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Pune Tourism

Pune Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: City
  • 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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Chandranath Shirwaiker

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  • Lives in Pune
  • 8 photos
  • 25 Reviews
  •  59 helpful votes
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"Pune, our good old Pune" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have been staying here but now it's not so nice place for over four decades and a half.

Being an education hub and retired peoples paradise to the present IT hub and cosmopolitan overcrowded junk.

During our college days we could cycle all over the city from Shivajinagar to Camp, to Swargate, to Sinhgad road, to Pashan lake but now though I use a bicycle to go around, I am shit scared of the unresponsive traffic.

The city fathers and the developers have taken care to make this nice serene place into a concrete jungle with no respect for greenery, infrastructure, vehicles on road, public transport system, etc. Etc. The list can be endless.

There are many NGOs putting their best efforts to have some semblance of control to the rampant uncontrolled growth of this city but to no avail.

The city development plans are not approved for decades but growth is continuing, amenities, facilities, reservations are converted to development of housing and commercial establishments.

The malls have come in numbers and closed down also in numbers. The energy consumption has grown exponentially, water which is scarce is wasted like anything. The solid waste management is lauded for their efforts compared to other places in the country but the citizens are most unresponsive dumping their waste anywhere they like along the roads, open spaces, behind parapet walls, inside nallas, rivers, etc.
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Smriti Das

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  • Lives in Ludhiana
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  • 61 Reviews
  •  260 helpful votes
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"Pune - my second home" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Pune is a beautiful & busy city as well as known as second Mumbai. As my son lives in Pune so I visited this city twice in a year. There are some famous mall in Pune which are the best shopping center for pune people. M. G. Road is good for passing nice weekend evening for young chap. All classes people can stay here. There are some beautiful tourist places in Pune. Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar hill station are nearest to Pune. Ganpati Utsav is very famous festival of this city.
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Annu Gupta

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"The city of gold" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I would say it is a city of dreams where people from all around the country come. A very beautiful city about 150 km away from Mumbai. It has a style of it's own people from different religions cultures come here. Known for it's beauty. A must visit city in the outskirts of Mumbai.
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Swapna N

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"Pune - A perfect family holiday city!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A city that unfolds many things and can keep any traveller engaged :) Right from the famous Dagdusheth Ganpati temple for the pilgrims to the famous shopping and foodie joints on FC and MG Roads for the shopaholics, Pune had everything.

For the coffee lovers, visit Vaishali restaurant.

While we spent only 2 days at Pune, the other 3 days were well spent as below.

1) While you can take breathtaking views of Lonavala during monsoons and relish the chikkis, you could also visit the Delta Adventure Resort - they offer a lot of adventure activities like ATV, zorbing, swoop swing, flying fox, etc.
2) Adlabs Imagica - While all rides are must try and different in its own way, hurry up else you will miss out on the Aqua Park fun

Overall, we managed to make the entire family engaged irrespective of age :)

P. S. : Plan your day, as the traffic is worst on Mumbai-Pune expressway

Visit Kayani Bakery for Shrewbury Biscuits and Chitale Bandhu for their Gulab jamun mix, bakarwadi, chocolate fudge cake
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Deepesh Chodankar

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  • Lives in Goa
  • 13 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Best place to do shopping" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
As I am from Goa, I feel the city life is more fast over here. Traffic is the big problem nobody has time to stop for a second in traffic everybody is in hurry to reach their destination. Weather is good here especially night time it's cool, best place to do shopping. It is ok for career oriented person to stay here but who don't want fast forward life should stay away from Pune.
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Babita Goyal

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  • Lives in Kalimpong
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1939 readers

"Foodies delight" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Pune is a foodies paradise. Sorghum and Pearl millet are the main ingredients of their cuisine. When in Pune do not miss to try the local dishes like misal pav, puran poli, Pithla bhakri, Panipuri, Bhelpuri, and Pav Bhaji. There are great eating joints like Vaishali, Burger king in eat street, goodluck, etc. There are umpteen number of irani cafes to hang out too that serve great food. Krishna Bhavan in Pune is one of the best places to have misal pav. It is situated among the hustling bustling lanes of Tulshibaug, this place is a little difficult to spot.
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Abhishek Mishra

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  • 7 Reviews
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"Perfect for holidays"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I went to Pune by air as my boarding point was from Bangalore. The night passed very soon by seeing the road and the temples situated beside road from pune to shani tirth and shirdi. The dhaba was good. I used to stay with my friends in his apartments and the locality was awesome and highly rich one. As I was fed up of eating pav bhaji everywhere in Pune but the also I really liked this city very much. I want to visit this city once again for a long holidays and want to discover more about this city.
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Sanket Shah

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 42 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
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"Fun visit for a day or two"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pune is a university place. So you will find a lot of young students and from everywhere. The frequency people visit to pune has increased because of the expressway. The drive is a pleasure. Pune now has expanded and really gotten crowded. Lot of music festivals take place here because of the number of students and also its close proximity to the expensive Mumbai. Pune also has an airport but the flights are not that frequent.
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Sandeep

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Enjoy the beautiful weather and local delicacies"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The place has beautiful weather specially for Delhiites. It keeps cool in morning and evenings which is a big plus unlike Delhi. I always liked the eating joints in Pune and light weight food. The crowd has always been good and spontaneous. Local delicacies like Bhakarwadi, Poha Namkeen etc. Are good here. Mangos from Devgadh are delight.
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Yash  Jain

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  • Lives in Agra
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"Ultimate destination with love, life and fun"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pune heart of Maharashtra and also its cultural capital. Pune a city of love, life and fun. It is far more better than any other metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore or Calcutta as all these cities are vibrant but noisy, while Pune at other hand is Calm and Vibrant at same time.

In Pune you will not find big problems associated with cities like Traffic, Pollution etc but it gives best of all the cities. So at Pune you get best of the both worlds. Its proximity to Lonavala and Khandala make it a lovable destination for travellers.
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