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.
Guhagar is in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra. It belongs to the Konkan region located 65 km from Ratnagiri. Guhagar means a “cave” in the local language. The economy of the town exploded due to the Dabhol Power Company in the early 1990s. It is well-known for temples, beaches, betel nuts and Alphonso mangoes - the king of fruits. Mahad, Mahabaleshwar, Ratnagiri and Chiplun are the nearby cities.
Places to Stay
The budget hotels closest to Guhagar are in Chiplun (37 km away). Hotel Sailee (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), Hotel Deepak Deluxe (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Atithi (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
Languages spoken in Guhagar are Marathi and Daldi. Hindi and English are the secondary languages spoken.
The festivals celebrated in Guhagar are Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Dussehra and Diwali.
Places of Interest
Guhagar is famous for beaches, hills and temples such as Koyna Lake, Sandy Beach, Virgin Beach, Gopalgad Hill, Uma Maheshwari Temple, Durga Devi Temple, Ufarata Ganapati Temple and Chandrika Mandir. One nearby tourist destination is Anjanvel (13 km away) for Anjanvel Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest Lohegaon Airport is at a distance of 159 km from the town.
There is no railway station close to Guhagar. Chiplun, Kamathe and Ratnagiri railway stations are easily reachable.
The MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) runs buses from Ratnagiri and Chiplun at an interval of every 10 minutes. A few private bus services from Mumbai are Global Travels, Mohan Travels, Ghatge Patil Tranport, Navnath Travels, Mihir Travels with average fare of Rs. 180. When you buy your tickets online look out for bus ticket booking offers.