Known to be the ruling seat of the mighty Peshwas and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Pune has always been blessed to be the birthplace of many prolific leaders and social reformers who led and drove the freedom struggle in India. Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mahatma Phule, Mahadev Govind Ranade…the list is endless. This city has a perfect blend of history and culture, old-world charm and new age. It has an eclectic mix of people seeking, both, spirituality at Oshos centre and material success at the citys burgeoning IT sector at Koregaon Park and Aundh. Therefore, while in Pune, one can eat, drink, party, pray, love and live life like there is no tomorrow!
This city is a gourmands delight and you will be spoilt for choice with its wide range of options from its simple Wada Pav (at Joshi Wadewala in Deccan) to continental delights at Burger Barn and Marz-o-rin at Camp. Street food lovers should not miss Pao Bhaji at Durga Cafe and Jayshree Snacks Centre, which is open all night, till wee hours of morning. Cold Coffee at Durgas is to die for. These joints are usually flanked by the college crowd for its quantity, quality and affordability. Shree Kailash Amrutlya Snacks Bar in Katraj is also open whole night and is frequented by youngsters. Those who want to indulge in dessert must try out Cad M and Cad B chocolate milkshake and ice-cream topped with crushed dairy milk chocolate) at various outlets strewn across the city. In summers, treat yourself to the sweet decadence of Mastani (mango milkshake with chunks of whole fruit, topped with ice-cream and dry fruits), at the Sujata ice-cream parlour. For non-vegetarians, Good Luck Cafe near Fergusson College is a must go place. This Irani cafe is famous for its lip-smacking egg pudding, bun butter omelette, roomali roti and elaichi laden Irani chai. Biryani lovers must specially try out Borawakes Biryani in Kothrud.
When in Pune, you can never forget the legendary Chitale Sweets centre. Sample its famous bakarwadi and pack some for your loved ones back home. Re-live old Punes charm with hot and spicy Bedekars Missal in Budhwar Peth. Finish off with some sweet sheera at Bedekars before heading towards Sudarshan Rangmanch to watch some good theatre. Sports enthusiasts should head towards the Sahara Stadium where a number of IPL matches take place. For those who just want to shop should visit the famous Tulsi Baugh near Parvati where you get anything and everything from a rolling pin to antiques. For those who love roads, a drive to Khadakwasla will rejuvenate you.