Food frolicking in the city of Pune
Posted by srijita das on August 9, 2017
It’s been quite some time since my grandparents have changed over to Pune. Since then, I have always wanted to go Pune to visit them and try out some Puneri delicacies too. Without a second thought last weekend, I booked my bus tickets online through Travelyaari and boarded the bus to Pune.
The excitement to catch a glimpse of them was hunting through my nerves while making me restless. The travel from Hyderabad to Pune was quite a contented one. My tickets were reserved in the Neeta Chirag Bus, and I tell you they provide the most luxurious road trip with first class amenities.
I hit my destination the next day morning, which was a Saturday and I was taken aback by the gracious welcome of the city with amazing weather. The infrastructure and everything else about this little town is amusing. This is my maiden visit to Pune, and I could already see its unique colors. I got myself a masala tea from a nearby tea stall at the Bus Stand, and my very first sip of it convinced me that a food trail is what I need to get along with during my stay.
I eventually made it to my grandparents’ home in Pimpri with the help of an auto rickshaw. It was a surprise visit, and you can very well conceive of the pampers I got the moment they found me standing at their door. I was loved throughout my stay in Pune. After spending most of the time with Dadu and Dadi, I rang up my childhood best friend in Pune and asked him to take me to the local streets of Pune for relishing the true spirits of the town.
Learning about my arrival at Pune, gave him the shock of his life. Yes, we last met seven years ago in school, but due to academic purposes, we had to part ways to different cities. I couldn’t ever recognize him the instant my eyes caught his sight. He has turned extremely fat with a much fairer skin color. I then realized what this flavorful city could do to its folks.
My growling stomach was set for a great deal of hogging and be a part of this old city food trail. My decision to skip lunch to ensure I was hungry enough by the evening proved to be beneficial. We began walking to our first destination, which was Sri Krishna Bhuvan. The joint is 76 years old serving amazing Misal, poha and batata bhaaji. We had to refrain ourselves from overeating as there was a lot more to explore.
Our next target destination was Vishrambaug Wada. As you approach the inside of the Wada, its old heritage splendor will leave you jaw-dropped. We walked around the place and reached Kumthekar Road. At the hotel New Sweet Home, I galloped whole lot of Sabu Dana wada while just tasting the Sura Lichi wadi, Upvas Kachori, Khajur Laadu and Gulkand Laadu.
My tummy hit my brain asking to stop eating further. But my intense desire to explore much of the essence of this city resisted my stomach.
My friend recommended me to must have the Thalipeeth, Dadpe Pohe with Mirgunda and Puran Poli. I avoided having full plates of each of these dishes as I was very full already. Dadpe Pohe and Mirgunda, however, were among the best dishes my taste buds have ever experienced in this lifetime.
Just when I thought we have finished our food walk in Pune, my friend alerted me not to feel weary yet as we have one last place to go so as to end this whole scene of unlimited biting with a tinge of some Puneri special desserts. Not too far from here, we were at the Sujata Mastani House that is as old as the second world war.
The one thing that intrigued me the most was its ambiance that has a vintage touch to it. Its paintings and ad posters from the time of independence give it a nostalgic look. The main reason my friend brought me here was for Mango Mastani, and I could come over to Pune again and again only for this delicious milkshake.
Pune is very rarely labeled as a food city. Very few think ‘Food!’ when they think about Pune. Puneri food is often underrated and more frequently than not; it goes unappreciated. But there are many good food trails held, and tourists come over to the station only to taste its authentic cuisines. I am glad to see Pune flourishing as a new yummy state of India.
I left for home soon after the delightful walk and bidding a warm goodbye to my friend. I came back to Hyderabad on Monday with a lot of more kilograms added in my weight about which I am not guilty at all.
I think my long weekend trips are now pretty much sorted. I shall be soon visiting the loving place again.
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Srijita is a travel writer and is currently on a mission to discover and write about lesser known destinations. She attempts to reach out to the world and talk about her experiences she had while adventuring into the woods or sometimes in the waves of an ocean, in her blogs. She loves to eat everything edible and dreams about touring the world.