Visiting Pune for a coupe of days? Not sure what to do? Nevermind, because finding something to see and do is not going to be a problem. Trying to decide which attractions to leave out and what to experience is will be a problem though…unless tourists choose to spend each day on a tour. This is probably the cheapest, safest, and most enjoyable way to see the sights of Pune, without missing a beat.
Below is a five day tour feast of Pune that will allow travellers to make the most out of their time in Pune. Bear in mind, the list below accumulates most of the attractions that Pune offers. Some of these tours can also be cut short for those tourists that are visiting the city for just a few days. There is no need to leave anything out. A simple cut back of some attractions is all that will be needed.
Day 1. Some of the first day is usually spent arriving into the city. Therefore, time is certainly of the essence. With some of the day already past, visitors should begin with a short and less demanding tour of Pune’s sites. Partaking in a temple tour of Pune could be the best solution for this, as there are many temples found throughout the city, but only a handful that a distinct from ‘the pack’. Some of the main temples that will no doubt be visited in one of the temple tours are Chaturshringi Temple, Kasba Peth Temple, and Pataleshwar Cave Temple. The Jangali Maharaj Temple is just opposite the cave temple, and should also be visited if time permits.
Day 2. After a good nights rest, it’s time to embark on an historical tour of the city. There are numerous options available through tour agencies and Pune hotels . However, the city provides a number of historical landmarks that should be part of an historical tour. The Aga Khan Palace is certainly one of these attractions, as it is the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi, and was also the place of his incarceration during the ‘Quite India Protests’. Other landmarks include the Shaniwar Wada, Vishram Bagh Wada, and the Pavarti Hill temples.
Day 3. Getting around by van or car is the easiest way to visit the inner city structures and sites. However, trekking tours of Pune are a fun, exciting and physical way to view some of the most impressive highlights of the city. Choose from a number of trek tours, including the Bhimshankar Sanctuary, or the hills that encompass the town of Pune. The sanctuary is built in quite a mountainous area, so some of the trails used on various trek tours can be quite demanding. It is always safer to choose a tour that won’t be too exhausting or over-challenging.
Day 4. If you haven’t had enough of the outdoors, then Pune offers some horse riding tours of the inner and outer areas of the city. Visit the outer limits of the city, particularly the foothills and river banks that begin wonderful journeys through the Maharashtra region. Or, some horse riding tours operate from some of the parkland areas within inner Pune.
Day 5. After these five days of travelling around on tours and treks, an easier, yet still outstanding tour is the museum and cultural centre tour of Pune. There are various museums located in the city, and an array of tours can be arranged for each individual museum or a range of them for the serious culture vultures. The Tribal Museum is usually on the list of culture tours, along with Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, National War Museum, Pune Music Culture Centre and Fortune Art Gallery
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