Pune for Families
Collected by Francisco Aguilar
Pune, the old capital of the Maratha Empire, is a cultural and educational hub often referred to as the Oxford of the East. A big attraction is the leafy quarter of Koregaon Park—full of drama, mysticism, and sprawling mansions, all built around ancient banyans.
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Getting a ride in Pune can be a challenge. Traffic is thick, drivers are aggressive, and roads are always hectic. The auto-rickshaw is one of the most common means of transit, less expensive than a taxi but more comfortable than a bus. While the...
Pune-Satara Road, Opp. Katraj Dairy, Katraj, Pune, Maharashtra 411046, India
The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is divided into two sections, one for mammals and one for reptiles. In the mammalian section, you can spot a white tiger, leopards, monkeys, elephants, sloths, and even barking deer. If you’re more the cold-blooded...
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...
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...
17/1 B/2 G.A. Kulkarni Road, Next to Sangam Press, 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Shop No. 3, 4, Sukhwani Park Building Near Axis Bank, N Main Rd, 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...
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...
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...
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