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.
Formerly known as ‘Prabhavatinagar,’ Parbhani is a city in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Perched at an average elevation of 347 metres above sea-level, it is situated around the centre of Maharashtra. Parbhani was under the reign of various Sultans under the Mughals and later the Nizams for around 650 years and so has a long history. It is the administrative headquarters of the Parbhani District. It is dotted with numerous temples and has also be called a pilgrim town.
Places to Stay
Some budget hotels in Parbhani are the Gulmohar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Niraj International (on Bus Stand road), Aditya Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Hotel Nilgiri.
The official language of Parbhani is Marathi.
Ganesh Chaturthi, which usually falls during the month of September, is celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
The Lord Narsimha temple (19 km from Parbhani), Mota Maruthi, the Jabreshwar temple and the Jain temple in Jintur (40 km from Parbhani) are some popular place that can be visited in Parbhani.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Parbhani is at Nanded which is located at a distance of roughly 67km away from Parbhani.
Parbhani has a railway station of its own that has trains connecting to the cities nearby.
Parbhani has a bus stand of its own from where one can catch buses to the nearby cities of Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai (among others.) Sanjay Travels and Raja Travels are popular private operators which ply their buses on these routes. You can opt for Volvo bus ticket booking service provided by several online bus booking websites.