Posted by: Raul Dias on April 06, 2015
No longer does this diminutive city in the Deccan play second fiddle to Mumbai. With a dynamic landscape dotted with luxurious indulges both in and around the city, Pune will knock your socks off.
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Pune’s Citrus Hotel’s gastro bar Punchin is one of the best places to grab a spot of IPL action. At Punchin, the concept is simple—the Amritsari kulcha meets the chilly noodle, combining the two most popular cuisines of India; Punjabi and desi Chinese! As soon as you walk in, you can’t help but admire the swish interiors with their bright colours and glass facades. The centre piece is undoubtedly the show kitchen, two of them, for tandoor and grill. The bar, with its eclectic feel, is well stocked and manned by the best-trained bartenders in the city. How about forgetting about your favourite team for a change and celebrate the ‘Indian’ in IPL with the aptly named Tricolour cocktail. As for the nosh, try the house special butter chicken, dal Amritsari, missi roti dahi bhalle, chilly chicken and stir fried schezwan. Trust us, cricket and desi Chinese was never this good together!
The Soho Suite at the JW Marriott Hotel, Pune is imbued with a typical Soho nonchalance yet is super sophisticated and luxurious at the same time. Once you book this suite, you can also partake in the free facilities offered by the Executive Lounge with everything from hors d’oeuvres and cocktails thrown in complimentary. What’s more is that this 796 sqft suite comes with a separate living/sitting area and dining area which features sound proof walls and windows, so that you can shout your garrulous best when your team scores that much-needed sixer!
Fort Jadavgadh luxury resort near Pune is the perfect quick break destination to head to for a post IPL match fix of Rest and relaxation. As one of the world’s first and few museum fort hotels, Fort Jadav Gadh prides itself on its heritage. It is located on a hillock, south of Pune at a height of 2,511 ft above sea level. The first of its kind heritage hotel in Maharashtra, the fort was built in the year 1710. Today, one is spoilt for choice with the accommodation options from deluxe rooms, premium rooms with a hill view, and premium rooms with a rain shower to the maharaja and maharani suites. The museum suite with a spacious balcony overlooks the Aai Museum and Payatha Restaurant. At Fort Jadhavgadh, the rooms are called kholis—how much more typically Maharashtrian can it get?
Weekend of wine?
With its warm sunny days giving way to cool, crisp nights, scenic Baramati—just an hour and a half’s drive from Pune—is the ideal place to grow grapes of almost all varietals. And recognising the sleepy little village’s immense potential to take over the mantle of Maharashtra’s very Napa Valley of sorts, perfect for a bit of luxurious agro-tourism, the people at Four Seasons wines have set up the magnificent Four Seasons Chateau & Winery here. Rising out of the flat, arid land is the salmon pink (or rosé if you prefer!) and ivory three-storied edifice modelled on a French chateau, with dancing fountains in the foreground. Besides having a fully operational winery and bottling plant on its premises, the chateau also conducts wine tours here that take in the expansive onsite vineyards long with the factory and wine boutique where you can pick up bottles at discounted rates. For a bit of wine education, one can even avail of the wine appreciation sessions with the winery’s resident winemaker at the subterranean barrel room and learn about everything from how to sip a fruity Viognier to what cheese goes well with a full-bodied Merlot! But for those wishing to add a gourmet meal to their weekend of decadence, the chateau’s restaurant offers wine and food pairing—often with visiting chefs lending their creativity to bespoke four-course meals that carry trough them the wine leitmotif.
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