About Pune

At the convergence of two majestic rivers, Mula and Mutha, stands Pune (also spelled as Poona) in Maharashtra, with its glorious history dating back over 1600 years. Known to be the cultural capital of the state, it boasts of a flamboyant past with a rich history of several illustrious dynasties. It is a lively city swarming with students who come here to excel in its several top class educational institutions. Due to this influx of the youth, the city is known for its happening night life, great restaurants and an overall pulsating atmosphere.

In this city, one can experience everything from local lip smacking traditional Kolhapuri and Maharashtrian delicacies served off food carts to the more sophisticated sit down restaurants serving elegant entrees and main courses belonging to varied cuisines. The official language is Marathi and is most widely spoken in the city.

Best time to visit:
Pune experiences both hot and cold climates in a year. The best time to visit is from July to February with a cool and humid atmosphere.
Top five places to see:

Pataleshwar Rock-Cut Temple – The historical Pataleshwar Cave Temple, is a rock cut shrine dating back to 8th Century. The temple is made out of a single hard stone and the main deity is Pataleshwar. The temple bears massive pillars and is constructed with architectural excellence.

Aga Khan Palace – Famed for its connect with the Indian Independence movement, Aga Khan Palace is where Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi were imprisoned during the Quit India Movement in 1942.

Osho Ashram – A man of great thoughts, Osho’s teachings and Meditation, Yoga techniques had tremendous influence on his disciples. The ashram is a prime attraction for tourists who are followers of Bhagwan Rajneesh’s ideologies and preaching.

Saras Baug – The imposing garden is a popular relaxation spot and is exquisite with elegant fountains and lush green lawns. The garden houses a renowned temple constructed in 1774 by the illustrious Madhav Rao Peshwa.

Bund Garden – Scenically located on the banks of the Mula Mutha river, the Bund Garden was constructed by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy as a mini dam with an aim to provide water to the poor for farming. The garden, also known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, is filled with natural beauty and is an ideal place for visitors looking for a pleasant evening boat ride in the back waters.