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.
Chikhali is a small village in the westernmost Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the Buldana district. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Aurangabad at distance of 63 km. The district headquarters of Buldana is located at a distance of 115 km. A cotton factory located in the village is the source of employment for most inhabitants.
Places to Stay
Aurangabad as a city has a lot of budget-friendly hotels. Some of the options which are worth trying are Lemon Tree Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Panchwati Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Ambassador Ajanta (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Panchavati (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the region is Marathi. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in Aurangabad are Bibi-ka-Maqbara (burial place of Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife, Dilras Banu Begum) , located at a distance of 3 km; the 12 Buddhist caves, popularly known as the Aurangabad Caves, located at a distance of 5 km from the city; Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary; Dattatreya Mandir and others.
How to Get There
Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 58 km.
The nearest railway station is the Aurangabad Railway Station at a distance of 68 km.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Dolphin Travel House is one such private operator. Buses to the area are available from Aurangabad. Booking bus tickets is very easy these days through various bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com.