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Revision as of 10:39, 29 November 2007

Pune [1] is located in Maharashtra, India 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 some fantastic restaurants, a few good museums and is well known for its surrounding hill forts which offer panoramic bird's-eye views.

Understand

"A City of Many Communities"
Since Pune is in the state of Maharashtra, most of the residents are Marathis. However, there are a few other communities as well.

  • Gujaratis on Fergusson College Rd.
  • Tamilians in Rasta Peth.
  • Parsis on M.G. Rd.
  • Expats in Koregaon Park.


Pune has a glorious history of nearly 600 years. It has a very large student population and also a large military presence as the headquarters of the Southern Command of the Indian Army are located in the city. The National Defence Academy (India's premier defence academy for the army, navy, and air force) is at Khadakvasla, 17 km from the city. Pune is renowned for its educational institutions and is also referred to as The Oxford of the East.

Also known as...
Pune is referred to by various names. Some of the most popular ones are

  • Nicknames
    • Queen of the Deccan
    • Oxford of the East
    • Detroit of India
    • The Automobile City
  • Historical Names
    • Punyapattan
    • Punyanagari
    • Punnaka
    • Poona


Climate

Pune has three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. Typical hot summer weather runs from March to May, with maximum temperatures ranging from 35 to 42°C. Contrary to most of the Deccan Plateau where May is the warmest month, the warmest month in Pune is April. The city often receives local and heavy thundershowers with sharp downpours in May, which cools the temperatures. Nevertheless, the nights in Pune are significantly cooler than most other parts in this region owing to its high altitude.


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.Pune's prime web portal

Talk

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

Information

There are plenty of resources which you could glance through before coming to Pune. The newspapers with local editions in Pune have a page dedicated to cultural and other events in the city.

Newspapers

Intelligent Pune ( a 32 page English weekly tabloid published every Thursday) www.intelligentpune.com

Tourist Offices

  • Maharashtra Tourism, Pune Central Building +91-20-2612-6867/8169 [8]
  • Tourist Info Booth, Pune City Stn.

Districts

Pune is a city of many small neighbourhoods. Broadly speaking, the city can be divided a number of districts

  • Aundh is a north western area of Pune. It is a fast growing locality attracting IT and BPO companies. It is also most convenient residential area for people working in Hinjewadi IT park.
  • Camp is the area which refers to Central Pune. At the centre of Camp lies Bund Garden, Pune's largest green patch. Most of the corporate offices and upmarket shopping malls are located here.
  • Shivaji Nagar has central bus stand and rail stop.
  • Kalyani Nagar is a fairly new district.
  • Kothrud is a middle-class area that has sprung up on both sides of Karve Road.
  • 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.
  • Koregaon Park is located north-east of the Camp area. It is a posh suburb and houses the city's best restaurants.
  • The Peths are a cluster of little neighbourhoods that constitute the old part of town. Here, cyclists try to dodge Mercedes' to cut across the narrow lanes while street-vendors sell snacks on the sidewalk.
  • Lohegaon is a suburb of Pune. It is of minor importance but the airport is located here.

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

Although Pune airport [9] is served by almost all domestic carriers, the number of flights is limited due to the airport functioning primarily as a military facility. Currently, international flights operate only to Dubai and Singapore. If a 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. By long-distance private taxi, the journey should take around three hours and costs about Rs 1200.

The airport is located in Lohegaon, which is around 20km from the city center, and takes about 45 minutes - 1 hour to reach.

Flights connecting with Pune:

By train

Pune is well connected to other Indian cities by rail [19], and in particular there is a very frequent service to Mumbai.

Below is a list of services connecting with Pune:

  • The Azad Hind connects the city to Howrah and takes 36 hours. Pune is also connected to Jammu by the Jhelum Express. The train covers Northern and Central India, connecting the cities of Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Delhi and Jammu. The super-express trains serving Pune are listed below. The names of the trains are in bold.
  • Goa Exp: Vasco-da-Gama, Madgaon, Londa, Belgaum, Miraj, Sangli, Satara, Daund, Ahmednagar, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra Cantt, Nizamuddin
  • Deccan Queen Exp: Lonavala, Dadar, Mumbai CST
  • Intercity Exp: Lonavala, Dadar, Mumbai CST
  • Azad Hind Exp: 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.
  • Hatutma Exp: Daund, Kurduwadi, Solapur
  • Dadar - Chennai Central Exp: Dadar, Kalyan, Lonavala, Solapur, Gulbarga, Shahabad, Wadi, Raichur, Adoni, Guntakal, Cuddapah, Renigunta, Arakkonam, Chennai Central.
  • Shatabdi Exp: Lonavala, Dadar, Mumbai CST
  • Nagercoil Exp: 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 Exp: 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 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 upto 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

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

  • It takes about three hours to get from Pune to Mumbai airport on the Pune-Mumbai Highway. Both private and state owned companies operate luxury buses on this route, and run 24 hours service with buses departing every fifteen minutes. MRSTC buses charge around Rs 185 (Non AC) and Rs 250 (AC) for the journey. NH 4 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.
  • Share Cabs operate on the popular Pune City Station to Dadar T, Mumbai route. These taxis seat 4 to 5 people, and charge Rs200 per person using a regular car, Rs800 for a Fiat Premier and Rs1000 for an Ambassador.
  • In addition to the main bus station, the city also has three suburban stands:
  • 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.
  • Pune City Station : This bus stand mainly serves buses on the Mumbai route. Most services make a stop at Lonavala.

Get around

By PMT City Bus

City Buses in Pune are run by the PMT. Although the vehicles are crowded and smoke-belching, the network is very extensive. Almost all parts of the city are connected by the PMT 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 4 (9 US cents) to Rs 15 (35 US cents). Only two Pune Darshan services are air-conditioned. The Pune Darshan Bus covers a loop of Pune and costs Rs 100 per person. The route of the bus is Pune Stn - 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 Stn. The tour starts at 9 AM and ends at 5 PM.

For details on PMT City bus click here http://www.pmtpune.org/

By auto-rickshaws

There is also a huge army of three wheeled rickshaws. Rickshawalas are typically very soft spoken and helpful in Pune. 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 April 2007 the conversion equation is : Cost = 6 * Reading + 2, where "Cost" is the actual fare in rupees and "Reading" is the meter reading. Thus Rs 2 on the meter is actually Rs (6*2 + 2) = Rs 14. 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.

By two-wheelers

This city was once known as the bicycle capital of the world, but now it has turned into the motorcycle capital.

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)
  • Gorawadi
  • Talegaon (Muhammad Ali Rd, CRPF)
  • Wadgaon (PWD bungalow)
  • Kanhe
  • Kamshet [20]
  • Malwali
  • Lonavala (Khandala, Karla Cave)

By car

There is quite a lot of traffic on Pune roads and driving through the narrow lanes won't be 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 kms.

  • Hertz [21]
  • Pluto
  • Ashoka Travels

See

  • Raja Dinakar 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 articrafts 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 estabished 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 comittee 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 Waada This imposing 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 majestic 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.
  • St. Mary's Church A beautiful church built by the British in 1825.
  • Saras Garden A Ganesh Temple stands in the middle of the garden. It was built by Peshwa Bajirao II.
  • Aga Khan Palace This palace boasts of Italianate arches, a gracious building having 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. A memorial was later erected here, in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace.
  • Parvati Hill temples Standing atop this hillock you get a vertical glimpse of Pune. A steep flight of 108 narrow steps lead 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.
  • 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.
  • Pune University[22] 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[23]
  • Katraj A famous Jain Temple and a Snake Park are located here.
  • Chatushrungi Mata Temple on Senapati Bapat Road.
  • NDA (National Defence Acadamy)[24] This is a Defense Academy that imparts basic training to officers, cadets of all the three branches of the Defense Services for Commission in the Army, Navy and Air-Force. It is situated at Khadakvasla, 17 kms From Pune.
  • Pashan Lake This lake is situated 12 kms off the road to N.D.A. It is an Ornithologists delight, as it is the favourite haunt of a number of migratory and residential birds. For bird watching, head towards this little lake.
  • 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 Udhayan. 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.
  • Appu Ghar Indira Gandhi Udyan situated at Pradhikaran, Nigdi on Pune-Mumbai highway. It is a play park and a mini Disney Land full of wheels, merry-go-round and swings. Both adults and the children enjoy the rides and the fun alike. Reaching there is no problem, as there are direct bus service from the Pune station.
  • Dehu Situated on the river Indrayani, this place is famous for the poet Sant Tukaram who was born and brought up here. A number of stories of the famed poet and the place are still popular. There are a number of interesting historical sights a short distance out of Pune that can be seen over a few days, if you plan your time right. The charm of this quaint city of Pune is around it in the forts, the caves and the other adventurous treks around the little mountains and hillocks! Some of these sights have great relevance in the history of the Marathas.

Visits to the Buddhist caves at Bhaja and at Karla make rather interesting side trips too. And Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar, located in the Sahyadris, are quaint, pretty places for a relaxing few days.

  • Osho Ashram[25] Pune has become an international tourist spot because of the Osho Commune International. Spread over 31 acres of flush green surroundings, it is the meditation resort to people from over 60-70 different countries. The Osho Commune offers over 100 different meditation techniques to all the participants. It has become a must-visit to all the tourists over the world who are on a spiritual journey.

"Naming neighbourhoods"
Peth is the general name for a locality in old Pune. Businesses in many of these localities used to be open for business only once a week. Hence these localities are named according to the day they were open for business. For example,

Raviwar (Sunday) Peth, Somwar (Monday) Peth, Mangalwar (Tuesday) Peth, Budhwar Peth (Wednesday), Guruwar (Thursday) Peth, Shukrawar (Friday) Peth, and Shaniwar (Saturday) Peth. Some peths have been named after a major temple located within their boundaries. Kasba Peth is the oldest peth in Pune and is located bang in the city center. Ganesh Peth, Bhawani Peth and Ganj Peth are some other examples. Other peths have been named after certain notable people.

  • Sadashiv Peth : Named after Sadashiv Rao Bhau. One of the young Peshwa warriors who lost their lives in the 3rd Battle of Panipat.
  • Nana Peth : Named after Nanasaheb Peshwa.
  • Narayan Peth : Named after Narayanrao Peshwa.
  • Ghorpade Peth: Named after a Maratha General from the Peshwa Dynasty.
  • Rasta Peth : Named after Sardar Raste, who was asked to leave the then boundries of Pune city. It is now known for its Tamil population which has been living here.
  • The last peth was the Navi (New) Peth. After Navi Peth, the localities were named "Nagar". Sahakarnagar, Shikshaknagar, Vimannagar, Lokmanyanagar are some of these localities.


Do

  • Gliding Centre Pune, [26]. 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 Activity in Pune, [27]. Learn horse riding in Pune with Digvijay Pratishthan's riding school. Get out on Horse back for one day trip to Sinhagad fort.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy typical Maharashtrian food at Sadashiv Peth and Shanivar Peth.

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 Rd. Giant-wheels are the main attractions but the food sold at the stalls is delicious too.

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

Learn

  • Fergusson College(FC)[28] is one of the well known colleges in India. Consistently ranked among the top 10 colleges of the country, FC has a huge legacy behind its name. Built in 1885,the College boasts of a beautiful tree-lined campus with smooth rolling hills in the background.
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management[29] is one of the best business schools in India.
  • Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management(SITM)[30]is not only the best Telecom Management Institute within India but throughout South Asia.
  • Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research SICSR[31] is one of the best IT Institute in India. SICSR was selected by ISRO for the prestigious Indo US Edusat Network, a joint initiative of ISRO
  • NG NARALKAR'S INST. OF CAREER DEV & RESEARCH[32] is one of the best business schools in India.
  • University of Pune [33] is a well known centre of education.
  • College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) [34] — The oldest engineering college in India (founded in 1854) is one of the best in the country
  • PICT [35] The engineering college known for computer and information technology enginnering in India (founded in 1983) is one of the best in the country
  • Deccan College and Bhandarkar Institute are major centres of Indological and Archaeological research.
  • Fergusson College [36] is one of the most famous colleges in India.
  • S.P College [37] is one of the most famous colleges in India.
  • Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce [38]
  • Law College [39] run by Indian Law Society (ILS)
  • Bharti Vidyapeeth [40] has an engineering college, medical college and its own law college.
  • IUCAA[41] The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) is an autonomous institution set up by the University Grants Commission to promote nucleation and growth of active groups in Astronomy and Astrophysics in Indian universities.
  • Film and Television Institute of India[42] The FTII is situated on a sprawling campus midst much greenery on the Law College Road. It is a premier institute that imparts training in all branches of the film industry and is known for having produced some of the finest professionals in the Audio- Visual media, most of whom have won accolades abroad. So if you have star in your eyes, FTII is a must.
  • Nowrosjee Wadia College This is the Science and Arts section of Wadia College.
  • Ness Wadia College This is the Commerce section of Wadia College.

Work

For a long time, Pune has been the Detroit of India. Pune is home to Tata Motors [43], second largest passenger car manufacturer in India, Bajaj Auto has their two wheeler plant, kinetic motors is located here, Daimler Chrysler has their Assembly plant, and recently Farm equipment major John Deere has entered. 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. You could earn upto Rs 20,000 per month in a call center. Many of the world's top MNCs have their offices/development centers in Pune.

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.
  • Tulsi 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.
  • Junna 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.

Upscale

  • Westside, I/B, Moledina Rd, Camp. [44]
  • Shoppers Stop, [45]
    • Nucleus Mall, 1, Church Rd, Camp.
    • Godrej Eternia, B Wing, Shivaji Nagar.
  • Vishal Mega Mart, 16/1/1, KPCT, Fatima Nagar. [46]
  • aLL, 256, Koncord Towers, Dhole Patil Rd. [47]
  • Big Bazaar, Fun n Shop, Solapur Rd, Fatima Nagar. [48]
  • Pantaloons, Plot D, Bund Garden, Camp. [49]
  • Giny & Jony, 256, Koncord Towers, Dhole Patil Rd. [50]
  • fabindia, Sassoon Rd. [51]
  • Ashay Complex, Pushpak Park, ITI Rd, Aundh.
  • Marks & Spencer, Magnum, Moledina Rd, Camp. [52]
  • United Colors of Benetton, [53]
    • 2, M.G. Rd.
    • Magnum, Moledina Rd, Camp.
    • 1206/B/19, J.M. Rd, Deccan Gymkhana.
  • GuessJean, 231, Moledina Rd, Camp. [54]

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.

  • Nucleus, 1, Church Rd, Camp.
  • 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.
  • Vishal Megamart, Fatima Nagar.
  • Big Bazaar, Solapur Rd, Fatima Nagar, Sinhagad Road.
  • Pyramid, Pune Camp
  • LifeStyle, Kalyani Nagar

Books

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 religious books, computer books, music books etc.

The Crossword chain of bookshops has 9 branches in Pune.

  • Crossword
    • ICC Trade Towers, Senapati Bapat Rd.
    • 1st floor, Sohrab Hall, RBM Cannaught Rd.
    • Godrej Eternia B Wing, Shivaji Nagar.
    • 1978, Convent St, Camp.
    • 1277, J.M. Rd, Deccan Gymkhana.
    • University Rd, Ganesh Khind.
    • Supreme Centre, ITI Rd, Aundh.
    • 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 [55], Molendina Rd, On top of Dorabjee's

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.
    • 757/A/1, Jungli Maharaj Rd, Deccan Gymkhana.
  • National Shoes, 522, Paud Rd, Kothrud.
  • Sai Krupa Footwear, B/8/4, Pimpri Colony.

Eat

This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under Rs 150
Mid-range Rs 150-500
Splurge Rs 500 +


Pune is undoubtedly a great place to eat. Fergusson College Road is full of budget eateries serving delicous hot food at nominal fares. 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 omlets. Good for breakfast. Right next to the Jehangir Hospital.
  • Juice World, M.G. Rd/ East St. Serves wonderful parathas and pav bhaji.
  • Mathura, Sai Service Stn, J.M. Rd. Serves authentic Maharashtrian thalis and batata vada.
  • Durga, Paud Road. A popular joint for coffee.
  • Savera, Fergusson College Rd. Vegetarian restaurant.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toons, M.G. Rd. Serves burgers and has a pool table.
  • Coffee House, M.G. Rd. Enjoy their Channa Bhathura.
  • Subhadra, J.M.Road. Nice family restaurant.
  • Kasturi Mastani House, Warje Rd, Kothrud. Good evening place.
  • Kamat, Happy Colony. A good family eatery.
  • Durvankur, Maharashtra Mandal, Tilak Rd. Try their Marathi thali.
  • Sukanta , Deccan Z bridge, M.G. Rd.
  • Burger King has two branches and serves brilliant grilled sandwiches. Their burgers are 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.
  • McDonalds India joints are quite different from their global counterparts. Try the Shahi Paneer McCurry Pan or the McAloo Tikki Burger. There are 5 branches in Pune. Four of them offer McDelivery at 9522-28516666, the Kothrud branch does not.
    • 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
  • 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.
  • Choice Panchratna Appartments ,Fatima Nagar Chowk.Dont forget to try their Paneer Butter Masala.
  • Baan Thai Bakers Point,NIBM Road.Pretty good variety of Prawns and Chicken preperations.
  • Deccan harvest magarpata city.Pretty good ambience and great food.

Mid-range

  • 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.
  • Nisarg, Padale Palace Chowk, Karve Rd. Good Indian fare.
  • Khyber, J.M. Rd, Deccan Gymkhana.
  • Oliva, Yatri Lodge, Karve Rd.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Raviraj,Deccan Gymkhana, Bhandarkar road. Multicuisine restaurant serving asian and continental food.

Splurge

  • Flags, INOX Multiplex, Bund Garden Rd, Camp. Has a very interesting menu.
  • 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.
  • Bombay Brasserie, 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 [56] 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, Bund Garden Rd, Camp. Has amazing Italian cuisine, and it is run by an Italian.
  • 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.

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.

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.

  • 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

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.

Dont forget to enjoy bun-maska (bread with butter) with Irani tea at Goodluck on FC road.

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. [57]
  • Goethe Institut, 14/3B, Dhole Patil Rd. [58]
  • Pune Music Cultural Centre, 459/1, Sadashiv Peth.
  • Fortune Art Gallery, 86/1, Erandwana, Deccan Gymkhana.

Cinema

  • INOX, Bund Garden Rd, Camp. [59]
  • City Pride, Kothrud.
  • City Pride, Pune Satara Road.
  • E-Square, University Road.
  • Gold Adlabs, Marigold Complex, Kalyani Nagar.[60]
  • Apollo, 549, Rasta Peth. [61]
  • Deccan, Deccan Gymkhana.
  • Fame Adlabs, Akurdi.
  • Adlabs, Premier Plaza,Chinchwad.[62]
  • LaxmiNarayan, Swargate.
  • Prabhat, Appa Balwant Chowk.

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 1500
Mid-range Rs 1500-5500
Splurge Rs 5500 +

Budget

  • Trimurti Lodge, Fergusson College Rd. Located right across the main gate of Fergusson College, this is a popular lodge for first time travellers, though it it next to impossible for the residents to get a good night's sleep owing to the thick traffic. 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.

Mid-range

  • Sadanand Residency, Karve Road. Good value for money.
  • Utsav, Pune-Satara Road. Spacious rooms, clean bathrooms and internet access at Rs 45/USD 1 per hour.
  • Ashok Lodge, Shivaji Road. A fairly cheap 2 star.
  • Raviraj Hotel, Deccan Gymkhana. Centrally located, spacious rooms

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.

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

Tons of Internet cafes are scattered around the city. Most private cafes charge about Rs 15-25 (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.

Emergency Assistance

  • POLICE - 100
  • FIRE BRIGADE - 101
  • AMBULANCE - 102
  • ACCIDENT AND TRAUMA - 1099

These national helplines have improved considerably over the last few years.

Get out

Day trips

  • Matheran
  • Mahabaleshwar
  • Mulshi
  • Baneshwar, Pune-Satara Rd. A favorite picknicking spot.
  • Shirgaon, Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Shirgaon is home to a temple dedicated to Sai Baba.
  • Chateau Indage Winery, Narayangaon. A pleasant 80kms 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.

Weekend getaways

Hill forts

Pune is surrounded by numerous forts, built by the Peshwa king Chhatrapati Shivaji who trained his army on lines of Guerilla warfare. While most of these are half-ruined, the views from the top are simply awesome.

  • Sinhagad Sinhagad stands 25 Kms from Pune, formerly known as Kondhana, once being the most impregnable fort in western India. It’s literal translation is the "Fortress of the Lion". The fort has changed hands many times from Mohammed Tughlak in 1340 A.D., to the British in 1918 A.D. Legends says, 300 years ago Shivaji’s Gen. Tanaji Malusare scaled this sheer precipice with ropes and giant lizards. He was killed in the battle and a memorial exists. It is an ideal place for a day long picnic and site seeing. The main attraction is climbing the fort on foot.
  • Nil Kantheshwar Near to panshet dam. A must see place near @ 45 km from pune.The main attraction beautiful sun set and large amount of statues showing different events of mythology.
  • Rajgad 42 kms from Pune, Rajgad is truly the King of all forts. It is famous for its structure. Rajgad is surrounded by Sinhagad, Torna, Mangalgad and Purandar. Shivaji Maharaj spent nearly 30 years of his life here. The fort is 1400 mts above sea level and a difficult one to climb. The Padmavati temple which is of immense historical value is the only place where one can rest. The top of the fort offers panoramic views of Purandar, Sinhagad, Mahabaleshwar, Raireshwar, Torana, Raigad, Manmohangad, Makarandgad, Varanda Ghat, Lingana, Lohegad, Visapur, Tikona and Pratapgad. Bale Killa which is one of the most difficult forts to climb in Maharashtra is another nearby attraction. Rajgad gives you a true trekking experience. To reach Rajgad get down to Vinzhar on the Pune-Velhe road. The steep trek begins from this small village. An alternative route connects Torna to the fort.
  • Lohagad & Visapur A ridge separates the twin forts of Lohegadh and Visapur with a km between them. At an altitude of 1350 m, Lohagadh was Shivaji's stronghold during his reign. A local from Pune takes you there; you have to get down at Malavli, the nearest rail head (10 kms away) is 45 minutes from Pune City Stn . A waterfall in the trek to Lohagad is the highlight of the trek. A number of mischievous monkeys can create trouble so watch out. Though not much remains of the fort, the trek to the top is still worth it. While Visapur might be right next to it, there is not much to see! Dating back to the 1700s, visiting these forts (one kilometer apart), which were taken and lost by Shivaji, makes for a strenuous hike. The Bhaja caves , situated in Bhaja village, are nearby and it is a 4 kilometer walk from Lohagad to the Bhada Main Road.
  • Torna One of the highest forts in Maharashtra, this fort was Shivaji's first major conquest. He rebuilt it by repairs and made it his base. Shivaji had apparently abandoned this fort for Raigadh after finding it to be vulnerable due to its open summit. This fort offers a lot for trekkers, as it has one of the most exciting treks. A two-hour bus ride from Swargate will take you to Velha, where the imposing fort rises out of the outskirts of this village. Not a fort for everyone, this trek needs to be attempted only for true-blue trekkers. Biking up to the fort is a good option but it is best to make sure the tyres are designed for rough sloping terrain.
  • Jejuri Situated 48 kms away, Jejuri is known for the Khandoba deity and is considered a religious place by the Hindus. Large congregations attend the annual fair held here. There are eight Ganesh temples or ashtavinayakas where the idol is self formed. Five of these are in and around Pune Sri Moreshwar, Sri Chintamani, Sri Mahaganapati, Sri Wighnahar and Sri Girijatmak. Khandoba, the deity at Jejuri is the fighter God of the Marathas. He is shown astride a horse and has a angry warlike look. This was reason enough for the Muslims to repeatedly destroy the temple. Even Aurangzeb attempted to destroy the temple a second time in 1690. He however was thwarted in this attempt when the Mughal soldiers while trying to attack the temple disturbed a nest of hornets. The hornets so harassed the besieging Mughal soldiers that Aurangzeb was forced to lift the siege and spare the temple. The Bigoted but God-fearing Aurangzeb is said to have placated the angry bees by offering one hundred and twenty five thousand silver coins to God Khandoba.


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