Pune: Looking Back at 2016

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It’s that time of the year again when we get ready to bid adieu to yet another wonderful and exciting year. As we begin to wrap up 2016 and gear up for all the good things 2017 has to bring us, we take a look back at some of the major events that took place in Pune this past year and reminisce over the good times had.

Pune Metro Rail Project Kicks Off. Finally. 

The last month of the year witnessed the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji in Pune to lay the foundation stone for Pune Metro project. The first phase is expected to be completed by 2019 and the second by 2021. Whoop!

Sunburn comes to Pune!


Now on its 10th anniversary, one of the earliest and biggest electronic dance music festivals the country has to offer, Sunburn shifts its base from the idyllic beaches of Goa to the sprawling hilltop setting of Kesnand along Pune-Ahmednagar highway. The festival is currently underway and will continue until December 31.

Pune Underwater Festival

Adventure lovers were treated to Pune’s first ever underwater festival on November 27! Organised by Finkick Adventures at the Divisional Sports Complex, Yerwada, both swimmers and non-swimmers enjoyed a whole host of underwater activities right from scuba diving to water polo and games such as underwater-chess and hockey. It was nothing like anything Pune had seen before and boy, are we glad it did!

The Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav

If EDM is not your jam, this is one festival to keep an eye out for every year in Pune. The Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav is a musical fest celebrating the Indian Classical music scene of India. Hosted between December 7 and 11 at the New English School Raman Baug ground, the festival saw some of the most celebrated names of the performing arts industry, such as Bharatnatyam dancer Smt. Purvadhanashree, Sarod maestro Ut. Amjad Ali Khan, violin players Dr. L. Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam.

Pune’s first ‘Classic Food Truck Festival’ 

Pune saw the rise of food trucks in 2016. Right from burgers and sandwiches, to pastas and tacos, there was a food truck for every mood. Classic Rock invited five food trucks, namely Pimp my Wok, Burgertron, Breaking Bread, L’darado and Rasta Man to set up shop right outside its doors. The festival featured live local bands, Karaoke, dance workshops and the fully functioning Classic Rock bar. The result? Is there a word to collectively describe a food coma + delirious fun? Oh, well.

Largest Rare Fish Aquarium

Pune hosted the largest exotic fish aquarium on May 6-8, 2016 at Shubharambha Lawns, Kothrud. Up on display were some of the rarest varieties of both fresh water and sea water fish such as the Mono Angel, Malawi Cichlids, Mono Sebae, Red Tail Golden Arowana, Central American Cichlids and many more. It was a delight for adults and children alike and it was the first of its kind exotic fish aquarium ever held in Pune.

2016, you’ve been great. 2017, let’s see what you have in store for us!

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