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.
Tirupati is a town known for its temples and is regarded as a holy town. The famous Sri Venkateshwara Temple is located at the top of the mountain and the town is at the foothill. The specialty about this region is that it is based on seven peaks, and thus got the name of Sapthagiri. There are many states in India that offer package tours to Tirupati.
Budget Hotels in Thirupathi Package
There are good budget hotels in Tirupati like PVR Residency located in Shiva Jyothi Nagar (Tariff – Rs.800), Sri Sai Krishna Residency located opposite RTC Bus stand in P.K. Layout (Tariff – Rs.600), KVP Residency (Tariff – Rs.695), and Hotel Gopikrishna (Tariff – Rs.493) both on Old Tiruchanoor Road.
The official language spoken in Tirupati is Telugu.
Events in Thirupathi Package
The important festival in Tirupati is Brahmotsavam, celebrated during September - October. The other festivals are Adhyayanotsavam held during December - January, and Pavitrotsavam during June -July.
Places to See in Thirupathi Package
There are several places of tourist attraction in and around Tirupati; the most important being Sri Venkateshwara Temple on top of the seventh hill in Tirumala. Silathoranam, an ancient rock formation and TTD Gardens in Tirumala are also a famous and worth visiting and Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple in Tirupati.
How to Get There
Tirupati has an airport which is 14 km from the city center.
Tirupati railway station is well connected to all the states by rail. The Tirupati-Puducherry passenger train travels daily, and there are also many express trains that pass through Tirupati.
Since Tirupati is a pilgrimage destination, there are many state-run buses that ferry pilgrimages. Lately, there are also many private tour and bus operators that offer discount packages to pilgrims. You can get discount coupons for bus booking if you plan to book your bus tickets at least a fortnight prior to your journey.