• Discover a magnificently restored fort an hour outside the city
  • Explore its temples, wine cellars, and stone-walled swimming pool
  • Try your hand at rifle shooting or archery

For all its storied history, Pune is sorely lacking in well-restored and well-maintained forts and palaces. However, an easy one-hour drive from the city—a route that’s particularly lush and scenic during monsoon mists—will bring you to Jadhavgadh Fort, a beautifully preserved Maratha-kingdom stronghold dating back to 1710 that’s now a heritage hotel. You don’t have to check in to check it out: Nonguests can visit anytime for an over-the-top Maratha welcome (complete with drums, a tutari horn, and a tilaka adorning your forehead) and then spend a few hours exploring the grounds. The 200-rupee audio tour is far better than one would expect, taking you into erstwhile dungeons now serving as wine cellars, an atmospheric stone temple, a swimming pool built into commanding stone walls, and a former stable now serving as a well-curated museum of local artifacts. Afterward, have fun with an archery or rifle lesson in the gardens—and don’t be surprised if a stray cow idles up to watch.

The fort is about an hour away by car; the Conrad concierge can arrange a driver for you.

​​JADHAVGADH FORT: Hadapsar Saswad Rd., Jadhavwadi;