Pune District combines centuries of history and culture with trendy restaurants, boutiques and galleries. You’ll find most of the action in Pune, a vibrant city set on the Mula-Mutha River. Tour a historic palace, explore the grounds of a world-famous meditation ashram and fill your suitcase with one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
Things to do in Pune District
You can find everything from handmade souvenirs to designer clothing in Pune District. Local boutiques overflow with colourful silk scarves and jewel-encrusted saris. Handmade copper bowls, mugs, vases and platters crafted by Pune District artisans make excellent souvenirs.
Escape the city at the serene Aga Khan Palace. Set on more than six hectares of parkland, the 19th-century palace features an elegant white façade and elements of Islamic, Italian and French architecture. Inside is the Gandhi National Memorial, where you can learn about the legacy of the beloved Indian nationalist and see the room where he once stayed.
Be amazed by the incredible craftsmanship at Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railway. The museum was founded by a model train aficionado and features amazing attention to detail. Watch trains chug around a miniature city complete with a circus.
Yogis from around the world covet the Osho International Meditation Resort. Founded by a famous Indian guru, the ashram is set in lush tropical gardens. The resort is private but you’re free to stroll around the beautiful Osho Teerth Gardens, which are open to the public. Walk beneath stands of giant bamboo, admire serene Buddhist statues and watch birds splashing in the stream.
From trendy bistros run by internationally acclaimed chefs to bustling curry houses, you’ll find restaurants for every occasion in Pune District. Sip cappuccinos at stylish cafes and stock up on treats at European-style bakeries. Dine at local restaurants to try Maharashtra specialties like “rassa” spicy meat curry and “pav bhaji” vegetable stew served with fluffy white rolls.
Getting around Pune District
Taxis are a comfortable and affordable way to get around Pune District. Auto rickshaws can be a good way to beat heavy traffic. Pune District is in the state of Maharashtra, a four-hour drive from Mumbai. Pune International Airport is a 40-minute drive from the city centre.