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.
Earlier called the Virat Nagari, Wai is situated on the banks of Krishna River. It has the most beautiful ghats and temples that are worth visiting. Because of its scenic location several Bollywood movies like Chennai Express, Dabbang and Omkara were shot in Wai. Located in Satara district, the Sahyadri Mountains surround this picturesque town. Dholya Ganapati temple is a major attraction of Wai.
Places to Stay
Wai has a number of luxury hotels. However, budget hotels are also available. Some of them include Sapna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and Hotel Sheetal (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
The official language of Wai is Marathi. Hindi and English are also spoken in the area.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a major festival in Wai.
Places of Interest
Mahabaleshwar about 30 km from Wai is a must-visit place. Panchgani (13 km from the town), Lohare Palpeshwar Caves (5 km) are other places to visit.
How to Get There
Lohegaon airport about 99 km away is the nearest airport. Mumbai airport (163 km) is another option.
Tourists taking the train can come via Satara, which has a railway station. It is about 37 km away.
Buses ply regularly from Mumbai, Pune, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. Neeta Tours and Travels is one of the major operators on this route. TicketGoose.com is one of the most popular online bus booking sites.