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.
Darwha is in Maharashtra’s Yvatmal district. With a population of 23,360, this town is located in the interiors of the state and has been quite progressive and offers educational facilities with higher degree options resulting in a literacy rate of about 80%.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels with up-to-the-mark standards in Darwha. The best one is Gyanson Deluxe Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400).
The official language of Darwhais Marathi.
Celebration of Hindu- Muslim festivals such as Diwali and Eid are a must see here. Other than the festival related events, the 7-day ‘Saptah’ is organised once a year from the 14th till the 20th of January.
Places of Interest
Darwha is known for its temples. Some of them include Ambadevi Temple (83 kms from Darwha) and Chintamani Temple (3 kms from the town). Mallikarjun Temple, an ancient Lord Shiva Temple, is located just outside the city and an 80 year old Jain temple is situated in the heart of the city. The Golibar Chowk square is also quite famous. It is where the British is believed to have open fired at an unarmed congregation.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Darwha is the Sonegaon Airport at Nagpur.
The Darwha Railway Station is located on the Yvatmal- Karanja rail line of the Central Railways.
There are daily bus services to Pune, Jalna, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Mehkar, Digras, Pusad, Washim, Karanja Lad, Mumbai and Nagpur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Shree Khurana Travels and Vidarbha Express Travels (Noor). It is easy to get your tickets through Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket online booking facility.