3 Hour Activities


KAYANI BAKERY
6 Dr Koyagi Rd., East St., opposite Victory Cinema, Camp
+91-20-2636-0517
facebook.com/Kayani-Bakery-Pune-250108190775

CAFE YEZDAN
623 Sachapir St., Sharbatwalla Chowk, Camp
+91-95454-59850
facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Yezdan/194652257273478

VOHUMAN CAFÉ
Millennium Star, Dhole Patil Path, near Ruby Hall, Sangamvadi
+91-93733-23263
facebook.com/vohumancafe

EXPLORE PUNE’S PARSI SIDE

  • Rise early for delectable Parsi Mawa Cakes and Shrewsbury biscuits
  • Dip your bun maska in a cup of Irani chai
  • Visit Vohuman Cafe for their famous cheese omelet

The Parsi community—Zoroastrians who originally immigrated to India from Persia—has long been an integral part of Pune society, and though their numbers may be dwindling in the 21st century, their cultural influence is still a mainstay. One of the best ways to get insight into the community is with an early-morning tasting tour. Start out in the historic Camp district, near the army cantonment, where many of the city’s “Irani cafés” and other Parsi businesses are concentrated. Foremost among them: Kayani Bakery, whose wall-mounted menu seems like it hasn’t changed since its first day of business in 1955. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., and you’ll want to get there before 9 a.m. to score one of their famous Mawa Cakes (butter pastries laced with cardamom) or Shrewsbury biscuits—both absolute highlights of any trip to Pune. Right outside the bakery is a bicycle fruit vendor who’s credited with having the best guavas in the city; top one with chilli powder for a spicy treat (for less than a dollar). Next, round the corner to the atmospheric Cafe Yezdan to try another Parsi staple: a bun maska (bread and butter) dipped in Irani chai. You’ll want to spend some time after this photographing the historic buildings lining the Sharbatwalla Chowk neighborhood. For your third and final stop, hop in a cab and head back north toward the hotel, where the decades-old Vohuman Cafe has recently shifted to a new location. While locals have been up in arms over their beloved institution losing its iconic original setting, they’re placated by knowing that the cheese omelet and bhurji eggs are just as delicious as ever.
Kayani Bakery and Cafe Yezdan are both in the Camp district, 10 to 15 minutes south of Conrad Pune; Vohuman Cafe is just a two-minute drive from the hotel (we recommend taking a car, since the main roads can be tricky to walk).

KAYANI BAKERY
6 Dr Koyagi Rd., East St., opposite Victory Cinema, Camp
+91-20-2636-0517
facebook.com/Kayani-Bakery-Pune-250108190775

CAFE YEZDAN
623 Sachapir St., Sharbatwalla Chowk, Camp
+91-95454-59850
facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Yezdan/194652257273478

VOHUMAN CAFÉ
Millennium Star, Dhole Patil Path, near Ruby Hall, Sangamvadi
+91-93733-23263
facebook.com/vohumancafe

PATALESHWAR CAVE TEMPLE
Jangali Maharaj Rd., Revenue Colony, Shivajinagar

HOTEL SHREYAS
1242B Apte Rd., Deccan Gymkhana
+91-20-2553-2785
hotelshreyas.in

UNCOVER A 1,300 YEAR OLD TEMPLE

  • Explore a hidden eighth-century cave temple
  • Lunch on a classic Marathi thali

The rock-carved eighth-century Pataleshwar Cave Temple would be worth a visit for its evocative architecture alone, but the real wonder is that it even exists at all—hidden off a busy main road, it’s easy to overlook it entirely, until you step past the entrance and descend into the temple’s unexpected sanctuary. Pay a quick visit to admire the structure’s ancient bones, then join the seemingly endless queue for a traditional Maharashtrian buffet at nearby Hotel Shreyas. Fill up your thali platter with authentic maharashtrian dishes. There are about 5-6 vegetables (dry and with gravy) along with a variety of side dishes, Roti, Rice and Daal —a splendid feast, all for a mere 400 rupees (around 6 US dollars).
The caves and Hotel Shreyas are about 15 minutes west of Conrad Pune. There’s no admission for the temple, and while you don’t need a reservation for Shreyas, you might need to wait—it gets really packed at lunchtime.

PATALESHWAR CAVE TEMPLE
Jangali Maharaj Rd., Revenue Colony, Shivajinagar

HOTEL SHREYAS
1242B Apte Rd., Deccan Gymkhana
+91-20-2553-2785
hotelshreyas.in

GYAN ADAB
Bungalow 30, Lane 3C, South Ave., Kalyani Nagar
gyaanadab.org

FLOUR WORKS
Commercial 3, Nirvana, North Ave. (between Jogger’s Park and ICICI Bank), Kalyani Nagar
+91-95958-00944
theflourworks.com

GET YOUR CULTURE FIX

  • Hit tony Kalyani Nagar for a play, jazz set, or poetry reading
  • Indulge in fresh-baked pastries for dessert

Pune hasn’t been known for a robust theater scene, but now a homegrown effort is looking to put the spotlight on burgeoning local talent. In the tony Kalyani Nagar neighborhood, popular with expats, an old bungalow has been converted into Gyan Adab, a cultural hub for small theatrical productions, literary festivals, open-mic nights, and more. Check out the website to see what events are coming up—there might be a poetry reading or a jazz set that catches your fancy. Afterward, head down the street to the popular Flour Works café. It’s famous for its stellar brunch, but the selection of freshly baked pastries and cakes will make a great ending to the evening.

Gyan Adab and the Flour Works are both located on the same street in Kalyani Nagar, about 15 minutes from the Conrad. It’s about a 10-minute walk from one to the other.

GYAN ADAB
Bungalow 30, Lane 3C, South Ave., Kalyani Nagar
gyaanadab.org

FLOUR WORKS
Commercial 3, Nirvana, North Ave. (between Jogger’s Park and ICICI Bank), Kalyani Nagar
+91-95958-00944
theflourworks.com

EITHER/OR
24 Sohrab Hall, 21 Sassoon Rd., opposite Jehangir Hospital
+91-20-2605-7225
facebook.com/eitherorindia

FABINDIA
10 Sakar, Sassoon Rd., opposite Jehangir Hospital
+91-20-2616-4820
fabindia.com

COPPRE
84 Senapati Bapat Rd., Shivaji Cooperative Housing Society, Chaturshrungi, Gokhalenagar
+91-20-2563-0192
coppre.in

MAIRAH
161/2 Ganeshkhind Rd., Narveer Tanaji Wadi, Shivajinagar
facebook.com/houseofmairah

CATCH LOCAL FASHION AND DESIGN TALENT

  • Shop for Pune-made clothing and accessories
  • Visit FabIndia for top-quality linens and textiles
  • Browse modern designs for the home

While Mumbai, three hours northwest, is inarguably India’s fashion and design capital, Pune is itself a burgeoning incubator for cutting-edge talent—the Pune Design Festival (held every February) is a testament to that. You’ll want to spend a few hours browsing up-and-coming local offerings as well as well-known Indian brands at the city’s top boutiques. Start with Either/Or, a colorful concept shop that’s a contemporary ode to age-old Indian aesthetics: Pick up funky chokers, block-printed loafers, kitschy iPhone covers, and children’s clothes, whimsically displayed in street carts customarily laden with fruits and vegetables. A block away is a sprawling outpost of FabIndia, the beloved Indian chain—it’s the first stop for travelers looking to score affordable tunics and skirts in colorful block-printed Indian fabrics, but natives also swear by its affordable range of high-quality linens, cushion covers, towels, and rugs. Across town, Coppre’s studio/boutique is hard to find, tucked away as it is in a residential neighborhood with only the smallest sign to tip you off to its whereabouts. But it’s worth persevering to get a glimpse of the housewares brand’s range of glasses,thalis, (Floaters, lights) vases, and other decor and utilitarian copper (metal) items for the home that keep old handicraft traditions alive in modern India. Finally, if you’re planning to attend (or hoping to crash) an Indian wedding while you’re here, head straight to Mairah for lavish designs from top Indian names like Anushree Reddy and Ridhi Mehra. Even if you aren’t in the market for an opulently beaded lehnga or anarkali, you’ll be tempted to bring home an exquisitely embroidered batwa purse to jazz up your favorite little black dress.

Either/Or and FabIndia are both a few minutes from the hotel; Coppre and Mairah are farther afield, about 20 minutes west.

EITHER/OR
24 Sohrab Hall, 21 Sassoon Rd., opposite Jehangir Hospital
+91-20-2605-7225
facebook.com/eitherorindia

FABINDIA
10 Sakar, Sassoon Rd., opposite Jehangir Hospital
+91-20-2616-4820
fabindia.com

COPPRE
84 Senapati Bapat Rd., Shivaji Cooperative Housing Society, Chaturshrungi, Gokhalenagar
+91-20-2563-0192
coppre.in

MAIRAH
161/2 Ganeshkhind Rd., Narveer Tanaji Wadi, Shivajinagar
facebook.com/houseofmairah

OSHO TEERTH GARDEN
D.H. Dhunjibhoy Rd., between Lane Number 2 and Lane Number 3, Koregaon Park Rd.
Open to the public 6–9 a.m. and 3–6 p.m.

YOGA PAVILION
Prashant Pandey: prashantpandey6336@gmail.com
Ruchira Pandey: ruchira999@gmail.com

SANTÉ SPA CUISINE
1st Lane, Koregaon Park
santespacuisine.com

DARIO’S
Hotel Sunderban, 19 1st Lane, Koregaon Park

EMBARK ON A SPIRITUAL SOJOURN

  • Explore a secret garden that’s usually off-limits
  • Take an open-air yoga class
  • Mingle with the peacocks over a glass of wine

Many people come to Pune for a meditation-focused retreat at the Osho Meditation Resort, which is typically a full-day affair (see our five-hour itinerary below). For a taste of Pune’s spiritual side without the lengthy time investment, consider your own Osho alternative afternoon. Start off with a meander through the ashram’s Teerth Garden, a scenic swath in the heart of Koregaon Park that’s open to the public from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.; there’s a burbling stream, the occasional Buddha statue, and plenty of leafy nooks for you to focus on self-guided meditation practice. Afterward, stop by the open-air yoga pavilion at the Sunderban resort next to the ashram for an hour-long class (250 rupees), then walk to Santé, a chic sanctuary for artfully presented vegetarian fare, for an early dinner of chilled watermelon gazpacho, piri-piri-crusted cottage-cheese steaks, beet-and-spinach hummus, and a tofu burger. Alternatively, end your night at Dario’s, an Italian restaurant with a great wine list and a unique calling card: Every evening, Osho’s resident peacocks fly over the walls to roam around amid the diners on Dario’s terrace. (The staff will tip you off to when to expect the colorful visitors, and will have bread crumbs handy for anyone keen to feed them.)
All of these stops are in Koregaon Park, about a five-minute drive from Conrad Pune.

OSHO TEERTH GARDEN
D.H. Dhunjibhoy Rd., between Lane Number 2 and Lane Number 3, Koregaon Park Rd.
Open to the public 6–9 a.m. and 3–6 p.m.

YOGA PAVILION
Prashant Pandey: prashantpandey6336@gmail.com
Ruchira Pandey: ruchira999@gmail.com

SANTÉ SPA CUISINE
1st Lane, Koregaon Park
santespacuisine.com

DARIO’S
Hotel Sunderban, 19 1st Lane, Koregaon Park