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.
Vengurla is a town situated in the Sindhudurg district. It is a part of Maharashtra and is close to north Goa. It is encircled by a range of green hills that have mango, cashew, berry trees and coconut. The hills of Dabholi lie towards the north, while the Mochemad and Tulas make up the east and south of Vengurla. Between 1664 and 1812, Vengurla was considered a major British trade settlement and was targeted by repetitive civilian attacks. The Vengurla rocks or “Burnt Islands” bears testimony to these attacks to date.
Places to Stay
Few good hotels in Vengurla are: the Hardika Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1100), MTDC Sagareshwar Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Mermaid Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1400).
The local language of Vengurla is Malwani Konkani. Marathi, Urdu and English are also spoken here.
Ganesh Chaturti in August/September is the most important festival here. Dushera and Diwali during October/November are also celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Apart from the Sindhudurg Fort, the Mochemad and Terekhol beaches, Vengurla is also home to a number of famous temples like Shri Sateri, Shri Navadurga, Shri Rameshwar, Shri Mauli, Shri Ganesh, and Shri Ravalnath.
How to Get There
Dabolim airport in Goa (89 km) is the closest airport to Vengurla.
The closest railway station to Vengurla is in Kolhapur. Express trains between Mumbai and Kolhapur ply daily.
While private bus services are plenty, the state also operates buses from Vengurla to many other cities in Maharashtra. Laxmi Tours and Travels (Kudal Vengurla Road) offer good packages for tourists visiting Vengurla. There are several bus booking portals that provide bus booking online offers from time to time.