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Pune [1] is in Maharashtra, India. It is second largest city in the state and is considered the state's cultural capital. The city contains the headquarters of an administrative division officially known as the Pune division. 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.

Understand

Pune has a glorious history of nearly 1600 years. Pataleshwar caves (Near Jangli Maharaj Road) from the 5th century is an evidence to Pune’s old settlements. Rashtrakut (राष्ट्रकुट) Kings had built a beautiful temple of Shiva called Punyeshwar, which was unfortunately destroyed during Sultan’s attack on city in 13th century.

Since Pune is in the state of Maharashtra, most of the residents are Marathas (or Maharashtrians).

Climate

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 form 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 extremely pleasant during the month of November.

Attitude

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.

Talk

Pune is a fairly cosmopolitan city. Although Marathi is the official language of the city and also the most common language spoken on the streets, most people also speak Hindi along with English.

Tourist Offices

  • Maharashtra Tourism (MTDC), Pune Central Building +91-20-26126867/8169 [2]
  • Tourist Info Booth, Pune City Stn.

Localities and Suburbs

Pune, despite being considered a small city, is growing very fast. Some its prominent areas are:

  • 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.
  • Shivaji Nagar has a central bus stand and rail stop. The E-Square Multiplex is located here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 puposes. Pashan also houses the Natioanl Chemical Laboratory (NCL), The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Necklace Park and the Balaji temple.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 developemnt activities. Hadapsar is connected to the central city by the Pune-Nagar Highway.
  • Mundhwa is an upcoming area. The famous Magarpatta Township is just adjoining this village.
  • Magarpatta City is the largest IT park SEZ located in Hadapsar. It is home to companies like IBM, Amdocs, Avaya, JohnDeere, Sybase, EXL Service, Aviva, EDS, Principal Finance, Mellon, Patni, Honeywell, ADP, Accenture, SAS, Teradeta, Zensar, Synechron, BNY Mellon and Mphasis.
  • 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.

Get in

Pune is a major transportation hub for Western Maharashtra. It serves as the gateway for the numerous hill stations in the Sahyadri Hills.

By plane

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 [3] 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,Singapore 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 1600.

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:

By train

Pune is well connected to other Indian cities by rail [13], and in particular there is a very frequent service to Mumbai.

Below is a list of services connecting Pune:

  • The Azad Hind connects the city to Howrah and takes 36 hours.
  • The Jhelum Express connects Pune to Jammu. The train passes through Northern and Central India connecting the cities of Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Delhi and Jammu.

Express trains serving Pune are listed below. The names of the trains are in bold.

  • Goa Express: Vasco-da-Gama, Madgaon, Londa, Belgaum, Miraj, Sangli, Satara, Daund, Ahmednagar, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra Cantt, Nizamuddin.
  • Deccan Queen Express: Lonavala, Dadar, Mumbai CST.
  • Pragati Express, Indrayani Express and Intercity Express: Lonavala, Dadar, Mumbai CST.
  • Azad Hind Express: Daund, Ahmednagar, Belapur, Kopergaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Akola, Badnera, Wardha Jn, Nagpur, Gondia, Nasik Rd, Jalgaon, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Raipur, Bilaspur, Raigarh, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradharpur, Tata Nagar, Kharagpur, Howrah.
  • Pune-Nagpur Express and Pune-Nagpur Garib-Rath: Daund, Ahmednagar, Manmad, Bhusaval, Akola, Badnera, Wardha Jn, Nagpur.
  • Hutatma Express: Daund, Kurduwadi, Solapur.
  • Dadar - Chennai Central Express: Dadar, Kalyan, Lonavala, Solapur, Gulbarga, Shahabad, Wadi, Raichur, Adoni, Guntakal, Cuddapah, Renigunta, Arakkonam, Chennai Central.
  • Nagercoil Express: Mumbai CST, Dadar, Thane, Kalyan, Karjat, Lonavala, Pune, Daund, Solarpur, Gulbarga, Wadi, Raichur, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Guntakal, Gooty, Anantapur, Dharmavaram, Hindupur, Krishnarajapuram, Bangarapet, Kuppam, Tirpattur, Salem, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Virudanagar, Nagercoil.
  • Coimbatore Express: Lokmanya TilakTerminus, Thane, Kalyan, Karjat, Lonavala, Pune, Daund, Solapur, Gulbargar, Wadi, Raichur, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Guntakal, Gooty, Anantapur, Dharmavaram, Hindupur, Bangalore East, Bangalore Cantt, Banglore City Jn, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore.

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 kgs/3 pieces of luggage (whichever is less)
  • Rs 20 per additional 5 kgs/piece of luggage (whichever is less)
  • A lightweight briefcase not exceeding 300 cubic cm is not included, but carries a Rs 5 surcharge.

By road

State Government run Vs Private Buses

Tourists traveling between Pune and Mumbai are advised to travel by the state government run buses (MSRTC) wherever possible. These buses cost the same, are as comfortable as the private buses, run very frequently (every 15 mins) and are also punctual. You can be sure of reaching your destination within the stipulated time. Most of the private buses wait till they get enough passengers before departing - which causes a lot of delay in getting to your destination.


Pune is served by three national highways (NH) and an expressway.

  • 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 250 (AC) for the journey. (The first MSRTC bus departs at 6 AM and the last bus at 2 AM). NH4 also connects Pune to Mumbai.
  • NH 9 runs to Machhlipatnam, Andhra Pradesh and passes through Karnataka State and the cities of Solapur, Homnabad, Hyderabad and Vijaywada.
  • NH 50 is an inter-state highway and connects the city with Nashik.
  • Shared Cabs operate on the popular Pune City Station to Dadar, Mumbai route. These taxis seat 4 to 5 people, and charge Rs. 200 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 City 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 train station.
  • Swargate : This bus stand serves buses covering Western Maharshtra and Alibag.

Get around

By PMPML City bus

City buses in Pune are run by the PMPML [14]. 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 3 (9 US cents) to Rs 16 (35 US cents).

Pune Darshan

Pune Darshan buses are run by the PMPML and provide a guided tour of the city. Only two Pune Darshan services are air-conditioned. The buses go around Pune and cost Rs 72 per head for the General bus and Rs 140 per head for the Luxury Bus. The route of the bus is as follows:

Pune Station - Pataleshwar - University of Pune - Chaturshringi - Ambedkar Museum - Tilak Museum - Shaniwar Wada - Lal Mahal - Dagdu Seth Halwai Ganpati - Phule Waada - Saras Garden - Peshwa Zoo - Mahalaxmi Temple - Swami Vivekanand Museum - Snake Park - Mahadji Scindia's Chatri - National War Museum - Tribal Museum - Osho Garden Park - Aga Khan Palace - Deccan Gymkhana - Pune City Station.

The tour starts at 9 AM and ends by 5 PM.

More information about these tours can be found by visiting the website [15] or by calling the office at: 020-32930008 / 020-24440417 ext 255

By auto-rickshaws

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 May 2009 the conversion equation is : Cost = 8 * Reading + 2, 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 (8*2 + 2) = Rs 18.

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 equaltion stated above, and sometimes they will agree to it.

Now a days, many autorickshaw 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. There is no well defined procedure to complain regarding such issues and get immediate action. 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.

It is very common for rickshaw drivers plying between 11 PM and 6 AM 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.

By two-wheelers

This city was once known as the city of bicycles, but now it has turned into the city of motorcycles. 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.

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)
  • Ghorawadi
  • Talegaon (Muhammad Ali Rd, CRPF)
  • Wadgaon (PWD bungalow)
  • Kanhe
  • Kamshet
  • Malwali
  • Lonavala (Khandala, Karla Cave)

By car

There is quite a lot of traffic on Pune roads and driving through the narrow lanes is not easy. Even if you have driven before in Cairo or Kolkata, driving on Pune's streets isn't child's play.

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.

  • Hertz [16]
  • Pluto
  • Enterprises Car Rental
  • Savaari Car Rental [17]
  • Sanver Mumbai Pune Travels [18]
  • Experience Pune Streets [19]

See

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mahatma Phule Museum - You can see various industrial products, agricultural and handicraft articles in this museum, which was established in 1890. It is situated on Ghole Road, in Shivaji Nagar.
  • National War Museum - 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.
  • 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.
  • Vishram Bagh Waada - The remains of this palace stand in the heart of the old city. It was built during the 18th century by a descendant of Shivaji the Peshwa. It is well known for its elaborate wooden facade.
  • Saras Baag - A Ganesh Temple stands in the middle of the garden in lake. It was built by Peshwa Bajirao II.
  • 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 exibition 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.
  • 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.
  • Pune University, [20]. 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.
  • Fergusson College, [21]. 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.
  • Chatushrungi Mata Temple, Senapati Bapat Road.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 of semi-evergreen forests as well as western tropical hill forests. Two major Tributaries of Krishna River named Bhim and Ghod, originate from this area.


Entertainment

Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The Marathi film industry is also based here.

Cultural Centers

  • Alliance Francaise de Pune, 270/D, Patrakar Nagar Rd. [22]
  • Goethe Institut, 14/3B, Dhole Patil Rd. [23]
  • Pune Music Cultural Centre, 459/1, Sadashiv Peth.
  • Fortune Art Gallery, 86/1, Erandwana, Deccan Gymkhana.

Cinema

  • Alaka Talkies, Navi Peth
  • Alankar Cinema, Pune Railway Station
  • Apollo, 549, Rasta Peth. [24]
  • Big Cinema, Chinchwad.
  • City Pride, Kothrud.
  • City Pride, Pune Satara Road.
  • Deccan, Deccan Gymkhana.
  • E-Square, University Road.
  • Fame Adlabs, Akurdi.
  • Gold Adlabs, Marigold Complex, Kalyani Nagar. [25]
  • Inox, Bund Garden Rd, Camp. [26]
  • LaxmiNarayan, Swargate.
  • Mangala, Near Pune Municipal Corporation.
  • Neelayam Talkies, Sadashiv Peth
  • Prabhat, Appa Balwant Chowk.
  • Rahul, Shivaji Nagar
  • Victory, Camp
  • Vijay Cinema, Laxmi Road
  • West End, Camp

Do

  • Gliding Centre Pune, [27]. 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.
  • Panshet Water Park At a nearby dam, the tourism department has setup a water sports park.
  • Tilak Tank A state-of-the-art swimming pool in the heart of the city.
  • Horse riding and go out for horse treks with Digvijay Pratishthan [28].
  • Tekdi - is the marathi word for hill. There are many small scenic hills in the city used for treking and birdwatching.

Festivals

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 Ganesh Mahotsav initiated by 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.
  • Sawai Gandharva, 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.
  • 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 Chaturshringi 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 Pune International Film Festival [29] - 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.

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. So all year round, there is enough excitement to keep Puneites and tourists on their toes!

Learn

College of Engineering Pune (COEP): COEP was Established in 1854 and is an autonomous institute of the Government of Maharashtra, COEP is one of the most sought after engineering colleges in the country (by students and employers alike). COEP is the only one in its league to sport its own boat club. In 2004 the college celebrated its 150 years anniversary and the function was addressed by his Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam, Honourable ex-President of India.

Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute: Offers postgraduate degress and PhD in the fields named Linguistics and Archeology.

Symbiosis International University: SIU is an International Deemed University. It consists of 32 separate Institutes offering varied courses in the fields of Business Management, Computers, Telecom, Design, Media etc. Some of the most prominent institutes are Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research(SICSR), Symbiosis Institute of Business Management(SIBM), Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management(SITM),Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development(SCMHRD). Symbiosis is known for its state of art infrastructure and quality of education.

Sinhgad College of Engineering (SCOE): SCOE was established in the year 1996 – 1997 offering 4 – years degree courses in Information Technology, Computer, Electronics & Telecommunication, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil Engineering and Production Engineering.

Sinhgad Institute of Management:Sinhgad Institute of Management has set precedence with its excellent academic track record and unique teaching learning process. SIOM was established in the year 1994 with the MBA Programme. Now it has added six more courses to its repertoire. More details about Sinhgad Institutions on [30]

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 (COEP) to medicene (BJ), arts (FC) to science (SP), Pune has everything. And it has the single most variety of students in India; it's kind of like a extended version of an IIT campus. 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 (NOT the fake one right next to MIT's gate; this one is about 5 mins away) in early December or early June at about 12 midnight. You will see a massive crowd of students gulping down hot coffee in an attempt to stay awake. Why? Because December and June is examination time for MIT.

Work

Pune is home to Tata Motors [31],largest automobile manufacturer of India, Bajaj Auto has their two wheeler plant, kinetic motors is located here, Daimler has their Assembly plant, and recently Farm equipment major John Deere has entered. Volkswagen and General Motors have also started constructing their manufacturing plants. It is home to one of largest industrial clusters in Asia known as Pimpri-Chinchwad.

A small but growing number of software businesses and call centers add to the recent job opportunities. Many of the world's top MNCs have their offices/development centers in Pune.

Pune also has pioneering Govt. of India labs doing cutting-edge research like:

NCRA-TIFR: Located in the Pune University Campus, Ganeshkhind, is in the field astronomy and astrophysics. NCRA-TIFR has built the India's largest radio telescope know as GMRT (Giant Metre-wave Radio Telescope) which is situated 80 km north of Pune in Khodad village.

ETDC,PUNE([email protected] or [email protected]): ETDC stands for Electronics Test and Development Centre and is on the Agriculture College Campus with a branch in Kothrud. It undertakes testing in such areas as Electromagnetic Interference and Electromagnetic Compatibility i.e. EMI/EMC testing, Environmental testing and Calibration. It also provides assistance to CE Marking.

Buy

Pune is a city where you will find an excellent range of streetside shops as well as a few outstanding malls.

Bargain

All the places listed here are places where you can bargain hard and get some good stuff off the pavement for rock-bottom prices.

  • M.G. Road. Any items such as shoes, clothing, pots, pans, electronics, stationary, furniture, kitchen sinks etc. can be found at Mahatma Gandhi Road, known to locals simply as M.G. Road. Supposedly every city in India has a street called M.G. Road.
  • Laxmi Road. A very huge market selling gold jewelry and clothes.
  • Tulshi Baug. Located on the Bajirao Road, near Maharashtra Bank. It is a must visit and also a favourite middle-class family market. Very cheap ladies garments, footwear and other items required for daily use are available at low 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.
  • 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. It is sort of a flea 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.
  • 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.
  • Just Casuals. They sell export surplus clothes and have a fantastic variety, drop in and be surprised at the prices. Located at Bhandarkar Road, Koregaon Park, Camp and Aundh
  • Vishram Baug Wada, there is a shop inside Vishram baug wada where u 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.

Splurge

  • Sanskriti Lifestyle, 390 Lane No. 7, Meera Nagar Lane, Koregaon Park, Pune 1. [32]
  • Satguru's Arts, 362,Satguru Centre,Bund Garden Rd. [33]
  • Westside, I/B, Moledina Rd, Camp. [34]
  • Shoppers Stop, [35]
    • Nucleus Mall, 1, Church Rd, Camp.
    • Godrej Eternia, B Wing, Shivaji Nagar.
  • Vishal Mega Mart, 16/1/1, KPCT, Fatima Nagar. [36]
  • aLL, 256, Koncord Towers, Dhole Patil Rd. [37]
  • Big Bazaar, Fun n Shop, Solapur Rd, Fatima Nagar. [38]
  • Pantaloons, Plot D, Bund Garden, Camp. [39]
  • Giny & Jony, 256, Koncord Towers, Dhole Patil Rd. [40]
  • fabindia, Sassoon Rd. [41]
  • Ashay Complex, Pushpak Park, ITI Rd, Aundh.
  • Marks & Spencer, Magnum, Moledina Rd, Camp. [42]
  • United Colors of Benetton, [43]
    • 2, M.G. Rd.
    • Magnum, Moledina Rd, Camp.
    • 1206/B/19, J.M. Rd, Deccan Gymkhana.
  • GuessJean, 231, Moledina Rd, Camp. [44]
  • 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.

Malls

The mall industry in Pune is booming and quite a few good malls have begun to spring up in recent years. Shopper's Stop, Big Bazaar, Piramid, M & S and all are located inside malls.

  • Ishanya, Vishrantwadi/Yerwada, off airport road.
  • Godrej Eternia, Shivaji Nagar.
  • Fun n' Shop, Solapur Rd, Fatima Nagar.
  • Pune Central, 256, Koncord Towers, Dhole Patil Rd.
  • Runwal Plaza, 41/12, Karve Rd, Kothrud.
  • City Mall, Ganesh Khind Rd.
  • Lingfield Plaza, 7, Clover Centre, Moledina Rd, Camp.
  • India Bulls (previously Piramyd), Senapati Bapat Rd.
  • Vishal Megamart, Fatima Nagar, Pimpari
  • Big Bazaar, Solapur Rd, Fatima Nagar, Sinhagad Road, Kothrud , Pune - Satara Road, Chinchwad, Kalyaninagar
  • Magnum, Pune Camp
  • LifeStyle, Kalyani Nagar
  • Pune Central 2, Near E-Square
  • Magnet, Opp. Greaves, on old Mumbai-Pune Highway
  • Big Bazaar, Premier Plaza, Chinchwad
  • Kaakde Mall, MG Road, Featuring Pyramid,Westside,M & S, Body shop, Mochi & almost all brands to shop for.
  • Kaakde Mall, Near E-Square

Books

Books about Pune

Birds of Pune available from Centre for Environment Education [45] and Kalpavriksh [46]

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 [47], Appa Balwant Chowk.

The Crossword chain of bookshops has 8 branches in Pune.

  • nucles mall,near mg road'
    • ICC Trade Towers, Senapati Bapat Rd.
    • 1st floor, Sohrab Hall, RBM Cannaught Rd.
    • 1978, Convent St, Camp.
    • University Rd, Ganesh Khind.
    • Supreme Centre, ITI Rd, Aundh.
    • Premier Plaza, Chinchwad.
    • HP Petrol pump, Hinjewadi.
    • City Pride, Kothrud.
    • Gold Adlabs, Kalyani Nagar.
  • The WORD bookshop, Boottee St, Camp.
  • Book World, Basement, Sagar Arcade, FC Rd.
  • Book Space, 593, Ganesh Peth.
  • Landmark [48], Molendina Rd, On top of Dorabjee's.
  • Manney's Book Centre, Molendina Rd, Pune Camp Area.
  • Popular Book Shop, Deccan Gymkhana.
  • Utkarsh Book Depot, Deccan Gymkhana, Near Garware Bridge.

Electronics

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, Dass, House of Laptops, Croma are electronics chains dishing out the goodies.

  • Croma, Ishanya Mall, Airport Road, Opp. Golf Course.
  • Croma, Krome Complex, Hadapsar.
  • Croma, Sarja Hotel lane, Aundh, Off ITI Road.
  • Sony World, Aundh.
  • Sony World, Kothrud.
  • Dass, Aundh.
  • Dass, East Street, Camp.
  • Dass, Kothrud.
  • Next, Pimpri.
  • Radhika, Pimpri.
  • House of Laptops, Chinchwad, near Cosmos Bank, old Mumbai-Pune Highway.

Shoes

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.

  • Bata
    • 686, Bibewadi Rd, Mkt Yard.
    • Vijay Maruti Chowk, Budhwar Peth, Laxmi Rd.
    • Kamal Chambers, M.G. Rd.
    • Aundh Gao.
    • 757/A/1, Jungli Maharaj Rd, Deccan Gymkhana.
  • National Shoes, 522, Paud Rd, Kothrud.
  • Sai Krupa Footwear, B/8/4, Pimpri Colony.
  • metro, Camp


Eat

This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under Rs 80
Mid-range Rs 80-200
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.


Budget

  • Vohuman, 34, Sassoon Rd. An awesome Iranian place serving delicious omelettes. Good for breakfast. Right next to the Jehangir Hospital.
  • Chaitanya(vegetarian)/Tawas and Tandoors(non-vegetarian),F.C. Road. Serves quite cheap stuffed parathas(layered chapattis), rice.Has combos of chicken/mutton/fish curries+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.
  • Manmeet Chat Center,F.C. Road. Dishes up brilliant chats.
  • Juice World, M.G. Rd/ East St. Serves wonderful parathas and pav bhaji.
  • Durga, Paud Road. A popular joint for coffee.
  • Ande Ka Funda, Paud road. The only place for eggeterian. Serves 26 egg items.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • German Bakery, 291, Vaswani Nagar, Koregaon Park. A great bakery serving healthy and wholesome sandwiches, pastries, rolls etc.
  • Coffee House, M.G. Rd. Enjoy their Channa Bhathura.
  • Kasturi Mastani House, Warje Rd, Kothrud. Good evening place.
  • Durvankur, Maharashtra Mandal, Tilak Rd. Try their Marathi thali.
  • Sukanta , Deccan Z bridge, J.M. Rd.PH.(020-25530077)
  • Asha Dining Hall, Apte Road. Good Marathi thali at a very reasonable price and a clean dining place.

BEST RAJASTHANI GUJRATHI THALI

  • Burger King has two branches and serves brilliant grilled sandwiches. Their 'King Burger' is huge, good to eat and make for a very inexpensive, sumptuous meal. However, this is not related to the international chain.
    • 2394, East St.
    • Lane 5, 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.
  • Baan Thai Bakers Point,NIBM Road.Pretty good variety of Prawns and Chicken preperations.
  • Deccan harvest magarpata city. Not so great food. Below average ambience and pathetic food quality.
  • Sharvaree FC Road, Next to Manmeet. Amazing food, very clean place. Famous for traditional Maharashtrian 'thalipeet'
  • Cafe Good Luck End of FC Road, Good Luck Chowk. Oldest Iraninan restaurent. Famous for Bread items and Mutton Kheema.
  • Marzorin, Main Street, Camp. Famous for sandwiches, cakes and pastries.
  • Radhika FC Road, Opposite Oddyessy near Mantri Bhavan.
  • Coffee Stop Near Om Super Market. Enjoy the best cold coffee here
  • Nisarg Vada Paav Off SB Road, Near SBI ATM to Vikhe Patil College. The best Vada Paav in Pune(place not at all clean)
  • Janaseva Garvare Brigde, behind Chitale. Traditional Maharashtrian Thali, very famous and visited by many maharashtrians visiting Pune.
  • Top in TownGarvare Bridge, Behind Chitale Opp Deccan Gymkhana. Amazing non-veg food items. Do not miss fish and Chicken here.
  • JJ Garden Vada PavMG Road, Camp. Serves one of the best Vada Pav with green chutney. A must have when you are in Pune.
  • Vasu Vada PavBhel Chowk, Pradhikaran. Serves one of the best Vada Pav. A must have when you are in Pimpri Chinchwad.
  • Sujata MastaniDelicious mastani (thick milkshake with icecream) served here.
  • Kondhalkar MastaniAnother place for mouthwatering mastanis. Khus & Pista are the best. Also try the seasonal flavours - Guava, Jamun & Custard Apple.
  • Raj Lakshmi Garden Pure Veg Restaurant 2/A New Friend Cooperative Society, Kothrud, Pune
  • Godbole's Suswaram Kothrud, near bedekar Ganapati. Very good maharashtrian snaks like Khichadi, pohe, vada pav, sheera. Also serves very good lunch.
  • 'Bapat Upahar Gruha, Near Raja kelkar Museum. Excellent Maharashtrian Food and very affordable.

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.

Mid-range

  • Manohar,Mehendale Garage, Erandwane serves good homely maharashtrian food. Do try their sabudana khichdi (tapioca preparation)
  • Subway serves delicous large sandwiches. Apart from the usual ones, Subway India serves sandwiches stuffed with Haryali Chicken or Aloo Tikka.
    • 917, FC Rd, Shivaji Nagar.
    • North Main Rd, Koregaon Park.
    • Shop 16, Mariplex, Kalyani Nagar.
  • Blue Nile,Camp Serves lip-smacking biryanis and tandoor snacks.
  • Baghban,M.G. Road Amazing and Sumptuous Non-Vegetarian Food. Best for Chicken Biryani.
  • Eden Court, Model Colony. Popular joint for Symbiosis's students.A place for good food, offers both AC/garden siting
  • Yana's Sizzlers, Best in City for Sizzlers, located on starting of F.C Road
  • Kobe Sizzlers, Law College Road. Don't know if this is from the much famed Sizzler group, but this is a dinghy place with sub standard service and menu
  • Frangipani,Off Senapati Bapat Road Has on offer Indian fare,biryanis and limited pastas and stakes-worth a try.
  • Chung Fa,East Street,Value for money Chinese food - oldest Chinese restaurant in Pune,excellent chinese sizzlers.
  • Tc's, G4, millennium plaza, F C road, opp F C. An multi-cuisine resto lounge with a sheer difference. awesome ambience and serves everything from tea ,coffee, sheesha to mexican,italian,continental,oriental and indian food.
  • Khyber, J.M. Rd, Deccan Gymkhana. Also at Jagtap Dairy, Nr. Wakad.
  • Soul, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park. Has fantastic food. Dishes served are from Kerala, Bengal, Italy and Mexico. There is live jazz on Saturday evenings. Locals refer to it by its former name, Jazz Garden.
  • Krishna Dining Hall, Law College Road serves decent Indian thalis
  • George Restaurant, East St. Great food at fair prices.
  • Smokin' Joe's is a Mumbai-based pizza-chain with 7 branches in Pune. Their Pizzas are quite Indianized.
    • D/11, Sai Heritage, Vasundhara Lawns Rd, Aundh.
    • 1, Ghanshyam Apts, Dhole Patil Rd.
    • 1263, Laxmi Sadan, Jungli Maharaj Rd.
    • 3, Parmanand Apts, Kothrud.
    • 1, Sterling Centre, M.G. Rd.
    • 19/20, Lotus Court, Pune-Satara Rd.
    • 1, Shivsagar Apts, Shiverkar Marg, Wanowrie.
  • Rajwada, Sanewadi, baner.Nice ambiance with garden siting arrangement. Family restaurant
  • Pizza Corner is a Chennai-based pizza chain which serves non-Indianized pizzas.
    • The Hub, 332 A, North Main Rd, Koregaon Park.
    • Hotel Yogi, 14/129, Plot 9, Karve Rd, Kothrud.
  • Domino's Pizza has three branches in the city.
    • Phoenix Building, Senapati Bapat Marg.
    • Plot 1, Infotech Park, Hinjawadi.
    • Showroom 103, 3/1 & 3/2, Sappeire Chamber.
  • Arthur's Theme, Shop 2, Vrindavan, North Main Rd, Koregaon Park. This small and cosy restaurant serves excellent French food.
  • Coconut Grove, 408/B, Akshay Guestline, Maldhaka Chowk. Mangalorean food. Try the Chicken Gassi and Pulimunchi.but be ready for a slow service
  • The Place, Clover Centre, 7, Moledina Rd, Camp. Best known for its ice cream, chicken and lamb sizzlers.
  • Abhishek, Nal Stop, Near Cummins. Famous for its lip smacking butter chicken.
  • 7 Bamboo,koregaon park,this place offers different moods of sitting with excellent food and ambience and amazing cocktails...
  • Oasis 1-2 km from Chandni Chowk, NDA Road. Very good ambience, very good food. This place is very romantic. You can dine here with your loved one, overlooking an amazing view of entire Pune
  • Punjabi TardkaChandni Chowk Opp Viva. Very good ambience and very good Veg-NonVeg food. The ambience and food really keeps you hooked on here. Also try out hukka here(flavoured ofcourse).
  • GreenParkBaner Road. Serves most of cusines. Perfect place for a family. Very good poolside tables
  • Bamboo HouseJ.M. Road. Very good panjabi and chinese food.
  • Tian Di Krome Mall, 6th Floor, Hadapsar. Authentic Chinese Cuisine. Excellent food with a menu that spoils you for choice and a fantastic ambience. A must eat in Pune.
  • Aloha Senapati Bapat Road, Near Chaturshrungi temple for sizzlers.
  • The Bounty located at Kalyani Nagar (near Adlabs) is famous for its sizzlers.

Splurge

  • Flags, INOX Multiplex, Bund Garden Rd, Camp. Has a very interesting menu.
  • Barberque Nation, Kalyani Nagar. 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.
  • Nisarg, Nal Stop Junction, Off karve Road, Erandwane serves excellent Malvan/Goan style Sea Food specially crabs & lobsters.
  • Taj Blue Diamond, 11, Koregaon Rd, Koregaon Park. This Taj hotel has three restaurants and a bar.
    • Coffee Shop is a 24 hour cafe which serves Indian, Continental and Italian dishes.
    • Mystic Masala serves authentic Indian food.
    • Whispering Bamboo is an Oriental restaurant serving Thai and Chinese cuisine.
  • Oh Calcutta, City Point, Dhole Patil Rd. Continental fare.
    • Kabab Factory package, 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.
  • Mainland China [49] serves excellent Chinese dishes. One of the few Chinese restaurants in the country which serves authentic and non-Indianized food. The menu has a great selection of Cantonese Dim-sums.
    • City Point, Dhole Patil Rd.
    • Plot 403, Unit 7, ICC Tech Park, Senapati Bapat Rd.
  • La Pizzeria, 361/5, Bund Garden Rd, Camp. Newly opened Opp E-Square in Hotel Srimaan. Tel. (020) 26133535; (020) 40077000. Has amazing Italian cuisine, pizzas and garlic bread, and it is run by an Italian. Has a fine-dining ambience.
  • 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, and several other outlets. The world-famous pizza chain.
  • La Dolce Vita, City Point, Dhole Patil Rd. Serves authentic cuisine from Tuscan, Italy. The menu has an extensive list of Italian wines.
  • Le Meridien, Mill Rd. Pune's most luxurious hotel offers numerous dining options.
    • La Brasserie serves good pastries in a trendy atmosphere.
    • Spice Island serves North Indian cuisine and is ideal for fine dining. There is a live band in the evenings.
    • Chingari also serves Indian food, but in an open-air atmosphere.
    • The Tea Lounge serves tea and snacks in a laid-back atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • Sigree, City Point, Dhole Patil Rd,delicious food.worth having buffet of 350 bucks.
  • Malaka Spice, Koregaon Park. Lip smacking Continental food.
  • Yellow chillies, Koregaon Park. Sanjeev Kapoor's Joint with amazing variety of dishes.

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.


Drink

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.


  • Yoko's, G-3 5th Avenue, Dhole Patil Road, Pune. A must have when in Pune. If you are a sizzler freak you will enjoy this place, excellent ambience and very economical...

Alcohol

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.

  • Elysium Koregaon Park,(Mind Circus Innovations project).
  • Ten Downing Street, Gera Plaza, Dhole Patil Rd.
  • Thousand Oaks, 2/17, East St, Camp.
  • Provogue Lounge Lounge, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park.
  • Wondurr Bar, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park.
  • Olas, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park.
  • Hi Tide, Sagar Plaza, 1, Bund Garden Rd.
  • Carzonrent, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park.
  • Pub Carousel, Holiday Inn, 262, Bund Garden Rd.
  • Club Nirvana, INOX Multiplex, Bund Garden Rd, Camp.
  • Casabella, Taj Blue Diamond, 11, Koregaon Rd, Koregaon Park.
  • Roof Top Bar, Le Meridien, Mill Rd.
  • Entresol Bar, Le Meridien, Mill Rd.
  • Scream - The Club, Le Meridien, Mill Rd.
  • Toons, MG Road.
  • Raviraj, Deccan Gymkhana
  • 7 Bamboo,koregaon park
  • Apache - The Livid Lounge, F.C. Road and Banjara Hills, Chandani Chowk. One rocking place. Good heavy music. Recommended for a rock/ metal head.

Tea and coffee

  • Dorabji is famous for coffee and it's products.
  • 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 [50] or Cafe Coffee Day [51] chains, both of which have numerous locations around town. The FC Road and MG Road branches of Barista are wi-fi hotspots.
  • Don't forget to enjoy bun-maska (bread with butter) with Irani tea at Goodluck on FC road.

Sleep

Keep away from most of the places that are close to the City Railway Station, as hotels in the western part of the city are cheaper and safer.

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under Rs 800
Mid-range Rs 800-1500
Splurge Rs 1500 +

Budget

  • Trimurti Lodge, Fergusson College Rd. It's not particularly clean.
  • Shreyas Hotel, Apte Road. Basic facilities.
  • Suyash Lodge,Tilak Road. Very cheap, but almost basic facilities.
  • Yatri Lodge, Karve Road. Clean but basic facilities.
  • Sumangal Youth Hostel , 60/1 plot 2 Sun City,jambhulwadi road,ambegaon khurd,behind dalavi vasti,clean very cheap three star facilities nice lake view. (Only for married couples). 9822010217. [52]
  • Living Beautifully, Koregaon Park. Clean and beautiful accommodation close to Osho International Meditation Resort. Run by German Indian Couple. E-Mail [email protected], Phone 00919326030310

Hotel Rutugandh,638 deccan gymkhana,behind pmt bus depot,Pune,Phone number:020-25536560/66029201

Mid-range

  • Lemon Tree Hotel, Hinjawadi, Pune, P4, Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Phase I, Hinjawadi 411057, Pune,[53]
  • Gymkhana. Centrally located, spacious rooms
  • Ambassador Hotel, Pune [54]

Splurge

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.

  • Taj Blue Diamond [55]
  • Le Meridien [56]
  • Sun n Sand [57]
  • Hotel Brookside [58]
  • Hotel St Laurn

Contact

Phone

  • Pune is well covered by mobile phone networks. Idea, Airtel, BSNL and Hutch offer GSM based networks, while Reliance and TATA Indicom offer CDMA connectivity.
  • To call a Mumbai number, the phone does not require STD. Simply dial 9522 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)

Internet

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.

Stay safe

Pune is by and large a very safe place. Violent crime is almost unheard of, 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.

Be especially careful when driving on the outskirts of Pune. Although most people in the city are polite, slum dwellers and onlookers in surrounding villages on occasion have been known to rob "outsiders" stranded at odd hours due to vehicle breakdown.

Now a days, the traffic and transport situation in Pune has become very pathetic and getting daily deteriorated and dangerous due to increasing number of vehicles, 2, 3 and 4 wheelers, and indisciplined and careless driving of the citizens. People hardly follow traffic signals, lanes, no entries etc. The vehicles don't care for pedestrians crossing the roads. The enforcement of traffic laws by the traffic police is very rarely seen, unlike Mumbai or other major cities. The road conditions are also very bad at some locations, especially during rainy seasons. According to a report,a total of 477 deaths occurred in 2008 in road accidents in Pune and Pimpari-Chinchwad area. and, the number of people who were injured is 1,617 in 2008. Drivers, both 2 and 4 wheelers, normally do not follow one ways and drive from the wrong side of a divided road, even on highways. Crossing a busy street is always a nightmare. Vehicles don't stop and they continuously keep honking at the crossing pedestrians. Many fatal accidents with the pedestrians happen while crossing the roads. Thus, be extremely careful while crossing the road. Always follow the local people who are crossing along with you. Follow all traffic rules while driving.(if you are on a 2 wheeler and are honked at because of stopping at a red traffic light, you can move aside and give the driver way to go ahead). Please strictly wear helmets if you are driving a two wheeler. If you are from a western country, you are not advised to drive on Pune roads.

The incidents of chain snatching and looting a lonely person at night are also on a rise. Thus you are advised not to travel alone during night hours at lonely places. However, crowded places are by and large safe.



Emergency assistance

  • Police - 100
  • Fire - 101
  • Ambulance - 102
  • Accident and trauma - 1099

Get out

Day trips

  • Matheran
  • Mahabaleshwar
  • Baneshwar, Pune-Satara Rd. A favorite picnicking spot.
  • Shirgaon, Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
  • Chateau Indage Winery, Narayangaon. A pleasant 80 km drive through toll roads and ghats. The Chateau has a good restaurant as well.
  • Shirdi, Pune-Nashik Highway. Shirdi famous for Sai baba temple. Also residence of Sai baba.
  • Appu Ghar
  • Dehu
  • 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 purposely installed there describing scenes from Hindu scriptures and Puranas.This place also offers you to watch scenes of three major dams from it's top, which is very exciting for Nature lovers.
  • 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.
  • NDA (National Defence Acadamy), [59]
  • Osho Ashram[60]
  • Pashan Lake

Beaches near Pune

Diveagar is among few beaches of konkan. It is approximately 180 kms away from Pune. It takes around 5 hours to reach there. 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 veg sweet item)(yummy tasty)

Forts and trekking destinations near Pune

Hillstaions near Pune

Picnic spots near Pune

Weekend getaways

Temple Pilots Paragliding Club [61] Nirvana Paragliding [62] Native Place Getaway - Kamshet [63]

Hill forts

  • Sinhagad
  • 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
  • Rajgad
  • Lohagad & Visapur
  • Torna
  • Jejuri
  • Raireshwar
  • Purandar
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