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.
Nayabazar is the name of an area in Cuttack city in the Eastern Indian state of Odisha. This area comes properly within Cuttack city’s limits. The area lies in between Mahanadi and Biluakhai rivers. The picturesque Bay of Bengal coast is also nearby at a distance of 74 km south-east. Those with an enthusiasm for water-bodies, Oriya cuisine and temples can check this place out.
Places to Stay
There are a couple of good budget hotels in Cuttack city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Bombay Inn Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Sagarshree Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Seetal (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and Panthanivas (Tariff – Rs. 700) among others.
The official language of the area is Oriya. Hindi and Bengali are also widely spoken and understood as the area is quite close to West Bengal.
The important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Puja in August-September, Durga Puja in September-October and Diwali/Kali Puja in October-November.
Places of Interest
The area has a lot of forest ranges close-by. The Kapilash, Hindol-Badamba forest ranges; and the Chandaka Forst and Elephant Reserve are within a 100 km radius. The Bay of Bengal coast is located 74 km away.
How to Get There
The nearest major airport is the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar at a distance of 31 km.
Cuttack Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 3 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Buses to the area are also available from Bhubaneswar. If you book your tickets online, look out for bus ticket booking coupons and save a lot of money.