6 Offbeat Ways to Celebrate Raksha Bandhan in Pune

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It’s that time of the year again when the rakhis come out and the pranks are put on hold for some extremely rare sibling-love! If you have a brother or sister (or multiple), then Rakshabandhan is one of the most fun festivals to celebrate with your partner in crime. This year, we’ve come up with a bucket list of super fun things to do with your sibling. So start ticking them off!

Bro, Go Camping!

All you need is a day or two off and a trip to Decathlon to get yourself ready for a camping trip. You can either join a group or take off by yourselves and make a road trip out of it. Your Backstreet Boys / ABBA playlist may be a little embarrassing to play in front of your friends, but your sibling will understand. 😉


Roast marshmallows by a bonfire under the stars, and sing all those songs only you and siblings know. The hillsides of Pune are dotted with campsites. One of our favourites is Camp Deogadh, a friendly campsite at Pawna Lake. You can even explore the areas around Mulshi, Lonavala and Velhe for some great options.

Bring Out the Board Games, Sista!


Instead of just sitting around playing at home, check out Fat Cat’s Cafe in Wanowrie and Cafe Columbia in Koregaon Park; they are equipped with some uber cool board games as well as Jenga! Once you’re through with that, spend an entertaining couple of hours playing Psych and Mafia – be warned, they can cause some serious family disputes!

Siblings, Put on Your Chef Hats


Growing up, I remember my brother and I used to bake cakes and brownies at least once a month, and we had a blast doing it (although cleaning the kitchen was a massive task afterwards and one often ignored)!

There’s no greater pleasure in tasting that scrumptious chocolate batter and watching your cake rise in the oven like a proud parent. If you don’t want to deal with the mess, opt for a cooking class with your sibling! And the best part? Your parents will always tell you how good your cake tastes, no matter what! 😉

Binge on Movies

Image: Lost the Plot

If you have a rom-com loving sister, curl up in front of the TV with some chips and dip and watch all your favourites from Parent Trap to Mean Girls, with no one to judge. If you’ve got a Star Wars loving brother, then head over to the dark side for a couple of hours and have a Star Wars marathon – you won’t regret it! If you’re in the mood for something a little different, catch a movie together under the open sky at Lost The Plot in Pune!

Spend a Day At a Volunteer Program (and help another Brother/Sister out)

Organisations like Adventures Beyond Barriers are constantly looking for young and able people to help conduct adventure activities for blind children. We promise, it is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. Go scuba diving, trekking, cycling, running or para-gliding with someone who’s differently-abled. It’ll open your eyes to a whole new world, with your sibling by your side.

Try a New Hobby Together

What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but don’t want to do it alone? Whether it’s a dance class or a rock-climbing session, why go on your own when you have your trusty sibling by your side? Lucky for us Punekars, there’s a hobby class at almost every corner. Check out Happiness Inc. in Koregaon Park for everything from Salsa to Ballet classes. If you’re feeling more outdoorsy, contact the folks at Adventure Pulse to check out their exciting options.

Got something to add to the list? Let us know! And in the mean time, Happy Rakshabandhan!

Feature Image: Vikram Verma

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