Pune is a city of many facets. Historically, it is the former seat of the Maratha Empire formed by Shivaji — a warrior-king from the 17th century. Academically, it is known as the ‘Oxford of the East’ due to the several well-respected educational institutions located there. These days, it’s a seat of power for the IT and automotive industries, and a burgeoning hub for up-and-coming startups. The city itself is near the Sahyadri, also known as the Western Ghats, as well as a number of hill forts — providing the hiking enthusiast a number of trekking opportunities.
Interested in seeing it for yourself? Then read on for some recommendations on how to explore and unwind in Pune!
Soak in History
Visit the Aga Khan Palace
This gorgeous building was constructed in the late 19th century by Sultan Aga Khan III as a way to provide employment for those affected by famine in the area. It was later used as a prison by the British — none other than Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned here. The palace now houses a museum dedicated to him, and it has become a monument to his legacy.[Read more…]