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.
Chiplun is a small picturesque city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the Ratnagiri district and comes within the Konkan region on the coast. The major urban agglomeration nearby is the city of Pune at a distance of 233 km. It is believed that the word Chiplun means ‘Home of Lord Parshuram’.
Places to Stay
The city has a lot of budget-friendly hotels. Some of the options which are worth trying are Hotel Rajnigandha (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Sailee (Tariff – Rs. 800), Deepak Deluxe Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 800), Motel Vanashri (Tariff – Rs. 900) 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 Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
The city is based in the midst of greenery and flowing streams. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the city are Adrey Dam, Chiveli Vagheshwari Mandir, Koyna Dam, Pandavaas Caves, Parshuram Mandir, Sawatsada Waterfalls among others.
How to Get There
New Pune International Airport is the nearest major airport at a distance of 289 km.
The nearest major railway station is the Pune Railway Station at a distance of 234 km; the city has its own railway station too.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Jabbar Travels is one such private operator. Online bus reservation facility has made the process of bus booking in India very convenient.