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Explore the hidden marvels of Pune with a stay at Blue Diamond.

Once the historic stronghold of the Peshwas, Pune is home to the country’s prestigious National Defence Academy. With a strong heritage of culture, arts and theatre, this warm-hearted city is a thriving metropolis in its own right.

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Let your hair down
Open :12.00PM-11.30PM
Home to India’s first microbrewery, Pune has a vibrant craft beer culture and a great range of brewpubs and breweries for the beer enthusiast. Go on a pub crawl and try the various beers on offer, from traditional stouts and Indian Pale Ales to frothy ciders and light-gold wheat beers.
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Aga Khan Palace
Open :9.00AM-5.30PM
Built by Sultan Aga Khan III in 1892, the stately Aga Khan Palace once served as confinement quarters for Mahatma Gandhi and several national leaders following the pivotal Quit India Movement. Don’t miss the Gandhi memorial in the main palace or the peaceful gardens, perfect for a stroll.
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Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Open :10.00AM-5.30PM
A local secret, the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is home to a delightful collection of interesting Indian artefacts. From hookah pipes to writing instruments, sculptures, betel-nut cutters, textiles, toys and also an amazing collection of musical instruments there is a lot to explore at the museum.
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Shop for traditional fabrics
Spend an afternoon browsing through the shops at Laxmi Road, one of the cities liveliest streets. At the centre of the old city, it is famed for its fabric and jewellery stores, which sell a stunning variety of Puneri cotton saris, a trademark of the city, as well as exotic jewellery.
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Spend some time outdoors
Open :9:30 am-5:00 pm
Discover a world of reptiles, birds and bird in the tranquil, tree-covered Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park. Also known as Katraj Snake Park, it is part zoo, part animal rescue center and part snake park.
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Buy traditional sarees at Laxmi Road
Shop for gorgeous traditional sarees, fabrics and exquisite gold and silver jewellery at Laxmi Road, a bustling shopping street in the old city teeming with choices of all kinds.
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Look for quirky take homes
Open :10.00AM-8.00PM
An exceptional designer boutique, Either Or stocks an interesting collection of ethnic-inspired clothes, crafts, accessories and homeware, all with a modern twist. Shop for hand-painted lampshades and teapots, block printed bags, embroidered cushion covers and plenty more.
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St Pauls Church
Open :9.30AM-5.00PM
The elegant St. Paul’s Church, one of the oldest churches in Pune, was inspired by the Church of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. It is a fine example of Gothic architecture, with beautiful buttresses and gargoyles adorning the eaves.
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The walk into the past
Leading you through Pune’s busy peths or localities, and wadas, as the old residential complexes are called, the Pune heritage walk allows you to get to the heart of the city. Retrace the history of the Marathas and marvel at the remnants of their imposing fortresses as you stroll along the bylanes.
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Explore the Aga Khan Palace
Open :9:00 am-5:30 pm
Visit the elegant white Aga Khan Palace, where Mahatama Gandhi and other leaders were once held captive by the British. This graceful white structure surrounded by lush green gardens was built by Sultan Aga Khan III, and houses photos and exhibits from Gandhi’s life, at the Gandhi Memorial.
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Bring home delicious biscuits
Open :7:30 am-8:00 pm
Buy mouthwatering baked goods from Kayani Bakery, an Iranian bakery from the time of the British rule. This bakery is best-known for the buttery Shrewsbury biscuits, Madeira and mawa cakes and macaroons.
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Shop for unusual curios
Open :10:30 am-8:00 pm
Pick up extraordinary handicrafts and contemporary ethnic goods at Either Or, Pune’s best boutique store. There are beautiful hand-painted lampshades and teapots, block printed bags and brightly embroidered cushion covers among clothes, jewellery and home décor.
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Go on a microbrewery beer crawl
Open :12:30 am-12:00 pm
Sample the various craft beers on offer at Pune’s microbreweries. Famous for India’s first microbrewery, the city is a haven for beer lovers, with a range of great breweries to visit.
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Breathe in history on the Pune Heritage Walk
Take a guided walk through the nooks and alleys of Pune’s historic peths and wadas on the Pune Heritage Walk. Admire the crumbling fortresses of the Peshwas, the erstwhile prime ministers of the Maratha empire, and learn all about the enthralling history of Shivaji’s capital.
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Find pieces of history at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Open :10:00 am-5:30 pm
Walk through the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, a local secret. This museum has a fascinating pan-Indian collection of sculptures, betel-nut cutters, hookah pipes, writing instruments, textiles, toys and musical instruments.
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Indulge your sweet tooth
Open :7.30AM-8.00PM
Kayani Bakery is a veritable Pune institution from the days of the British Raj, and its delicious, oven-fresh Shrewsbury biscuits have a reputation that precedes them. Each bite of buttery, melt-in-your-mouth goodness will leave you wishing you’d bought more!
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