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Pune City

Facts at a Glance

Country: India
State: Maharashtra
Location: West Maharashtra
Altitude: 560 m
Population: 3,115,435
Language: Marathi
Known as: A historic city and modern business centre
Nearby Cities: Mumbai, Nashik, Ahmednagar

Located in the western part of state in the Western Ghats of India, Pune is the second largest city of Maharashtra and 9th largest city of India. It is one of the developed cities of India which has well maintained infrastructures, all amenities and technological advancement. In addition, the education, commerce, and native culture are highly developed.

Situated at the confluence of the Mula River and Mutha River, the city Pune is one of the oldest cities of India; the city is known to be town of India since 857 AD. However, over period of time, the significance and development of city kept on increasing; by the 18th century, with the rise of Peshwa (prime minister of Chhatrapati of Satara), the city became political centre. Likewise, because of its fast development and local climate, Pune became the ‘monsoon capital’ of the Bombay Presidency.

The cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune is ranked as ‘Gamma-Global City’. The city Pune has various Multi-National Companies and many other industries such as Information Technology Companies and various other manufacturing companies including car, glass, sugar and many more.

In addition, the well-known cultural activities popular in the city are classical music, theatre, sports and literature. Above all, the city Pune is also centre of spirituality. All these collectively make an industrial hub that offers range of job opportunities and hence, people from different regions come here to get the job opportunity. And, the Foreigners use to come here for mental peace by attending spiritual classes.

Above all, with having dozens of educational institutions and total nine universities, Pune is also an academic centre. Not only Indian students but many students from different countries of the world come here for study every year. Because of all these reasons, city Pune is also referred as the ‘Oxford of the East.’

Pune Tourism

Apart from superb technological advancement and establishment of various manufacturing industries, Pune is also a tourists’ place; there are range of tourists’ attractions, including religious places, natural landscapes, parks, museums, historical places and many more.

Tourists’ Attractions in Pune

• Osho Ashram: Worldwide popular, Osho Ashram is one of the most popular attractions not only for Indians but also for foreigners. There are several permanent devotees belonging to different countries living in the Ashram.

• Shaniwar Wada: Built by Bajirao-I during the third decade of 18th century, Shaniwar Wada is a royal residence. Though, at present, it can be seen in very ruined condition; however, it illustrates the magnificence of Maratha.

• Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum: Built in Rajasthani style, it is one of the unique museums of the city that stores more than 20,000 items including handcrafts, paintings, armour-suits, musical instruments and many more collected from all around the world. Dinkar Kelkar spent about 60 years in travelling and purchasing the unique items for this museum. It is the must visit place in Pune.

• Tribal Museum: Located nearby the railway station, Tribal Museum is pretty significant museum that stored various traditional items and objects of tribal communities especially the tribes of Sahyadari and Gondwana regions.

• Gandhi National Memorial / Aga Khan Palace: During the Quit India Movement of 1942, this is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi, Dr. Sarojini Naidu, Shri Mahadeobhai Desai, and many others were imprisoned. This place also evidenced the last breath of Kasturba Gandhi and Shri Mahadeobhai Desai. Besides, spread in 19 acre area, the place is also known for its architectural excellence.

• Vishrambaug Wada: The beautiful structure measuring 260 feet long and 815 feet broad Teen Chowki Wada is one of the models of architectural excellence. It was built by Bajirao II. You can enjoy here the Wada’s eye-catching wooden façade and beautiful columns designed in the Suru form. Above all, the structure has gorgeous entrance and balcony adorned with carved woodwork. However, in the year1880, a tragedy occurred and large section of the structure burnt accidently; however, later on somehow it has been restored.

• Bund Garden: With wonderful landscape, it is constructed by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy; you can enjoy here walking around and boating. There is also Ganesha Temple in the premises.

Other Tourists’ Attractions in Pune

• Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati
• Botanical Garden
• Shinde Chatri
• Koregaon Park
• Saras Baug
• Race Course
• Chaturshingi Temple
• P. L. Deshpande Garden
• Parvati Temple
• Khadakwasla Dam
• Pataleshwar Cave Temple
• Empress Garden
• Tulsi Baug
• Sinhgad

How to Reach??

• By Road: Pune has very dense road network linked with various cities of Maharashtra and other states nearby. The significant roads are Mumbai-Pune Highways, National Highway 4, National Highway 9, National Highway 50 and many other roads. You can reach the city Pune by road easily from state capital Mumbai, Bangalore and many other cities.

• By Rail: With its well maintained railway station, Pune is directly linked with various small and big cities of India. You can catch train for Pune from Mumbai, Howrah, New Delhi, Jammu Tawi, Kanpur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Panaji, Varanasi, Patna and Jamshedpur and from many other cities of India.

• By Air: Located at Lohegaon, Pune, Pune Airport is an international airport that connects not with major cities of India but also with the foreign cities.

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