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.
Sirsi is the largest town located in North Kanara district of Karnataka. The town is famous as a hill station, surrounded by lush greenery and marvelous waterfalls. The cultivation of abundant adike (supari) or betel nut has made this place as one of the major trading centres of betel nut. The town is located at a distance of 105 km from Hubli and 25 km from Banavasi town.
Places to Stay
A number of hotels at reasonable prices are available in Sirsi. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Madhuvana Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400) and Samrat Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 300) among others.
The official language of Sirsi is Kannada.
The major events and festivals celebrated in Sirsi are Ugadi, observed in April; Deepavali in October-November, Ganesh Chaturthi in September-October, Karaga festival in March and others.
Places of Interest
There are many sightseeing locations available in Sirsi. The magnificent view of the Aghanashini river is a major attraction that draws many tourists to this place. The other important tourist destinations are the famous Marikamba temple of 16th century, Sahasralinga, Banavasi and Unchalli Falls.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Hubli Airport, located at a distance of 108 km from Sirsi.
The nearest railway station is the Kumta Railway Station located at a distance of 61 km from the main town.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the major bus service that plies between many places around the town. There are also many private bus operators such as VRL Travels, SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist among others. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets