Pune Travel Guide
Pune is not just a city, it is a feeling that cannot be expressed in words. The balance of quaint vibe and modern aesthetics have made Pune a favorite of many. It is a great place to relax yet not be totally away from the city buzz. Rightly said that Pune is the cultural hub of India. People from different parts of the country have settled here and this amalgamation of culture and traditions gives the city its unique identity. From bustling malls to serene temples, pristine lakes to upbeat cafés, the city has many facets. You’ll surely find something of your interest in this fascinating city – art, folk dance, music, theatre, literature, photography and what not. You can also plan a trip to some amazing destinations in the vicinity like – Panchgani, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, and Khandala.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
10°C to 30°C
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(July to Sep)
10°C to 15°C
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Explore this Cultural Capital of Maharashtra
Pune, in Maharashtra state, is a bustling city of varied types of people and activities and is rapidly growing to be one of the leading metropolitan cities of India. More known as an education & IT job hub in the recent past, this lively town has young and vivacious crowd that embraces every new comer with an open heart. However, Pune is much more than just its youthful energy. The modern commercialized facade of Pune lies on the ancient Poona foundation, which was the birth place of the mighty Maratha Empire and an epicenter of Indian freedom struggle. Rightly called the “Cultural Capital of Maharashtra”, Pune perfectly blends modernity with tradition. As globalization knocked, Pune underwent an image redo. Today, Pune’s infrastructure includes both, the colonial-era charm in its old buildings and the modern skyscrapers. The culture, heritage, modernity and essence of this place makes its worthy to explore the city.
Pune has a glorious history of nearly 1600 years, wherein 5th century Pataleshwar caves affirm Pune’s old settlements. Excavated copper plates that date back to 858 and 868 CE highlight that by 9th century there existed an agricultural settlement called Punnaka, exactly where modern Pune is located today. Pune was the pride of Shivaji and the ruling Peshwas, who made it their capital. Later British took over the city in 1817 and became the monsoon capital of Bombay Presidency, owing to its dry & pleasant weather.
Pune is a tourist’s delight. The weather, the people and the places, all come together for a happy holiday here. Some of the prime sightseeing options here are Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Darshan Museum, Tribal Museum, Mahatma Phule Museum, National War Museum, Shaniwar Wada, Vishrambaug Wada, Saras Baug - built by Peshwa Bajirao II, Aga Khan Palace, Parvati Hill temples, Pune University’s Italian-Gothic style, Katraj - A famous Jain Temple, Snake Park, ISKCON, Katraj, Chatushrungi Mata Temple, Pataleshwar Caves of 8th-century, Bund Garden, Sinhagad and Khadakwasala forts, Dagduseth Halwai Ganesh Temple and Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary. Lavasa, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Khandala and Kamshet are a few nearby places ideal for day outing. These are beautiful locations to explore.
Pune offers plenty of options for shopping, eating, theatre, music nights and other activities. The city has some renowned bakers for awesome bakery items like cookies, pastries, cakes and more. If you are interested to explore the culture here, go for activities involving classical music, spirituality, theatre, sports, and literature.