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General Information about Pune

Approximately 160 kms from Mumbai, located at the convergence of two famous rivers- Mula and Mutha- Pune has a glorious history that dates back to over 1600 years. Famous as the Cultural Capital of India. Some prominent attractions of this place include Pataleshwar rock-cut temple and the Nandi Mandapa.
Pune is known by a number of connotations like the cultural hub of Maharashtra or the Oxford of the East, or the Queen of the Deccan, etcetera. Pune stands true to all of these. While it has a rich historical past, the present culture in the city makes it one of the most exciting places in the great state of Maharashtra. What with the number of colleges and institutes getting established in and around this city, Pune happens to be buzzing with a very fresh young vibe. So while the historical aspect of this city makes it well worth a trip, so do the new nightclubs and cafes opening up.

Pune showcases the perfect amalgamation of the new and old India. The very place where Chatrapati Shivaji was raised, Pune has a rich history and many maharajas had built there palaces here. Pune with its plethora of history is also called the cultural hub of the state. It is one of the fastest growing cities of India and is becoming the next IT hub. Pune is also famous for a lot of educational institutes established here and you would find the city brimming with students. No wonder, it is also called the 'Oxford of the east'. Pune is also very close to the hill-stations of Matheran, Lonavla, Khandala, Kamshet, etc.

There are more than 100 pubs and nightclubs in Pune and is among the very few cities of India where pubs open till late, sometimes till 4 a.m.. Go there over the weekend and enjoy the chilled out vibes, dance your tensions away and fill your tired body with some scrumptious food and cocktails.

Connectivity :
Pune is an important railway station in the state of Maharashtra. Pune connects good railway networks with other prominent railway junctions in India.

Pune airport is located in the Lohagaon area, which is located at a distance of 10 kilometers away from the city. Pune is directly connected to various cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore via regular flights.

The Mumbai-Pune Expressway connects Mumbai to Matheran. If you are travelling via car, the journey will take around 2 hours and 27 minutes. Frequent bus services are available between Pune and Mumbai, both of which are 160 kilometers away from each other.

Pune is a sparkling city and offers a wide range of cuisines and countless options for food. However the most colourful and vibrant is the local cuisine and the city's specialities. These include Misal Paav, Bhel Puri, Pav Bhaji, Pithla Bhakri, Vada Paav, Poha, Dabeli and Puran Poli. These items are extremely popular and most have their flavors and fragrances filling the streets of the city as they are staple street food items. Do try Mastani, a rich milkshake garnished with dry fruits, one of the most delicious savouries of the town.

An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1 - After exploring the Shaniwarwada, you can explore the popular ?Bund Garden?. This picturesque place is a popular retreat in the city.

Day 2 - History enthusiasts should head out to explore the Sinhagad Fort and scrumptious dishes that are available at intervals inside this fort.

Day 3 - If you are looking forward to enjoying some time with nature, head out to the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, which lies 70 Kilometers away from Pune. You can also undertake a bike trip to this sanctuary. To cover it, you will have to keep a separate day in your itinerary

Day 4 - Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, and trekking across the beautiful Parvati Hill temples, which has around 108 steps, and offers an aerial view of the city, both require a full day dedicated to them. So, if you have more days to spare, go and explore all of these destinations!


Few Places of Interest :

Aga Khan Palace
Famed for its connection with the Indian Independence Movement, Aga Khan Palace is a historically significant place in Pune. Several Indian freedom fighters were kept under arrest in this palace. In this palace, Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadeobhai Desai were imprisoned during the Quit India Movement in 1942.

Shaniwar Wada
The former love-nest of Bajirao and Kashi, the Shaniwar Wada in Pune is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Maharashtra. This grand mansion was built by the Peshwa Bajirao I himself as the residence of the Peshwas. Covering a vast area of about 625 acres, this palace never fails to amaze the visitor with its various forts and fountain, and the majestic statue of Baji Rao I that greets the visitor at the entrance of the palace.

However, such was the fate of this magnificent complex that it is now the most haunted places of Pune. The palace which was constructed with great enthusiasm and excitement to witness laudable tales of the Peshwas sadly saw nothing other than deceit, ill fate and torment. In the very first year of its completion, the palace saw an untimely death of Peshwa Bajirao I, his disloyalty to his first wife Kashi, and the unfinished love story of Bajirao-Mastani. Once reputed for its marvellous architecture, the palace is now dreaded for its paranormal activities. This and much more has made the site a must-visit place.

Osho Ashram
Osho Ashram is popularly known as Osho Meditation Resort. Located in Pune, the unique blend of meditation and the Greek concept of resort stay make this experience a truly memorable one. The Osho International Meditation Resort is located in Pune in the Koregaon Park area. It appears to be built like a resort and one needs to walk around 1 kilometre from the main road to enter this unique place. The ideologies of Osho also can be found here. People visit the Osho Ashram to meditate, facilitate and channelize their inner thoughts and feelings and usually to reconnect with their inner being. The Ashram is a wonderful place to hunt for the meaning we tend to look for in our everyday lives.

Started in 1974, Osho Ashram witnesses a huge number of visitors throughout the year, especially the foreigners. The members here can indulge in various dynamic meditation sessions and therapies throughout the day. Interested folks can choose from the Osho guesthouse or the Osho living in the program, according to their whim. The usual schedule at Osho Ashram includes Dynamic meditation, Vipassana meditation, Nadabrahma meditation, Kundalini meditation; the list is endless. There is a gamut of activities available to soothe your mind and strengthen your inner strength through natural means. Their teachings mainly revolve around control over one's mind, meditation, Sannyas and renunciation.

The Osho Auditorium is the world's largest meditation hall. People dine at the dining place in Osho Ashram that serves amazing vegetarian cuisine. Inside the ashram, there is a dress code to be followed. Deep maroon coloured robes are worn by everyone throughout the day, while during the evening meditation plain white robes are worn. Even the swimwear is mandatorily maroon coloured.

David Synagogue
Built by David Sassoon in 1861 in Byculla close to Pune, David Synagogue is a perfect specimen of Victorian architectural style. The synagogue is maintained by Sit Jacob Sassoon Charity Trust and offers everyday prayer services. There is a separate prayer hall for ladies with a gallery in the upstairs. Many foreign tourists visit this place to witness this architectural marvel.

National War Memorial
National War Memorial is a result of the Ernst efforts put in by the Express Citizen’s Forum, an organization of Pune citizens. The war memorial was opened for public viewing in October 1988. People from all walks of life contributed munificently for this great cause. It is a patriotic site to pay homage to the great sacrifice of Indian War fighters.

Pataleshwar Caves
A rock cut temple dating back to the 8th century, Pataleshwar Cave Temple is a historical place located in the middle of Jangli Maharaj Road in Shivaji Nagar, Pune. The temple is made out of a single hard stone and the main deity is Pataleshwar. The temple holds massive pillars and exhibit magnificence akin to Elephanta Caves in Mumbai.

Raj Dinakar Kelkar Museum
Located on the famous Bajirao Road in the heart of the Pune City, Raj Dinakar Kelkar Museum displays a variety of artifacts which showcases enormity and diversity of culture of the country and people. The museum houses many items collected by DR. D.G. Kelkar such as elephant shape foot scrubber, images of Lord Ganesha and a brass scorpion with a secret lock system.

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