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.
CBD Belapur or Central Business District is a suburb of Mumbai in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The area is located within Navi Mumbai. The connectivity of the area with other localities of Mumbai is proper with local trains, BEST and NMMT buses at service of the local populace. CBD Belapur comes under the Mumbai district.
Places to Stay
One can try out these options in Mumbai proper - Hayat Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Sai Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Ramada Navi Mumbai Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others as budget-friendly options are extremely limited in CBD Belapur.
The official language of the area is Marathi. Hindi, Urdu and English are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s), Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
The place of prime interest is the Belapur Fort. Besides this, the locality is lush and green with many trekking spots. It is anyone’s guess, that a city with a beach (or coast) nearby is a tourist destination in itself. However, some of the places which are worth visiting in Mumbai are Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Chowpatty Beach among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at a distance of 31 km.
The Kalyan Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 34 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses have pick-up points in the area. Travel websites offer discount on bus ticket booking, especially during the festive season.