Boasting a glorious history of 600 years, the city of Pune has come a long
way since the time when it was a small agricultural settlement during the
8th century. Previously known as Punnaka, Pune was ruled by the
Rashtrakutas. The Mughals and the Marathas also ruled over the region for a
long time. Today, Pune is known all over the world for its prestigious
educational institutions. Besides, the city is also home to the Southern
Command of the Indian Army. Students form a major part of the total
population of the city. Though not as cosmopolitan in character as its
upstart cousin Mumbai, Pune has a pristine and calm atmosphere and is much
more peaceful than Mumbai.
Location & Climate
The city of Pune lies in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is
also known to be the cultural capital of the state. Summers are hot and the
temperature can reach to a maximum of 40 degrees. Winter months are
pleasant. During winters, temperature varies between 29 and 10 degrees
Centigrade. October to February is the ideal time to pay a visit here.
Though the city is on its way to modernization, there's a lot to feel the
history and culture of the city. Pune offers a number of tourist attractions
to see and experience. Some of the famous sites that must be visited are as
» Aga Khan Palace :
The Aga Khan Palace is a big
draw for tourists in Pune. The palace has both national and historical
significance. When the British held Mahatama Gandhi under house arrest, they
confined him here. Besides, it is the site where most of the important
meetings were held during the Quit India Movement 1942. The palace
symbolises the colonial style of architecture.
» Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum :
Another site to visit
is the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum - a one-man collection. The museum is a
storehouse of around 17,000 artifacts including the everyday items of use
and antiques from the past. Here, you can see ornamental doors, miniatures
and numerous items of jewellery.
Jewish Synagogue :
The Lal Deval Jewish Synagogue is a famous tourist
attraction in Pune. The synagogue was built by David Sassoon in 1867. It is
a fine example of the Gothic style of architecture. Jews being very small in
number, the Jewish Synagogue is rarely in use here.
» Saras Baug :
Saras Baug is the place where you can
come across with a number of Puneites in the evenings. The park also houses
the Ganesha Temple that was erected by Madhava Rao Peshwa. Rolling lawns and
beautiful flower beds add to the charm of the place.
» Tribal Museum :
While at Pune in Maharashtra, it
really is worthwhile to gain an insight into the tribal elements of the
state. The Tribal Museum is a window to the culture of tribes of Maharashtra
like Marai, Waghdeo, Danteshwari and Bahiram.
Pune being a world renowned destination has no dearth of accommodation.
Whatever budget you have, the city offers stay options to match. There are
deluxe and luxury hotel for those who really wish to pamper. For those with
a shoestring budget, Pune has cheap accommodation options too. Some of the
popular hotels in Pune include.
Hotels in Pune
|¤ Hotel Le Meridien (5 Star Deluxe)
¤ Hotel Sun-N-Sand (5 Star Deluxe)
|¤ Best Western Pride Hotel (5 Star)
¤ Hotel Tourist International (Budget)
Pune is easily approachable through air, rail and road routes. The airport
at Pune has direct links with Delhi and Mumbai. The air journey from Mumbai
to Pune spans 20 minutes. From Delhi, it takes 2 hours to reach Pune by air.
You can also take a train from Mumbai to Pune. There are regular bus
services between Mumbai and Pune. Buses also ply from Pune to places like
Aurangabad, Mahabaleshwar and Goa.