Day 3 in Pune.
We’ve wasted 2 days already, and I decided that today, husband was either in or out. I had a full day planned in Pune, I wasn’t going to fail my list. 😉
Good thing though that Marco woke up feeling much much better. Good for me. Unfortunately for him.
We had originally booked a cab to pick us up at 10 am. The “taxi for sure” app was well advertised, although they do not assure English speaking drivers. It didn’t matter though, I figured, as long as I have the name of the place where I wanted to travel to next, we should be ok.
After waiting for 30 mins in the Westin hotel lobby, someone from the concierge approached us and asked if we would like to take the hotel car instead. He gave as a pretty good discount for the day, which included an English speaking driver. Without any hesitation, Marco said yes!
Below is a summary of our itinerary for the day.
|Place||Address||Hours||Foreigner Fee||Indian Fee||Additional Fees||Description|
|Aga Khan Palace||Pune Nagar Road, Pune, Maharashtra||100 rs||5 rs||Where Gandhi and his wife Kasturba were interned for almost 2 years|
|Osho International, Pune||17, 1st Lane, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra||9am-12:30 pm, 2pm-3:30pm||1560 rs||760 rs||HIV test – 1400 rs||Meditation Resort|
|Pataleshwar Caves||Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra||8am-5:30pm||Dedicated to their Lord Pataleshwar, God of the Underworld|
|Shaniwarwada Fort||Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra||100 rs||5 rs||Shaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas.|
|Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple||250, Shivaji Road, Budhvar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra||Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple in Pune is dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesh.|
|Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum||1377-78, Natu Baug, Off Bajirao Road, Shukrawar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra||10am-6pm||90 rs||15 rs||The museum has 20,000 different articles, all personally collected by Baba Kelkar from all over the world.|
|Mayur||MG road||Indian Vegetarian Restaurant|
|Sarasbaug Ganpati Park||Sarasbaug, Pune, Maharashtra||Ganesh temple which is also known as the Talyatla Ganpati. The Sarasbaug temple houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak (God who makes wishes true).|
|Parvati Hills and Temples||Parvati Steps, Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra||5am-8pm||5 rs||5 rs||Parvati is the one of the most scenic locations in Pune. It is situated at a height of 2100 feet above sea level.|
|Mahadji Shinde Chhatri||Wanwadi Nagar Fatima NagarWanwadi Nagar, Fatima Nagar, Vikas Nagar, Wanwadi, Pune, Maharashtra||24 hours||The Shiv mandir in the temple campus was built by Shrimant Mahadji in 1794|
|Fashion Street||near MG road||Shopping|
|Kayani Bakery||in MG road||Bakery|
|Heritage Handicraft Emporium||in MG road||Shopping|
Our first stop was the AGA KHAN PALACE, Pune Nagar Road, Pune, Maharashtra. For Indians, entrance fee was 5rs, for foreigners it was 100rs. It took us 20 minutes from Westin Pune to the palace.
This palace was built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Agakhan III. The Agakhan Palace Pune is a national monument of India’s freedom movement. Gandhi and his wife Kasturba were interned at the palace from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944.
On our way out of the palace, we failed in our attempt to take a couple selfie with the palace in the background. We saw a group of young Indians, and I decided to ask them if they could take our foto for us.
The person who took our foto asked if the women could have a foto with me, I looked at Marco, they seemed harmless, why not. After the women, the men came running, they wanted a foto too, then I looked at Marco again mouthing to him, “What is happening?” Marco was clueless too.
From the Aga Khan Palace we went to the Osho International at 17, 1st Lane, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra. My camera got a no no from the guard, but we did get to ask about their sessions. Seemed pretty pricey for me.. But I guess to each his own, right? I personally would rather spend money on food, and clothes. Hmmm.. Maybe just on clothes.. Yup, JUST clothes.
Osho International is a meditation resort. They offer different kinds of meditation sessions to fit your needs. They are open from 9 am til 12:30 pm, and 2 pm to 3:30 pm. To get in, you would have to register at the Welcome Center. You need to take an HIV/AIDS test which is 1400rs. The daily entrance fee is 760rs for nationals, and 1560 for internationals. This daily pass lets you attend meditation sessions for that day.
Our 3rd stop was the Pataleshwar Caves at Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra. It is open from 8 am until 5:30 pm.
The Pataleshwar Caves is dedicated to their Lord Pataleshwar, God of the Underworld. Believed to have been cut out from a single rock, the place has massive pillars, which are the grandeur of the temple caves. The shrine out there is dedicated to Shiva and the Nandi. This religious shrine, housed in caves, that dates back to 700-800 AD has rather grand statues of Nandi, Sita, Ram, Lakshman, Lakshmi, Ganesh and an over-sized shivalingam under its roof.
Our next stop was the Shaniwarwada Fort. Took us about 3 minutes to travel from the Pataleshwar cave to the fort. The fort is located at Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra. Entrance fee for foreigners was 100rs, and for nationals it was 5rs.
Shaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs. 16,120. What was once a seven storied structure was gutted by a fire in the palace. Only the remains can be seen now like the fortification walls with five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the entire palace. The principal gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates are called Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.
Thank you Wub for these awesome shots.
On the way out, we saw the same group of Indians from Aga Khan Palace. The ladies shrieked with delight while waving at us, I shrieked with delight too, in my head I was thinking, I can ask someone to take our foto! 😀
5th on the list was the Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple at 250, Shivaji Road, Budhvar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra. It was very crowded when we arrived there at 12:55pm, it seemed that the prayer ritual was currently happening, and there was no parking space. Our driver, Shri, suggested that we go down for 5 minutes and take fotos while he puts on his hazard and just wait right outside the temple.
From the temple, it took us 5 minutes to get to the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. They are open from 10 am until 6 pm, and entrance fee was suppose to be 90rs for foreignors, but for some reason the person in the ticketing desk said we didn’t have to pay. Wahooo, saved 180rs! The museum is located at 1377-78, Natu Baug, Off Bajirao Road, Shukrawar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra.
The Kelkar Museum was established in 1962 by Baba Dinkar Kelkar and was donated to the Maharashtra government in 1975. The museum has 20,000 different articles, all personally collected by Baba Kelkar from all over the world.
We finished at the museum by 2 pm and decided that it was time for lunch. Shri (our driver) suggested that we eat at Mayur at MG road. A vegetarian Indian restaurant. We insisted that he join us for lunch, but he was very persistent that he would just come get us when we were done..
We finished lunch at around 3 pm. There were more stops in my list, and next was the Sarasbaug Ganpati Park which is a major landmark in India. Here you will find the Ganesh temple which is also known as the Talyatla Ganpati.
The Sarasbaug temple houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak (God who makes wishes true). A sacred ground of faith for millions of devotees in Pune and around the world.
The Parvati Hills and Temples at Parvati Steps, Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra were only a 2 minute drive away from the park. When we got there, we had to take 103 steps up to reach the top. 103 inclined stair steps. After all the walking for the day, it was a very hard feat. My legs were ready to give up, but we were already there, there was no turning back.
Parvati is the one of the most scenic locations in Pune. It is situated at a height of 2100 feet above sea level. The temples on Parvati hill are the oldest heritage structures in Pune and reminiscent of the Peshwa dynasty. It offers an aerial view of the city and for the punekars, it is a respite from the noise and pollution of city life.
Our last touristy stop was the Mahadji Shinde Chhatri, Wanwadi Nagar Fatima NagarWanwadi Nagar, Fatima Nagar, Vikas Nagar, Wanwadi, Pune, Maharashtra. This temple was open 24 hours. I didn’t mind paying the entrance fee BUT there was a big sign outside that said, no photography inside the temple. No photography? Nope, we ain’t going in my dear.
The Shiv mandir in the temple campus was built by Shrimant Mahadji in 1794. He passed away the same year and his last rites were performed here. The temple campus including the Samadhi was later built by built by Madhavrao Sindhia in 1965.
After the long day of sightseeing, I was ready to do some shopping. Shri brought us to Fashion Street near MG road. I was able to get a few colorful kurtas for 250rs a piece! Very cheap, they probably won’t last long, but I’m not wearing them for all eternity so I thought that was ok.
We were told to do a dessert stop at Kayani Bakery in MG road. It was suppose to be famous, and boy was there a big crowd!
There was no proper line, there were no numbers being given out, and you hear people talking in Hindi, or maybe it was another dialect. There was no way we would be able to order anything, and I doubt that there was anything there I could eat anyway. We went it, smelled the bakery, it smelled amazing, and then left.
With Shrinivas, our awesome driver for the day from Westin Pune.
From Kayani’s Bakery, we did a stop at Heritage Handicraft Emporium along MG Road. It was suppose to be a quick one, but I ended up taking almost an hour looking at all the beautiful and colorful pashminas. ❤
After pashmina shopping, we were pretty much done for the day. We headed back to Westin Pune to have dinner and plop face down on our bed.
*Some facts in this post were taken from http://www.virtualpune.com