Pune or Poona is located on the eastern edge of the Western Ghats on the Deccan plateau in Maharashtra. Pune has an enviable reputation of being the Oxford of the East for its several esteemed colleges and universities. It is also known as Detroit of India for its stronghold in automobile sector.
Pune was in the beginning Punnaka, an agricultural settlement in the
8th Century, ruled by the Rastrakutas. In the 17th Century Poona came
under the Mughal Empire. In the 18th Century it passed on to the Maratha
Empire. In the first part of 19th century Poona came under the British
annexation and it became the Monsoon Capital of the Bombay Presidency.
During India's freedom struggle, Poona had its own special share to
contribute. It became a hot seat of social and cultural reform movements
with the presence of freedom stalwarts like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Vinayak
Damodar Savarkar, Mahadev Govind Ranade, et al.
Pune has been the cultural hub of India since time immemorial. It
offers a host of hotspot tourist destinations that makes Pune so very
Agha Khan's Palace
Those interested in history and the charm of it may well visit the Agha
Khan's Palace. With its Italianate arches and gracious building having
salons and suites and expansive lawns, the place is venerated for having
Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi spent some part of his time
in here during the heat of 1942 Quit India Movement. Today it is a
memorial in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace.
Sprawling over 31 acres of lush green surroundings, Osho Commune
International has the meditation resort that attracts people from all
over the world. It is a must visit to all the tourists who long to be
taken on a spiritual journey. The commune offers over 100 different
About 25kms from Pune Sinhagad fort was once the most formidable forts
in Maharashtra. Having changed hands many times shuffling from the
Mughals to the British, the fort is today a hot picnic site. Climbing
the fort on foot is a pleasurable and exciting experience.
As the memorial to the great warrior Mahadji Shinde, the
commander-in-chief of Maratha army, it is one of Pune's architectural
University of Pune
Once the official residence of the Governor of Mumbai, University of
Pune is an architectural marvel with Italian-Gothic style and a 300mt.
high tower that beckons to all those coming here in pursuit of higher
How to Reach Pune
There is an airport in the Lohagaon area, about 12kms from the city
which has regular flights from all the major cities of India.
Pune has excellent connectivity through trains from all the major
cities of India.
Well connected by road, Pune is accessible from all the major cities of
Maharashtra. Private and public buses ply between Mumbai and Pune
Where to stay in Pune
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|Location||On Deccan Plateau, Maharashtra|
|Distance from Mumbai||120Kms East|
|Special Features||Oxford of the East|
|Climate||Summer: 40° C - 26° C, Winter: 29° C - 19° C|
|Attraction||Aga Khan Palace, the Osho Commune, Bund Garden|
|Best Time||October to May|