Walking tours

The city of Pune is located in the state of Maharashtra and is situated 1837 ft (560 m) above sea level on the Deccan Plateau at the confluence of the Mula and Mutha rivers. Pune (originally called Poona) is an ancient city and has existed as a town since 847 AD. Pune was quite small in the ancient times but as the population increased, the boundaries of Pune began to expand.

The old city of Pune is divided into various peths where to this day we can experience the ambience of traditional Pune. These peths were the administrative units of the city in pre-British times. In Marathi, which is the local  language of Maharashtra state, peth means locality.  Up to seventeen peths are located in central Pune, and were mostly established during Maratha and Peshwa rule in the 17th-19th century AD. Seven of them are named after the days of the week in Marathi; traders and craftsmen in a given locality mainly conducted business only on that day of the week.

Today the peths form the heart of Pune city, and are referred to as the old city, or simply City and are considered to be the cultural heart of Pune.

Walking through the old city with our trained guides, listening to the folklore linked to these old localities and seeing the ancient architecture co-existing with the new structures is an amazing experience.They will explore with you the various temples, beautiful architecture, typical shop-cum dwelling frontages, the busy streets and shopping areas of old Pune. 

City Walks

In and around Shukrawar PethShukrawar Peth (Shukrawar = Friday)  established in 1734, was known as ‘Visapur’, and was the largest peth in the city. It was built by Jivajipant  Khasagiwale during the rule of Shrimant Balajirao Peshwa. It was then re-established during 1748-49. The famous market  of Pune called Mandai was built in 1885. Next to it is the Tulsi Baug a bustling local market that can give the malls a run for their money.  In this market there is a very old Ram Mandir. The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is also nearby.

Shaniwar Wada & Kasba PethHistorical Shaniwar Wada is in Shaniwar Peth. A traditional residence in Maharashtra is called the wada.  A wada was typically a large building of two or more stories with groups of rooms arranged around open courtyards. The Shaniwar Wada was built in 1730 and during the Peshwa’s era all policies were issued from here. Built during the IMG_133416th and 17th century during the Peshwa rule, some of the wadas are slowly giving way to modern buildings.

This walk will take you through the oldest part of Pune city, on the right bank of the Mutha river.  It begins in Shaniwar Peth (Shaniwar = Saturday) and passes through parts of Budhwar Peth (Budhwar = Wednesday) and Kasba Peth. Walk through narrow streets and a maze of by-lanes where the modern co-exists with traditional; find residences and shops all in one structure. Our guides will share the history, explain the importance of the wada and peth during the Peshwa reign and how some of these ancestral homes are still occupied by the original lineage.

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Tambat Ali: This walk takes you to the copper craft precinct which is situated within the Pune core city.  As you enter Tambat Ali, you will be greeted by the rhythmic sound of hammers making indentations on the copper craft articles. The Tambats came to Pune from the Konkan and seven generations have lived in Kasba Path passing on this legacy from one generation to another. Tambat Ali is a testament  to the skill of these craftsmen who hand-beat the metal to perfection.  

Our guides will share their in-depth knowledge and information regarding this craft, its craftsmen, and how things have changed over the years.  A demonstration of the craft and the opportunity to create your own tambat masterpiece are included in this spectacular tour.

Cantonment Drive Through: A drive through the Pune Cantonment or Camp as it is still called is a very different experience. When the British overthrew the Peshwas in 1817, they set up a large Cantonment in East Pune.  This grew into a permanent military settlement and is now the HQ of the Southern Command. Very different from the old Pune city, with straight and wide roads, avenues of trees, bungalows and gardens!  You will see many landmark structures, clubs, churches and government offices.

 
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