Pune is a fast-evolving metropolis. The cultural capital of Maharashtra is replete with theme parks, sprawling forts, and lush green gardens. You do not need to spend too much to make the most of thesespots. Much like Kolkata, most tourists attractions are cost-friendly and ideal to fill your day on a small getaway. The rich heritage,educational and IT hubs, vibrant city nightlife, simple locals and authentic Parsi food make Pune a viable holiday option.
There are plenty of things to do at throwaway prices. This is especially helpful for anyone who is visiting the city on a budget.
You can still enjoy the spirit of Pune without having to compromise on the quality of the vacation. Take a look.
1. Visit the Forts and Palaces
Pune is home to several historic wonders. The most popular ones are Shanivar Wada, Aga Khan Palace, Singhagad Fort, Lal Mahal, Shindhe Chhatri, and Visapur Fort. The ticket prices are not more than ₹5 per person. You can catch a light-and-sound show at Shaniwar Wada for just ₹25. Some of them are free of cost as well. Witness the royalty, stroll around, click pictures and learn about the history of each one. Narrow down the list in your Kolkata to Pune flight since visiting all of them might not be possible.
2. Sip on the Famous Tandoori Chai
This beverage is unique to Pune. Amol Rajdeo and Pramod Bankar are the men behind this brilliant concept. Today chai-makers all across the country have picked up the technique where a kulhad of milk is placed on the bonfire. It gives the tea a smoky and earthy flavour when served in a roasted clay pot. Taste an authentic sizzling cup from the city of origin at not more than ₹20 per cup.
3. Ancient Temples Hopping
The most magnificent ones are Omkareshwar Temple, Kasba Ganpati, Laxmi Narasinmha Temple, Parvati Hill Temple, Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati, and Neelkantesh Temple. None of them has an entry fee. The architecture, intricate details, and historical significance will leave you in a state of awe. If your Kolkata to Pune flight lands in the early morning, you can start your trip with a visit to the temples. All of them open doors from 6 am onward.
4. Enjoy at the Gardens
Pune is greener than India’s many metropolitan cities. The gardens or ‘Baugs’ have thick tree canopiescovering them. Popular ones are Saras Garden, Okayama Friendship Garden, and Empress Garden. These are ideal for nature lovers to spend peaceful quality time.
You can check out the beautiful ecosystems and thriving fauna, set up a small picnic with your family, click photographs, go for a boat ride, walk around or simply sit and enjoy the pleasant Pune weather.
5. Explore Misal Pav Joints
Misal pav is a Marathi dish famous all over the country. Puneri ones are flavorsome due to their extra tangy spices. You can savour it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Locals also love to have it as snacks. Head over to Shri Kala Snacks, KataKirr, Bedekar, Shri Krishna Bhuvan, and Khasbah Misal for a hearty meal. The pocket pinch per person is ₹50.
You can pick some affordable souvenirs from Kasba as well. These are the best ways to soak in the essence of Pune. You will carry back happy memories on your Pune to Kolkata flight.