[Pune, India] Udaan Biodiversity Park: A Trigger for the Senses

  Udaan Biodiversity Park, Pune, India The Udaan Biodiversity Park takes you on an exciting journey of discovering the plant kingdom. Tucked away in the Viman Nagar area of Pune, this initiative of the Zensar foundation is a commendable one. Enter the small park and explore the variety of endemic, fragrant, medicinal (ayurveda), vegetable-bearing, and other plants. This journey will trigger your senses as you touch and feel the leaves, pluck and taste some, crush and smell others.

[Pune, India] A Touch of Japan in Pune: The Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden

Looking for a change of scenery on the busy Sinhagad Road? The Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden (or Pu La Deshpande Udyan), located on Sinhagad Road in Pune, is a welcome visual treat. It is based on the Korakuen Garden in Okayama City and was inaugurated in 2006.   Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden (Pu La Deshpande Udyan), Pune, India B has a special fondness for everything J (read Japanese), and so, as we entered the garden, he was on a high.

[Pune, India] Atop the Parvati Hill in Pune

Devdeveshwar Temple, Parvati Temple Complex. Pune, India Many years ago, I would often hike in the hills in the Sahakar Nagar neighborhood of Pune with my parents and sister. Sometimes, as a special treat to ourselves, we would cross several hills and reach the beautiful temple complex of Parvati, located on a hillock. At other times, we would go to Parvati the “official” way: climb approximately 80 steps from the main entrance near Mahila Mandal.

[Pune, India] Good Morning, Pune: The Pune Heritage Walk

Good Morning, Pune Back in Pune after more than a decade, I have started re-exploring my “home” town. Often, the sight of familiar neighborhoods kindles trips down memory lane in the city that I called home for more than twenty years. At other times, I view Pune from the perspective of a visitor. New sights and experiences in the city. Familiar sights and experiences viewed with a new lens.

[Pune, India] The Pimpri-Chinchwad Science Centre: Automobiles, Fun Science, and Dinos!

The Pimpri-Chinchwad area, home to several major automobile companies, now has a Science Centre. Explore the world of automobiles, enjoy learning science in the “Fun Science” section, and walk among dinosaurs in the open Dinosaur Park. We spent a Sunday afternoon at the centre and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.   The Pimpri-Chinchwad Science Centre (or Pimpri-Chinchwad Science Park) is located near the Auto Cluster in Chinchwad. At the entrance, one can purchase general entry tickets to the science centre, as well as additional separate tickets for the 3D Science show and the Taramandal, an inflatable portable planetarium.

Coming Home to Pune

Pune. A city I called home for over 20 years. From tiny steps at a preschool to the adventures in high school. From feeling completely lost on the first day of junior college to graduating with confidence from an engineering college. From weekly family outings to the Peshwe Udyan Zoo to weekend trips with friends to Esselworld. From riding a tricycle on the terrace to zooming on a Bajaj scooter in the streets.

Ganesh Chaturthi: Mandal Hopping in Pune – II

Lord Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi, Pune After a lovely day in the midst of Ganesh Chaturthi festivities in Pune, we awoke to a bright morning in the city. With all the mandals in the snooze mode until evening time, we opted to spend the morning walking along Main Street (MG Road). A large part of this area remains unchanged from the last time I was here (was it 7 or 8 years ago?

Ganesh Chaturthi: Mandal Hopping in Pune – I

Wish comes true! Destiny has a way with making wishes come true unexpectedly. For the past several years, I’ve been trying to plan a trip to Pune during Ganesh Chaturthi. I earnestly wanted my husband to experience the vibrant festivities first-hand. Somehow, the plans never worked. I almost forgot about this wish. And then, out of the blue, with less than a week’s notice, we had to visit Mumbai (and hence, an opportunity to visit Pune) right in the middle of the 10-day long festival.