5 Hour Activities


DAGDUSETH GANPATI
250 Ganpati Bhavan, Budhvar Peth
+91-20-2447-9222
dagdushethganpati.com

RAJA DINKAR KELKAR MUSEUM
1377-78 Natu Baug, near Bajirao Rd.,Shukrawar Peth
+91-20-2448-2101
rajakelkarmuseum.com

VISHRAMBAUG WADA
RB Kumthekar Rd., Perugate, Sadashiv Peth

PESHWAI CREATIONS
717 Lakshmi Chandra Complex, Kumthekar Rd., Sadashiv Peth

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN PUNE’S PAST

  • Pay your respects to Ganesha at the city’s most vital temple
  • Pick up traditional Kolhapuri sandals at an old-school market
  • Try on a traditional Marathi-style sari

Every Pune visitor should dedicate at least one full morning to exploring the city’s historic district. Start by cruising past Shaniwar Wada, a commanding 18th-century fort that served as the seat of the region’s peshwa rulers; sadly, since the upkeep of historic buildings has not been a local-government priority, the fort doesn’t merit more than a drive-by. From here, head to the Dagduseth Ganpati temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Ganesha—you’ll find shrines to Ganesha all over the city, but this gilded tribute is the most spectacular, and the most popular with devotees. (If you’re pressed for time, avoid it on Tuesdays, the temple’s busiest day.) Pick up a basket of coconuts, sweets, and flowers as an offering for 50 rupees, then head inside to have it blessed and pay your respects. Next, go window-shopping along bustling Lakshmi Road, stopping to haggle for colorful Kolhapuri sandals or prewrapped saris and to snack on savory bakarwadi (a kind of savory Swiss roll) at nearby Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale. For an up-close encounter with Pune’s classic architecture, visit Vishrambaug Wada, an early-19th-century peshwa manse in the throes of restoration. Thought its present-day contents aren’t much to look at—abandoned couches, stray water coolers—the intricate original woodwork and beautiful arched windows remain. Then make your way to the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, a haphazard, overwhelming, yet utterly fascinating collection of artifacts from all across India: 18th-century Rajasthani statues, vintage lemon squeezers, peacock-shaped sitars, Gujarati sari borders. Highlight: a re-creation of Mastani Mahal, the abode of peshwa ruler Bajirao’s second wife (their love story was immortalized in the 2015 Bollywood epic Bajirao Mastani). Finally, women should pay a visit to Peshwai Creations, a required stop on every Pune bride’s trousseau-shopping itinerary. Even if you’re not in the market for a signature Maharashtrian nine-yard sari, you can still play dress-up. Photos are technically not allowed, but that seldom stops eager customers from taking (discreet) selfies.
The historic district of Pune is about 20 minutes from the Conrad, and while it’s possible to walk around once you’re there, you may want to keep the driver with you to help you navigate—streets and sidewalks are very crowded and many signboards are in Marathi only.​

DAGDUSETH GANPATI
250 Ganpati Bhavan, Budhvar Peth
+91-20-2447-9222
dagdushethganpati.com

RAJA DINKAR KELKAR MUSEUM
1377-78 Natu Baug, near Bajirao Rd.,Shukrawar Peth
+91-20-2448-2101
rajakelkarmuseum.com

VISHRAMBAUG WADA
RB Kumthekar Rd., Perugate, Sadashiv Peth

PESHWAI CREATIONS
717 Lakshmi Chandra Complex, Kumthekar Rd., Sadashiv Peth

SANSKRITI LIFESTYLE
390 Lane Number 7, Koregaon Park
+91-20-3292-9022
sanskritilifestyle.in

ATELIER HOME
N. Main Rd., Koregaon Park
+91-20-6500-0001
atelierhomes.com

CAFE ONE O EIGHT
Precious Gem Apartment, Lane Number 6, Meera Nagar, Koregaon Park
+91-90118-04770
facebook.com/oneoeightcafe

BOTECO
302 Power Plaza, Lane Number 7, Koregaon Park
facebook.com/BotecoIndia

MALAKA SPICE
Lane Number 5, opposite Oxford Properties, Koregaon Park
+91-20-2615-1088
malakaspice.com

TERTTULIA
393 Sanas Corner, Lane Number 5, S. Main Rd., Koregaon Park
+91-20-2615-2180
facebook.com/Terttulia

SHISHA JAZZ CAFÉ
Survey No. 35 & 36, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park
+91-20-6520-0390
shishajazzcafe.in

TAKE A WALK ON THE COSMOPOLITAN SIDE

  • Shop and taste your way through posh Koregaon Park
  • Browse art and handicrafts in a beautiful colonial-style villa
  • Make a progressive meal of Brazilian, Mediterranean, and Southeast

Koregaon Park is Pune’s answer to Mumbai’s famed Bandra—a cosmopolitan, pedestrian-friendly district lined with atmospheric restaurants and hip cafés. Fortunately for Conrad guests, all of Koregaon Park’s boutiques and restaurants are just a few minutes from the hotel. And while there are also the predictable tourist traps—don’t waste your time at the overrated German Bakery—there are plenty of worthy highlights throughout the area. Atelier Home, opened in 2008, is housed in a Spanish-style tiled-roof villa at the end of a long driveway, and specializes in housewares and furniture with a contemporary Indian aesthetic. While the custom-upholstered armchairs may be a bit bulky to transport home, the Mughal-inspired dinnerware might be a more portable option. Sanskriti Lifestyle is an art gallery and home store in a cluster of charming yellow-and-green colonial-style houses set around an idyllic garden; here you’ll find a mixture of vintage pieces as well as locally made crafts including mini auto-rickshaws, carved wooden coat hooks, and painted picture frames. Once you’ve finished splurging, it’s time to refuel. Grab a cappuccino on the tranquil patio of Café One O Eight, the kind of place where it’s easy to while away an afternoon with a laptop or a book. But don’t linger: You need to get going to have appetizers at Boteco, one of the city’s buzziest new restaurants, a Brazilian joint complete with a terrace covered in swirly black-and-white tiles à la Rio’s Copacabana beach. Try the pão de queijo (cheese bread) stuffed with sausage, as well as the escondidinho (dry-aged steak topped with mascarpone, parmesan, and pumpkin cream). Then hit Pune’s most popular pan-Asian restaurant, Malaka Spice, for your main course: garlicky tiger prawns and roti kanai. After dinner, retire to the patio of the Mediterranean-inspired Terttulia, which has excellent wines by the glass to go with your mango panna cotta. If it’s nice out, end your evening at Shisha Jazz Café—the vibe here is great any night of the week, but Thursdays are the best for live music.
Koregaon Park is right next to Conrad Pune, though you might want to get dropped off in a car, as the main roads there and back can be very busy. Once you’re there, the neighborhood is very conducive to walking.

SANSKRITI LIFESTYLE
390 Lane Number 7, Koregaon Park
+91-20-3292-9022
sanskritilifestyle.in

ATELIER HOME
N. Main Rd., Koregaon Park
+91-20-6500-0001
atelierhomes.com

CAFE ONE O EIGHT
Precious Gem Apartment, Lane Number 6, Meera Nagar, Koregaon Park
+91-90118-04770
facebook.com/oneoeightcafe

BOTECO
302 Power Plaza, Lane Number 7, Koregaon Park
facebook.com/BotecoIndia

MALAKA SPICE
Lane Number 5, opposite Oxford Properties, Koregaon Park
+91-20-2615-1088
malakaspice.com

TERTTULIA
393 Sanas Corner, Lane Number 5, S. Main Rd., Koregaon Park
+91-20-2615-2180
facebook.com/Terttulia

SHISHA JAZZ CAFÉ
Survey No. 35 & 36, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park
+91-20-6520-0390
shishajazzcafe.in

EFFINGUT BREWERKZ
End of Lane Number 6, Koregaon Park, Pune – 411001
+91-8390907410
effingut.com

ELEPHANT & CO GASTROPUB
Rd. Number 8, Princeton Town Society, Pluto Society, Kalyani Nagar
+91-99206-34544
facebook.com/ElephantCoPub

INDEPENDENCE BREWING COMPANY
79/1 Pingle Vasti, Mundhwa Rd., Mundhwa, near Passport Seva Kendra
+91-20-6644-8308
independencebrewco.com

HEAD OUT ON A BEER CRAWL

  • Explore Pune’s burgeoning craft-brewing scene
  • Taste local beers laced with peach or coriander
  • Treat yourself to the city’s most decadent chocolate soufflé

Pune is having a serious craft-beer moment right now, with local breweries gaining national notice. Doolally is the most famous of the lot—it recently spawned a Mumbai outpost—but it’s quite far outside the city. For a more accessible beer crawl, start with Effingut Brewerkz in nearby Koregaon Park. A popular craft brewery known for its bespoke beers, international pub grub menu and theme nights, Ladies’ Night Wednesdays mean free beer for women after 8 p.m. A great lunchtime option as well, this spot gets more animated as the day progresses, eventually making for an electric nighttime party environment. Slip out after one drink and head to the vibey patio of the brand-new Elephant & Co gastropub in Kalyani Nagar. They don’t brew their own beer, but they do come up with some ingenious beer-based cocktails (try the Bloody Beer or the Beer Iced Coffee) and serve cult Indian craft beers like Bira. End your crawl at Independence Brewing Company in Mundhwa, where seasonal brews incorporate bracing hints of mango and peach. An 80-rupee beer flight will get you tasters of Belgian Wit with citrus and coriander, four-grain saison with barley, oats, rye, and wheat. Independence is also known for its food, and in particular its fiery tandoori dishes—and there’s no better end to a night out than the chocolate soufflé here.
Effingut is in nearby Koregaon Park, about five minutes by car from the Conrad. Elephant & Co is 15 minutes away in Kalyani Nagar, while Independence Brewing Company is in Mundhwa, about 10 minutes east of Conrad Pune.

EFFINGUT BREWERKZ
End of Lane Number 6, Koregaon Park, Pune – 411001
+91-8390907410
effingut.com

ELEPHANT & CO GASTROPUB
Rd. Number 8, Princeton Town Society, Pluto Society, Kalyani Nagar
+91-99206-34544
facebook.com/ElephantCoPub

INDEPENDENCE BREWING COMPANY
79/1 Pingle Vasti, Mundhwa Rd., Mundhwa, near Passport Seva Kendra
+91-20-6644-8308
independencebrewco.com

JADHAVGADH FORT
Hadapsar Saswad Rd., Jadhavwadi
+91-2115-305-200
fortjadhavgadh.com

PLAY MAHARAJA FOR A DAY

  • Discover a magnificently restored fort an hour outside the city
  • Explore its temples, wine cellars, and stone-walled swimming pool
  • Try your hand at rifle shooting or archery

For all its storied history, Pune is sorely lacking in well-restored and well-maintained forts and palaces. However, an easy one-hour drive from the city—a route that’s particularly lush and scenic during monsoon mists—will bring you to Jadhavgadh Fort, a beautifully preserved Maratha-kingdom stronghold dating back to 1710 that’s now a heritage hotel. You don’t have to check in to check it out: Nonguests can visit anytime for an over-the-top Maratha welcome (complete with drums, a tutari horn, and a tilaka adorning your forehead) and then spend a few hours exploring the grounds. The 200-rupee audio tour is far better than one would expect, taking you into erstwhile dungeons now serving as wine cellars, an atmospheric stone temple, a swimming pool built into commanding stone walls, and a former stable now serving as a well-curated museum of local artifacts. Afterward, have fun with an archery or rifle lesson in the gardens—and don’t be surprised if a stray cow idles up to watch.
The fort is about an hour away by car; the Conrad concierge can arrange a driver for you.

JADHAVGADH FORT
Hadapsar Saswad Rd., Jadhavwadi
+91-2115-305-200
fortjadhavgadh.com

OSHO MEDITATION RESORT
No. 17, 1st Lane, Koregaon Park
+91-20-6601-9999
osho.com/visit

DANCE YOUR WAY TO INNER PEACE

  • Spend a morning and afternoon at a world-renowned meditation resort
  • Be prepared to dance and move wildly
  • Stay through the evening for more seminars and activities

Osho, of course, is the main reason many foreigners will have heard of Pune. The world-renowned ashram has a bit of a checkered past—guru Rajneesh amassed a global following in the 1970’s and 80’s before being accused of plotting a bioterrorist attack in Oregon, among other bizarre crimes. Notoriety aside, Osho Meditation Resort remains one of Pune’s chief draws, attracting thousands of devotees to its idyllic Koregaon Park campus (conveniently just around the corner from the Conrad). If you were expecting long lulls of brooding silence, think again: Osho’s brand of meditation involves lots of dancing and energy release before you get to the quiet soothing stuff. Most guests check in for days or weeks at a time, but you can arrange a day visit by navigating some (typically) Indian bureaucracy. Though the entry procedure is a bit daunting, it’s actually quite efficient: Visitors must arrive at the welcome desk by 9 a.m. with their passports, pay a 1,560-rupee ($23) registration fee, and submit to an HIV test. (Yes, it’s mandatory for all.) Once cleared, you’ll buy a one-day entry fee (1,760 rupees for foreigners) and head to the Osho store to buy the requisite red-and-white robes (about 1,000 rupees each). All these transactions are cash-only—there’s an ATM a block away. Then you’ll join a welcome session with 20 other red-clad newbies, where you’ll spend a lot of time dancing before being guided through short versions of the Osho Kundalini and Osho Dynamic meditation techniques. There’s a chai break and a tour of the campus (watch out for devotees dancing to Bollywood grooves in the public plazas), then a viewing of a very strange, retro video clip covering hygiene and etiquette. The welcome session ends at 1 p.m., after which you can enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch at Zorba the Buddha restaurant, or peruse the touch-screen displays to determine which talks and meditations you want to attend for the remainder of the day. (Your pass grants you access to all campus activities till midnight.) Osho is obviously not for everyone, but in the right frame of mind it can be a fascinating, eye-opening experience.
Osho is a five-minute drive from Conrad Pune.

OSHO MEDITATION RESORT
No. 17, 1st Lane, Koregaon Park
+91-20-6601-9999
osho.com/visit