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.
Pachal, a town in Maharashtra, has beautiful dams around. Located about 74 km away from Kolhapur, which is one of the nearest cities, Pachal is in Ratnagiri district. Its district headquarters is 78 km away. This is an offbeat getaway for those who are looking for a laidback holiday far from the bustling city. The best time to visit Pachal is between October and March.
Places to Stay
Except for a few homestays, there are very few accommodation facilities. Kolhapur (74 km) has a number of options that are worth trying. Some of them are Hotel Landmark (Tariff – Rs.800), Yatri Niwas Hotel (Tariff – Rs.400) and Hotel Sony Palace (Tariff – Rs.800).
Marathi and Hindi are commonly spoken in the area.
The most important festivals celebrated in this town are Holi and Gudi Padwa in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September, Dushera in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The Diwalwadi Dam (1 km), Talawade Dam (2 km), Khade Wadi (3 km), Takkewadi (5 km), Pangari (9 km) and Rajapur (31 km) are some of the major attractions in and around Pachal.
How to Get There
Kolhapur Airport, which is 82 km from here, is the closest from the town.
Rajapur Railway Station (40 km) is the nearest one from the town. However, Kolhapur Railway Station, which is located 73 km away, is the major railhead connecting the town to other cities.
There are buses from Mumbai, Rajapur and Ratnagiri. Mostly state-run buses cater to passengers travelling on this route.