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.
Panchgani is a famous hill station in Maharashtra that was frequented by the British, during the British Raj, as a scenic summer getaway. Aside from its scenic setting, the hill station is also known for its premier boarding schools, some of which have been around since the late 19 century.
Places to Stay
Some hotels you could choose to stay in while at Panchgani include Blue Country Resort (Tariff – Rs 5000), Ravine Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 3600), and Wonder Woods (Tariff – Rs. 1600).
The official language of Panchgani is Marathi.
Panchgani celebrates many Hindu festivals with much grandeur. There is also the Mapro Strawberry Festival, which is usually held over Easter weekend.
Places of Interest
Wai (10 km from Panchgani), is a city situated on the banks of the Krishna river, is highly recommended for tourists. Other attractions include Sydney Point, Table Land (highest point in Panchgani), Parsi Point, and Devil’s Kitchen (a spot associated with the Mahabharath). Dhom Dham, about 21 km from Panchgani, is also a great spot for boating and other water sports/activities.
How to Get There
The closest airport is at Pune, which is 95 km away from Panchgani.
The closest railway station is the Pune Railway station, which is about 95 km away. Wathar is another railway station close to Panchgani; however it is not well connected.
Panchgani is well connected by state road transport and public bus services. There are many buses that ply between Pune and Panchgani. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. The number of bus booking sites is increasing by the day. So, whenever you want to book your tickets online log on to anyone of them and get your tickets.