Well known as the “Queen of the Deccan” and “Oxford of the East”, Pune is one city in Maharashtra worth visiting for its rich historic past as well as dazzling modern charm. The green hills and beautiful lakes of Pune surely mesmerizes the visitors.
HOW TO REACH
Indian Airlines and other private airlines are providing regular flights to Pune from Delhi. Three different flights arrived from Mumbai daily. There are four flights a week to Chennai and Bangalore. Pune city is only 12 km from the Airport
Pune can also be reached by train. Deccan Queen, Deccan Express, Indrayani, Pragati and Shatabdi are the regular trains that run between Pune and Mumbai everyday. It takes nearly 4-5 hours.
Pune is easily accessible by bus from any of the major cities of Maharashtra. Government and private buses run regularly between Mumbai and Pune. Tourists can also hire taxis
Â WHAT TO SEE
Aga Khan Palace:-
Aga Khan Palace was built in the year 1892 by Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III in Pune. Since then it is one of the biggest landmark in Indian history. The Aga Khan Palace of Pune was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighboring areas of Pune who were drastically hit by the famine.
Osho Commune International:-
The Osho Commune International in Pune strives to fulfill Osho’s vision of ‘Zorba the Buddha’. Innumerable visitors come to the Osho Commune International for either short visits or several months’ attendance: to participate in daily meditation or the exhaustive programs of Osho Multiversity or contribute practically
Kasturba Samadhi is located within the serene locality of Aga Khan Palace in Pune. It is widely known as Kasturba Gandhi Memorial and is built in memory of Mahatama Gandhi’s wife Kasturba Gandhi who breathed her last in this palace.
Shivneri Fort is famous for being the birthplace of great Shivaji. Shivaji was the famous ruler of Maharashtra. Shivneri Fort in Pune is a well known historical military fortification. Shivaji spent his childhood in the fort and took lessons of all his military training here. Shivneri Fort is located approximately 105 kilometer far from Pune. Pune city is famously known as the Detroit of India mainly due of the existences of major automobile companies.
Pune is home to some of the most historically significant monuments in India. The monuments in Pune date back to the early 16th and 17th century. Pune witnesses travelers from all parts of the country and globe alike who come to the city to have a glimpse of the past glory and architectural brilliance of India.
Saras Bagh of Pune is a beautiful and well-maintained garden area in Pune. Saras Bagh of Pune is a site of devotion as well as a popular hang-out for the residents of Pune. In the past, however, the lush green lawns served as a garbage dumping ground for the British.
The Empress Garden lies adjacent to the Pune Solapur Road. This is a rather large garden, covering an area of about 59 acres. Empress Garden of Pune is basically a botanical park, which is located near the Pune Race course. Here there are several varieties of fruit and flower bearing trees. People often turn up in large numbers for a picnic at the Empress Garden of Pune.
Â Omkareshwar temple of Pune is a 17th century Partvati temple, known for its endurance during the floods of Panshet in 1962. The Omkareshwar temple is known for its extraordinary construct and its extravagant style
Like most of the temple in Pune, Chaturshringi temple also has its own tale that dates back to many centuries from now. Legend says that Goddess Chaturshringi bade a merchant in Pune to built a temple for her. The merchant who was a staunch believer of the Devi, used to visit the temple of the Goddess during his visit to other places.
Pataleshwar cave temple:-
Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune, situated just across the river on the Jungli Maharaj Road, is a heritage site for Pune with a long history dating back to the 8th century AD. A remarkable feature of the Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune is that it bears resemblance with the massive rock-cut temples of Ellora.
Shopping in Pune is an awe-inspiring experience altogether. There are both elegant shopping malls and roadside shops from where you can purchase the goods of your choice.Â If you are looking for Kolhapuri chappals, you will get them on the street side.
The food of Pune is generally meant to suit the taste buds of the Marathi people. Traditional Marathi cuisine is a blend of mild and delicate to very spicy dishes. Maharashtrian cuisine’s popular dishes include puran poli, modak and batata wada made of basic ingredients like wheat, rice, jowar, bajri, fruits, vegetables and lentils.