pune travel

[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.

[Baneshwar, Maharashtra, India]: A Morning at Baneshwar

Baneshwar, the site of an old Shiva temple, is located about 40 km from Pune. Baneshwar Temple. Maharashtra, India We headed to Baneshwar on a Saturday morning. The small charming temple is surrounded by a forest, and hence the name ‘Baneshwar’. In the temple premises, Junior was drawn to a couple of tanks and their inhabitants (turtles and fish).   Outside the temple, several walking paths trace routes through the green environs; one of these paths leads to a waterfall.

[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.

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.