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.
Malvan is a historical town in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. Being a coastal town, the staple food of the population here is fish curry and rice. Malvan is also known for the varieties of mangoes produced here, which include the Alphonso. Sweets such as Ladoos and Khaja from this town are popular across the state. Malvani Dashavtar, which is a drama based on mythological stories forms an important part of Malvani culture.
Places to Stay
There are a few lodging options in Malvan which include Sun and Sand Hotel (Tariff – Rs.600), Om Nishanand (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Gajanan Resort (Tariff – Rs.800 onwards).
Marathi and Malvani are the languages spoken in this town.
The art form of Dashavataar is famous across the Konkan region of Maharashtra and very popular in Malvan. Lord Vishnu’s ten incarnations are depicted in the play which carries on well into the night. Each enactment of the drama is usually conducted during the course of one week.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Malvan. Some of these are the sea Fort of Sindhudurg (43 km), Tarkarli beach (7 km), Tondavali beach (19 km), Rameshwar Temple (23 km), and Vetal Mandir (4 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Malvan is the Dabolim Airport (132 km).
The nearest railway station is in Kudal which has daily trains to and from Mumbai.
Maharastra State road Transport Corporation provides daily bus service from Pune (387 km). Buses from Mumbai (514 km) and Ratnagiri (200 km) are also available. Volvo bus is the most preferred choice of all travellers these days.