Pune has come a long way! From being a tiny agricultural settlement called 'Punnaka' in the 8th century to becoming the land of Peshwas (prime ministers) of the Maratha empire for 150 years starting in the 17th century. Today, Pune is the eighth largest metropolis in India by GDP, and has earned the nickname "Oxford of the East" due to many educational institutions in the city which attract international students from around the world.
The city has grown! A perfect blend of green landscapes, history, traditions and city lights set in a soul-soothing atmosphere make Pune one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Maharashtra.
Our Pune bike tour is designed to give you a better understanding of this cultural capital of Maharashtra by taking you across the city to give insights of its rich history and culture.
Our biking expedition begins at the Shaniwarwada Fort, one of the many age-old relics and forts of Pune and standing testimony of the city’s glorious past when it used to be the seat of the Maratha Empire.
We then ride our bike into the Kasba Peth area, one of the oldest residential areas of Pune said to have been established sometime in the 5th century.
Once in Kasba Peth, we visit the popular Kasba Ganpati (Elephant God) temple and the Lal Mahal that used to be the house of Chhatrapati Shivaji, a legendary Indian war king of his time worshipped by many even today.
Being the oldest residential area, we find ourselves riding on relatively narrow roads sandwiched between old residential complexes, variety of shops, local manufacturers crafting their traditional brass and copper utensils and some earthen pot makers busy at their skill.
This part of raw Pune takes you away from the other side of modern Pune which is a burgeoning IT hub and anchored by the automotive industry.
From here, our bike journey takes us to one of the most fascinating spots of old Pune, the Mandai Market. This Anglo-Indian architectural 8-sided building is home to 500+ vendors selling farm produce generation after generation since the 1880s. This a great opportunity to strike up conversations with these vendors and get to know how their journeys and the secret behind their family-like bonds having spent decades side-by-side each other inside this heritage structure.
Our heritage bike ride of Pune continues as we now get to witness the third angle of Pune by riding through the Pune Cantonment area. We ride past some significant military establishments such as The National War Memorial which commemorates the sacrifice of soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces.
We then enter the heart of Pune and get to bike freely on some of the busiest streets of this sprawling city. But at this hour we have the privilege of listening to its silence and feel the cool breeze in our face while soaking in the joy of riding.
We ride past the Sadhu Vaswani Mission which houses a state-of-art multimedia museum “Darshan – a life changing experience” based on the journey and spiritual teachings of its non-sectarian leader Sadhu T.L. Vaswani. If you’re interested, we can arrange your visit to this Tripadvisor #1 rated experience, a must visit for all age groups in the heart of Pune.
We end our journey by riding past the popular Osho International Meditation Resort and sit down to enjoy a healthy and sumptuous breakfast at one of our handpicked restaurants in Koregaon Park.