Pune is said to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The place, which has been in existence since 847 AD, is famous for its magnificent land and forts. This cultural city was actually the capital city of Shivaji. Today this city takes pride in its traditional Marathi culture, education and theatre. Pune city attracts a lot of tourists for its old world charm. The weather is warm and pleasant in this place because it is surrounded by hills and mountains.
Budget Hotels in Pune
There are good budget hotels in Pune. Some of them are Hotel Pearl Continental, (Tariff – Rs.1512), The North Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Castle Rock (Tariff – Rs.1911) and Hotel Maple Regency, (Tariff – Rs.950).
The official language of Pune is Marathi. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Pune
Some famous festivals and events of Pune include the Ganapati (Ganesha) Festival (August/September), Shaniwarwada Dance Festival and Sawai Gandharva Music Festival
Places to See in Pune
There are several places of tourist attraction in Pune. Some of the places include Aga Khan Palace (7kms from bus stand), David Synagogue (12kms from Railway station), Shinde Chatri (5km from Pune) and Pataleshwar Cave Temple (2Km from bus stand)
How to Get There
Pune Airport is located on the north-east of Pune. The airport has domestic and international flights. Two international flights Lufthansa and Air India Express provide Air transport services to Frankfurt and Dubai.
Pune railway station is the main railway station of Pune. It’s railway station is connected to the Mumbai and Chennai railway line. This railway junction is well connected to some of the major cities in the country.
Pune Bus Stand is the one of the busiest bus stations in Pune city. Buses from major cities and states operate from this city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Neeta Pragati Volvo, AR Tours and Travels and Natraj Travels. Avoid standing in queues in bus counters and go for online bus ticket booking facility instead.
Mumbai - a city everyone knows. However, at the edge of Navi Mumbai is Kalamboli. The place is the starting point of the much renowned and revamped Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Kalamboli, like the Devanshi Inn (Tariff – Rs. 2,275), Pallavi Avida (Tariff – Rs. 2,249) and Hotel City Palace (Tariff – Rs. 2,849).
Marathi, Hindi and English are the most common languages spoken in the region, Marathi being the official language.
Every festival is celebrated with great vigour but Ganesh Chaturthi certainly takes the cake. It is one of the most widely celebrated festivals. Diwali and Dushhera is given a lot of importance as well.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in and around Kalamboli. Apart from the popular sights of Mumbai some of the places to visit include the Rajmachi Fort around 44.4km away near Lonavala. The place offers great views and treks. 25 km north of Mumbai one will come across the Vihigaon Falls in Thane, which not only has majestic scenery but one can also go canoeing.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kalamboli is the Chhatrapti Shivaji International Airport around 27 km away and the domestic airport is around the same.
Kalamboli is well connected via the railways and the nearest railway stations are Mansarovar railway station and Khargar railway station at 2.5 km and 4 km respectively, and Panvel railway station, 5 km from Kalamboli.
NMMT, BEST, MSRTC and KDMT are local bus services that one can avail apart from the inter-city buses which are available. Making use of bus ticket coupons are the best way to get discounts while booking your tickets.