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Pune Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 560 m
  • Pincode: 411001
  • District: Pune
  • Language: Hindi,Marathi
  • STD code: 020
  • Weather: Summer 20 to 42°C, Winter 8 to 32°C
The eighth largest metropolis in India, Pune is located in the state of Maharashtra. It is the second largest city in the state after Mumbai, and is considered an important city in terms of its economical and industrial importance. It was earlier known as ‘Punya-Nagiri’ or ‘Queen of Deccan’. With a rich historical past, Pune has been a popular place for tourists since ancient times and still enjoys the same popularity. Once the hometown of Marathas and a centre of power for the Maratha Empire, the presence of the numerous edifices in Pune links to its rich and glorious past.

Located above 560 meters from sea level, Pune is the governmental capital of the district called Pune. The city lies at the convergence of two rivers Mula and Mutha. The town got its name around 937 AD and was founded by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, who was the founder of Maratha Empire. During his reign, the place witnessed significant development and growth in every aspect.

In 1730, Pune became the political centre of the Peshwa Empire. The town in 1817 witnessed invasion by British India. This place served as the monsoon capital and the cantonment town to the British until India got independence on the 15th of August 1947.

Pune is one of the most renowned places among tourists to Maharashtra. Educational institutions and corporate giants have made Pune a prosperous town. The city is associated with prestigious educational institutions like Ferguson College, Symbiosis, FTII and a large number of engineering colleges, which is why it is also known as the University Town. Some of the well-established industries in Pune entail sugar, forging, glass, IT and automotive companies. Pune is also the cultural capital of the state and national centre of Marathi speaking people.

The city’s cultural activities and places of interests for art lovers have made earned it a distinct popularity and image among people. Pune is truly a melting pot of varied cultures.

The spectacular historical monuments from the Maratha period and many places of tourist interest add richness to this city of diversity. Some places like the Shanivar Wada, Osho Ashram, Pataleshwar Cave Temple, Shinde Chhatri, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Bund Garden, Saras Bagh and Aga Khan Palace describe the most popular places amongst tourist visiting Pune.

Pune is also a food lovers’ paradise. Ferguson College Road offers a host of choices for tourists. Right from softies to mouth-watering vada pav and sabudana vada, the list is endless. Paud Road is another popular street to explore street food in Pune. Another highlight of the city is the iconic Kayani Bakery, Pune’s pride for decades, where tourists can buy boxes of Shrewsbury biscuits and other sweet treats. The bakery is open from 7.30 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon and then shuts down for a few hours to reopen at 3.30 pm and then closes at 8 pm.

Pune’s climate enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year but the best time to visit the city is during winters especially in the months of November and December. It has a large Marathi-speaking population, but many people understand Hindi and English. The best way to get around the city is in an auto rickshaw or a two-wheeler. Also, Pune has a languid and laid back feel to it. In the afternoons, many shopkeepers shut down their shops to enjoy an afternoon siesta, therefore, the best time to shop, eat or head out is in the evenings.  

Pune is connected to all major cities in India by air, rail and road.
 
 

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Pranav Raj

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  • Pranav Raj
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Beautiful city with lot of old heritage and sightseeing" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I have been there twice for business purpose and luckily one of my close friend was living in Pune. During both of my visit days I used to spent time with him and explored many places in & around the city. The weather is really awesome and romantic throughout the monsoon and moderate even in summers. You will definitely love the greenery across the city. City houses lots of pubs and bar with many other tourists attractions like Sinhagarh Fort, Lavasa City, Kayani Bakery, amanora mall and plenty of recreational activities. You will also enjoy Pune-Mumbai expressway. I really enjoyed a lot during my whole stay. I definitely recommend the city tour specially in monsoon. Locally you could visit Lonavala for thrilled fun activities.
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Arzan mehta

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  • Arzan mehta
  • 1 Review
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"Fantastic place with good development" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Pune is an A class city. You have big malls, restaurants, parks, etc. The transport facilities have improved drastically. I was even surprised to see the kind of development happening in the eastern part of Pune, ie, Viman Naga and Wagholi. Pune is surely an alternative of Mumbai.
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Saptarshi dutta

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"Overall, a good experience" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It was an official & Personal visit, but we had a good meal during lunch. Pune has quite a few attractions. One such famous eatery is Good Luck cafe. Famous place for visit like shani vada, osho temple. There are many places to visit like, FC Road, JM Road, MG Road, KP, Hadapsar, Hinjewadi, Katraj, Hadapsar, Singhad Fort. Pune due to its strategic location, houses major government, defence and private corporate companies. Hence lots of people commute to this city for official and business purposes. There are so many place near Pune like Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar etc.
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Dharmik kothari

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  • 3 Reviews
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"Good place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a nice place to visit where traffic is moderate and there are many places to visit like, FC Road, JM Road, MG Road, KP, Hadapsar, Hinjewadi, Katraj, Hadapsar, Singhad Fort.

Recently Visited Amanora Mall its a huge mall and lots of brand and collection you can get wide variety for shopping more than 5 hours is necessary to view each corner of the mall.

Burger King, Durga Coffee, Station Cream Rolls, Uncle's Kitchen JM Road Dabeli etc are some of my fav place to visit.

Best time to visit is Winter and Rainy season. Summer is hotter.
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A k s varadan

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"Lot of people commute to this city"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pune due to its strategic location, houses major government, defence and private corporate companies. Hence lots of people commute to this city for official and business purposes. Due to this heavy traffic, the municipal administration is unable to maintain the city particularly around railway station. The local people might have also stressed due to this and hence are not cooperative with outsiders. So tourists better educate themselves about the city and avoid conversing with local people. Better to check tariff with taxi people and have a double confirmation on charges what you have to pay at the end. Because for me they demanded more than agreed amount because the journey completed at 1AM hence, they said I have to pay for 2 days. Climate is ok. Food local cuisine is very oily, affects the stomach.
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Mayank Meenketan

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  • Mayank Meenketan
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  • 7 Reviews
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"Good experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was an official visit, but we had a good meal during lunch. Pune has quite a few attractions. One such famous eatery is Good Luck cafe. If you are close to Fergusson College, this place is a must visit. The place closes around 3pm. So, make sure you reach early and book your seat. The waiters are notoriously rude and it is part of the 'experience'.
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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  •  13 helpful votes
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"Great City"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pune is a great city with nice climate around the year. It is just 4 hour journey from Mumbai but it has cold climate. City has so many destinations for visit, old city has Peths like Mangalwar Peth, Budhwar Peth, Shukrawar Peth etc, total 17 Peths. Pune has a big army area also, Pune is also known for Osho ( Acharya Rajneesh). Must try sweets of Pune in its famous Restaurants.
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Ankush Sunkale

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  • Ankush Sunkale
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pune is called as education city with lots of colleges and institutes like Symbiosis,Film and Television Institute of India. It also has lot of religious places to visit like Dagadusheth Ganapati, Iskon Temple. It also has many forts like Sinhgad which is a must visit place. It has traditional Thali Restaurants like Shreyas, Durvankur and many others in city and outskirts . In camp area there are high class bars like Irish cafe. Chitale's bakarwadi is must try for and also Mastani ( a type of milk shake with ice cream ) .Photos of Iskon temple and One temple in Shirgaon are enclosed . I also visited Tallest Ganesh Statue near Talegaon and Replica Temple of Shirdi in Shirgaon
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Kiran sood Sood

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"Nice trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Known as education -hub, Pune is most cool city for visitors as well. Being well connected with express way with Mumbai, this is industrial City also. Rich heritage makes this city of Sahyadri memorable. As always I decided to take round of crowded city early morning before six. This is surprising that almost whole city is awake at this early hour of day for morning walks. I started with precious Dagru Seth Ganesh temple. I was fascinated with Shiv temple up on mountain. Amazing university campus in fall looked mesmerizing. New structures of modern institutes also stand tall to claim formulating lives of young students. Waiting in Que for mava cake is pleasing as the sweetness dissolves in mouth. Bagful of namkeen to carry home made me much happier. The fort and Raigarh opens pages of history so realistically. And above all buttermilk is the best appetizer. This city sleeps in the afternoon and after having tested for my patience, I got most beautiful paithani to my my collection. Pune is progressing fast keeping alive it's rich heritage. Unforgettable taste of mixture calls one and all to visit this city time n again. A pilgrimage to Shirdi made my journey complete.
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Avishkar Kute

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"Best place for Historical places!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I moved on to this city 5 years before. Many things has changed from last year's. It's calm and good place to travel with but has too much crowdy. It's a great place for historical places like Shnivarwada, Tilak bhawan, Sarsbag, mahal and too many Forts. If you are planning to for a good family trip, Pune is the place.
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