Many people come to Pune for a meditation-focused retreat at the Osho Meditation Resort, which is typically a full-day affair (see our five-hour itinerary below). For a taste of Pune’s spiritual side without the lengthy time investment, consider your own Osho alternative afternoon. Start off with a meander through the ashram’s Teerth Garden, a scenic swath in the heart of Koregaon Park that’s open to the public from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.; there’s a burbling stream, the occasional Buddha statue, and plenty of leafy nooks for you to focus on self-guided meditation practice. Afterward, stop by the open-air yoga pavilion at the Sunderban resort next to the ashram for an hour-long class (250 rupees), then walk to Santé, a chic sanctuary for artfully presented vegetarian fare, for an early dinner of chilled watermelon gazpacho, piri-piri-crusted cottage-cheese steaks, beet-and-spinach hummus, and a tofu burger. Alternatively, end your night at Dario’s, an Italian restaurant with a great wine list and a unique calling card: Every evening, Osho’s resident peacocks fly over the walls to roam around amid the diners on Dario’s terrace. (The staff will tip you off to when to expect the colorful visitors, and will have bread crumbs handy for anyone keen to feed them.)
All of these stops are in Koregaon Park, about a five-minute drive from Conrad Pune.
OSHO TEERTH GARDEN: D.H. Dhunjibhoy Rd., between Lane Number 2 and Lane Number 3, Koregaon Park Rd.; open to the public 6–9 a.m. and 3–6 p.m.
YOGA PAVILION: Prashant Pandey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ruchira Pandey (email@example.com)
SANTÉ SPA CUISINE: 1st Lane, Koregaon Park; santespacuisine.com
DARIO’S: Hotel Sunderban, 19 1st Lane, Koregaon Park