Pune is a city in India, located in the state of Maharashtra in the south- western part of the country. It is one of the most populous city in the country.
I visited Pune in the summer of 2016. I married my husband and visited his city for the first time. My stay in Pune was for 5 days and we both explored the local life, the city’s hang-out places and also re-visited his university years.
Although we could not touch upon any historical sites or major tourist locations in this visit, however I loved the city and would be visiting again for the following reasons –
- Rains – Summers in Maharashtra calls for heavy rains in most areas. Pune got its share of rains as well. I like walks and drives in the rains. I think the city (or any city for that matter) comes alive when there is lush greenery around, slow moving day, sipping hot cup of tea, snuggling with a scraf or a shawl (I carry a scarf always as I am always cold , like all the time). Pune was tempting with the rains during my visit. We went on walks with the drizzling rain. When was the last time you enjoyed a good drizzle over you?
- Awesome Cafes’ and Food – Indian and Indo-Chinese food are one of my favourites. Pune didnt disappoint me with tons of food options and restaurants and cafes of all kind. I actually liked the food served in smaller road side cafes with airy seating areas, spicy aroma and yes everything under budget.
- College Lanes – I like college buildings and lanes, especially the ones that depict colonial influence. Pune is an educational hub. It is rightly called the Oxford of the East as Pune has the highest number of colleges and Universities than any other city in India. I enjoyed my drive around Fergusson College (FC Road). While working with Tamilnadu (State) Tourism Development Corp., I remember coining the term “edu-tourism” for the city of Chennai. “Edu-tourism” or educational tourism aims to attract students (and promote tourism to friends and families of these students who stay/live there to boost economy)
- Distant Hills and Hill Stations – With my constant posts on Canadian rockies, you must have realized that I love mountains! From most areas that I have explored in Pune, I could see distant hills and to me its a great feeling. When mountains call, I must go 🙂 There are lots of great hill stations in and around Pune where you can rewind and relax for the weekend. Some of the popular destinations are – Lonavala (65 kms), Khandala (68 kms), Panchgani (100 kms), Malshej Ghat (120 kms) and Mahabaleshwar (120 kms)
- Its People – Pune’s crowd is a mix of the old and the new. A myriad of different cultures mingle to give a vibrant yet laid back, relaxed city life. The city is modern and developed yet very culturally rich.
More about Pune
- Pune is well connected via all major airlines and airways. It has a military international airport.(Lohegaon Air Force Station)
- Mumbai is located just 3 hours from Pune (via Mumbai-Pune Expressway). And this is the route we followed. We arrived at the Mumbai airport and then drove to Pune
- Restaurants I been to – German Bakery, Monginis, Kohinoor (on Apte Road), Vaishali (on FC Road)
- Neighborhoods I explored –
- Central/Old Pune/Peth area: Old Pune consists of 17 peths or neighborhoods. These were established and developed during the Maratha and Peshwa rule, and are referred to as the old city.
- Outer City areas of Aundh,Ganeshkhind, Kothrud, Paud Road, Sinhgad Road
- Sri Aurobindo Ashram area in Yerwada
- Koregaon Park, Hinjewadi, Vimannagar
- Pune has evolving business centres and is an emerging city which hosts IT and automotive companies. It has a traditional and stable economy that relies on manufacturing and automobile industries, as well as for research institutes of information technology and education