Known by a number of connotations like 'the cultural hub of Maharashtra', or the 'Oxford of the East', or 'The Queen of the Deccan', Pune stands true to all of these. While it has a rich historical past, the present culture in the city makes it one of the most exciting places in the great state of Maharashtra. With the number of colleges and institutes getting established in and around this city, Pune happens to be buzzing with a very fresh young vibe. So while the historical aspect of this city makes it well worth a trip, so do the new nightclubs and cafes!
Pune showcases the perfect amalgamation of the new and old India. The very place where Chatrapati Shivaji was raised, Pune has a rich history and many maharajas had built there palaces here. Pune with its plethora of history is also called the cultural hub of the state. It is one of the fastest growing cities of India and is becoming the next IT hub. Pune is also famous for a lot of educational institutes established here and you would find the city brimming with students. No wonder, it is also called the 'Oxford of the east'. Pune is also very close to the hill-stations of Matheran, Lonavla, Khandala, Kamshet, etc.
An IT hub with everything you can imagine in a modern city. Good nightlife. Scenic places to visit in and around the city with religious and historical buildings.
Being a major city and a neighbour to Mumbai, the city suffers from traffic jams and crowd in most of the tourist places. There aren't a lot of touristy things to do within the city.
For people who wish to experience a good mix of modern city with a lot of heritage in a pleasant weather. Pune is also good for people looking for shopping and good food with fresh beer. Pune also acts as the central hub for a lot of nearby trekking spots, hill-stations and adventure towns nearby.
Pune is a city full of energy and fun, with not only being a technological hub and centre, it's also a cultural and religious heritage city with lots of beautiful and important places around the city. With more than 200 IT companies and more than 100 destinations to dine and shop, the city also houses more than 50 marvellous temples. Shaniwarwada, laid by Bajirao in 1729, though largely destroyed, is still a thing of beauty and historical importance. The Sinhagad fort is a place of immense natural beauty situated over a mountain, 30 km south-west of Pune would give you a natural view to love and be mesmerised. Many other beautiful places like the Mulshi Dam, Lohagad and Vetal Hill are located around Pune for a quick excursion.
The name ?Pune? can be traced back to the term ?Punaya Vishaya?, used for this city, inscribed on a copper plate which is dated back to 768 A.D. The Rashtrakutas ruled this region around this time. The most prominent period of history can be allotted to the rule of the Marathas, especially the Peshwas who grew extremely important under the aegis of the Marathas. However, in 1818, with the victory of the British in this city, the great Maratha rule came to an end. The education movement which is so strong in Pune right now kicked off with the establishment of the Deccan College in 1851. Ever since the establishment of this institute, more and more opened up, resulting in the the cultural hub that we see today.
There are more than 100 pubs and nightclubs in Pune and is among the very few cities of India where pubs open till late, sometimes till 4 a.m.. Go there over the weekend and enjoy the chilled out vibes, dance your tensions away and fill your tired body with some scrumptious food and cocktails.
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Day 1 - After exploring the Shaniwarwada, you can explore the popular ?Bund Garden?. This picturesque place is a popular retreat in the city.
Day 2 - History enthusiasts should head out to explore the Sinhagad Fort and scrumptious dishes that are available at intervals inside this fort.
Day 3 - If you are looking forward to enjoying some time with nature, head out to the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, which lies 70 Kilometers away from Pune. You can also undertake a bike trip to this sanctuary. To cover it, you will have to keep a separate day in your itinerary
Day 4 - Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, and trekking across the beautiful Parvati Hill temples, which has around 108 steps, and offers an aerial view of the city, both require a full day dedicated to them. So, if you have more days to spare, go and explore all of these destinations!
Pune is a sparkling city and offers a wide range of cuisines and countless options for food. However the most colourful and vibrant is the local cuisine and the city's specialities. These include Misal Paav, Bhel Puri, Pav Bhaji, Pithla Bhakri, Vada Paav, Poha, Dabeli and Puran Poli. These items are extremely popular and most have their flavors and fragrances filling the streets of the city as they are staple street food items. Do try Mastani, a rich milkshake garnished with dry fruits, one of the most delicious savouries of the town.
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