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OLD TIMES CHARM

This short trip south from Mumbai gives you a glimpse of another Maharahstra urban hub and two days of laid back stay in the nature. First explore the heritage of Pune being the education capital of India and later soak into the charm of small town nestled between five hills with Krishna River flowing softly through the valley.


ADVICE

Get the cheap, Pune originated Osho chappals
Try local delicious fruit conserves, jams and fresh strawberries with cream
Have comfortable shoes with you for long walks
On the paragliding day have safe outfit (avoid skirts and dresses!

TOP ACTIVITIES

Visiting Pune
Horse riding to the Table Top Land
Paragliding! (depending on season)
Pooja (pray) rituals in Wai

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This short trip south from Mumbai gives you a glimpse of another Maharahstra urban hub and two days of laid back stay in the nature. First explore the heritage of Pune being the education capital of India and later soak into the charm of small town nestled between five hills with Krishna River flowing softly through the valley.

The way to Panchgani leads through Pune and it’s a great opportunity to have a day stop in this cultural city. It is the second largest city in Maharahstra state with population of nearly 8.3 million with a great number of students. It’s famous for widely respected educational institutes and universities, sometimes even called “Oxford of the East”. You will see here rich history and remains of great past coexisting and blending with very modern city lifestyle. Spend a day exploring Pune sights and streets including the great fallen palace/fort Shaniwar Wada which used to be the seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire. Built in 1746 it didn’t last long in full glory due to a massive seven days long fire that spared only the today seen Delhi Gate and foundations of the palace. Some people say it have been the British who initiated the fire being unable to stand the view of Maratha’s pride symbol… You will also visit the unique Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum that displays impressive collection of various Indian items starting from bric-a-brac from different Indian homes, utensils from previous centuries, pieces of temple architecture to tribal art and a variety of warfare weapons. Those plus famous Aga Khan Palace, Shinde Chhatri temple and many more among busy streets of Pune are waiting for you to discover. You will have also many occasions to satisfy a shopper’s needs. Obviously you will find plenty of various shops, vendor stalls and lively markets…that’s a must in every Indian city. A thing to buy here would be the Osho chappals from Osho street. They are basically a pair of simple mat based flip-flop with velvet straps in multiple colors that were originally sold in front of the famous Osho Ashram and became these days widely available comfy fashion must have. In the evening have a sumptuous dinner in one of city’s great restaurants.

Leave Pune today and proceed to your destination which is Panchgani. A quiet, lovely town that gets its name from the five hills that surround it and literally meaning “plateau with five hills”. This is the place where you soak into a laid back atmosphere and admire the charm of old days. There are plenty of charming British building and Parsi houses in this small hill station at an altitude of 1334 m with walkways thickly canopied by lush trees and vegetation. Enjoy the first day walking around the quaint town and trying what’s best from local gourmet… fresh strawberries with cream, trademark channa(chickpea snack) and bhutas (corn snack). A must would be also visiting the traditional village market. It’s a great way to see the real life happening here and to experience the cheerful confusion of bazaar full of fruits, veggies, pots, pans, chicken running around and so on. In the afternoon you will go horse riding to the Table Top Land, a vast flat plateau with the most spectacular panoramic views of Panchgani’s pretty, colorful rooftops against the hilly backdrop and the Krishna’s Valley. Why you are going there in the afternoon is because of the amazing sunset you get to admire. Feel the cozy, romantic atmosphere and watch the sun hiding behind peaceful horizon. Overnight in the charming hotel.

Today you will be driven 14 km away from Panchgani to visit an ancient town Wai. It has a rich religious history and impressive temples on the bank of Krishna River. Feel the spirit of olden days, follow some local devotees in pooja rituals (hindu pray). After get on a water bicycle and admire picturesque Dhom Dam. Depending on season and weather conditions we will definitely advise you to try the paragliding tandem. It’s an amazing experience and a real feel of freedom flying above the open green plains and hills with Krishna River meandering softly through the valley just below you. Let yourself believe you can fly for some time and enjoy the ride! In the late afternoon you will hit the road back to Mumbai.

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