Go Now: Film Screenings, Forest Walks, and Cycle Tours at the Pune Heritage Festival

The quiet city will spill its secrets from Fri February 3–Sun February 12, 2017. | By NGT Staff

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The Pune Heritage Festival turns the spotlight on the city’s cultural and historic gems, including its many Peshwa residences, like the Parvati complex (pictured here). Photo: Anil Dave/Dinodia Photo-LBRF/Dinodia Photo Library

Pune is often lost in the dazzling halo of nearby Mumbai, and travellers skip the quiet college city when visiting the region. That’s a shame, given Pune’s cosy cafes, cultural cred, and natural wonders. The Pune Heritage Festival, organised by INTACH Pune, and city NGO Janwani, is a great chance to start exploring. The fest runs in its sixth annual edition from Fri February 3–Sun February 12, 2017.

Take the kids along on a guided morning stroll through Tathawade Udyan, and learn to identify trees like the jamun, almond, and amla. Take the festival bus to Velhe, 2hr away, for a guided walk through sacred groves, virgin forest that has been protected and worshipped by local communities for generations. The walk is led by Mission Devrai, a community effort dedicated to the conservation of sacred groves in the region. Nature lovers can also scout for grey herons, purple sunbirds and pied kingfishers with an ornithologist at Pashan Lake. Or get introduced to Indian bees at the Central Bee Research and Training Institute.

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Try your hand at sketching Pune’s famous buildings and learn about film preservation and projection at the National Film Archive of India. Photos courtesy Pune Heritage Festival

The heritage festival is also a chance to peek at the city’s institutions. Get a tour of the archives of the Tata Group, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at old-school projectors and carefully preserved film reels at the National Film Archive of India. Wind down at Waari Book Café, with film screenings of Marathi biopics and period films.

In addition, there are workshops, exhibitions, talks, and performances—all open to entry against a ₹50-day pass. While visitors can register for a day pass on the website, payment is to be made at any of the various festival venues. Some events are free but require prior online registration because of limited seating, such as the Heritage Cycle Ride and the Pune Quiz. The Heritage Cycle Ride follows a 15km-trail that begins and ends near River Mula, looping around the confluence of the Rivers Mula and Mutha. The quiz is open to two-member teams and will focus on Pune trivia.

The Guide

Where: Across various locations in Pune, Maharashtra

When: Fri February 3–Sun February 12, 2017

Entry Day pass ₹50, available at all venues. Visitors can also register for a day pass on the website.

Details Visit https://puneheritagefestival.com/ for the schedule and updates.

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