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.
Vasai, now a part of the Vasai-Virar city, is situated in the state of Maharashtra. It was historically called ‘Bassein’ and it was here that the Portugese built a fort to display their naval strength. It was in the 18th century that the Maratha army took over the Vasai Fort, which was later conquered by the British. Today, Vasai has risen up to be an industrial hub comprising of pharmaceutical and engineering units. Vasai is well connected with most of the places in Maharashtra and is frequented by tourists who wish to see the famous Fort.
Places to Stay
Pali Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1395) and Hotel Travellers Inn (Tariff – Rs.1541) are two good budget hotel options.
The official language of Vasai is Marathi.
Lavani’ is a popular traditional song and dance form done by women here. Other festivals popular here are Eid (July-August) and Dusehra (October).
Places of Interest
Vasai Fort, Tungareshwar Waterfalls, Rajodi Beach, Kalam Beach are some of the good tourist options available in Vasai.
How to Get There
The closest major airport to Vasai is in Mumbai (50 km away).
The easiest way to reach Vasai is through the Mumbai local trains. Board a Virar bound train from Dadar or Andheri. Once you reach Virar station, take a bus or hire an auto-rickshaw to the place you want to go in Virar.
There a whole lot of local bus operators that help you reach Vasai. Some private tour operators such as Shah Tours & Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels, and Shri Bhagwati Travels offer good travel experience. Online bus booking is a rage with travelers these days because several travel websites provide cheap bus ticket booking facility to its customers.