Known as the 'Cultural Capital of Maharashtra', the city of Pune is an amazing blend of beauty and intellect. Read on to find out about this city.


Location: 170 kms from Mumbai, Maharashtra
Attractions: Museums, gardens, historic places, hill stations, caves, palaces etc
Best Time To Visit: September to May

Saras Garden, Pune
The city of Pune, located about 170 km from Mumbai, is the second largest city of the State of Maharashtra and is regarded as the cultural capital of the state. The city has witnessed some important historical events like the Anglo-Maratha War, Battle of Khadki etc., and was home to some great people like Shivaji and Tilak. Residing in a realm of picturesque milieus, it also offers a fantastic view of vibrant nature. It has often been called the "Queen of the Deccan" and provides an entryway to the famous hill stations of Maharashtra. It was a land of many historical dynasties, which left their imprints in the form of tombs and monuments that stand as architectural wonders even today. Pune is also recognized for its educational institutions and has been considered "The Oxford of the East". Now, this city is in a fast-pace growth phase, turning into one of the major IT hubs. Many MNCs and big automobile units have burgeoned throughout the city within a short span of time. Moreover, Pune is among the top most expensive cities in India.

Places To See
  • The Osho International Meditation Resort has brought international fame to the city of Pune. Thousands of visitors from over 100 countries come here in search of peace. The ashram is surrounded all around by greenery and is situated far away from the bustle of the city, thereby creating a perfect ambience for mediation.
  • The Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum is another attraction that is famous for housing some rare, antique and artistic collections. It presents to the visitors, musical instruments, antique pottery, betel-nut cutters, brass padlocks, etc., which date back to the 17th century.
  • The Mahatma Phule Museum is another place to visit, where one can find several industrial as well as hand-crafted and agricultural objects.
  • The Tribal Museum situated next to the railway station displays the artworks by the local tribes.
  • Among the palaces, Shaniwar Waada is a sought-after tourist destination. It was built by the 'Peshwas', the descendants of Shivaji, in 1736.
  • The beautiful Pataleshwar Caves consist of cave temples in reverence to Lord Shiva.
  • Parvati Hill temples, rested on a hilltop, are again wonderful sites which overlook the vast city of Pune.
  • The royal palace of Vishram Bagh Waada, which is almost in ruins nows, has stood up to showcase its extraordinary architecture.
Pune is great place to shop as one can procure a large number of merchandise from fancy stores and shopping malls. If you do not wish to spend money in the shopping malls, you can always go for the local markets like Laxmi Road for instance. Local markets are known for saris and jewelry. Fashion Street is popular for fashionable accessories. Pune is also famous for chikkis.

Eating Out
Pune is the perfect place to try a variety of fantastic foods, especially the Maharashtrian delicacies. There is no end to the list of restaurants in Pune. Apart from the popular hotels, famous brands like Pizza Hut, Dominos, McDonalds, etc. have also opened up in Pune. The street food is also something worth exploring. Pune is strewn with stalls, which serve authentic Pune food.

Budget Hotels
  • Ginger Hotel - Pimpri
    Opp Pcmc Office,
    Pimpri Chowk,
    Pimpri Waghere, Old Mumbai Pune Highway.
  • Hotel Ivy Studios
    Plot no 48, 49, Sakore Nagar,
    Near Symbiosis College, Viman Nagar.
  • Ginger Hotel - Wakad
    Kala Khadak,Near Indra Collage,
    Wakad Naka
Star Hotels
  • Hotel Parc Estique (five star Boutique Hotel)
    Near Giga Space, Opp. Inorbit Mall, Viman Nagar,
    Pune - 411014
    Maharashtra, India.
    Tel: +91 020 4100 4100
    Fax: +91 020 4100 4111
  • Saffire Homes
    35, Shree Ramachandrama Society,
    Mumbai-Bangalore Highway, Baner,
    Pune, Maharashtra, India.
    Tel: 020-65294488, 9923321354, 9011342916
  • St Laurn Business Hotel
    15 A, Koregaon Road,
    Pune 411 001,
    Tel: +91-20-40008000
    Fax: +91-20-40008099
How To Reach

By Road
The Government of Maharashtra operates many buses between Pune and Mumbai. Also, a number private luxury buses are available.

By Rail
Railways are the most common means of travel between Mumbai and Pune. Both express trains and daily locals are available which take 3-4 hours to reach.

Pune is like a one stop destination; it has everything a tourist would expect. Scenic places, places of historical importance and all the modern means of entertainment together describe Pune. It is great place to spend your holidays. With so many IT industries all around Pune, business visits have also increased drastically, which, in return, has led to many posh and luxurious restaurants and stay options as well.