While the IT industry, educational institutes and breezy weather mark Pune on the national map, there’s plenty to discover about the city when you look beyond the clichés. As the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune has always patronized art, theatre and music; there’s a rarely a week that goes by without a concert – classical, rock or jazz. Vivanta Pune, Hinjawadi’s Concierge service keeps you updated with Pune’s cultural calendar. Kick-start your weekend city itinerary with an easy trek up Parvati Hill or Sinhagad, one of Maharashtra’s most famous forts. The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is home to a delightful collection of interesting Indian artefacts, from hookah pipes to writing instruments, sculptures, betel-nut cutters, textiles, toys and vintage musical instruments. Reserve at least half a day to visit the legendary Aga Khan Palace which once served as a prison for Indian freedom nationalists, and now houses a Gandhi Museum and a garden that’s perfect for a light stroll. Book yourself into a guided Heritage Walk of the old city – with peths (localities) named after seven days of the week - ending at the magnificent Shaniwar Wada fortress, Pune’s most recognized monument. The city’s iconic temples like Dagdusheth Ganpati, Balaji Temple and Chatushringi offer a glimpse into its spiritual side, while shopping hubs like Laxmi Road and M.G. Road are a must-visit to pick up well-crafted local souvenirs. For a day trip, the Appu Ghar amusement park, Lavasa – Maharashtra’s first planned hill city – and Lonavla – one of India’s most beloved vintage hill stations perched on the slopes of the Sahyadri mountains – are all just a short drive away.