Last day in Pune!
After googling some more places that we haven’t seen, much to husband’s dismay, I came up with 4 more stops: the Bund Garden, Pune Junction Railway Station, Iskcon Temple, and Laxmi Road.
We decided that the best way to finish all 4 stops was to hire a taxi, to avoid the hassle. Unfortunately, the taxi driver spoke very little English, and we did not understand each other about the first stop, which was the Bund Garden.
According to Wikipedia, the Bund Garden or the “Mahatma Gandhi Udyan” is a popular retreat place for those looking for a quiet, scenic place to relax, rejuvenate and re-energize.
This is where he brought us. Hmmm…
Oh well.. When your driver hardly speaks English, there is no point insisting on your way. It was his way, to the highway!
We did get to to the Pune Junction Railway Station without any problems.
“The station was completed in 1856. It is the main railway head of Pune. It serves as a halt for south bound trains from Mumbai, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan as the origin/destination for trains to north India.” Wikipedia.org
There really wasn’t much to see at the railway station. A quick 5 minute stop, and we left. After spending a few days in India, I’ve learned that you have to ask permission first before taking photos. There was a group of policemen sitting under the Pune Railway Station sign, and as I motioned at my camera, an indication of me asking if I could take a shot, they rapidly made wide arm movements, shooing us away like flies. They did not want to be immortalized in my blog. 😉
3rd stop was the Iskcon Temple. “International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement is a spiritual society founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in July 1966 in New York. The aim of ISKCON is to acquaint all people of the world with universal principles of self-realization and God consciousness so that they may derive the highest benefit of spiritual understanding, unity and peace.” www.iskconpune.com
Our last stop was the LAXMI road, the best marketplace in Pune. Yesssss! Shopping! *air fist pump!!!
After kurta and scarf shopping for family, we headed back to the hotel.
We hanged out at the hotel’s lounge and had a snack. We’ve gotten to know the friendly people at the lounge in the span of the 6 days that we spent at the hotel, and since the next day we fly to Hyderabad, we said goodbye to our new friends.
Before we left the lounge, we went out to the balcony to watch the sunset. We asked one of the waiters to take a photo for us, and he took this amazzzinnggg shot of us with Pune’s beautiful sunset.