Pune city is in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It was formerly known as Poona. It is the second-largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai and the eighth-most populous city in India. This pretty city is globally known for holding Osho Ashram that attracts followers from all over the world.
What is Pune famous for?
Pune is renowned for holding the Singhagad fort that is one of the major attraction here. Osho Ashram or meditation resort is another attraction here that attracts travellers from around the globe.
Places to visit
Osho Ashram is at Koregaon Park in Pune. It is known for its serenity and surreal practices of meditation. This pretty Ashram is a unique blend of meditation and the Greek concept of resort stay. The ideologies of Osho are found here.
Khadakwasla Dam is a major tourist attraction built on river Mutha that flows through the city and aids water supply to Pune and its suburban regions. This pretty Dam forms a reservoir- Khadakwasla lake. The Dam is indeed the superb picnic spot.
Shinde Chhatri is a memorial built in the memory of leader Shri Mahadji Shinde who served as the commander-in-chief under the Peshwas from 1760 to 1780. This memorial is situated next to an ancient Shiva temple and boasts of Anglo-Rajasthani architecture with pretty carvings on black and yellow stone.
Things to do
Vacation on mind? Then head towards Pune. There are numerous things to do in this pretty destination. One can indulge in various adventure activities like trekking, camping, and boating. Apart from all the thrilling activities, Pune holds some magnificent places that are truly worth visiting. Head towards the Shaniwar Wada. Take a tour of this historical monument built by Peshwa Bajirao. Head towards Aga Khan Palace known for its architectural excellence. Stroll at the Pune Okayama Friendship Garden that is 10 acres big open patch of land that has pretty curated green lawns take a lovely evening walk in the garden and over the bridges.
Head towards the Patleshwar Cave temple that is a rock-cut temple constructed in the 8th century and is devoted to Lord Shiva. Pay a visit to Parvati Hill temple that was built in the 17th century by Balaji Baji Rao and is on a hillock from where one can witness some pretty views of the city. Pay a visit to the National War Museum that is a major attraction here in Pune. It creates awareness and knowledge about Indian army and its soldiers.
Visit the historic Lal Mahal that used to be Maratha lord Shivaji’s childhood home. It turned to ruins by the end of the 17th century and reconstructed by the municipality as a memorial hall that now holds numerous beautiful paintings and models depicting Shivaji and Jijabai’s life. Other marvellous places truly need to be witnessed on the trip to Pune. So plan a trip and capture some memories with your loved ones.
Pune is a paradise for Shopaholics. Here is a list of some shopping areas from where you can grab some pretty items of your choice- Hong Kong Lane, Mahatma Phule Mandai, Fashion Street, Tulsi Baug, Bajirao Road, Juna Bazaar, Fergusson College Road, ABC, Laxmi road and MG road.
Where to stay
Pune is the aptest destination to escape for a rejuvenating vacation. One visiting can book hotels, resorts, and homestays on reaching the site of their visits. On other occasions, one can book online in advance which will make one escape from the anxiety of the travel tour.
How to reach
Pune has its airport that is 10-11kms from the main city centre and serves for domestic and international flights. It is connected to all the prominent cities of India.
Pune junction is accessible by prominent cities- Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru by train.
Pune enjoys a good connection with Mumbai by the highway. One can avail bus service from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nasik, Udaipur, and Indore directly.
Distance from Major cities
Distance from Delhi- 1423.8km
Distance from Mumbai- 147.8km
Distance from Bangalore- 837km
Distance from Nasik- 210.6km
Best time to visit
Pune is just awesome in both monsoon and winters thus months from July to February is the perfect time to explore this destination as the weather remains cool and pleasant. Visitors planning to visit in December month can get a chance to attend the famous Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav that attracts Indian classical music lovers from all over the county.
The months from March to June are the summer months that make the weather torrid but the evenings are comparatively cooler but those who love summer and adventure sports can visit during this season and enjoy horse riding and paragliding.
July till September is witnessed with the monsoon season. The climate remains favourable for indulging in outdoor activities. One can visit the Balaji temple and ISKCON NVCC temple and seek blessings. It is the time when Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav is celebrated with great pomp and show.
The months from October to March are considered to be the winter months it is the perfect time to explore the Pune city as the weather is salubrious and very apt for sightseeing.