PUNE: Capital of the Peshwas

Pune is a delightful city in the western region of India. Easily accessible by all modes of transport , road , train and air.

I have edited and re blogged this for friends who are travelling in September 2015.

Pune in the Monsoons
Pune in the Monsoons

It is deliciously soaked in history and has an aroma of the years gone by. For a whiff of Maharashtrian Culture, Pune is the city to head to.

Do see the saree of the lady in the centre of the picture.It is THE 9 yard saree.

traditional 9 yard saree in pune
traditional 9 yard saree in Pune

A direct flight to Pune from New Delhi  ( there are multiple options) coupled with  an advance booking will give you excellent rates too. I went by Spiceject, do read my blog : TURNOUND: Spice in Mid Air.

A look into Pune
A look into Pune

A bird told me Tuesday evenings are  the time to get really low fares.

I would strongly recommend staying at the Westin ,Pune. Another option recently discovered is the Le Meridian, Pune located right behind the railway station.

The Westin is located  on the banks of the Mula-Mutha river and right next to a happening and spirited group of restaurants  within  “ABC farms“.

There is also a mall nearby whereby I bought a pair of shoes from Clarks at throw away prices.

Mula mitha river from hotel westin pune
Mula mitha river from hotel westin pune

Do walk along the bridge near the Westin  hotel, if you are lucky you will see the Baya birds weaving their nests. This is so much a microcosm of an “Urban Forest “. check out my blog http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com

Baya weaver birds on the nest in the centre
Baya weaver birds on the nest in the centre

Pune is a fascinating city which retains the charms of an era gone by.It was at onetime the capital of the mighty Marathas.

While I was entering the fort and observing a majestic tree at the entrance, i was lucky to photograph this gorgeous Grey Hornbill. They love the fruits of Ficus trees.

ancient tree at entrance of Shanivada
ancient tree at the  entrance of Shanivada
always look above your heads too
always look above your heads too

Start your trip of Pune  by visiting the Shanivada Palace Fort , an island of peace in the  now bustling  marketplace Shanivada .

Main Gate to the Fort of the Peshwas
Main Gate to the Fort of the Peshwas
a view of other old buildings around theFort
a view of other old buildings around the Fort

The area has many historical places within walking distance of the main gateway and would suggest a little walk around to really see  things.

We discovered this Iconic tea stand. Have a sip as you walk around.

Very famous Tea Shop in the area
Very famous Tea Shop in the area

A beautiful and much revered  temple   dedicated to Lord Ganesha is a 5 minute walk from the centre of Shanivada.

Golden temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha
Golden temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha

Do go treasure hunting in the bustling markets as it’s a “treasure trove” for shoppers.

handwoven textiles in shanivada
handwoven textiles in shanivada

A visit to the Kelkar museum , close to Shanivada is a must for lovers of Art.

As you drive or walk around the city  , keep a look out for  some gorgeous buildings . This picture that follows is that of the Pune University.

Buildings of the British Raj
Buildings of the British Raj

Pune is also home to the famous Osho Ashram.Do visit the same, its an experience.

Inside the Osho Ashram at Koregaon Pune
Inside the Osho Ashram at Koregaon Pune

All who enter need to wear these maroon  robes and get their blood tested for HIV.I was no exception.

disciples exchange notes
disciples exchange notes

We now go back in time to the 9th century and  visit the Pataleshwar Shiva Temple. It is a short tuk tuk ( autosrickshaw ) drive from Shanivada.

This ancient temple in the heart of Pune is a must see
This ancient temple in the heart of Pune is a must see

Three very unusual observations I am sharing are:

  1. The temple is below ground level ( hence “Patal “or the the underworld)  .
  2. The Nandi temple is circular ( very unusual)

    Nandi in circular temple
    Nandi in circular temple
  3. It is entirely scooped or carved  out from Hard  Black Volcanic Rock.

Taking a step back into  more recent times is a visit to the beautiful Aga Khan Memorial. It unravels mysteries of a time when LokManya Tilak raised the slogan from this  city  saying “Swaraj is my birthright “. 

Aga Khan Memorial
Aga Khan Memorial

You will be surprised  to discover  a memorial which contains the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi.

Within the Aga Kha Home
Within the Aga Kha Home

I  sign off  with this image of Custard Apples, Peanuts and the Lady.

custard apples peanuts and the lady
custard apples peanuts and the lady
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