MUST SEE MUST DO

FROM GET­TING ACRASH COURSE IN HIS­TORY TO STOMP­ING GRAPES LIKE THE FRENCH, THERE’S ALOT TO DO IN PUNE. SIM­PLY PUNE TAKES YOU ON A TOUR AROUND THE CITY’S NOOKS AND CRAN­NIES

India Today - - INSIDE - BY ADITI PAI

Wine and dine Malaka Spice

Want to ring in the grapes har­vest sea­son like the French do? With city restau­rant Malaka Spice’s an­nual stomp and san­gria fes­ti­val, Puneites don’t al­ways need to travel to Nashik to stomp, in­stead en­joy the wine fes­tiv­i­ties right at your doorstep.

Wine lovers throng here in large num­bers each year to in­dulge in the grape stomp­ing fes­tiv­i­ties within your city. Jump into the tub full of red grapes, soak your feet in the freshly squeezed juice and spend the day hav­ing fun with friends. To make the af­ter­noon more fun and in­ter­ac­tive, they even have quizzes on wines and games such as guess­ing the weight of a bowl-full of grapes.

Held in the month of Fe­bru­ary ev­ery year, it’s a day when rev­el­ers from Mum­bai travel across the Ex­press­way to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties. If you love your wines and want to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties, then head head here and en­joy. At Lane Num­ber 5, Kore­gaon Park Tel 26152008

Her­itage trail Sin­hagad

Best known for the his­toric bat­tle when Tanaji Malusare scaled the tow­er­ing fort with the help of a gi­ant lizard, Sin­hagad is now an im­pos­ing re­minder of the state’s his­tory and a pop­u­lar pic­nic spot. Barely 1,312 me­tres into the Sahyadri range, the fort holds the ru­ins of the erst­while mil­i­tary sta­bles, gates and tem­ples. But the one treat that awaits vis­i­tors as they reach the top is the line of stalls of­fer­ing fresh pithla-bhakar (a lo­cal snack), kanda bhaji and fresh curd in earthen pots. Buses run at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals to the foothills and taxi ser­vices can take you up to the fort. But the real joy is in ex­plor­ing Sin­hagad on foot dur­ing the hour-long trek. And you might just spot cadets of the Na­tional De­fense Academy run­ning up the hill as part of their train­ing pro­gramme. At 30 kms south­west

of Pune city

Cool down Su­jata Mas­tani

The mas­tani de­serves a spe­cial men­tion be­cause its Pune’s own ver­sion of milk-and-ice cream falooda. Sixty years ago, this cold drinks shop trans­formed the milk­shake into the ex­otic sound­ing mas­tani, top­ping it with home-made ice cream, fruit pulp, flavoured milk and nuts. Now syn­ony­mous with mas­tani, the drink named af­ter the famed cour­te­san of the Peshwa dy­nasty, Su­jata of­fers over a dozen flavours across its 16 out­lets. The mango-ke­sar-pista is an all-time favourite and Puneites swear by it. You need a good ap­petite to fin­ish an en­tire glass, so go there when you want a hearty dessert. Price Rs 60 At Nim­balkar Talim Chowk, Sadashiv Peth Tel 24474641

Down mem­ory lane

Vic­tory Theatre

We’ve got the swanky mul­ti­plexes in the city, but if you want to travel back in time, head to the ticket win­dow at Vic­tory theatre to catch the lat­est flick.

Housed in a quaint bungalow-like struc­ture, this is one of the few sin­gle screen the­atres re­main­ing in the city. Be­sides its old world charm, Vic­tory also has an in­ter­est­ing episode of his­tory to boast of. The 75year-old theatre was ear­lier called Capi­tol and wit­nessed the his­tor­i­cal Capi­tol Bomb Blast dur­ing the free­dom move­ment.

In its re­cently re­vamped avatar, the quaint cin­ema hall now has a hi-tech sound sys­tem, world-class pro­jec­tion sys­tem, im­proved acous­tics, light ef­fects and in­te­ri­ors that match up to the city’s mul­ti­plexes. You will of­ten spot the el­derly who come here to re­live the charm of the black and white clas­sics they watched here 50 years ago. At 24/29, Gen­eral Thi­mayya Road, Op­po­site Kalyani Bak­ery, Pune H.O. Tel 26132975

Pho­to­graph by AB­HI­JIT PATIL

Pho­to­graph by MAN­DAR DEOD­HAR

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