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Pune Tourism

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

History of Pune

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 'Punyanagari' 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.

People and Culture of Pune

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 Fergusson 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.

Things To Do in Pune

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 Shaniwar 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 lover's' paradise. Fergusson 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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Vardharaj

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  • 3 Reviews
  •  38 readers

"Pune city of rich culture" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
There was a time when Pune was known as a Pensioner’s Paradise – home to those who had retired and wanted a peaceful life in a salubrious environment. Now of course Pune has grown into a vibrant metro, a hub of education, industry, information technology, entertainment, and so on. But what makes Pune still more significant is that it is a place from where you can plan several exciting trips to hill-stations, forts, and places of pilgrimage, not to forget an adventurous package too.
Apart from the many interesting places just beyond the city limits of Pune, such as the Sinhagad Fort or the backwaters of the Khadakvasla Dam, tourists always make it a point to visit the twin hill-stations of Lonavala and Khandala for its bracing weather and the wonderful views you get of the valley and the snaking highway that leads to Mumbai. Lonavla is about 64 kilometers away from Pune and has several ‘points’ that offer breathtaking views of nature at her best. One of these is the Rajmachi Point which commands a view of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s famous fort, Rajmachi, and the surrounding valley. Lonavala is also known for its ‘chikki’ and fudge. Some of the other spots include the Ryewood Park and the Valvan Dam which has a garden at its foot. On the way to Khandala you can visit the Duke’s Nose which is popular with trekkers.
Yet another pair of hill-stations easily accessible from Pune are Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.   Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. It reaches a height of 1, 439 meters at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson or Sunrise Point. With its name derived from Sanskrit and meaning ‘god of great power’, Mahabaleshwar has lots to explore. Arthur’s Seat is one such interesting point from where you can get a view of Jor Valley. Another exotic location is Lodwick Point, located almost 1, 240 meters above sea level. Some of the other points that you must visit are Monkey Point, Carnac Point, Falkland Point, Helen’s Point, Elphinstone Point, Mumbai Point, Marjorie Point and Babbington Point. For boating you must head to the Venna Lake.
Panchgani, about 100 kilometers from Pune, is nestled in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges topped by a volcanic plateau, which is the second-highest in Asia after the Tibetan Plateau. This plateau, popularly known as ‘Table Land’, is a part of the Deccan Plateau. Some of the points that you must visit are Sydney Point from where you can see the waters of the Dhom Dam, Parsi Point that overlooks the Krishna valley and Devil’s Kitchen which has a mythological legend associated with it - it is believed that the Pandavas of the Mahabharat epic had stayed here for a while.
If you would like to see the magnificence of Indian art and history, you must make it a point to visit the caves of Karla and Bhaja, located about 15 kilometers from Lonavla. The more popular Karla Caves date back to 1st century BCE. After a trek uphill through the winding roads, the impressive rock-cut structure includes the stupa, a representation of the Buddha, and an aisle made up of 37 pillars and carved elephant heads, which once had real ivory tusks. Just outside Karla Caves lies the Ekvira Temple, the chief shrine of the Koli (fishing community) and is visited by thousands of devotees every year. Exactly opposite the Karla ridge lie the Bhaja Caves dating to 2nd century BCE.
From Kamshet one can also visit the Bhedse caves. They are also dated to 1st century CE.
For the history lovers the forts Visapur and Lohagad are just close to the Bhaja caves.
If you would like to see nature at its best and also pack in a little adventure, one of the best choices, especially during the monsoon, is Tamhini Ghat. It is during this time that the deep brown hills turn a verdant green and provide a feast for the eyes. The value addition is that you can also explore the backwaters of Mulshi Dam and spice up your vacation with a bit of river rafting.
If it is adventure you seek, head towards Kamshet, just 45 kilometers from Pune. In recent times it has become a hub for paragliders and the world-class facilities that have sprung up here attract a great number of flying sport aficionados to the place. One of the most popular sites for paragliding is Tower Hill which is the destination for hand gliding. Another one is Shelar which offers ideal conditions for soaring and thermal paragliding. Here, you can take off from a height of 175 feet above ground level. Kondeshwar Cliff, about 20 kilometers from Kamshet, is for the hardcore paragliding enthusiasts looking for some challenging flying adventure. It offers the right elevation of 2, 200 feet for those with a head for heights.
And if it is still a hill-station that you would like to spend some time at, Matheran is yet another wonderful option. The best part about going to Matheran, the starting point for which is the railway station of Neural on the Mumbai-Pune route, is that you can buy a ride on the tiny train that traverses the narrow gauge track to the top, offering you on the way breathtaking sights even as it negotiates the bends and the curves. The train makes its way around the verdant slopes and through thick forest cover. Matheran is known as the ‘pedestrian’ hill-station because all vehicles have to per force stop at Dasturi and tourists have to either walk or hitch a horse ride into Matheran. The hill-station in itself is an undulating hilltop cloaked in shady trees and ringed by walking trails leading to several vantage points from where you can have stunning views. It is also marked by its market place – a single street – which houses restaurants and shops.
And if a pilgrimage is on your itinerary too, go to Jejuri, situated on a 758-meter high hillock about 80 kilometers away from Pune. The temple here is a huge complex with the shrines of various deities, including its resident lord, Khandoba. In fact, there are two temples of Khandoba at Jejuri, one older than the other, both built at the end of the outlying spur of the Purandar range which sinks into the plains here. The newer one is larger and stands about 84 meters above the town. The smaller temple is believed to be more sacred.
To seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha, there can be nothing better than to go Ranjangaon, 51 kilometers from Pune on the road to Ahmednagar. The majestic temple is the fourth in the ‘ashtavinayaka’ circuit. It faces east and has a huge entrance with two lakeside ‘dwarapalas’ on either side. The temple is designed in such a way that during ‘dakshinayan’ and ‘uttarayan’ (movement of the sun to the south and north) the rays of the sun fall directly on the deity. The image of Mahaganapati is seated, faces east and has his trunk to the left. The forehead of the deity is exceptionally broad. Bhadrapad Chaturthi is celebrated in a big way.
Pune is also be considered as a halting place for the Ashtavinayaka tour, the Jyotirlingas like Bhimashankar, numerous forts around Pune, sanctuaries, traditional Maharashtrian food and much more.
Distance from Mumbai:  150 kms
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Ismail

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  • Ismail
  • 2 Reviews
  •  178 readers

"Food needs overhaul"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Rooms are good. Exterior not maintained at all. Food is terrible. Need to change the management for it to run profitably. Sad experience on food and the restaurant. Avoid taking a package with dinner and eat at nearby places accessible by car. You will find it worth while.
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Ashish Yadav

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  • Ashish Yadav
  • Lives in Rishikesh
  • 7 Reviews
  •  209 readers

"Nice city, so many nice places to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pune is nice city to visit. There are so many places to visit in Pune like Lavasa, Lonavla, Osho garden.

Nightlife is also very good in Pune there are so many pubs and disc to hangout in night. Food in Pune is also great, it serves you so many option especially street food.
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Sanjay Gupta

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  • Sanjay Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  263 readers

"Pune - A neat and clean city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a pleasant surprise to visit Pune. I haven't visited the town for many years and I saw a lot of changes. The people seemed more helping and responsive. The roads were neat and clean. Easy availability of taxis and autos was an added plus.
The city is vibrant even at late hours.
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Alok Pandey

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  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 18 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  7507 readers

"Magnificent Pune"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pune the grandest city in western ghats was once the residence of Great Maratha Ruler Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj and later went on to become the seat of the mighty Peshwa Rule.
‘Monsoon Capital’ during the British Rule, it has many things to offer for tourists.
While in Pune don't miss out on the local delicacies namely the Puran Poli, Pithla, Chaat, Pav Bhaji and the famous Missal Pav but it is slightly spicy for your tongue and will smack your lips for more.
Head down to Aga Khan Palace - Infamous Gandhi Prison, Shanivar Wada - 18th century Peshwa Fort, Osho Ashram, Sinhagad - For backpacking, Parvati Hill, Mulshi Dam, Vital Hill, Ashtavinayaka, Primal Udyan, Snake Park, Taljai Hill, Lalo Mahal, Zero Stone, to name a few Tourist spots. Keep exploring secrets of India with Alok Pandey
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Rupesh Khakhar

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  • Rupesh Khakhar
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 37 Reviews
  •  140 helpful votes
  •  26982 readers

"Excellent place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is one of the best city for entertainment and enjoyment. This city is live and good night life and all kind of option of enjoyment is here. People are also with specific attitude and lovely one. It's a nice place. Yes traffic sense is horrible and also traffic is too much issue. Public transport is worst in this city.
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Dhiraj Jakhotia

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  • Dhiraj Jakhotia
  • 1 Review
  •  607 readers

"Pune darshsn"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2017
Almost I have visited every sightseeing of Pune.
I loved them and all is because of holiday iq ...
Being couple we use to roam each day in each place ..
I just to refer such app and enjoy your day with such a places where nature monuments lakes and beaches are there.
And feel like come to heaven
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Rushabh Shah

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  • Rushabh Shah
  • 1 Review
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"Nature at its best !!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2016
If you are looking to visit natural places, then Pune is definitely a very good choice. Lavasa to Pawna lake and Sinhgadh fort to Rajmachi ghat - all these places are must visit if you nature lover.
You can visit few nearby places as well to Pune in a songle tour like Mahabaleshwar, Lonawala, Khandala, Panchgini and Matheran.
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Narendra vaddepall

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  • Narendra vaddepall
  • 3 Reviews
  •  761 readers

"Good facilities nice hotel. Meal also good"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2016
In the Pune hotel almost the mostly hotel is service, facility and cleaning also good.
In Pune condition is also very good from another's city.
Pune is cleaning is one of the best city.
So we all my Friends also choose the Pune city maximum.
I like the Pune city.
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Neeraj Ojha

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  • Neeraj Ojha
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews
  •  815 readers

"My exp was really great"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2016
My exp was really great, I went to Big Bazar Mall in Chinchwad Had shopping, great products & quality, Watched a movie in Big Cinemas, Chinchwad, There are lot of Good Veg Hotels Near By, I visited .. Ad thing is that the people still not maintaining cleanliness, then govt thinks on swatch Bharat, also the city buses are of old types, if govt is wasting
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