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LIFESTYLE AND LEISURE
LIFESTYLE AND LEISURE
With excellent climatic conditions, Pune is home to a wide variety of food and entertainment, an exuberant nightlife, scenic weekend getaway destinations, and superior education and healthcare facilities. These features also make it a preferred city for students from across India and overseas. Pune is ranked 2nd on the Quality of Life Index.
SHOPPING IN PUNE
Right from flea markets to high end shopping malls, Pune has it all. MG road and FC road in Pune are a must try for those looking to buy street fashion at a reasonable price. From Clothes, jewelry, bags, and shoes to home décor items, and ethnic items, street shopping serves every purpose.
Navigate your way through alleys leading to Laxmi Road or look out for couture Indian design labels such as Ritu Kumar and Anita Dongre or global fashion from Mango and Vero Moda at Pune’s luxury malls. Pune’s shopping options indeed suit every taste and budget!
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE OF PUNE
Pune being the cultural abode of Maharashtra is famous for its culturally discerning citizens who unabashedly display their love for music, plays, dance performances, live concerts and art exhibitions. Performances in the old part of the city tend to be in Marathi or Hindi and feature Indian classical music and regional dance styles. With Ganesh festival and the Sawai Gandharva music festival taking place here, Pune has much cultural extravaganza to offer.
Koregaon Park, Pune Camp and Balewadi are the forte of English plays, ballroom or Latin dance and Western classical music. Local restaurants and malls have dedicated slots for stand-up comedy, one act plays, quiz nights and other theme nights.
From Indian to European and Oriental cuisines, restaurants serve mouthwatering global fares that cater to every palate. Pune is also known for its nightlife, with Koregaon Park and Balewadi being home to most of the pubs and an exuberant and lively crowd throughout the week. Indians have a sweet tooth like no other, with bakeries, patisseries and Indian sweetmeat shops in plenty. The local markets cater to every cuisine and thrive with a variety of imported ingredients, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, sauces, and more.
Theatres screen English films from Hollywood, Hindi films from Bollywood and films in Marathi and various other regional languages.
The book lovers will never run out of books to read, in Pune. There are various libraries with a collection of multilingual versions of books. With the British Council Library and many other renowned libraries in town, Pune is home to some of the country’s most well-read denizens. Institutes like the Alliance Française de Pune and the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan serve those who seek to learn foreign languages.
For the historically inclined, Pune’s rich Maratha heritage has left behind forts, residences, temples and museums that are well worth exploring. Truly an eclectic mix of cultural and cosmopolitan trends!
WEEKEND GETAWAYS OF PUNE
Taking an off road from Pune, one can find undulated topography and numerous indulging weekend destinations. From paragliding in Kamsheth and adventures in Lonavala to trekking in Durshet and rafting in Karjat, adventure junkies are loaded with options to make their weekends count. Wildlife lovers can spot Pink Flamingos amidst the rich avian life of Malshej Ghat and choose to go horse riding in Matheran, just over a hundred kilometers drive from Pune.
Nestled in the lap of the Western Ghats, hill stations near Pune offer the perfect getaway with nature encompassing every corner. Nearby hill stations within five hours driving distance include Bhandardara, Khandala and Lonavala, Mahableshwar, Panchgani, and Matheran. Lose yourself in the mesmeric environs of Bhaja and Karla caves with stupas and carvings of Buddhist origin. Pune’s surrounding lakes and dams- Bhushi, Bhatghar, Khadakwasla, Mulshi, Panshet and Pavana are serene destinations to head to for a long weekend or for a casual outing. Explore nature’s connection with history and admire the historic fortresses at Rajmachi, Sinhagad and several other places in and around Pune. With tekdis’ (small hills) and popular walking and climbing destinations, Pune offers varied getaways like none other.
Pune has a plethora of gyms and yoga centers in every nook and corner. Pune’s Iyengar Institute is one of India’s foremost yoga centers. The city also has many institutes for Zumba and martial arts enthusiasts. Pune is known for its sporting culture and dedicated as well as open to membership clubs for tennis, badminton, basketball, football, and swimming prevail here. Clubs host various tournaments on world class courts and fields. With 3 cricket grounds hosting national and international matches and wooden courts hosting the National University Basketball Tournament, Pune is a much-preferred sporting location. Pune has several golf courses, a race course, and horse riding schools as well, in addition to a host of spas and wellness retreats.
Pune is home to various social welfare activities. Numerous NGOs and non-profit organisations cater to causes such as education, healthcare, poverty, livelihood, and animal protection, in turn providing a host of volunteering opportunities in and around the city. People with different mindsets and varying linguistic and cultural backgrounds are often seen to volunteer for a worthy cause, dear to them.
Over the past decade, the hospitality sector in Pune has emerged as a formidable competitor to other hospitality markets in the country, growing from a negligible base of branded hotel rooms in 2005 to becoming one of India’s top five hotel markets in 2014 (source: Mandeep Lamba, Managing Director-Hotels, Jones Lang LaSalle-India). Pune’s skyline is dotted with a plethora of hospitality brands and has virtually become a playground of international hospitality to say the least. These include JW Marriott Pune and Courtyard by Marriot Hinjewadi, Accor’s Novotel and Ibis, Starwood’s Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, Double Tree by Hilton, Hyatt Regency, Radisson Blu, Best Western, and Taj Vivanta Blue Diamond. The overall growth in the industrial sector including automobile, pharmaceuticals, engineering, along with IT & IT-eS, necessitated quality and affordable accommodation space in the city. This has also resulted in innumerable smaller business and boutique hotels and lodges catering to the diverse population that travels to Pune for both business and leisure.
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