Location : 170 kilometers from Mumbai
Known As : Oxford of East, Deccan Queen and Detroit of India
What To See : Peshwa Vestige, Agha Khan Palace and Osho's Ashram
What To Do : Para gliding and Shopping
Shaniwar Wada - The Fort of Peshwa
Pune, commonly referred to as the cultural capital of
Maharashtra state was a chosen retreat for the people seeing break from
their daily work schedule, an ideal gateway from Mumbai. Over the last few
decades this city has metamorphosed from a quaint sleepy town to the
bustling metropolis. For the center of esteemed academia in the city it is
known as the 'Oxford of East', and has a large student population that
made it the most happening place. For the strong presence of the
automobile sector, the city is doing justice with the title of 'Detroit of
India' and 'The Automobile City. What was once considered as
pensioner's paradise is now home to leading software and IT companies. The
attractions of the city are its forts, food, lakes, adventure, pilgrimage
and shopping. Plan a tour to Pune and it will make your holidays the most
thrilling and exciting experience.
There are three distinct seasons in the city summer, monsoon and winter. The maximum summer temperature ranges between 35 degree Centigrade to 40 Centigrade during March to May. April is the hottest month of the summer season and May receives the moderate to heavy downpour bringing down the day temperature. Owing to its high altitude the nights are cooler as compare to other regions. Come to the city and enjoy the shower with the football game you will enjoy it.
Aga Khan Palace
Cosmopolitanism taking toll on the colorful past of the
city has entirely changed lifestyle of the people. The traditional head
gear Puneri - pagdi was replaced by the American style base ball cap worn
front - side back. Afternoon siesta is one of the sanctified things that
never changed, so when ever you are heading for shopping or friends home
mind it he may be napping, hence off limit from 2 to 4 pm. The places to
be visited in the city are Peshwa Vestige, the 18th century magnificent
Peshwa palace gutted in the fire in 1827, yet a everlasting symbol of
city's past glory. Many such palaces or wadas where built by officials of
the successive Peshwa rulers but unfortunately most are broken down while
others are occupied by government offices. The Shinde's Chattri at
vana-wadi is architectural splendor which represents the confluence of the
Indian and European architecture and still safeguarded by the Scindia
The impressive Agha Khan Palace on Nagar Road houses the Gandhi National Memorial and is the place where the Gandhi along other leaders of Quit India Movement where arrested. At this place you can go through the pictures, letters and other memorabilia that narrate the story of the father of nation and amidst the picturesque setting there lies the Samadhi of Kasturba Gandhi where you can pay homage to her. Though it closes early the best time you can visit the palace is morning and afternoon. The other place that needs to be visited is one of the India's oldest university Pune university. Actually the official monsoon residence of Governor of Bombay, the Mansion of the Italian Gothic Style was transformed to university to impart the knowledge of enlightenment. Visit the university and you will desire to get enrolled in the university as a student.
Osho's commune located in Koregaon Park is the hot tourist spot among the spiritual travelers. Not quite the beehive of activity as it was when its presiding deity was still alive, it's still known to world as the meditation resort where the participants are offered 100 different spiritual techniques by the Osho's Commune. To the casual visitors short as well as long term courses of spiritual exercise are available here. A look at the grid of lanes that makes up the enclave of Koregaon Park, is a good way to get the glimpse of Pune.
Paragliding at Pune
For the adventure lovers, Pune offers the unique experience of airborne adventure. Go for paragliding at Hadapsur and fly like a liberated bird. Capture the panoramic view of Pune with you camera and it will be a lifetime experience. If interested you can learn gliding from the Flying Safari that conducts the learner's and advanced courses throughout the year except during rains. There is also one day aviation workshop for children but only if there is a batch of ten. Try your hands on gliding and you will be a man with wings how is it!
Beyond the adventure, monuments and museums the other
significant features of the city are its shopping and cafe corners. The
traditional Maharashtrian Sari nauvari (nine yard) cotton sari is the
challenge. The approved avenue for its shopping is Laxmi Road, where you
can also look for its swankier cousins, the Naryanpeth and Paithani. Kala
Niketan on Jangli Maharaj Road and Poona Sari Center on MG Road stock a
variety of these saris's too. For the ethnic wears of the surrounding
districts you can visit Savitri shop right next to Nehru Memorial Hall on
For glass bangles and silver jewelery visit Commercial street's main market and leather, handcrafted Kolapuri chappals are available near Hanuman Mandiar. Fergusson College Road and Jangli Maharaj Road are crowded with shops where you can shop for almost everything on exclusive showrooms of international brands like levi's Revlon.
Punes famous strawberry biscuits and chewda, khari biscoot (salt biscuits) and mava (thicken milk cakes) are famous throughout the country. Its specialty is that they are unchallenged from the last fifty years and are offered by the two old Irani stalwarts City bakery on MG road and Kayani on East Street. The known names of the coffee centers are Barista, Hot Breads, Good Day and South Winds on FG College road. But all the visitors to Pune must check out the most famous German Bakery opposite Osho's Ashram for an array of succulent desserts, tofu burgers, and sandwiches.
Just 10 km away from the Pune down town is the Lohegaon Airport which connects the city with all the major cities of the country and the railway station in the heart of the city makes the journey feasible for the nearer cities with no airports. Shatabdi Express and Deccan Queen are the two convenient trains operating between Mumbai Pune. The new world class Mumbai Pune six lane express highway is the most appropriate for the road transport, the distance of 170 km to Mumbai can be covered in only three hours.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Pune
Pune - Oxford of East
The Palaces of Peshwas
Take Home The Nauvari
Adventure In Air
Life at Night In Pune
Caves and Beaches
Unique Rajasthan and Goa
Adventure Tour of India