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Pune

, Maharashtra

(Pune is also known as Kasbe Pune / Punavadi; also spelled as Poona)
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State: Maharashtra
District: Pune
Famous for/as: City
Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
Best Season: Jul - Feb
Weather: Summer 20 to 42°C, Winter 8 to 32°C
Altitude: 560 m
Pincode: 4110xx
STD code: 020
At the convergence of two majestic rivers, Mula and Mutha, stands Pune in Maharashtra - with its glorious history dating back to over 1600 years. Known to be the cultural capital of the state, it boasts of a flamboyant past with a rich history of several illustrious dynasties. These empires tried to keep their legacy in the city in the form of glorious temples and fabulous monuments, the relics of which still lures visitors with its charm to book Pune holiday packages in Maharashtra.

Among the various attractions, the 8th century Pataleshwar rock-cut temple, war memorial in the fond remembrance of the great Maratha heros and the Nandi Mandap, holds a special mention.

Literally meaning Punyanagari, or City of Virtue, Pune during the early years of the 17th century showed an all round development when Sivaji chose this city as his headquarters.

It is lively & thronging with students from all over the world who come here to excel in its several top class educational institutions & hence it is no wonder that the city is often called "Oxford of the East". Due to this influx of young crowd, the city is known for its happening night life, great restaurants & an overall pulsating atmosphere. Institutions like the Armed Forces Medical College, Film and Television Institute of India, Symbiosis Educational Society and National Defense Academy have got international acclamation in their respective fields.

A mention about Pune would be incomplete without the mention about Osho Commune International. A man of great thoughts, Osho’s teachings and meditation techniques had tremendous influence on his disciples.

Along with being an educational hub, Pune is also home to a thriving industrial market, with all major business ventures both industrial and software field having established their presence here.

Pune embodies a synthesis of the old and the novel, the conventional and contemporary & appealing old "Wadas" (local bazaar) and swanky malls. Enveloped in lush green cover and blessed with a salubrious climate, Pune is sure to mesmerize every traveler visiting here.
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History


Once the stronghold of the great Maratha Empire, Pune was adorned with the prestigious title as the capital of the Maratha kingdom. It was here, that the illustrious warrior of Maratha dynasty, Shivaji had spent his childhood. Later in 1750, it became the core of all political and administrative activities under him.

Before the Maratha power ascended to the thrown, Pune had been ruled by an array of various rulers from different clans. Rashtrakutas in the 8th century AD, Yadava Empire of 9th century and the Mughals of Medieval times had contributed much to the cities all round development.

The British gained control of this city after the hectic war of 1817 against the Marathas. Like all other major Indian cities, Pune also has shown its flourishing graph under the British rule who had utilized the cities resources in a wonderful way. They developed the city as their summer capital.

A cradle of Indian renaissance during the pre-independence era, Pune had shown a massive participation of public in the freedom struggle. Pune would be remembered for ever as the birth place of some of the great reformers in the socio religious field. The most prominent of them all is Bal Gangadhara Tilak, who was popularly called as Lokmanya. Today’s Pune presents a perfect blend of all the virtues of the bygone days and the merits of modern era.
Pune or Poona as it is called is the eigth largest metropolis in the country, which was the capital of the Maratha Empire

Culture


As the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune upholds its traditional values and rich heritage. Though the city exhibits a typical Maharashtrian lifestyle with conventional norms, the spread of modern education has provided the city with a progressive stance. Cultural face of the city is not restricted to religion and festivals alone & is marked by an overwhelming enthusiasm of the people that go beyond the barriers of religious and cultural differences & celebrate in unison.

Among the festivals that blanket the city with a festive mood, Pune festival is the one that lures people from all parts of the country. A grand podium for budding artists in the field of music and dance, who come up with some innovative & unique each year. This internationally acclaimed festival of classical and folk arts, is renowned for its excellent performance and the presence of an appreciative, engaging crowd.

Besides this grand fiesta, the city is renowned for the celebration of other colourful festivals like Sawai Gandharva festival, Ganesh Chaturthi, Chaturshringi festival & Osho festival among others. Another aspect that needs a special mention is the enormous facilities in the field of Yoga and meditation. For the past few decades, Pune has been accredited as a great centre of yoga and allied activities, which attracts foreign and native tourists alike.

Since the city presents the fervor of a festive mood all round the year, the tourist find themselves in the midst of a pleasant and joyous environment that give them fond memories of a perfect holiday!
Pune is the centre of Marathi culture, which lays emphasis on art,crafts music and theatre. Catching a play while in the city is a good idea.

Travel within city


Travelling around the city of Pune can be quite easy, given the long list of options available for public transport. You can travel through the inner reaches of the city through public buses, auto rickshaws, two-wheeler's, suburban rail and cars too available for rent. The city of Pune is not very vast like the other major Indian cities, and finding your way through the city will not be a very hard task.

Bus


You can travel through the city of Pune through the public buses available, as these buses ply to almost all parts of the city. The network of public bus transport is really extensive, and this mode of travel is very cheap too. The major bus stands in Pune are Shivaji Nagar, Nigdi, Katraj, Hadapsar, Deccan, Swargate and Corporation bus stand. The fares involved through bus travel may range from around Rs 3 to 16, and the fare is entirely based on the distance covered during travel. Bus travel is one of the cheapest options of travel within the city, and tourists can opt for traveling through buses provided they know their destination and the bus routes well.

Air conditioned Pune Darshan buses are also available for travel within the city and tourists looking for sightseeing options can take up this mode of transport. These buses run from 9 am to 5 pm and the fares are around Rs 140 for a deluxe category seat and Rs 72 for a general category seat. You can book a seat in these buses through the internet, thus ensuring you cover your Pune sightseeing trip in a relaxed & comfortable manner.

Auto Rickshaw


Auto rickshaws in Pune run on a tariff card and the normal formula used for fares is Cost is Rs 11 for 1st km and Rs8 for further km. This is how auto fares in Pune are normally calculated, so when you travel for a distance of 2 kilometers, you will be charged around Rs 19. Fares in an auto rickshaw may increase during night time, between 11 pm and 6 am. During this time, auto rickshaw drivers will normally demand one and a half times the original charge. Travelling by auto rickshaws during night time can be a safe mode of travel, as buses are few and not too frequent during these hours.

Two Wheeler


Two wheelers and cars are available for rent in Pune which are a very convenient mode of travel, provided you know your way around the city. There are rental agencies which cater to the needs of tourists looking for bikes and cars, and you can opt for these agencies in order to get your two-wheeler or car delivered to your doorstep. Two wheeler fares for a day may range from Rs 200 to 300. Cars will also be available for rent for charges of around Rs 2500 per day.

Mehta Autos- Ph: (20) 26127864
Blossoms- Ph: (+91) 9890829786

Local Train


Tourists can also travel through the city through the suburban railway network. There are many stations in Pune, including Dapodi, Kasarwadi, Pune City, Chinchwad, Pimpri, Ghorawadi, Malvali and Lonavala. These trains are not very frequent, and buses can be a better mode of transport for access to the inner city.

Buses and auto rickshaws are available from the railway station and bus stand.

Food


As a fast growing tourist destination Pune offers a wide range of options to foodies. Since Pune is a growing metropolis, the city won’t disappoint you - with its variety of flavors, cuisine & dine out options. Numerous bistros and eating joints are spread across the city providing an assortment of yummy gastronomical delights to its guests. One can experience everything from local lip smacking Maharashtrian delicacies served off food carts, to the more sophisticated sit down restaurants serving elegantly plated entrees and main courses belonging to varied cuisines, along with the traditional Kolhapuri & Maharashtrian dishes.

Typical Pune meal consists of a flat millet pancake, which is popularly called bhakri-pitla served with flour-based curry. Vada pav, missal, bhelpuri, and kacchi dabeli from the street hawkers are mouthwatering delicacies. Festivals are the occasions to prepare special foods. Soonth Panak, Puran Poli, Coconut Potali, Karanji and Chakli are the favourite dishes of the Maharashtrian families on auspicious days. Though coconut is the chief base of all most all dishes, coconut oil is not used in Maharashtrian dishes. Instead of that peanut oil is used as the medium of cooking.

Nightlife


Nights in Pune makes you believe that this city never sleeps until the wee hours of the morning. Its proximity to the Metropolitan city makes life in Pune very similar to that of Mumbai. Recent years have shown a drastic growth in the number of clubs, pubs and discotheques in the city.

People hang out at these night joints during weekdays to grab a drink & on weekends to catch up with friends & have fun. The bars and pubs offer good food, foot tapping/head banging music along with a steady flow of cocktails!

Another way to party the night away is when many top notch Indian & International music bands hit the town & put up a rocking concert. Nightlife in Pune is exciting and captivating. The assortment of pubs and bars offer exhilarating and jubilant nightlife with live concerts and enthusiastic crowds.

Shopping


The shopaholic in you comes alive while at Pune, as this city with its trendy shopping malls and local markets unfurls an array of assorted artifacts, trendy & chic apparel, funky accessories & traditional handicrafts too! These markets are a favourite haunt among the student crowd here.

To take a look at the variety on offer, a stroll on Laxmi Road market would be the apt place. Shops in Tulsi Baug area offer conventional Maharashtrian goods and spices.

Nucleus and City malls are a reflection of modern day Pune. Nucleus and City mall has a whole array of shops under its roof to cater to all kinds of visitors, from shoppers, to movie goers, foodies & game buffs alike. br>
Whatever be your choice, it is definite that shopping in Pune is a delight!
Lakshmi Road, fashion street and Shivaji Market are the best places for shopping in the city.

Hotels


You can find 225 hotels in Pune under following categories:
Comments (9) Reviews (12)
Thanks for sharing the post...
Its nice place, last month visited for that we booked our Bus Ticket through ticketgoose.

Thank you...
Posted by abi 2 year, 11 months ago
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im going to pune on 13th apr drm vijayawada n wll be there for a week ...

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Posted by amit 3 year ago
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Posted by Srimanth 3 year, 39 days ago
yeah! please comment your experiences without leaving them simply, It would be helpful for others like me who doesn't familiar with the places to choose their trip.
Posted by prasad 3 year, 50 days ago
I like this very much with culture. I suggest Lavasa is very best tourist place.
Posted by bizporto 4 year, 9 days ago
i reached pune via lufthansa....it was an amazing experience..the air hostess gave me chocolates for free :D ....i wud recommend everyone to travel via lufthansa..
Posted by susan 4 year, 2 months ago
Great expectation over here craving a way to KP Ashram very soon!
awesome & rest is wordless.
Posted by Ashish Thapliyal 5 year, 9 months ago
osho is great
Posted by sanyorita 5 year, 9 months ago
What a nice description of places. It'll help definitely.
Posted by Sneh Shankar 7 year ago

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