In Koregaon Park & Beyond
Collected by Neha Puntambekar , AFAR Local Expert
Pune the erstwhile capital of the Maratha Empire is a cultural and educational hub often referred to as the Oxford of the East. One of its highlights is the leafy quarter of Koregaon Park –full of drama, mysticism, and sprawling mansions, all built around ancient banyans.
103, 104, 1st Floor, Power Point Opposite Murphies Above Menchie’s Pingale Chowk, Lane 6, Ganga Fortune Society, Meera Nagar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Set aside some time to indulge in a spot of pampering and preening. The lanes of Koregaon Park are home to a number of salons and day spas, many of which are adjacent to each other—so you can enjoy a set of salon treatments before stepping next...
no. E Off, White Flint Nest, Near Lane No. 05, N Main Rd, Meera Nagar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
If splattering paint, caked palettes, and pungent wafts of turpentine make you giddy in a good way, head out for an art walk in Koregaon Park. One of the most interesting studios is the Emblem Art Studio on Lane 5, which works with contemporary...
Parvati Hill, Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra 411009
The gods stand beside you and the city spreads out before you on Parvati Hill, a temple complex standing at 2,100 feet above sea level. This hill offers you panoramic views of Pune city, all while shielding you from the chaos of life down below....
17/1, B/2, Late GA Kulkarni Path, Next to, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra 411038, India
Remember back in the day when you spent the summer holidays creating elaborate train systems out of a box, complete with miniature tunnels, stations, and even tiny plastic trees? B.S. Joshi did the same, eventually building his own miniature...
D. H. Dhunjibhoy Road, Between Lane Number 2 and 3, Koregaon Park Road, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
In 1994 a nullah (the Indian equivalent of a wadi) of stagnant water was reclaimed, regenerated, and converted into one of the most beautiful Japanese Zen gardens in Pune. The five-hectare Osho Teerth Park, within the Osho commune grounds, gives...
Chokhi Dhani, Maharashtra 412207, India
If the hustle and bustle of Pune gets too much, escape to a themed Rajasthani village for a few hours. Chokhi Dhani is a mock-up Rajasthani village that comes alive in the evening and transports its visitors to a simpler, more carefree place. The...
Gandhi National Memorial Society, Aga Khan Palace Road, Palace View Society, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411006, India
There is majesty in the sheer structure of the Aga Khan Palace—in its manicured gardens and in its Italian arches. The palace and gardens were commissioned by Sultan Aga Khan III in 1892 in an effort to boost the economy of the then...
Sinhagad Ghat Road, Dist Pune, Thoptewadi, Maharashtra 411025, India
When the city gets overbearing the people of Pune hit the hills, and one of their favorite destinations is the Sinhagad Fort. Sinhagad Fort was named in honor of a fallen Maratha warrior, and the name translates as Lion Fort. It stands at 4,300...
Building No. 7, Zeenat Co. Operative Housing Society, German Bakery Lane, A Ln, Ragvilas Society, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
If you are a jewelry junkie, you are in the right place. No matter your budget, chances are you’ll find just what you are looking for. Try Crystal Point in the Zeenat Cooperative Housing Society off Lane A. As well as all sorts of necklaces and...
N Main Rd, Koregaon Park Annexe, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
If you're looking for a comfortable cafe that serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Aroma's is a great place to hang out. It's the kind of cafe where you can sit back—with a coffee, then a smoothie, then a cocktail, and then some wine...
35A/1, North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Next to The Westin, Koregaon Park Annexe, Mundhwa, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
If you're looking for a fun evening out with great music and a funky atmosphere, High Spirits is the place to go. High Spirits is known for two things: The spirits (try the apple melon martini), and the music. They host internationally renowned...
Survey 32A, North Main Road Sukhwani Park, Near Axis Bank, Liberty Phase 2, Ragvilas Society, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Lassi is a popular Indian drink taken to cool the system, either after a heavy meal or on a hot day. It is made using yogurt, water, milk, and salt or sugar, and is traditionally prepared either salty—with a dash of toasted cumin and crushed curry...
Jewel square Mall, Koregaon Park Rd, Vasani Nagar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
There is a gigantic flip-flop that directs you to the footwear stall along Lane 1. The flip-flops sold here are known as Osho chappals—named after the Osho commune where they were born—and have become iconic in their own right. Legend has it these...
B/4, Mantri Manor, Sangamvadi, 377, Lane 5, Koregaon Park, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
The streets and side streets of Koregaon Park have a wealth of antique and home décor stores of all sizes, and you can embark on your own personal treasure hunt. There's no better place to pick up that Indian conversation piece you've always been...
Gulmohar Gardens, 192, N Main Rd, Ashok Chakra Society, Meera Nagar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Late evenings on the corner of North Main and Lane 7 tend to be busy. There’s an ice cream parlor here, after all, and a Natural Ice Cream parlor at that. As the name suggests, Natural Ice Cream is a brand of natural ice creams. They do not add...
Bakthiar Plaza, 6, MG Road, Camp, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Generations have been visiting Marz-o-rin since it first popped up on the busy MG Road in 1965. Set over two stories and housed in a heritage building, it is famous for its rolls, burgers, and sandwiches. Marz-o-rin is a typical Pune café—a...
28, Queen's Garden, Near Old Circuit House, Band Garden Road, Camp, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
The walls are adorned with colorful masks and wall murals. The displays include rustic kitchen utensils and chunky hand-crafted jewelry. A trip to the Pune Tribal Museum opens up a window into the vibrant cultures of the tribes that live in the...
B/4, Mantri Manor, sangamwadi, 377, Lane Number 5, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Nothing combats the heat like a sip of coconut water enjoyed straight from the coconut on a hot and tiring day. It's just the right combination of sweet and refreshing. Coconut water, or nariyal pani, is available on many street corners and on...
G-2 & G-3, Arthavishva Lane 5, Koregaon Park, Suyojana Society, Kavadewadi, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Think pastel and paisley, the perfect combination to outwit an India summer. Now pair this with soft and bright hand-woven fabrics. What you get is an exclusive Anokhi creation. Anokhi is an attempt to revive dying Indian textile traditions and...
Kapila Dairy Basement, Lane 5, N Main Rd, Suyojana Society, Kavadewadi, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Locha is a hard word to translate. A literal English translation would be "a problem," but that misses the mark. You could think of it as a "mess," but that's not really it either. Locha is more along the lines of "something funky is in the...
Sapphire Hsg. Soc, Shop no. 4, Lane Number 6, Ganga Fortune Society, Meera Nagar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Delicious street food is spread all around Pune on mobile food carts. Here’s a rough guide to help direct you to the right foods: Butta: Roasted corn with a splash of lime, salt, and chili powder. For the real deal make sure you get Indian corn...
Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Take the afternoon off and wander along the many lanes of Koregaon Park. You’ll encounter an eclectic mix of establishments: Hole-in-the-walls, chic cafes, pubs, food stalls, fine dining restaurants, fast food chains, designer boutiques, and...
292, Koregaon Park, North Main Road, Ragvilas Society, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Bang opposite the swanky new Starbucks stands a Pune landmark, the German Bakery. This once bohemian hangout has undergone a chic transformation of its own. Three years ago, an attack on the property forced the establishment to shut down, but...
2nd floor,730/32,Sadashiv peth,Above Lavanya Sarees,, Kumthekar Road,Pune, Sadashiv Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030, India
There are many secrets and many stories hidden beneath Pune’s bustle, waiting for you to uncover them on this fascinating three-hour walk. Duck into narrow alleyways—some forgotten by time, others stuck in a time warp—to uncover medieval royal...
Meera Nagar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Many a meal across India ends with a walk to the local paanwala, typically found on every other street corner. Paan is a traditional mouth freshener and digestive, and a popular chew across the Indian Subcontinent. It consists of a green betel...
6, Dr Coyage Road, East street, Hulshur, Camp, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Kayani is a Pune landmark. Since it was first set up in 1955, this little bakery has had serpentine queues forming at the door every morning and afternoon—mainly for their popular Shrewsbury biscuits. Even if you get there before the doors open in...
For years now, Koregaon Park has been associated with a hint of mysticism. It all began with the formation of the sprawling Osho International Asharam on the quiet and leafy Lane 1. The commune was established by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a...
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