The pulsating city of Pune is a curious mix of the old and the new. Pune is most certainly the cultural, educational, and automotive capital of Maharashtra. After Mumbai, Pune is the second largest city in the State of Maharashtra.
Pune has been an important seat of power since the 1600s when it was managed by the Maratha’s. The city passed on to the hands of the British in the 1800s and after independence has emerged out of the shadows of Mumbai by turning into an important manufacturing and educational centre.
Pune is also an important cultural and tourist destination thanks to its rich history, ancient monuments displaying architectural trends from different eras, and the emergence of tourist friendly facilities. Visitors can opt to see historical sites such as the Shaniwarwada, the Aga Khan Palace, Lal Mahal, and the Singhad Fort, among many others.
Each monument has unique history that can be experienced once a visitor steps on the property. Pune also hosts The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, which is a treat for history fans. In addition, several gardens such as Peshwe Park and Sarabaug along with the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park offer visitors a chance to experience the lush green cover of Pune in a relaxed way.
The weather of Pune is a huge attraction for new residents and tourists including an increasing number of foreigners. Located at a height of 560 meters or 1840 feet above sea level, Pune boasts of a cool and pleasant climate almost all around the year. Pune is well-connected to Mumbai thanks to India’s first expressway that provides a safe and relaxed drive. In addition, rail and air connectivity with the rest of the country ensures a steady stream of tourists from all over India.
With automobile, manufacturing, and now IT companies setting up base in Pune, the city has grown substantially in all directions to accommodate new residents and visitors. There has been a significant increase in the number of hotels and resorts in Pune that range from budget to ultra luxury. People from all walks of life can easily find accommodation and entertainment centers that meet their expectations. Pune also has a large number of restaurants serving traditional and modern cuisine to its hungry patrons.
Pune is also an important stop-over for people continuing further south of Mumbai to places such as Kolhapur, Goa, etc. A few days in Pune should enable visitors to soak in the rich history of this vibrant city while relaxing in hotels of their choice. Each day can be spent exploring historical forts and parks, while evenings can be spent shopping in areas such as M.G.Road or Laxmi Road. This city also has a thumping night life with several pubs and discotheques. Pune has also embraced huge malls in a big way and one can easily spend an entire afternoon exploring a single mall in air-conditioned comfort.
Pune has a lot to offer. Visitors can witness the merger of the quaint and the modern in a single city. This city is tourist-friendly and boasts of accommodations to suit all needs and budgets. Professionals and tourists can mix work and pleasure in this vibrant city blessed with helpful people, great climate, and a rich history.