Pune is known to exist as a town since 847AD., Pune is one of the oldest cities in India and now the second-largest city in Maharashtra and the seventh-largest in the entire country. If Mumbai is the financial capital of the state Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra.
Today Pune is not only a major manufacturing and automobile hub but also home to a good number of public and private sector IT, education, management, and training research institutes.
Pune is not only a city for the students, but every year thousands of tourists visit Pune from all over the country. Dotted with ancient Marathi and old colonial-style architecture those exist side by side with modern architectural marvels created by famous and renowned architects from all over the world and a lot of greenery you will simply fall in love with Pune on your very first visit.
Apart from the temples, museums, great architectural specimens, and gardens, Pune also offers superb natural beauty in and around the city to tourists.
Sightseeing Places in Pune
Aga Khan Palace, Pune
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple, Pune
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune
Shaniwar Wada, Pune
Parvati Hill, Pune
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Pune
Mulshi Dam, Pune
Saras Baug, Pune
Khadakwasla Dam, Pune
Shinde Chhatri, Pune
Bund Garden, Pune
Vetal Hill, Pune
St. Mary’s Church, Pune
Culture in Pune
Pune is known to be a perfect epitome of Marathi culture and the form of Marathi language spoken by residents is considered as the standard form of the language. During my close to 600 years of existence Pune has developed an eclectic amalgamation of cosmopolitan culture and contemporary thinking those are strung together with a strong sense of tradition and self-identity.
Though a major part of Pune has been transformed into a veritable concrete jungle still it is much greener and offers comparatively quieter life to its citizens (known as Punekar) than most other major metros in the country.
Pune presently occupies the second-best position in terms of the quality of life offered by all major Indian cities. Due to the presence of a plethora of educational institutes, there is a massive congregation of students from all over the world and that is the reason Pune has also received its name the Oxford of the East.
Shopping in Pune
As a number of high-end shopping malls have come up during the last few years, tourists also enjoy their shopping in Pune.
How to Reach Pune
As the 7th large city of India, Pune is very well connected by road, rail, and air transport.
Moreover, Pune also boasts of an excellent public transport infrastructure connecting every single part of the city and if you visit Pune, traveling from one part to another is never going to cause you any problem. There is both public and private transport available for easy commuting to different parts of mine as well as the suburbs.
Along with Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited, buses run by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation are also available and Pune is also well connected by all other major cities in India by road rail and air transport.
Weather in Pune
Pune is a city that is embraced by pleasant weather all around the year and any time of the year is the best time to come and visit Pune. But for leisure tourists, the winter months, from October to March or April is considered as the best time to pay a visit to Pune.