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Welcome to Pune

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The student capital of India will have all eyes from the Commonwealth on it as 1300 student athletes and another 500 officials descend upon the city as Pune becomes the first Asian city to host the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Located in the Deccan Plateau in the culturally entrenched state of Maharashtra, Pune is only 160 kms South-east of India's financial metropolis Mumbai and 100kms from the coastline of the Arabian Sea. The city of Pune covers an area of 450 sq kms and it is home to almost 4 million people. One of the major assets that Pune has is the climate. It remains cool and pleasant throughout the year and the temperature ranges between 12'C and 37'C. The most common language spoken in Pune is Marathi. But most people also understand Hindi (India's national language) and English.

Pune is home to a lot of youngsters because of the many great educational institut ions in the city. Students from all over India and abroad choose Pune for their higher education. That's the reason why it has acquired the name ‘Oxford of the east'.

The Software industry and the Automobile industry drive the economy of Pune and many leading companies in these sectors have setup large operations in the city.

Places to See

Pune is a great city for tourists with lots of interesting sightseeing opportunities. Here are a few places that you might want to pay a visit to:

1. Raja Dinakar Kelkar museum - It as a traditional arts and crafts museum in an old Rajasthani style building situated at Bajirao road. Some of the major attractions here are 2000 year old pottery, traditional Indian lamps and 17th century paintings.
2. Tribal Museum - Located off Koregaon Road to the east of Pune City Station, this unique museum houses interesting artifacts from the Sahyadri and Gondhwa regions of Maharashtra
3. Shaniwar Waada - This is an imposing palace built by the successors of Shivaji, the Peshwas in 1736. It is located in the heart of the city near Deccan Gymkhana.
4. Pune University - The stately mansions of the Pune University built in Italian gothic style are a sight to behold. It is also one of the oldest universities in India.
5. Fergusson College - Built in 1885, the College boasts of a beautiful tree-lined campus with smooth rolling hills in the background.
6. Gliding Centre Pune - It is located at Hadapsar on the eastern side of the city. You can have an experience of a lifetime by flying above the city on a glider and enjoying the splendid views. Plus it costs just Rs. 187.

Pune has also seen a large explosion of malls; most of these host the best national and international brands and are generally cool hangout joints for both the young and the young of heart! As an alternative to cultural sight-seeing and shopping, we'd recommend catching an Indian movie at one of these great cineplexes as one of the best ways to getting introduced to Indian culture.

Malls Cineplexes
Ishanya INOX
Godrej Eternia City Pride
Fun n Shop Mangala
Pune Central E-square
Runwal Plaza Adlabs
City Mall Apollo
Magnum Deccan
Lingfield Plaza Laxmi Narayan
Lifestyle Prabhat

Travel Guide

If you're a tourist and new to the city, we'd strongly recommend that you refrain from travelling alone in the city. Here are some of your options as modes of transportation.

1. PMPML: is Pune's public bus transport system. It is the cheapest way to travel in Pune and they have a very large and extensive network of buses operating in and around the city. But on the flipside, the buses are often very overcrowded and take more time than any other mode of transport to reach a particular destination.

To know more about the public bus system and for route maps, visit www.pmtpune.org

2. AUTO RICKSHAWS: Like all the major cities in India, Pune also has a huge army of 3 wheeler autos and they are easy to find anywhere in the city. They are not as cheap as public buses but they take much less time in reaching any destination as compared to the buses.

All the autos have a meter fitted in them which gives a reading on the basis of the distance you travel. This reading is then converted into rupees which the commuter has to pay. The conversion rate is as follows:

Cost = 8 * Reading + 2 (8 multiplied by the meter reading plus 2)

3. CAR: There are many car rentals in Pune from where one can rent any kind of car. Renting a mid-sized car will cost around Rs. 2500 per day. Below is a list of the prominent car rental providers in Pune include Hertz (www.hertz.com), Savaari car rentals (www.savaari.com) & Sanver Mumbai Pune travels (www.travels.sanver.com).

References: www.wikipedia.org, www.virtualpune.com, www.indobase.com



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