Well known for educational tourism, comes along with nice blend of cultural, business, health, cuisine tourism with backdrop of its own unique traditions mixed with modernism and historicity. The large student population in the city makes for a lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere. Pune also houses fantastic restaurants, good museums and is well known for its surrounding hill forts which offer panoramic bird's-eye views.
Pune is a gateway to get acquainted and study a glorious side of human past, with the help of forts, monuments, museums and institutions that offer glimpses into how human will can bring purpose to and welfare with movements of sovereignty and freedom. Ideal lessons in to concepts of public administration, welfare,confidence and also some of unique warfare tactics can be learned from the history of medieval Maratha history of King Shivaji. Where as a visit to Aga Khan Palace brings forth Mahatma Gandhi's monumental non-violent freedom struggle. If the quote "Freedom is my birthright and I shall have it!" sounds interesting, make a visit to Gayakwadwada museum to know more. If interested in ancient Indian history or Indology then Deccan college, Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute are the places of research and learning and house their own museums too. Pune also has lot to offer on history of social reform movements.
Pune has history of nearly 1600 years. Pataleshwar caves (Near Jangli Maharaj Road) from the 5th century is an evidence to Pune’s old settlements.. Since Pune is in the state of Maharashtra, most of the residents are Marathis (or Maharashtrians).
There is a lot to be said about Pune being called "Oxford of the East". Simply put, Pune is a bona fide, one hundred percent university town. Although town it isn't, it seems too much to call it a University city. There are colleges and institutes galore here. From engineering ([]) to medicine ([Medical College]), arts (FC) to science (SP), Pune has everything. It has the single most variety of students in India. Besides, there are students from outside India. What this all means is that in Pune, you're always young. The vibrancy is tremendous; for example just stroll along Fergusson road on a Saturday evening. It's full, crowded and thriving and extremely lively. Or go to Durga Coffee House on Paud Road near MIT College in early December or early June at about midnight. You will see a massive crowd of students gulping down hot coffee in an attempt to stay awake for their examinations.
The city contains the headquarters of an administrative division officially known as the Pune division.
"patya" This one is much interesting & annoying,irritating, funny, educational everything of Pune. Non puneit find it very entertaining and funny for its meaning. you will find various instructional boards all over Pune. they may be rgarding owner ship, manners to be followed, no parking instructions & you name it. You get true meaning of it by talking to the creater of it. For that you must have good knowledge of marathi.
The climate of Pune is quite pleasant. Pune has three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. Summers are typically hot with maximum temperatures ranging from 35 to 42°C. The warmest month in Pune is generally April as compared to the rest of the Deccan Plateau where it is May.
Pune does not get very hot, even during peak summer the air is cool and even standing under a tree can give respite from the heat. However, as sunlight can be intense leading to skin tan and sun-burn, be sure to carry and use sunscreens (above SPF-30). The nights in Pune are significantly cooler than most other parts in this region owing to its high altitude.
The average rainfall is approx 550mm. The city often receives local and heavy thundershowers with heavy downpours in May, which brings down the temperature. The rainy season can sometimes be gloomy, with cloud cover for days together. In winter, day temperatures can be as low as 24 - 28°C and temperatures at night as low as 5 - 8°C. Winters are generally dry. Normally, the climate in Pune is pleasant during the month of November.
Attitudes in Pune are liberal. The city used to be very traditional and conservative, but times have changed. The city is not the conservative small-town of old, but now is a much more open-minded developed city.
Pune, despite being considered a small city, is growing very fast. Its some prominent areas are:
- Aundh is in the north western part of Pune. It is a fast growing locality attracting IT and BPO companies. It is also the most convenient residential area for people working in Hinjewadi IT park.
- Baner The fastest developing suburb in the city nowadays located in western region. This area is close to Hinjewadi IT park and Shree Chhatrapati Sports complex. Most convenient gateway to catch Mumbai e-way from the city.
- Camp is the area which refers to Central Pune. At the center of Camp lies Bund Garden, Pune's largest green patch. Most of the corporate offices and upmarket shopping malls are located here. B T Kawade Road is centrally located residential area located near camp (Eastern Pune).
- Deccan refers to the area around the Gymkhana by the same name. It is the cultural district and houses numerous theaters, art galleries and cinema halls.
- Hadapsar is the eastern suburb of Pune. It is a fast growing locality attracting IT and BPO companies. It is also endorsed by the world bank for its development activities. Hadapsar is connected to the central city by the Pune-Solapur Highway. Hadapsar is also famous as the excellent location for the adventures paragliding. Thousands of national and international tourists come here, every year to experience he paragliding.
- Kalyani Nagar is a fairly new and upcoming area located close to Koregaon Park having a multiplex and posh residential buildings.
- Kharadi is an upcoming area. You can see this suburb on your left side while coming to Pune from Ahmednagar. Once a sleepy village, construction is now going on in a big way here. This area is 9 KM from the Pune railway station and about 7 KM from the airport. Zensar Technologies is in Kharadi.
- Koregaon Park is located north-east of the Camp area. It is considered to be the poshest suburb and houses the city's best restaurants. Osho Ashram is here and one finds the maximum number of foreigners here.
- Kothrud surrounds both sides of Karve Road and the adjoining Paud Road. It has the highest density of residential complexes in Pune. It houses quality restaurants as well as shopping complexes and also has many well known Schools & Engineering Colleges. Chandni Chowk located at extreme west of Kothrud hosts a number of well known restaurants and pubs - including a 24x7 cafe. The City Pride Multiplex and the Yeshwant Rao Natyagruh are located in this region.
- Lohegaon is a suburb of Pune. The airport is located here. It is connected to Viman Nagar and Kalyani Nagar via the newly constructed VIP road.
- Magarpatta City is the largest IT park SEZ located in Hadapsar. It is home to companies like IBM, Amdocs, ZS Associates, Avaya, eInfochips, Cerillion, JohnDeere, 'Sybase an SAP Company', EXL Service, Aviva, EDS, Principal Finance, Mellon, Patni, Honeywell, ADP, Capsilon, Accenture,Capita, Reflexis, SAS, Teradeta, Zensar, Synechron, BNY Mellon and Mphasis.
- Mundhwa is an upcoming area. The famous Magarpatta Township is just adjoining this village.
- Pashan is in the western region of Pune and only 4 km away from the Pune University. It is an extremely beautiful and pleasant part of the town on account being surrounded by hills. The Pashan lake in this region is very beautiful - especially in rainy season. Being a pleasant, calm and quiet area, it is highly suitable for residential purposes. Pashan also houses the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Necklace Park and the Balaji temple.
- The Peths are a cluster of little neighborhoods that constitute the old part of town. Most of the lanes in this part of the city are narrow and one can find many street vendors sell snacks on the sidewalk.
- Pimpri Chinchwad is an upcoming township at the outskirts of the city. It is at a distance of 18 KM from Pune railway station. A proposal to call it "New Pune" was struck down due to a large number of controversies. With its quick access to Hinjewadi (IT hub of Pune) and Talawade (upcoming IT hub of Pune), most of the IT professionals prefer to stay in this area.
- Shivaji Nagar also known as "Bhamburda" as per old city records, has a central bus stand and rail stop. The E-Square Multiplex is located here.
- Viman Nagar is another part of Pune developing extremely quickly. It is mostly a residential area with a handful of good restaurants. Some IT companies have come up in this area recently due to the development of the Gigaspace IT Park.Phoenix Market City Pune ,Pune's Biggest Mall with Worlds Leading Brands and has one of best Food Courts in the city.
Pune is a major transportation hub for Western Maharashtra. It serves as the gateway for the numerous hill stations in the Sahyadri Hills.
Pune currently does not have a civil airport to its name. All commercial air carriers operate from the military airport located at Lohegaon. Pune airport is served by almost all domestic carriers. The number of flights is however limited since the airport is under the control of the Air-force. Currently, international flights operate only to Dubai and Frankfurt. If getting a direct flight proves difficult, then taking a flight to Mumbai and then traveling by taxi or train to Pune is a feasible option. A long-distance private taxi journey should take around three hours and costs about Rs 3000.
The airport is in Lohegaon, which is around 10km from the city center, and takes about 30 minutes - 1 hour to reach (depending on traffic conditions).
Flights connecting Pune:
- Air India: Bangalore, Delhi, Goa and Hyderabad
- Air India Express: Mumbai and Dubai
- Go Air: Bangalore and Delhi
- IndiGo: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur and Nagpur
- Jagson Airlines: Shirdi
- Jet Airways: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai
- Lufthansa (Operated by PrivatAir): Frankfurt
- SpiceJet: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Jaipur
Pune is well connected to other Indian cities by rail. Check train availability on the Indian Rail website before you go, as train timings are subject to change. There are mainline routes to Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai
Pune City Station is an above average Indian station, with an information booth, an internet cafe and computerized ticket booking office. Trolleys are not available, but porters can be hired to help with luggage. Licensed porters wear a red shirt with a metallic arm-band bearing their serial number. The official rates in Maharashtra currently are as follows-
- Rs 25 for up to 10 kg/3 pieces of luggage (whichever is less)
- Rs 20 per additional 5 kg/piece of luggage (whichever is less)
- A lightweight briefcase not exceeding 300 cubic cm is not included, but carries a Rs 5 surcharge.
State Government run Vs Private Buses
Pune is served by three national highways (NH) and an expressway.
- NH 4 between Mumbai in the west and Chennai in the south passes through Pune. NH 4, a part of the Golden Quadrilateral of highways connects Pune to Bangalore also. Satara, Kolhapur and Kagal all in Maharashtra are connected to Pune by NH 4. National Highway 4 runs through the villages of Shirwal, Naraspur, Hadapsar, Khadki, Tolegaon, Wadgaon, Lonavala, and Khandala within Pune district.
- NH 9 connects Pune in Maharashtra to Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. Indapur, Solapur,and Umarga in Maharashtra, followed by Rajeshwar, Homnabad, and Mangalgi in Karnataka, and thereafter Zahirabad, Hyderabad, Suryapeta and Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh are connected by NH 9 to Pune. The villages of Kambhargaon, Bhigvan, Ravangaon, Loni Kaibhor, and Theur within the district of Pune are connected by this highway.
- NH 50 connects Pune to Nasik. The cities of Sangamner, Narayangaon, and Khed all in Maharashtra are connected by this highway. Chakan, Rajgurunagar, Malegaon, Mancharo, Kalamb, Narayangaon, and Aleo are the important locations on this highway between Pune and Nasik.
- It takes about three hours to get from Pune to Mumbai airport via the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. Both private and state owned companies (MSRTC) operate luxury buses on this route, and run 24 hours service with buses departing every fifteen minutes. MSRTC buses charge approximately Rs 185 (Non AC) and Rs 320 (AC) for the journey. (The MSRTC AC buses operate between 5:30AM - 12AM).
- Shared Cabs operate on the popular Pune City Station to Dadar, Mumbai route. These taxis seat 4 to 5 people, and charge Rs. 300 per person using a regular car, Rs. 800 for a Fiat Premier and Rs. 1000 for an Ambassador. Cool cabs (taxis with air conditioning) are also available which charge higher.
Bus Stations in Pune
- Pune Station: This bus stand (located right next to the railway station and also considered to be the main bus stand) mainly serves buses on the Mumbai route. Most services make a stop at Lonavala.
- Shivaji Nagar: This bus stand serves buses for Vidarbha, Konkan, Marathwada and Northern Maharshtra. A few services connect with other cities in the neighboring state of Gujarat. Buses run by Gujarat Roadways run to Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat, Kandla and Rajkot. The bus station is located outside the Shivaji Nagar Railway station.
- Swargate : This bus stand serves buses covering Western Maharshtra and Konkan Region.
By PMPML City bus
City buses in Pune are run by the PMPML. Although the vehicles are crowded and smoke-belching, the network is very extensive. Almost all parts of the city are connected by the PMPML city buses. Major city bus stands include Corporation, Shivaji Nagar, Swargate, Kothrud depot, Nigdi, Hadapsar, Katraj and Deccan. Shivaji Nagar is believed to be the busiest bus stand in the state of Maharashtra. The fare is calculated by distance, and ranges from Rs 5 (14 US cents) to Rs 22 (40 US cents).
There is also a huge army of three wheeled rickshaws. There are some prepaid rickshaw stands at Shivajinagar, Swargate Bus Depot and Lohegaon Airport. Nevertheless, always demand that they use the meter and that they show you the sheet of paper (referred as Tariff Card) which converts the rickshaw meter readings to the actual cost in rupees. As of Nov 2011 the conversion equation is : Cost = 10 * Reading + 1, where "Cost" is the actual fare in rupees and "Reading" is the meter reading which is supposed to be Kilometers traveled. Thus a 2 on the meter is actually Rs (10*2 + 1) = Rs 21. Or a 3.50 on the meter is Rs (3.5*10 + 1) = Rs 36.
The driver may occasionally stop to ask for directions depending on how familiar he is with the area. All rickshaws plying in the Municipal Corporation limits are supposed to charge fare according to tariff card. Most of the times they will try to charge you a little extra but that won't be too much. You can very well argue with them based on the conversion equation stated above, and sometimes they will agree to it.
Nowadays, many auto rickshaw drivers try to charge extra for long distances or very short distances, or they refuse the fare. If they realise you are not from the city, they may try to take longer routes to the destination to charge extra money from you. Thus, outsiders and foreigners, use your own judgement before boarding any auto rickshaw. Stick to the demand of charging by meter and refuse strongly to pay any extra amount, unless it is midnight. Autorickshaw drivers may also refuse to travel to quite a few parts of the city as per their convenience; however, this is against the law if their meter reads "on hire" in the upright position. If the sign is turned sideways, the rickshaw driver is not technically working and can refuse you.
It is very common for rickshaw drivers plying between 11PM and 6AM to demand 1.5 times the normal rates for the journey. You are advised to get this cleared with the driver before boarding the rickshaw. It is also sometimes advisable to flag a rickshaw from the streets (if practical and possible) instead of boarding one from the stands as often, rickshaw drivers waiting in stands demand more fare.
If you have complaints against auto drivers for not accepting short distance rides (or any rides), asking more meter fare, not using a meter, taking other passengers along the way, carrying more passengers than allowed capacity, stopping at bus stands or other similar complaints of serious nature, you can email or call the Road Transport Authorities at 020-22051414 or 020-27492828 (PCMC) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Traffic cops usually come right away to the spot to book a complaint against the driver. Commuters can also send their MMS pictures at +91 9420218338. The complaints should clearly mention all details including the auto’s registration number, the time of taking the rickshaw, details of auto fare, the distance commuted, locations, date, time, nature of complaint.
This city was once known as the city of bicycles, but now it has turned into the city of motorcycles. Most traffic rules are completely ignored in Pune, since there are ten times as many two-wheelers as there are cars. Lane discipline is generally tough to follow because of this reason. The general attitude towards riding motorbikes in the city is that of total ignorance of any set forth traffic regulations along with complete disregard of one's safety (not wearing a helmet). Here people ride motorbikes as if they are riding a war horse and will generally try to overtake every vehicle in front. Minor accidents on motorbikes are common; You are advised to be careful even when your signal is green as the traffic flow from other direction generally does not stop immediately.
Pune's roads might turn to horrid potholes from smooth tarmac in matter of seconds when it rains. Always be on a lookout. If you are driving a car always be careful, since motorbike riders may overtake you from left or right and cut lanes without warning. Of late, there has been an improvement by addition of a number of bicycle tracks all over.
That said, if you do want to hire a two wheeler, there are two outfits who rent '2 wheels' in Pune. A 100cc Bajaj Platina will cost 200 INR a day and an automatic Honda scooter will cost 300 INR. If you are planning on day trips from Pune you would be best with the larger wheels and light weight of a motorcycle rather than a scooter. Both outfits will most likely deliver to your accommodation if you ask nicely.
- Mehta Autos. Mr Mukesh Mehta, 451 Somwar Peth Nr Khadiche Maidan Chowk, Behind Apollo Talkies cinema, Somwar Peth, Pune - 411002. Tel - +(91)-(20)-26127864/ +(91)-9371026288
- Blossoms. Mr Shakeel Shaikh, 15, Bund Garden Road, Bund Garden Road, Pune - 411001. Tel +(91)-9890829786
And after so many calls and MMS.RTO/police can fine them as heavily as 50rs for refusal of service.
By suburban rail
The Pune Suburban Railway connects Pune to Lonavala, a small town en route to Mumbai. There is only one line with seventeen stations; a second monorail line is under consideration by the government. Here is a list of all the stations, east to west. The places of interest are listed in brackets. Italics indicate the various modes of transport available at the destination station.
- Pune City (MRSTC, City Bus Stand, Autos, Taxis, PMC)
- Shivaji Nagar (MRSTC, Shivaji Nagar Bus Stand, Autos, PMC)
- Khadki (Ammunition Factory, BDL, Ring Sights India Pvt Ltd)
- Dapodi (CME Museum)
- Kasarwadi (Air Vents & Glass Factory)
- Pimpri (Pimpri Plant, TATA Plant)
- Chinchwad (Bride Industries Ltd)
- Akurdi (Force Motors Plant, Bajaj Tempo)
- Dehu Rd (Army AOC & ASC 512 Base repair Depots)
- Begdewadi (Loco Sheds)
- Talegaon (Muhammad Ali Rd, CRPF)
- Wadgaon (PWD bungalow)
Though there is a lot of traffic in Pune you can't compare it to Cairo or Kolkata. A majority of the vehicles are two wheelers and apart from the peak hours the roads in Pune are sparsely filled. There are quite a few car rental agencies in Pune. Most of them charge around Rs 2500 a day for a mid-size car. There are extra charges for distances above 100 km.
Ola cabs 020 33553355. Online booking www.olacabs.com
Tcabs 020 67286728. Online booking www.tcabs.in
Wingscabs 020 40100100. Online booking www.wingsradiocabs.com
Clear Car Rental 0888 885 5220 Online booking www.clearcarrental.com
- 7mcar, ☎ 020 60606566.
Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The Marathi film industry is also based here.
- Aga Khan Palace. A gracious building having Italian arches, salons, suites and spacious lawns. The place is a historical landmark. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, the British interned Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. The palace belonged to Aga Khan, prince and head of Khoja sect who later donated the palace in order to erect a memorial, in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba (who died in this palace). Must see is a photographic exhibition of various epochs in the freedom movement. You can see very rare B&W photos as well as paintings. The place is full of tranquility and solace. Also visit samadhi of Kasturba Gandhi which is in the backyard.
- Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1974 and situated at an altitude of 2100 feet to 3800 feet, spread over three districts of Pune, Raigad and Thane. Bhimashankar wildlife’s vegetation comprises semi-evergreen forests as well as western tropical hill forests. Two major Tributaries of Krishna River named Bhim and Ghod, originate from this area.
- Bund Garden. This garden is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Udyan. It was built by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy, on the right bank of the Mula-Mutha to provide the poor with water during summer. Main attraction here is the evening boat rides, horse rides etc. The garden is famous for Bhel-Puri and Pani-Puri. It is situated on the Airport road and very close to the Camp area.
- Chatushrungi Mata Temple, Senapati Bapat Road..
- Darshan Museum. This museum is actually a light and sound show incorporating unique 3D holographic technologies, based on the life of Sadhu Vaswani. It's a 100 minute show that takes you through the saint's life story via different sets where the story unfolds. Encompassing universal wisdom from his life, this show is a technological marvel and artistical treat. It uses probably the only implementation of Pepper's Ghost in the country to create real to life 3D where the set is real but the people who enact the scene are projections of light. Apart from the technology, the museum houses a huge spectrum of artwork that's used to build the sets that are a treat to see. A place for the entire family, the Darshan Museum is a must visit for anyone visiting the city. It is located close to the Pune Railway Station at Sadhu Vaswani Chowk.
- Fergusson College. Built in 1885,the College has beautiful tree-lined campus with smooth rolling hills in the background.
- Katraj. A famous Jain Temple and a Snake Park are located here.
- Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. The museum is housed in a Rajasthani style building situated close to the hustle and bustle of the busy Bajirao Road. It holds a collection of the most fascinating Indian arts and crafts that you would have ever seen. Mastani Mahal which was brought and erected as it was from its original form is a masterpiece amongst it’s other exhibits. It has 36 sections which include carved palace and temple doors, 2,000 year old pottery, traditional Indian lamps and 17th century paintings.
- Mahatma Phule Museum (It is situated on Ghole Road, in Shivaji Nagar.). You can see various industrial products, agricultural and handicraft articles in this museum, which was established in 1890.
- National War Memorial, Prince of Wales Dr Rd, Ghorpuri Lines, Dobarwadi, Ghorpadi. The idea of the National War Memorial was first put forth in 1996. The citizens of Pune, under the sponsorship of the Express Citizens' Forum, set up the War Memorial fund. The committee asked the citizens of the city to contribute to the fund. From the ordinary common citizen to the big corporates, everyone decided to contribute whole-heartedly for the museum. The Foundation was laid in November 1997 and inaugurated in October 1998. The memorial is a 25-foot stone pillar.
- Parvati Hill temples. Standing atop this hillock you get a vertical glimpse of Pune. A steep flight of 108 narrow steps leads to the hill top temple built by Balaji Baji Rao. ‘Nagarkjana’ drum house is the imposing temple of Parvati and Devdeveshwar. This was once the private shrine of the Peshwas. It is also the final resting place of Nana Saheb Peshwa. The Parvati museum houses portraits of Peshwas, old manuscripts, coins etc.
- Pataleshwar Caves. This 8th century rock cut temple is hidden in the heart of the city, in the midst of modern high rise structures and developments, at Shivajinagar. Reminiscent of Ellora, the temple has been carved out of a single boulder of awe inspiring size which includes massive pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull. The temple is used by worshippers even today.
- Pu La Deshpande garden (Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden), Sinhgad Road..
- Pune University. The site of Poona University, stately mansions at Ganeshkhind built in Italian-Gothic style was the official residence of the Governor of Mumbai during the monsoon season. The 300m high tower beckons to all these who come here in the pursuit of higher education. It is one of the oldest universities of India.
- Saras Baug. A Ganesh Temple stands in the middle of the garden in lake. It was built by Peshwa Bajirao II.
- Shaniwar Wada. This palace was built by the successors of Shivaji, the Peshwas in 1736. A massive fire destroyed the building in 1827. Most of the palace interiors also got destroyed and all that remains is the old fortified wall. But of course the impressive brass studded gates and lotus pools have also withstood the ravages of time. This palace is situated in the heart of the city next to Deccan Gymkhana, Shivajinagar, and Laxmi Road. It has become the symbol of Pune culture. There is an impressive 'Light & Sound Show' in three languages (Marathi, Hindi and English) every evening at the wada. It details the history of the Maratha empire and the significance of the Shaniwar wada in that history.
- Sinhagad and Khadakwasala. This is a fort nearby which is a beautiful place to see. This is also a historic place in King Shivaji era. Khadakwasala has a dam and this place is famous for natural beauty around. A lot of folks flock here during rainy season.
- Taljai, Vaghjai Hill temples. Parvati, Taljai and Vaghjai templates are situated on a hill. There is a forest covering the entire hill. It is managed by the forest department. It takes about 2 hours to finish the journey through this deep forest.
- Tribal Museum. Located off Koregaon Road to the east of Pune City Stn, this unique museum houses interesting artifacts from the Sahyadri and Gondhwa regions of Maharashtra.
- Vishrambaug Wada. The remains of this palace stand in the heart of the old city. It was built during the 18th century by a descendant of Bajirao Peshwa. It is well known for its elaborate wooden facade.
- Alliance Francaise de Pune, 270/D, Patrakar Nagar Rd..
- Appu Ghar.
- Balgandharva rang mandir, Deccan, shivajinagar (It is situated close to Pune Municipal corporation office and is easily accessible from all parts of the city.). Theatre and art gallery. The place is maintained by Pune Municipal corporation and has Air Conditioned theatre. Most of the famous marathi plays are performed. The theatre is named after famous Marathi Artist Bal gandharv.
- Baneshwar, Pune-Satara Rd.. A favorite picnicking spot.
- Chateau Indage Winery, Narayangaon. A pleasant 80 km drive through toll roads and ghats. The Chateau has a good restaurant as well.
- Fortune Art Gallery, 86/1, Erandwana, Deccan Gymkhana.
- Goethe Institut, 14/3B, Dhole Patil Rd..
- Osho Ashram.
- Pashan Lake.
- Pune Music Cultural Centre, 459/1, Sadashiv Peth..
- Shirdi, Pune-Nashik Highway. Shirdi famous for Sai baba temple. Also residence of Sai baba.
- Shirgaon, Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
Beaches near Pune
Diveagar is among few beaches of konkan. It is approximately 160 km away from Pune. It takes around 4 hours to reach there from public transport, if you are taking your own ride then it will take around 3:30 hours. This is a very beautiful beach. It is a small village surrounded by greenery. It is better to go for two days (one night stay). Good veg and non veg food is available. Don't forget to have veg food of Mr Bapat. His speciality is Modak, a traditional Indian sweet coconut dumpling.
A nice place to stay at Diveagar is Ameya Cottage, which is located near to the Bus Stand.
- Ameya Cottage. Mr N. L. Kelaskar, Ameya Cottage, Nr. Bust Stand, Shivaji Showk, Tel - +(91)-7798418133
Forts and trekking destinations near Pune
Hill Stations near Pune
- Malshej Ghat. is among the most popular outing spot from Pune. This place is located amidst the sahyadri Hills. This place is popular among the local as well as other tourists. It is a perfect place for nature lovers, where they can spend their holidays. Malshej Ghat is one of the beautiful Hill stations of Maharashtra. There are many beautiful locations and some beautiful waterfalls which tourists to fall in love with this place.
- Rajmachi. Rajmachi (Udhewadi) is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri in India. There are two forts which were built by Shivaji Emperor during 17th century. It is a famous spot for trekking. It is about 15 km treking distance from Lonavla. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route from Kondivade village near Karjat and the other easy but long way route from Lonavala. In rainy season this place is filled with giant waterfalls and greenery.
- Bird Watching:Tourists can enjoy boating and bird viewing in some of the city parks of Pune. Migratory parks can viewed throughout the year in Pune. If tourists can make it on the right time they can view many migrated birds in the parks.
- Gliding Centre Pune. Go for a joy ride in a glider and experience flying like a bird. Get an aerial view of Pune at a very nominal cost of Rs 187 only. You can also learn to fly gliders at the Gliding Centre, which is India's oldest and till date the most active hub for gliding. The centre is located at Hadapsar on the eastern side of the city. Flying activity is conducted from Sunday through Thursday.
- Horse riding. And go out for horse treks with Digvijay Pratishthan.
- Japalouppe Equestrian Center (Talegaon Dabhade), somatne phata, mumbai pune highway, talegaon Dabhade, ☎ . 6AM to 7PM. Punes Premier Riding school, Japalouppe is spread out over a picturesque 19 acres, with a team of 60 horses catering to a wide skill set of riders, from basic trotting and school work to advanced jumping and dressage.
- Panshet Water Park At a nearby dam, the tourism department has setup a water sports park.
- Paragliding School & Flying Club. Located an hrs drive from Pune at Kamshet Learn to para-glide with Nirvana India's oldest and largest residential paragliding school. Flying activity is on from October - June.
- Tekdi - is the Marathi word for hill. There are many small scenic hills in the city used for trekking and birdwatching Notable among are Taljai(Near Parvati), Hanuman &Vetal Tekdi(near Law College Road, Paud Phata)
- Trekking: Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary in pune, offers a thrilling and amazing trekking experience for the nature lovers. This wildlife sanctuary has two trekking trails available Seedi Ghat and Ganpati Ghat, out of these two Ganpati Ghat is a longer and less dangerous trekking path.
Pune has a full calendar of events, ranging from Classical Music to Rock Concerts. However, Pune's most famous festival is the Pune Festival, which is held during the Ganesha Mahotsav.
- The Chatushrungi Fair is an annual event. It is held overnight on Navratri at Senapati Bapat Road. Giant-wheels are the main attractions but the food sold at the stalls is delicious too.
- The Ganesh Utsav or Ganeshotsav initiated by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, today is celebrated with great enthusiasm, as city interiors almost remain blocked for ten days. Pune has more than 2000 mandals with Dagdusheth Halwai being the biggest and most famous one.
- The Osho Festival is another international crowd puller in Pune. Held in the Osho Aashram in Koregaon Park, disciples and followers of Bhagwaan Rajneesh make it a point to attend this festival.
- The Pune International Film Festival - takes place annually and attracts some splendid films from around the world. This festival which generally takes place in January, lasts for a week and is a treat for film lovers in the city. Passes for single day or for entire duration are available at any of the multiplexes hosting the festival at reasonable rates.
- Sawai Gandharva classical music festival, which started back in the 1960s, has had every Indian and international artist perform and has given rise to a number of budding ones too. It is held in the months of December from dawn to dusk over three days.
A number of College festivals have become very commercialised, but still attract big crowds and a very high degree of competition from colleges all over Pune. Verve organised by Express Youth Forum is the biggest inter-collegiate cultural festival in India while Concepts organized by the Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT) is a very popular engineering (technical) event. The College of Engineering, Pune also organizes a technical festival which attracts participants from all over India. So all year round, there is enough excitement to keep Puneites and tourists on their toes!
One of Pune's nicknames is Oxford of the East. This is due to the presence of many renowned educational universities and colleges. Some of the prominent ones are:
- BJ Medical College - Affiliated to University of Pune
- College of Engineering, Pune - Affiliated to University of Pune
Laxminarayan Best Chiwda they are famous for their Rice flakes Chiwda, Cornflakes Chiwda, Potato chiwda, Chitales's Bakarwadi and Mango Barfi.
Pune is a city where you will find an excellent range of streetside shops as well as a few outstanding malls. Pune is a good place to pick up some Indian slippers made of rubber. Kolhapuri chappals can also be bought off the pavement. They tend to be soft and comfortable, and are manufactured in the Maharashtrian town of Kolhapur a few hundred miles south of Pune.
All the places listed here are places where you can bargain hard and get some good stuff off the pavement for rock-bottom prices.
- Fashion Street. Located in the Pune Camp Area near M.G. Road. A special market where you can easily bargain your way to lots of inexpensive readymade garments, footwear, leather items and fashion accessories.
- Hongkong Lane. Located in Deccan near the Garware Bridge,the lane has a blink-and-you-will-miss-it entrance. You will be surprised to find all that this tiny lane has to offer, including some very good bargains on bags,clothes,accessories,books and footwear.
- Juna Bazar. Located near the Pune Railway Station (en route to the Pune Municipal Corporation). The market is held every Wednesday and Sunday on the street approx 9AM to 6PM. It is sort of a flea bargain market and you could get your hands on a variety of interesting objects for throw-away prices including old rare coins, gramophone records and other such unique paraphernalia.
- Koregaon Park, One of the several boutiques on North Main Road and its by lanes in Koregaon Park. These are small exclusive boutiques and have a good collection, so expect to pay for your clothes, but you may find the occasional great bargain.
- Laxmi Road. A very huge market selling gold jewelry and clothes.
- M.G. Road. Any items such as shoes, clothing, pots, pans, electronics, stationary, furniture, kitchen sinks etc. can be found at Modelina Grant Road, known to locals simply as M.G. Road.
- Tulshi Baug. Located on the Bajirao Road, near Maharashtra Bank. It is a must visit and also favourite household items such as crockery, veggi stands etc. Very cheap ladies garments, footwear and other items required for daily use are available at low prices.
- Vishram Baug Wada, there is a shop inside Vishram baug wada where you get variety of decorative as well as daily use items. the highlight of this shop is all the goods are created by small groups of women (Mahila Bachat Gata). Most of the items are handmade and exclusive variety. We must support such groups of women who are fighting against all odds to become independent.
Puneites are crazy about books. This shows in the number of excellent bookshops scattered throughout the city. The area known as 'Appa Balwant Chowk' is famous for various big and small book shops. Some of them specialize in special subjects like Law books,management books,religious books,computer books,music books etc.
- Ajit Law Book Depot. Appa Balwant Chowk.
- Book Space, 593, Ganesh Peth.
- Book World, Basement, Sagar Arcade, FC Road.
- The Crossword chain of bookshops has 8 branches in Pune.
- Landmark. SGS Mall, Molendina Rd.
- Popular Book Shop, Deccan Gymkhana.
- Utkarsh Book Depot, Deccan Gymkhana, Near Garware Bridge.
- The WORD bookshop, Boottee St, Camp.
Pune is a technology hub and is home to IT/ITES/BPO professionals. Pune also has one of the highest densities of Engineers and Management graduates pursuing studies. Sony World, House of Laptops, Croma are electronics chains dishing out the goodies.
Being a student town, Pune has a good selection of mid priced hair salons.
- Lizzes Hairdressers, E Square Multiplex, The Gordan House Hotel, S No 132/A, 6th Floor, University Road, Ganeshkhind (Entrance from down the side of E-Square, take the elevator up), ☎ . , 66044114English understood well, and after a 30 minute cut I had a haircut I was happy to be seen outside with. Rs 450 for a good men's hair cut (no shampoo).
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|Budget||Under Rs 80|
|Splurge||Rs 200 +|
Pune is undoubtedly a great place to eat. Fergusson College Road is full of budget eateries serving delicous hot food at nominal charges. For a range of multi-cuisine restaurants, visit ABC Farms, Koregaon Park, which houses the city's best restaurants. Almost all restaurants open and close at similar hours. 10 in the morning to 11 at night is the usual. Of course, restaurant bars stay open till at least midnight. Misals are a Pune favourite, if you can stomach the spice in them. They are a tasty meal and a visit to Bedekar Misal or Shree Uphar Gruha is a must. They are located in the Peth areas and are famous. Shree Uphar Gruha is located at Tulsi Baug. Its a small joint but dishes out tasty Misal and fritters.
For variety, head out to Koregaon Park. North Main Road is a lane with more than 50 restaurants. It offers a choice of cuisine including Italian, French, Mexican, Thai, Japanese and a variety of local Indian food; there is a restaurant to fit every taste and mood. ABC farms in Koregaon Park has many restaurants at one place - ideal when you cannot decide before leaving for dinner. Koregaon Park is known as The Restaurant Suburb, and holds a similar status to Pune that Bandra holds to Mumbai.
- Home Delivery (Food delivery, Online Ordering, Take away), Pune, ☎ . Online ordering, Food delivery from over 200 restaurants in pune, Pay online, or Cash on delivery.
Pune also boasts of an all night or late night food delivery service by the name of Craveu.in. They deliver throughout the Pune area and provide the punekars who are awake late at night due to their work or pleasure with a comprehensive menu encompassing of Thai cuisine,Italian cuisine,Indian cuisine,Chinese cuisine and other international cuisine all night with an assurance of high quality and hygienic food. alt=Food delivery, Online Ordering, Late night, All night are accepted online at url=http://www.craveu.in .
- Ande Ka Funda, Paud road. The only place for eggeterian. Serves 26 egg items.
- Baan Thai, Bakers Point, NIBM Road. Pretty good variety of Prawns and Chicken preparations.
- Badshahi Lodging and Boarding, Tilak Road. 12:00PM-2:30PM,8:00PM-10:30PM. One of the oldest boarding place in pune its almost a century old place and it serves very nice and authentic Maharashtrian Pure Veg Thali (Brahmani). There thali rate is Rs 60 per person. its a nice and clean place.
- Bapat Upahar Gruha (Near Raja kelkar Museum). Excellent Maharashtrian Food and very affordable.
- Chaitanya(vegetarian)/Tawas and Tandoors(non-vegetarian), at F.C. Road. Serves quite cheap stuffed parathas(layered chapattis), rice.Has combos of chicken/mutton/fish curries and dal(lentils)+parathas;biryanis;tandoor snacks on offer at very reasonable prices.
- Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale outlets in the city are also a must go for a variety of sweetmeats and snack items. The Gulabjamun with sprinkled sugar which is a dessert dish and the famous Bakarwadi which is a fried chickpea flour preparation, are something worth trying while visiting Pune.
- Delhi Kitchen,Near Kotbagi Hospital,Aundh/Deep Bungalow Chowk. Serves cheap and delightful punjabi food.Curries available in different serving sizes;a 'quarter' curry being sufficient for one person.
- Godbole's Suswaram Kothrud, near bedekar Ganapati. Very good maharashtrian snaks like Khichadi, pohe, vada pav, sheera. Also serves very good lunch.
- Good Luck Cafe, Good Luck Chowk(Square), F.C Road. One of the oldest and among the most popular restaurants in Pune, it serves Iranian/Punjabi dishes, but is well known for its tea and butter bread. mostly frequanted by collegians it's a cool place to hang out.
- JJ Garden Vada Pav MG Road, Camp. Serves one of the best Vada Pav with green chutney. A must have when you are in Pune.
- Laxminarayan Best Chiwda they are famous for their Rice flakes Chiwda, Cornflakes Chiwda and Potato Chiwda
- Marzorin, Main Street, Camp. Famous for sandwiches, cakes and pastries.
- Manmeet Chat Center, ☎ . On east side of F.C. Road next to Subway and opposite F.C. College Junior wing entrance, near Sant Tukaram Chouk. Delicious chat. 'Popular basket chat' is INR 50 and is a tasty filling meal or great for sharing. The 'extra special'costs INR 5 more.
- Mehendale Garage, Mehendale Garage, Kothrud. Clean authentic home-made maharashtrian food with some delicious Bharit-Bhakri (Eggplant dish similar to the Greek Babaganoush served with Jowar or Bajra Bread) or even Kadhi-Khichadi (rice-lentil porridge). Finish up with a glass of Taak (buttermilk) or Solkadhi (Kokum + Coconut Milk).
- Steamy affair, JM Rd (between Balgandharv and Deccan Bus stand). Serves steam idli, fried idli, veg idli, corn idli, kutti idli, pepper idli and dahi idli among the 15 different varieties. The speciality is the varaya idli which is served exclusively on Thursdays and Saturdays for people who observe fast. Another unique type of idli served here is the kadhi idli. Spicy chutneys served along with these sumptuous snacks make the dish even more interesting. All the idlis are Rs 12-22.
- Tilak, Tilak road (just behind MES boys high school in alane. easy to miss). Best quality tea and Vadapav; an any time snack and other mouth lingering varieties at most affordable price . No waiter and no tips . Just a service counter based on token system. Rs. 10 to Rs. 75.
- Top in TownGarvare Bridge, Behind Chitale Opp Deccan Gymkhana. Amazing non-veg food items. Do not miss fish and Chicken here.
- Vaishali, 1218/1, Shivaji Nagar, Fergusson College Rd. A popular youth joint serving amazing South Indian dishes. Their Sambhar is arguably the best in the City.
- Vohuman, 34, Sassoon Rd. An awesome Iranian place serving delicious omelettes. Good for breakfast. Right next to the Jehangir Hospital. Try the cheese omelettes and bun maska of this place.
- Wadeshwar, Fergusson College Rd. Another popular eating place. The best fast food you will get here inlcludes appe, vada-sambhar, and pav bhaji. Another branch of wadeshwar is also there on Bajirao road, Shukrawar peth, which serves very good idlis and uttapa, and alu paratha.worth a try.
- Ande Ka Funda, Paud road. The only place for eggeterian. Serves 26 egg items.
- Asha Dining Hall, Apte Road. Good Marathi thali at a very reasonable price and a clean dining place.
- Asian Melange , Near Karve Statue, close to the Kothrud Bus Stand. Serves delicious veg and non-veg Indian food. One can also order other Asian delicacies viz. Chinese and Malaysian food. The place has a barbeque grill bar on the rooftop operational only in the Summer. More places.
- Burger King has two branches and serves brilliant grilled sandwiches. Their 'King Burger' is huge, good to eat and makes for a very inexpensive, sumptuous meal. However, this is not related to the international chain.,
- 2394, East St.
- near ABC tower,(kalyani nagar bridge), Koregaon Park.
- Suyog Plaza, Shivaji Nagar, Deccan Gymkhana.
- INOX Multiplex, Bund Garden Rd, Camp.
- Marigold Complex, Survey 15, Wadgaon Sheri, Kalyani Nagar.
- Survey 127, Karve Rd, Kothrud.
- D.P. Road, Aundh.
- Chaitanya(vegetarian)/Tawas and Tandoors(non-vegetarian) at F.C. Road. Serves quite cheap stuffed parathas(layered chapattis), rice.Has combos of chicken/mutton/fish curries and dal(lentils)+parathas;biryanis;tandoor snacks on offer at very reasonable prices.
- Delhi Kitchen,Near Kotbagi Hospital,Aundh/Deep Bungalow Chowk. Serves cheap and delightful punjabi food.Curries available in different serving sizes;a 'quarter' curry being sufficient for one person.
- The Green Villa Perched in Lane-C, Koregaon Park, this is an Arabic themed restaurant quite popular with the youth and foreigners. They serve authentic Mughlai and Lebanese food along with Hookah.
- Janaseva Garvare Bridge, behind Chitale. Traditional Maharashtrian Thali, very famous and visited by many maharashtrians visiting Pune.
- Kayani Bakery, East St. Famous for its Shrewsbury biscuits, Walnut Cake and Sponge Cake, many mouth watering bakery items here disappear almost instantly over the counter.
- Manmeet Chat Center, ☎ . On east side of F.C. Road next to Subway and opposite F.C. College Junior wing entrance, near Sant Tukaram Chouk. Delicious chat. 'Popular basket chat' is INR 50 and is a tasty filling meal or great for sharing. The 'extra special'costs INR 5 more.
- Nisarg Vada Paav (Off SB Road, Near SBI ATM to Vikhe Patil College). The best Vada Paav in Pune(place not at all clean)
- Sarangi (Opposite Victory Cinema just near to MG Road). is famous for North Indian dishes. The food is authentic, economical and very tasty.
- Satguru Punjabi Rasoi (located on Viman Nagar Chowk opposite Giga Space IT park. 2 km from Koregaon Park on Nagar Road.). Best Nort Indian Food in Pune. Try it good place hangout in eveinings and night. Also located at Destination Center,Magarpatta City,Hadapsar.
- Sharvaree (Shabree), 1199/1A FC Road. (corner of FC Road and Ghole Road), ☎ . Sharvaree is upstairs and famous for traditional Maharashtrian 'thalipeeth', a savoury multigrain pancake snack. Downstairs is Shabree which is multicuisine but specialises in Maharashtrian thali (INR 150). The food is good and the restaurant is very clean and pleasant.
- Shreyas, Apte Road.. Very good Marathi thali at a reasonable price and a clean dining place. Amras and Ukadiche Modak (steamed sweet coconut filled rice dumplings) not to be missed during mango season and Ganesh festival respectively.
- Sukanta (Near Deccan just near to Z bridge). is famous for Thali. The food is very tasty.
- Vaishali, 1218/1, Shivaji Nagar, Fergusson College Rd.. A popular youth joint serving amazing South Indian dishes. Their Sambhar is arguably the best in the City.
- Vasu Vada Pav, Bhel Chowk, Pradhikaran. Serves one of the best Vada Pav. A must have when you are in Pimpri Chinchwad.
- Vohuman, 34, Sassoon Rd.. An awesome Iranian place serving delicious omelettes. Good for breakfast. Right next to the Jehangir Hospital.
- Wadeshwar, Fergusson College Rd.. Another popular eating place. The best fast food you will get here inlcludes appe, vada-sambhar, and pav bhaji. Another branch of wadeshwar is also there on Bajirao road, Shukrawar peth, which serves very good idlis and uttapa, and alu paratha.worth a try.
- The Yogi Tree Cafe, North Main Road, Koregaon Park. Wholesome pancakes, sandwiches and salads make this the favourite brunch destination of the Osho Ashram crowd ever since German Bakery shut down.
- Barberque Nation, Kalyani Nagar & Pune Bypass Wakad (Near Indira College). Offers a vast & Delicious variety of concept dining menu for around 500 bucks only. Really worth paying for, specially for the unlimited servings of Prawns, Crabs, Chicken, Mutton, Fish and also equally delicious Veg food. Good 8-10 variety of desserts to finish your meal.
- CAD-B Ice-cream Magic, Near Karishma Society, Kothrud, Pune or Opp. Kamala Nehru Park, Bhadarkar Road, Pune.ice cream magic,e-square food court level 2. A must have when in Pune. For chocolate lovers..
- La Dolce Vita, City Point, Dhole Patil Rd.. Serves authentic cuisine from Tuscany, Italy. The menu has an extensive list of Italian wines.
- Flags, INOX Multiplex, Bund Garden Rd, Camp. Has a very interesting menu.
- Kabab Factory. Package comes in both Veg and Non-Veg formats costing Rs. 325 (approx $7.36) and Rs. 375 (approx $8.50) + taxes, respectively. Package include unlimited delicious kababs (6-7 different types), Roti, Dal, Biryani and desserts (4-5 different types to choose from) every item listed is unlimited.
- Kangan, Plot no 36/3B, Mundhawa Road, Ghorpadi. Indian restaurant (dinner)
- La Pizzeria, 361/5, Bund Garden Rd, Camp (Opp E-Square in Hotel Srimaan), ☎ . Has amazing Italian cuisine, pizzas and garlic bread, and it is run by an Italian. Has a fine-dining ambience.
- Mahesh Lunch Home. Hands down wins the top spot for Pune's best seafood.
- Malaka Spice, Koregaon Park. Lip smacking Thai and continental food.
- Mastani, Sujata Mastani, Nimbalkar Talim Chowk, 1260, Sadashiv Peth, ☎ . A must have when in Pune..For icecream lovers. Its like milkshake with icecream..
- Le Meridien, Mill Rd.. Pune's most luxurious hotel offers numerous dining options.
- Nisarg, Nal Stop Junction (Off karve Road). Erandwane serves excellent Malvan/Goan style Sea Food specially crabs & lobsters.
- Oh Calcutta, City Point, Dhole Patil Rd.. A fantastic spread of Bengali cuisine.
- The Orient, Sun n Sand, NH 4.. Serves authentic Chinese food in a laid-back atmosphere with soft music in the background. Quite similar to the Whispering Bamboo in the Taj.
- Pizza Express, Sohrab Hall, RBM Cannaught Rd.. You must try the delicious chocolate fudge. Although it is rather expensive compared to Domino's or Pizza Corner, the pizzas are extremely authentic.
- Pizza Hut, at Jangli Maharaj Road, M G Road. The world-famous pizza chain.
- le plasir, Shop No.4 B, Lane 6 Intersection, Bhandarkar Road, Deccan Gymkhana. A small french bistro, where you can get very delicious pastas and salads. Macroons and eclairs of this place are must to try
- Plot 403, Unit 7, ICC Tech Park, Senapati Bapat Rd..
- Prego, at 36/3-B, Koregaon Park Annexe, Mundhawa Road, Ghorpadi.
- Sayaji, On Pune Mumbai highway near Wakad. Good buffet
- Seasonal Tastes, at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park. for buffet and Sunday brunch
- Shangrila, 14th Lane, Prabhat Road. Spicy Kolhapuri veg. and non.veg. cuisine. The mutton pickle is worth a try.
- Sigree, City Point, Dhole Patil Rd. delicious North Indian food.
- Spice Island. serves North Indian cuisine and is ideal for fine dining. There is a live band in the evenings.
- Spice Kitchen, Pune Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre, ☎ . 24.
- Taj Blue Diamond, 11, Koregaon Rd, Koregaon Park. This Taj hotel has three restaurants and a bar. Classy and reliable.
- Terttulia, South Main Road, Koregaon Park. Impeccable continental fare including pizzas, pastas and steaks served with cocktails in a European-style outdoor cafe.
- The Yellow Chilli, Sanskriti Lifestyle Complex, Lane No. 7, Koregaon Park, ☎ 41285454. , 41285757Celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor dishes up a wide variety of interpretations of Maharashtrian and northern Indian cuisines. Choose between the outside veranda with a bar-b-q buffet, or venture into the stylish modern interior for a la carte. The choc chip kulfi is listed as a must try - this is no exaggeration!
- Yoko's, G-3 5th Avenue, Dhole Patil Rd. A must have when in Pune. If you are a sizzler freak you will enjoy this place, excellent ambience and very economical... one also-to-see place is "the place"
Refreshing Indian drinks such as Jal Jeera (a cumin seed drink) and Nimbu Pani (lemon water/soda) are sold on the sidewalk for around Rs 5 per glass.
Alcohol is easily available all over town, though most of the bars are in Koregaon Park and upmarket areas. Most bars open in the afternoon and close an hour or two after midnight.
- Apache - The Livid Lounge, F.C. Road and Banjara Hills, Chandani Chowk. One rocking place. Good heavy music. Recommended for a rock/ metal head.
- Carzonrent, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park..
- Club Nirvana, INOX Multiplex, Bund Garden Rd, Camp..
- Doolally's The 1st brewhouse (Corianthan's club- Microbrewery/ also called smokies).
- The Easy Bar, 11, Koregaon Rd, Koregaon Park. (Taj Blue Diamond).
- Elysium Koregaon Park (Mind Circus Innovations project).
- Entresol Bar, Le Meridien, Mill Rd..
- Hard Rock Cafe, ☎ . Plot No. 81/82 East Main Road, Koregaon Park. Open daily 12PM - 11:30PM.
- Hi Tide, Sagar Plaza, 1, Bund Garden Rd..
- Olas, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park..
- Provogue Lounge Lounge, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park..
- Pub Carousel (Holiday Inn), 262, Bund Garden Rd.
- Raviraj, Deccan Gymkhana.
- Roof Top Bar (Le Meridien), Mill Rd.
- Scream - The Club (Le Meridien), Mill Rd..
- 7 Bamboo (koregaon park).
- Shailaja, JM Road. wonderful food like Surmai and Crab. Place for serious drinkers. Place has been around for 50 years.
- Soul Purpose (at Deccan Rendezvous). Open 12 noon to 3PM & 7PM to 11:30PM. See ‘Sleep’ for details). Extremely subdued lighting would make this a good place for an illicit rendezvous. Clientele are a mix of business travellers and dining guests. .
- Ten Downing Street (Gera Plaza), Dhole Patil Rd..
- Thousand Oaks, 2/17, East St, Camp.. Until 11:15PM..
- Toons, MG Road..
- Wondurr Bar, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park..
Tea and coffee
There is no lack of coffee shops in the city. Some of the restaurants listed above serve good coffee, or head to a branch of the Barista or Cafe Coffee Day chains, both of which have numerous locations around town. The FC Road and MG Road branches of Barista are wi-fi hotspots.
- Cafe Good Luck (Good Luck Chowk), End of FC Road. Oldest Iraninan restaurant. Famous for Bread items and Mutton Kheema.
- Coffee House, M.G. Rd.. Enjoy their Channa Bhathura.
- Coffee Stop (Near Om Super Market). Enjoy the best cold coffee here
- Dorabji, FC road (at Goodluck). is famous for coffee and it's products, Don't forget to enjoy bun-maska (bread with butter) with Irani tea
- Durga, Paud Road. A popular joint for coffee.
- Juice World, M.G. Rd/ East St.. Serves wonderful parathas and pav bhaji.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
|Budget||Under Rs 800|
|Splurge||Rs 1500 +|
- Hotel Studio Estique, Amar Avinash Corporate Plaza, Bund Garden Rd (Near Inox), ☎ , fax: +91 20-40188445, e-mail: email@example.com. Offers five categories of contemporary design room and more than 10 different room sizes, to suit your budget.
- Living Beautifully, Koregaon Park, ☎ . Accommodation exclusively for people visiting the Osho International Meditation Resort.
- Shreyas Hotel, 1242 B, Apte Road, Deccan Gymkhana, ☎ . Basic facilities.
- Sumangal Youth Hostel, Jambhulwadi road 60/1 plot 2 (Behind Dalavi Vasti), ☎ . Clean three star facilities nice lake view. (for students and families).
- Suyash Lodge, Tilak Road. Very cheap, but almost basic facilities.
- Trimurti Lodge, Fergusson College Rd.. It's not particularly clean.
- Yatri Lodge, Plot No. 68, Sr. No. 41/4A/1, Paud Phata, Karve Road, Erandawane, Kothrud, ☎ . Clean but basic facilities.
- Alcove Service Apartments, Gera’s Greenville, Villa no Carnation 57, Kharadi,, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Single room, or independent 3 BHK Apartments,AC bedrooms with double beds and independent bathrooms,TV with Cable & DVD Player,Fully Furnished Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, mixer grinder and gas stove, Utility with fully automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board, a large swimming pool with Children area, Sun deck, A swim up bar & Jacuzzi, Club House with Gym, Lounge/Party room, Steam Sauna & Massage room, 24hrs Security, Power Back up, Basket ball & Badminton court, complimentary Breakfast,free Wi Fi internet
- Deccan, 202/3 Apte Rd, Shivaji Nagar, Shivajinagar (near the Gymkhana area), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. A small 3 star business hotel, which tries to lure business travelers away from the larger chains with 24 hour check out (i.e. check in at 7PM, leave at 7PM), complimentary stay for accompanying spouse, free airport transfers & free high speed internet connectivity. Has a small pool and basic gym, a restaurant and bar and helpful staff
- Hotel Mandakini Ambience, Survey No. 208/3/2, Kalewadi Chowk, Above Good Home Stores, Wakad, ☎ , e-mail: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Four Star Executive Suite Business Hotel with 60 well-equipped international standard Executive Suites. The Multi-cuisine restaurant,with Indian, south Indian,Chinese,continental and Thai cuisine for Breakfast,lunch and dinner. Business Center with secretarial assistance, Travel desk, Cab on call. Facilities extended are,all rooms are centrally air conditioned,carpeted,running Hot and cold water,satellite TV,mini Bar,direct dial facility.other facilities includes travel service,currency exchange,doctor on call,fridge,iron box,hot & cold water,travel desk,Hospitality desk,Gym,internet etc.
- Living Waters Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., 41 / 4, Hermes Paras,Kalyani Nagar, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. luxury accommodation in your budget than 4 star, 5 star hotels, service apartment for rent, apartment for living, apartment for property management, bedroom suite, bungalow, corporate apartments, flats, furnished apartment for rent, holiday accommodation etc. 24hrs Security, Power Back up, Basket ball & Badminton court, complimentary Breakfast,free Wi Fi internet
- Courtyard Pune Hinjewadi, S. No 19 & 20, P4, Phase 1, Hinjewadi Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Hinjawadi, ☎ .
- Holiday Inn Pune Hinjewadi, Hinjewadi Pune Bangalore Highway, Mahalunge (Near Balewadi Sports Complex), ☎ .
Pune has a small but good range of top-end hotels. Prices are generally more than those in the US. A double room tends to be priced at USD 200 to 400 per night. During the lean season, good discounts are available.
- Corporate Stay, No.9, Sahyadri Farms, Baner Road, Lalit Estate, Baner, ☎ .
- Four Points By Sheraton, Pune, 5th Mile Stone, Opp Inorbit Mall Pune, Nagar Rd, Tulaja Bhawani Nagar, Kharad, ☎ .
- Hotel Aashirwad, 16, Connaught Road, Agarkar Nagar (Station Area).
- Hotel Brookside, Plot No.7A, Viman Nagar Rd, Clover Park, Viman Naga, ☎ .
- Hotel Sagar Plaza (Camp Area).
- Hotel St Laurn.
- Hotel Sayaji (Wakad).
- Hyatt Regency Pune.
- JW Marriott Hotel.
There are many spots near Pune in which you can go for camping. Camping can be done safely on spots such as Lonavala, Tungarli Lake, Valvan Lake, Rajmachi, Mahableshwar, Panchgani, Kashid & Phansad.
Rappelling, Lake Crossing, Adventure Sports, paint ball in Jungle setup.
A day trip from Pune
Pune - Bhuleshwar - Purandar - Sinhagad - Pune
This round trip takes in some of the interesting hill forts around Pune. Total distance is about 220km and will take 6 hours just to drive the loop, with lunch and sightseeing added on. The full trip could take up to 12 hours so leave a full day. It is suggested that this trip is undertaken either by motorcycle or 4WD due to the state of some of the roads that are encountered. It is possible to make the journey in a regular car (and many do - even auto ricks) but it will take longer and there will be a heavy toll on the cars suspension. To be as safe as possible you would also want some experience on driving on broken/ unsurfaced roads and dealing with the challenges of driving in India.
Leave Pune on the National Highway 9 (Pune Solapur Highway) which passes the racecourse. This is a toll road and also very busy with cars and trucks. If you have taken a motorcycle be very careful.
The turn off to Bhuleshwar is about 35km from Pune and shortly after the second toll booth (about 2km before Yavat village). A concrete bridge crosses a canal and the turn off is to the right just before the bridge. There is no sign in English, but there is a sign to Deccan Industrial Explosives pte. After 5km or so the road will climb into some ghats, where the road becomes quite broken. Once you reach the top of the ghats you will see the temple and a prominent radio mast to the right. The turn to the temple is the next right, the road becomes quite steep at some points.
After visiting the temple and fort (allow 30 to 40 mins), return to the road and turn right where you turned off. This road will take you to Saswad (or Sasvad on some maps). There are several turnoffs, keep heading west, but also plenty of people to ask the way, nearly everyone knows Saswad. The scenery is quite flat though enlivened by scenes of Indian rural life. The road is paved but quite rough. You can take lunch when you reach the town.
Thereafter, ask the way for Purandar itself or Nasrapur which is where the road goes. Many people know it. The road is the Diwale to Narayanpur road. In fact the hill itself is easy to spot as it towers above Narayanpur. After 5km after the turnoff from you will reach a left fork which is signed (not in English). Take this and follow the twisty road to Purandar. At time of writing (October 09) the majority of the road is totally unsurfaced (awaiting surfacing) so would be muddy during rain and there is also the possibility of dealing with the resurfacing activity. Allow 30 minutes to enjoy the views and look at the abandoned army buildings and another 1.5 hours to climb to the top and explore.
It will take about 15 minutes to regain the main ro phone=ad if you have a motorbike. Turn left when you reach it and enjoy the smooth tarmac and twists of the road as you pass between the two hills. Eventually you will reach National highway 4 (also a toll road), turn right and again pay attention to the road hazards.
Approximately 12km later at Khed take a left turn towards Shivapur. Pass through towards Kondapur, where you take a right fork, thereafter at the T-junction take the left which leads to Sinhagad Fort.
In terms of time to spend here it is best to gauge your stamina and enthusiasm against the amount of light you have left, as it is better to end the journey in daylight rather than drive at night.
Retrace your steps to NH4 and then follow this back to Pune. You will arrive in the Bibvewadi area in the south of the city.
- Bhuleshwar-a very beautiful 1100 year old hill temple near Yavat in the Saswad region. The patterns and beautiful stone statues inside the temple are stunning. This place is around 60 km via Saswad-the closest and most beautiful route. This place and the surrounding areas of Saswad are praised by one British General, the Duke of Welligton as “one of the best peaceful place in the Deccan plateau and the region of beautiful temples”
- Nil Kantheshwar
- Pune is well covered by mobile phone networks. Idea (GSM), Airtel (GSM), BSNL (GSM),Vodafone (GSM), Tata (GSM/CDMA), Reliance (GSM/CDMA), Uninor (GSM),Aircel.
- To call a Mumbai number, the phone does not require STD. Simply dial 022 followed by the 8 digit number.
- STD/ISD booths are scattered throughout the city. The fare is calculated on a digital meter and the payment is done after the call. These booths are much cheaper than hotel phones.
- The format of a Pune landline number is +91 20-2xxxxxxx (BSNL) / 3xxxxxxx (Reliance) / 4xxxxxxx (Airtel) / 6xxxxxxx (TATA Indicom)
A large number of internet cafes dot the city. Most private cafes charge about Rs 10-25 (35-55 US cents) an hour. However, the Reliance World chain of cyber cafes run by Reliance Communications offer fast broadband connections at around a dollar per hour. There are 8 branches in Pune
- Plot 69, Sec 27A, Nigdi.
- Plot 19/20, Swajos Complex, Aundh.
- Ishwarlal Palace, Plot 293/294, Pimpri.
- Hotel Regency, Dhole Patil Rd.
- 19/20, Rahul Complex, Paud Rd.
- 917/2A, FC Rd, Deccan Gymkhana.
- 1358/A, Shukrawar Peth, Bajirao Rd.
- Shop 4, Sterling Centre, M.G. Rd, Camp.
Pune is by and large a very safe place. Violent crime is low, although it's important to keep an eye on your belongings in public, as petty theft can occur. Do report any such activity to the police. Keep away from the touts.
Locals are by and large friendly and mild mannered, though incidents of mugging have been reported on the outskirts of Pune, especially on highways and desolate stretches. If you face a vehicle breakdown after dark, its best to stay in the vehicle and phone for help.
Although Pune is generally safe for women, it's advisable not to venture out alone into dark and isolated places. Hiring cabs at night without one or more companions is not recommended. Climbing the surrounding hills alone is tempting but unwise-and this goes for both sexes! Having said that, women can confidently walk the streets or visit the shops/pubs/restaurants in the popular residential or commercial areas after sunset.
Driving in Pune is not for the weak-hearted. Like other Indian metros, Pune has seen an virtual explosion in traffic in recent years, and the infrastructure is struggling to keep pace. Lack of discipline especially during overtaking and driving on the wrong side is rampant in the city and on highways. Its common to see rude and impatient drivers at intersections honking away at pedestrians. Enforcement of traffic rules leaves a lot to be desired, unlike Mumbai or other major cities. Road conditions deteriorate especially in heavy traffic areas during monsoon. According to recent reports (2008), 1,617 persons suffered injuries and 477 fatalities in road accidents occurred in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. If you are driving, its a good idea to drive defensively. Be courteous to fellow motorists and maintain lane discipline. Though the helmet rule is not strictly enforced, its always a good idea to wear a helmet while riding a two wheeler.
- Maharashtra Tourism (MTDC), Pune Central Building, ☎ .
- Tourist Info Booth, Pune City Station.
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- Accident and trauma - 1099
- Lonavla - the second-most visited hill station in Maharashtra located on the way from Pune to Mumbai.
- Mulshi - To the west of Pune lies Munshi, near the town of Lonavala. Mulshi and the surroundings are abundant with natural beauty that includes a dam, the hilly region of Sahyadri's deep forests and forts like Dhangad and Koraigadh. The water from the dam is used for generating electricity.
- Narayanpur (Purandar)
- Nashik - An ancient holy city. About 210 km from Pune.
- Neel Kantheshwar - hill based temple near source of our Mutha river. 35 KM from Pune, It is a good hill station with hundreds of statues installed there describing scenes from Hindu scriptures and Puranas. This place also offers you to watch scenes of three major dams from its top, which is very exciting for nature lovers.
- Shirdi - Shirdi is a town in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra in India. There are many buses connecting Pune to Shirdi(200 km), it takes around 5 hours to travel from Pune to Shirdi through bus.Shirdi was where the saint Sai Baba lived till his samadhi in 1918. Today, it is a pilgrimage center and millions of his devotees from all over the world come each year to pay their respects.