There are plenty of forts of the Peshwa era - almost all of them ruled by Shivaji - close to Pune. Sinhagad is less than an hour's drive away, and is the most popular destination. Shaniwar Wada, which was the seat of the Peshwas in the 18th and the 19th century, is in the heart of the town. Right next to it is Lal Mahal, where Shivaji spent a lot of his growing-up years. While travelling to the Sinhagad Fort, you can stop for a break at the Khadakvasla dam. Hrishikesh Kanitkar
Take a walk in the morning in the grounds of the University of Pune.
Caves in the middle of the city
Visit the eighth-century Pataleshwar Caves (in the middle of the city). In the evening, catch a sound and light show at Shaniwar Wada, which was originally built for the Peshwas (successors of Shivaji) in 1736 but burned down in 1828. However, the imposing walls, the pinths still stand tall, as do the palace doors with their fierce spikes. Today it is one of Pune's main cultural symbols.
Check out the Aga Khan Palace
Go on a history tour of the city, starting your day at Aga Khan Palace - a pretty building with big lawns, Italian arches and salons - where the British imprisoned Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba (who died in this palace) during the Quit India Movement. Later, Prince Aga Khan donated it to the government to erect a memorial for Mahatma and Kasturba Gandhi, and today it has several rare black-and-white photographs of the freedom movement.
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Early risers must visit this iconic fort on the outskirts of this city. Have your breakfast on Sinhagad Fort with an unhindered, pleasing view of the Sahayadri. Don't forget to have some traditional Maharashtrian fare such as the kanda pohe, kanda bhajji, pithale bhakari, taak and so on. Remember a day that begins well ends well.
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Traffic can be pretty chaotic in Pune, so if you're visiting for a few days, depend on auto-rickshaws or taxis. Avoid the headache of driving through traffic jams on your holiday.