Namaskar! Welcome to Pune!
Pune is very much a mix of traditional Maharashtrian values and the trendy beat of the West. While you will still find cottage emporia and local folk theatres, on the other hand, you can go club hopping from one day into the next. The city is alive and happening - all the time! Since it is a small city by regular standards you can never get lost, and you will always be able to find your Pune hotel.
The average Puneite is much friendlier and generally easier going than his neighbouring Mumbaiite, so feel free to strike up a conversation, and ask for local directions.
The cultural capital of the State of Maharashtra, Pune, is surrounded by hills, and sits at the confluence of the Mutha and Mula river. Though it is small in area size, Pune has played a significant role in the history of India. The pulse of the Maratha land for a number of years, Pune has nurtured and raised some of India's best known personalities. Pune city has been home to many social reformers, revolutionaries, political leaders, visionaries, researchers, scientists, artistes, educationists, and sports people.
With the largest number of two-wheelers to be found in India, Pune certainly has a lot to offer to a traveller. There are plenty of restaurants, serving up really good food, great places to stay, and lots of spots for the family to head to, including parks and recreational areas. A great way to experience this interesting city is on a tour in Pune.
Home to the legendary Raja Shivaji, Pune was once one a stronghold of the Maratha empire. The district surrounding Pune is marked by historic land and sea forts bearing witness to its magnificent past. Among the most notable things to see and do in Pune are: Aga Khan Palace or Gandhi National Memorial, The Osho Commune International, Shaniwar Wada, Shindyanchi Chhatri, University Buildings, Pataleshwar Cave Temples, Parvati Hill and Temples, Lal Deval Synagogue, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Museum of Arthropoda, Tribal Museum, Tilak Smarak Mandir, Kesari Wada.
Pune is a very nice place to visit, with its friendly people, plenty of places to see, great Pune hotels, and the interesting Pune tours available. The weather is good all year long, providing ample scope for camping, trekking, hiking, fishing, and sports. The city can get quite polluted, but camp areas and the outskirts are pretty tranquil. You can use our map to ensure your Pune hotel is near the best attractions, and the best parts of the city.
Pune is known for its educational institutions and is now one of the fastest growing industrial areas, leaping ahead at an exponential rate. The IT, BPO, Manufacturing and Agricultural industries form the backbone of the economy. Strategically, Pune plays a very important part in National Defence, with many setups based out of the city and its surrounds. It is home to a Military Cantonment, the Head Quarters of the Southern Command of the Indian Army, Air base for Jaguar, Mig29 and Su30 aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
There are many great places to check out around India. Many flights arrive in Mumbai. After taking in the city, you can head down the amazing coastline to Goa via Pune, continuing further south to picturesque Kerala. There are also many highlights north of Pune, such as colourful Jaipur, and the fascinating cities of Delhi and Agra.
Pune is slower paced than the bigger metro cities of India, and is therefore able to offer a much better lifestyle. Driving isn't always fun because not everyone likes to follow traffic rules, so it is best if you do not choose to self-drive. It is also good to make friends with a local so you can be guided around. Auto rickshaws can sometimes work out to be quite a con-job, so check the rate before you book a ride.
Like most cities the intra-city areas are relatively safe both day and night. While Pune does not report high crime rates, petty thefts are still frequent and care is advised when travelling areas near the ghats or on the cities outskirts. Exercise caution while in desolate areas, or travel in groups. If travelling at night in isolated areas do not stop to ask for directions or to give lifts.
Your trip to Pune will be an enjoyable one, whether you are here on business or on vacation. Have a lovely time in Pune - it certainly is a charmer!
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A family house built with the grandeur of the British Raj in 1938 is now your home in Pune. In 1983 this building was converted into a hotel. While furnishing, it was kept in mind that it does not lose all its heritage and charm, so only the interiors were renovated. [more info]
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Hotel Ashish is a 3 Star hotel with great money value for both corporate and tourist guests. It is centrally located in Pune and is 12 Kms from the airport and 4 Kms from the railway station. The hotel offers you a quiet and peaceful surrounding. [more info]
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The Hotel Sunderban, Pune has a distinctive art deco building with large palatial rooms and plush antique furnishings situated amidst lush green surroundings reminiscent of the style and splendour of the bygone royal heritage of the Maharajas. [more info]
Namaskar! Welcome to Pune!
Meet Ashok and Muriel Doshi - we are your local connection in Pune. We want to share our knowledge and passion for Pune with travellers, and give them the same experience we have had in this beautiful part of the world.[more]