Pune is a quintessential Maharashtrian city with many remnants of the past. It is also a centre for education, business, and spiritualism. As globalization knocked on its doors in 1990, Pune has emerged as one of the most rapidly developing cities in Maharashtra. Also being the business district after Mumbai, Pune sees many national and international businesses having their branches here. This has also given a huge impetus to hotels in Pune that offer luxurious stay options to business travellers. Therefore, whether you are travelling for a quick weekend getaway or a business meeting, Pune has no shortage of luxury hotels to give you a comfortable stay.
Pune: An Amalgamation of the Old and New
Pune has garnered more attention as a weekend getaway from Mumbai as it has many things to offer. From hip restaurants to hiking and camping in the hills, Pune has been the first choice for a short one day trip from Mumbai. Here we share the top things to do in Pune during your stopover.
Things to Do in Pune
Visit the Aga Khan Palace and Shaniwar Wada
Built by Sultan Aga Khan III, the palace is set in the northeast centre of the city. The palace building was also the place where Mahatma Gandhi was in holding during the Quit India movement. The palace also has photos and painting exhibits depicting the moments from Mahatma Gandhi’s life.
Shaniwar Wada, the palace of the Peshwa rulers, is located in the old part of the city. Even though it was destroyed by fire in 1828, the walls and ramparts of the palace remain and are a proud reminder of the Maratha Empire.
Trek to the Sinhagad Fort
Also known as Lion’s Fort, Sinhagad Fort is a trekker’s paradise. This fort is apt for a short one-day trek. It is located at 35km from Pune city. In the olden days, the fort had strategic importance for control on the trading routes. During the monsoon months, the fort is surrounded by lush greenery and is frequented by trekkers.
Go Paragliding over the Pawna Lake
Many operators offer Paragliding sessions over the picturesque Pawna Lake in Lonavla which is an hour drive from Pune. One can go for Tandem Paragliding and get a bird’s eye view of the city. If you happen to be in Pune, then Tandem Paragliding can get your adrenaline pumping.
Get a Panoramic view of the City from Parvati Hill
Parvati Hill is a small hillock and is an easy climb. The observation deck at the top gives a panoramic view of the city. The top has 5 temples dedicated to Goddesses. The largest temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. There is a Buddhist cave halfway through the climb from the southeastern slope.
Go Street Food Hopping
For food lovers, Pune has many delectable dishes to try. The origins can be traced back to traditional Maharashtrian cuisines to Gujarati, and even North Karnataka. One can try recipes such as Dabeli, Misla, Poha, Vada Pav, Kathi Roll, Bhakarwadi and the baked goodies from the cafes and bakeries.
Accommodation in Pune
Given its burgeoning IT sector and also other business hubs, Pune sees an influx of a lot of business travellers. Hence, many business hotels in Pune offer a rich staying experience. Of these, Blue Diamond, Pune a business hotel by IHCL, is an apt choice for a comfortable and 5-star hotel experience.
Blue Diamond, Pune – IHCL SeleQtions is located right in the heart of the business and entertainment centre of the city and is known to be one of the best business hotels in Pune. It is located 5km away from the airport and only 2 km from the nearest railway station. This provides business travellers with easy access and commutability. This business hotel in Pune is also known for providing some of the best luxury rooms and suites. These rooms are equipped with ergonomic workspaces to assist you with your meetings.
The hotel also houses a fitness centre for that quick workout regime before you set out for your back-to-back meetings. The centre has everything you need to meet your fitness requirements. It also has an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also offers a relaxing Jiva spa where one can relax in the signature therapies and rejuvenate their body.
Blue Diamond, Pune is home to some of the best 5-star restaurants in Pune. Even at the oddest of hours, one can gorge on classic comfort dishes at Latitude. There is no better option for that 3.00 am coffee than to head to Latitude. For some exotic wine tasting head to the Easy Bar. To satiate your taste buds with spicy and delicious North Indian food; then one can go to Mystic Masala and enjoy their meal on an evening filled with live Ghazals. If you are craving authentic Chinese food in Pune, then Whispering Bamboo is the place to be. When it comes to desserts, then Caramel serves the best Tea, Coffee, and cakes!
Forget your accommodation hassles with your stay at the best luxury hotel in Pune. Experience the city like no other with your stay here at Blue Diamond, Pune – IHCL SeleQtions.