Pune, with its rich culture and deep historical past, is one of the best places to visit and explore for enlightening both your mind and spirit. Your adventure in Pune begins with a pick up, where you'll also meet your English speaking guide. Your first visit is to the Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892 for the Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan. Admire its gorgeous architecture resting over immaculate lawns and learn of its history before heading to the Pataleshvara Cave Temple. This breathtaking temple, carved directly out of rock, was carved out in the 8th century and is a testament to the long history of India's religious culture. Afterwards, it's time to visit the famed Jangali Maharaj Temple. Sadguru Jangali Maharaj was a highly revered saint, enlightened, and was even an athlete during his time. Discover his life with your guide as you visit the temple dedicated to him. Pune as a community has a long story behind it, and this is what you'll learn in the Heritage Cell of the Pune Municipal Corporation Building. You'll learn about how rapidly this city has grown since the ancient times and how its moved forward into modern eras. You'll also be able to visit the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, which holds the collection of ancient sculptures and artifacts. A collection of over 21,000 items is housed in the museum, reflecting every day life in various eras in India. After all that learning, it's time for a shopping break as you head to Tulsi Bagh, one of the oldest markets in Pune and full of trinkets, wares, and souvenirs. As parting of your tour, you'll be able to offer prayers at Dagduseth Halwai Temple and Kasba Ganpati, two of the most renowned temples in the entire area. You'll also stop by the Lal Mahal, a monument established by Shivajimaharaj Shahaji Bhosale for his wife and son. Hear the origins of this beautiful, rosy munimanet and its architecture before going on a heritage walk in Shaniwarwada Fort. Should you opt for a full day tour, your adventure continues after some refreshments. You head to Darshan Museum, which is a unique experience in that it teaches you spiritual teachings of the mystic Vaswani, in the form of multimedia light shows and sounds. This is followed by a drive to the Tribal Cultural museum. This museum opens your eyes to the different tribes, cultures, and their heritage in Maharashtra and its 47 tribes. You then head to the National War Memorial, erected for the great martyrs of the wars who have fought and died for Independence. You continue on to Iskcon Temple, a beautiful building that is famed among devotees, dedicated to Radha-Krishna. And after your many journeys, you end it at Pu La Deshpande Udyan, a peaceful, Japanese-style park, where tranquility reings, and you can set yourself at ease, strolling through the green pathways.
Not much time to explore Pune? This walking tour will get you to the most important locations and discover their stories with the help of an English speaking storyteller guide. You meet your guide at Shaniwar Warda Fort, where you'll explore what remains of this historic site. Built in 1732, this is the very center of control for the Peshwas in the Maratha Empire. Learn about this empire as you walk through the halls. Next, you head to Dagdusheth Halwai Temple, dedicated to the Hundu God Ganesh. The temple is unique for being popular among the Maharashtra, with thousands and thousands of pilgrims trekking to it every day. Learn about the Ganeshotsav Festival held here and the incredible origins of the temple. Then you head to Shaniwar Peth, famed for being Pune's oldest market. It also has numerous schools in the area, and is a major thoroughfare of daily local life. You'll learn more about the local spirituality and religion through a visit to a local Ganesha Temple before heading to the administrative buildings. Built Peshwa Bajirao, a former general of the Maratha Empire, it's a symbol of his authority. The next and last stop is at the Vishrambaug Wada, a breathtaking mansion in Bajirao Road, and the former residence of Peshwa Bajirao II. This residence stands as a legacy of the Peshwas, also holding a post office as well as municipal offices. This is a great opportunity to learn about the background of each location and learn more about the history of Pune.
Known as a vibrant and thriving metropolis in India, Pune epitomizes the concept of "New India" with its striking mix of tradition and modernity. However, despite the quick and sudden shift from old to new, Pune still retains some cultural practices from the past that give it its distinct charm. Immerse yourself in the city's unique culinary heritage by sampling the local flavors and delicacies in this fun, two-hour food tour! Meet up with your English-speaking foodie guide outside the KFC at Deccan Gymkhana (make sure to come with a big appetite,) then begin the tour once the group is complete. Learn about Pune's history and culture as you walk through its bustling streets with your tour guide. Sample authentic local delicacies as you're led to food places that have been assessed for quality prior to the group, including places that most tourists and travelers miss out on during their visit! Try out a variety of dishes, such as Misal Pav, Vada Pav, and Bombay Bhelpuri, all of which are sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied. The menu varies from one day to another, and no two tours are the same, so you're always to get an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience! The tour will conclude at Fergusson College Road, a lively area filled with famous restaurants and shopping areas, where you can either choose to embark on your very own food tasting adventure or head back to your accommodation.