Pune showcases the perfect amalgamation of the new and old India. Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra and is located on the banks of the Mutha River. The very place where ChatrapatiShivaji 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.
Previously the city was a famous recreational spot for the older generation who bought houses in the city to live in seclusion after retirement. But in recent times the trends have changed with a large influx of younger people in the city on the purpose of work and education. 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. The city is thus popularly called the ‘Oxford of the East’.
Pune is said to be the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra. It epitomises Marathi culture, which places emphasis on education, arts and crafts, music, and theatre. Pune culture reflects a blend of traditions with modernity, along with hosting classical shows. One can come across many forts and museums in the city.
When it comes to cuisine the city is famous for its street food such as missal pav, pavbhaji, vadapav, dabeli and chats. Bakarvadi, Bakri, puranpoli and mastani are a few must-try items if you are in the city.
If you are planning to visit some of the local attractions then it is best to rent a car in Pune as public transport is not that wide spread in the city. Some of the famous landmarks in the city are given below–
Aga Khan Palace- Aga Khan Palace is well known both for its architectural excellence as well as its historical significance. Spread over a vast land of 19acres, the palace is now the headquarters of the Gandhi National memorial society. Here, making khadi is still one of the prime activities.
ShaniwarVada– Standing tall in its full glory, Shaniwar Wada was once a stately mansion. Built as a dwelling for Peshwas, its foundation was laid by Bajirao I in year 1730AD. Today it gives a chance to peak into its great past.
Mulshi Lake and Dam– Mulshi Lake is formed in the catchment area of Mulshi dam. Known for its scenic beauty due to Sahyadri ranges, Koraigadh and Dhangad fort, it is a perfect gateway for nature lovers.
Osho Ashram– The Ashram is a tranquil place which brings you to your own centres of peace, meditation & oneness. The ideologies of Osho also can be found here.
Innova cabs in Pune are very common and can be easily booked for rides within the city as well as in the outskirts of the city. It is the best mode of travel if you are moving around with a large group of people. One of the popular tourist places just outside the city is Nashik.
Nashik:Pune to Nashikcabs can be availed at any time to make this journey 212km journey. Nasik is a religious Hindu city, host to the KumbhMela every 12 years. Apart from its temples, Nashik also has forts, waterfalls and vineyards to look out for. There are multiple vineyards present in Nashik, the most popular being Sula.Nashik gives you the chance to experience a fabulous cocktail of extremes – from temples to vineyards, hills to waterfalls, this place offers a lot to see.