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.
A port city on the west coast, Ratnagiri comes under the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Located close to the Sahyadri Mountains, the fertile soil in the regions makes this an agricultural city. Fishing is an important industry in this region. The ‘Hāpus’ (Alphonso) variety of mangoes is one of the main fruits cultivated in the region. The Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project is located in this district.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Ratnagiri. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Landmark, Hotel Vivek, Vihar Deluxe Hotel and Hotel Krishna Sea View that offers rooms from Rs.1000 onwards
All annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Marathi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Mandavi Beach (3kms), Bhatye Beach (4kms), Atulit Bal Dham (1kms), Ganpatipule temple (21 kms) and Nivali Waterfall (20kms) are places to visit in this city.
How to Get There
Ratnagiri has its own airport
Ratnagiri has its own railway station
Ratnagiri bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Mukund Krupa Travels, Paulo Travels and National Tourist run regular buses to and from the city. Book bus ticket online from the comfort of your home with just a click of a mouse.