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Interesting Facts About Pune :

Pune, once the stronghold of the Maratha Empire which was established by Shivaji in the 18th century, is situated 1837 feet above sea level on the bank of the Mutha river which is located on the Deccan Plateau. A hilly city, Pune experiences a hot semi-arid climate and three seasons, namely summer, monsoon and winter. Temperatures range between 19 to 33 degrees celcius on an average. Summers, during the months of March to mid-June, are mostly hot during the day but cool at nights due to the altitude Pune is located at. Monsoons last from mid-June to October with reasonably heavy rain and very occasional hailstorms, while the winters in Pune from November onwards, are very cool and pleasant. Infact, this period till March is a great time to visit the city and if one does not mind the rains, then even the monsoons are a great period during which one can enjoy as all the surrounding hillsides like Khandala, Lonavla, Panchgani etc are lush and picturesque.

With the kind of development Pune has exhibited and the growing number of business centres, automotive and IT companies, it is now considered one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, there is a great emphasis on culture, education, arts and craft, music and theatre, deeming the city to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra with a happy mix of tradition with modernity. And so Pune is another city which attracts a whole lot of migrants and people seeking employment from other cities.

This city is also home to a number of prestigious educational institutions and a huge number of international students study in Pune. Plenty of colleges conduct student – exchange programs with colleges in Europe. Respected institutions like the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, the elite training school for the armed forces as well as the Armed Forces Medical College, Film and Television Institute of India and the Symbiosis Educational Society as well as the University of Pune (now renamed Savitribai Phule Pune University) are located here.

The most used vehicle to travel around Pune earlier was the cycle, which has now progressed to the different types of two-wheelers, eg. Motor-cycle, motor bike, scooter etc. Besides these, there are the usual public buses, rickshaws and taxis to move around within the city.

How to reach Pune:

By Bus : Several citites are very well-connected to Pune by road via the state highways and National highways, for eg. NH 4, NH 9, NH 50 and other state highways. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation offers bus services from its main depots in Shivajinagar, Swargate and Pune Station to all big cities and towns in Maharashtra as well as to neighbouring states. Several private buses also ply to major cities through the country.

By Train : Daily express trains connect Pune to several prominent cities across India.

By Air : Regular flights operate from other major cities into Lohegaon Airport at Pune and vice versa.

Some must-visit attractions in Pune:

Shaniwar Wada

One of the most popular places in Pune to sight-see, the palace of Shaniwar Wada, boasts five gateways, fine wooden pillars and lattice work and nine bastions or strongholds. It actually lets you witness the glorious period of the Peshwas. A light and sound show is the main attraction here.

Timings: 7.15 pm to 9.15 pm (timings for the show). Advance booking can be done between 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm everyday.

Osho Ashram: A 40 acre meditation resort, nestled within the Koregaon Park area, Osho Ashram offers guests a very different experience where meditation, massages, workships, theatres and other events transport you to another world.

One can check online for timings to visit the ashram.

Sinhagad Fort – This imposing fort is intriguing because of the stories and myths associated with it. Situated on a lone cliff of the Bhuleshwar Range of the Sahyadris, this structure gives you a glimpse of the magnificent historical past and has become a much sought after trekking locale and a popular tourist spot.

Katraj Snake Park or The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park – Encompassing three sections - an animal orphanage, a snake park and a zoo that contains the huge Katraj Lake, this park is definitely worth a visit. Boating facilities offered at the Lake are a huge draw for tourists.

Timings: 9.30 am to 7 pm daily. Cosed on Wednesdays.

Mulshi Dam – This scenic locale, situated to the west of Pune city, offers a breathtaking spectacle of the Sahyadris and has been developed into a lovely tourist spot for all types of travellers.

Khadakwasla Dam – Another area which has a really picturesque surrounding, this location is just 20 kms away from the city. Popular spots like Peacock Bay, Neelkanteshwar etc border this dam and are frequented as picnic spots.

Dagdusheth Halwai Temple – Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this temple was built by a very holy and honest man, named Dagduseth Halwai. Most visited by Indian as well as foreign nationals, especially during the Ganesh festival, this temple has become very popular for sight-seeing.

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Interesting Facts About Pune :

Pune, once the stronghold of the Maratha Empire which was established by Shivaji in the 18th century, is situated 1837 feet above sea level on the bank of the Mutha river which is located on the Deccan Plateau. A hilly city, Pune experiences a hot semi-arid climate and three seasons, namely summer, monsoon and winter. Temperatures range between 19 to 33 degrees celcius on an average. Summers, during the months of March to mid-June, are mostly hot during the day but cool at nights due to the altitude Pune is located at. Monsoons last from mid-June to October with reasonably heavy rain and very occasional hailstorms, while the winters in Pune from November onwards, are very cool and pleasant. Infact, this period till March is a great time to visit the city and if one does not mind the rains, then even the monsoons are a great period during which one can enjoy as all the surrounding hillsides like Khandala, Lonavla, Panchgani ......Read More


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