Strolling The Aga Khan Palace

Built in the late nineteenth century near the banks of the Mula river, the grand Aga Khan Palace – one of India’s biggest historic landmarks, sat right at the top of my things to do in Pune list as I tried to explore the city over the weekend. I had explored the iconic Shaniwarwada yesterday, followed by the Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum. While the Shaniwarwada wowed me, I was super impressed by what lay inside the otherwise nondescript three-storey museum but more on that soon. For now, let’s talk about the Aga Khan Palace where I stopped by on my way to the airport.

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The courtyard of Aga Khan Palace, Pune

Because the Aga Khan Palace falls on the way to the Pune airport, actually just a few kilometres from it and my flight to Bangalore was late in the evening, I had almost the entire day to explore the place.… continue reading

A Stroll In The Shaniwar Wada

For a change this time, I wanted to take the trail tourists take when in this historic city of Maratha. It had been almost a decade since the last time I was in Pune. Back then I had come as a student and had neither the inclination nor the time and money to see Pune. So when I found myself in Pune again this time, I knew I had to make the best out of my couple of days here. I knew that I can’t really explore the city in two days so I thought, why not be a tourist and go see the top things to see in Pune!

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The Courtyard – Shaniwar Wada, Pune

The options were many but thanks to my love for of old and historic places, I decided to start my Pune tour from the historic Shaniwar Wada.… continue reading

My first time in Pune

The year was 2008, right after my final semester exams of my graduation when I first came to the city of Pune, the supposedly cooler cousin of the city of dreams, Mumbai.

I had written the Maharastra entrance examination for MCA admissions and had managed to secure a respectable rank in the first merit list itself. As per the next step of the process, I had to report to a college in Pune (the name of which I don’t remember anymore) for counselling.

So, once it was decided that I was going there, along-with couple of more guys who were called for the counselling, the next step was to look for accommodation for us in Pune.

Pune being a fast-growing metropolis, has a lot of hotels for every budget. Starting from budget hotels to luxury five-star hotels.… continue reading