures. The walking plaza on weekends turns the whole locality into a fair with food stalls and handicrafts stalls.


Day 4. Watch the sunrise at the Khadakwasla lake

Watch the sunrise at the Khadakwasla lake
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The Khadakwasla lake is a quiet small place that Punekars visit to relax or while watch the drowning sun. Lush green hills streaked with numerous waterfalls surround the lake making it a great picnic spot.

HolidayIQ traveller Rahil Jaiswal shares: “If someone wants a nice end of the day visits Khadakwasla, located 12-15 km away from Pune at foot of Sinhagad Fort. It is a dam, a vast and very big water body. The best time visit is pre-evening and wait for sunset.”


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Day 5. Trek to the top of Sinhagad fort

Trek to the top of Sinhagad fort
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The infamous site of the 1670's battle of Sinhagad; the Sinhagad fort was previously called Kondana. Perched at an elevation of 1,350 m above sea level, the fort lies on an isolated cliff of the Bhuleshwar range of the Sahyadri mountains. The temples, caves and the bird-eye view from the top makes it one of the favourite trekking spots for travellers.

HolidayIQ traveller Vinit Patni shares: “Sinhagad fort is some 30km from Pune. It is a beautiful trek with some nice view at points. It took us just over an hour to reach the top where the vehicle parking. You can walk to various points of the Fort area for some nice view and/or a secluded lovely walk. During Monsoons these walks are very beautiful with clouds and showers accompanying you.”


Day 6. Where to stay in Pune

Where to stay in Pune
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Imagine living in a stunning glass villa on the outskirts of Pune, away from noise and hustle-bustle of city life. Adorned with private pool to soak in relax all day, manicured garden to play with the young ones or friends. Relax your senses to the sound of nature and relish some homemade Marathi style cuisines.



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