Pune is one of the cities in India that has a glorious past, an innovative present and a promising future. This city is popularly known as ‘Queen of the Deccan’, Cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pensioner's paradise and Santanchi Bhoomi or land of the saints as many great saints of Maharashtra chose Pune as their Karmabhoomi.
WHEN TO VISIT
Pune is located at a height of 559 meters above sea level. It has a pleasant and cool climate. The temperature of the city ranges between 12 °C to 37 °C. The best time to go to Pune is October to May, though the city has something to offer throughout the year. The summer can get a bit severe with the daytime temperatures soaring up to 40 °C at times with evenings bringing in the much-needed relief. The monsoons have heavy rains, though visits to nearby popular hill stations, Lonavala and Khandala with luxuriant green beauty during rains are best during this time. Rain dances and beauty pageants are held regularly at this time of the year.
GETTING TO PUNE
Pune Airport is also called Lohegaon Airport. It is situated just 10 km from the city centre and shares a runway with Lohegaon Air Base. It is connected to all major cities in India and also to international destinations via connecting flights from Mumbai and Delhi.
There are two train terminals in Pune and Shivajinagar and these are well-connected to the rest of the country. The local trains will get you to Pune from Khadki, Pimpri, Chinchwad and Lonavala.
The new Mumbai-Pune Expressway provides a luxurious ride by bus. Buses also connect Pune to other cities like Hyderabad and Bengaluru. There are several government-owned and private bus operators functioning from Pune.
Since Pune attracts students, leisure and business travellers there are plenty of options for accommodation in this city. There are guesthouses and hotels that cater to every segment of the society.
We recommend a stay at the Pancard Clubs, Hotels & Resorts here. The property is located in the majestic Baner Hills and is set amid 15 acres of lush greenery. With the capacity to host large numbers, it regularly hosts special events like annual day meetings, Bacardi Blast shows, Smirnoff Zone shows, rock shows, grand wedding receptions, mehendi functions, etc.
ATTRACTIONS OF PUNE
Most visitors to Pune opt for a holiday package so that they can get to see the best of this city. This is why TravelHot has come up with exciting holiday packages for different places. TravelHot, one of the leading travel booking sites, not only provides holiday packages for domestic places, but also for the international destinations. In order to ensure that you have wonderful time on your trip to Pune, then look for Pune holiday packages at TravelHot that suits both your expectations and budget.
Here are some of the important spots that must be on your itinerary while visiting Pune:
Bund Garden lies on the right bank of the Mula Mutha River. Constructed by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy, the primary purpose of this was for providing water to the poor during summer. Since then it has become a popular relaxation spot for citizens with an added attraction of boating facilities and has recently added a well-designed jogging track. Bund Garden is now known as the Mahatma Gandhi Udyan.
Shaniwar Wada is situated in Shaniwar Peth, near the railway station of Pune. It is a fort, whose foundation was laid down by Peshwa Baji Rao in the year 1729-30. It took two years to complete the fort and later, many additions were also made to it by the successors of Baji Rao. The amazing architecture of the fort speaks volumes about the competence of the Peshwas in the field of town planning. The entire complex of the Shaniwar Wada comprises of fountains, courtyards, blooming gardens, offices, audience halls and residential quarters.
Katraj Snake Park
Katraj Snake Park, situated on the Pune-Satara Highway, is one of the popular conservation parks in India. It is known for housing a significant population of snakes, birds, turtles and reptiles.
Situated at a distance of approximately eight kilometers from Pune, the park was established in 1986. The credit for the setting up of the Katraj Snake Park goes to Neelam Kumar Khaire, who was aided by the Pune Municipal Corporation. It was in 1999 that the Snake Park was added to the Rajiv Gandhi Udyan and since then, it has become a part of the Udyan. When the park was founded, the main aim was to provide a protected home to snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. It was only recently that a zoo was added to its premises.
The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary is located in the Ambegaon taluka of Pune District. This the home of the Giant Indian Squirrel and a huge number of other animals and birds. The sanctuary is spread across an extensive area of 120 square kilometers on the Western Ghats or the Sahyadri ranges. A densely forested area of the Maharashtra, the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary receives heavy rainfall.
This sanctuary is a very popular weekend gateway for the residents of Pune and Mumbai. The tourist spot is positioned at an altitude of 2100 feet to 3800 feet, and is spread over the districts of Pune, Raigad and Thane districts of the north-western part of Maharashtra. There is a shrine in the forest of the wildlife sanctuary, which has the Jyotiralinga temple of Lord Shiva
Great celebrations are about creating expectations, building on the excitement and climaxing in an ecstasy. You can experience all this and more, at India's First Revolving Lounge-The Panoramic Group Area 51 which is located at the outskirts of Pune, in the serene premises of Pancard Club.
Club Polaris in Pune
Club Polaris in Pune is located inside Hotel Taj Blue Diamond in Koregaon Park. This is an ideal destination for the young to let their hair down. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays you will find jam-packed floors rocking to the tunes of the DJ.
10 Downing Street Nightclub in Pune
10 Downing Street Nightclub in Pune is situated at Dhole Patil road and is popularly known as TDS. TDS, located on the second floor of one of the popular shopping malls of Pune, is one of the most fascinating pubs, where you can have total recreation. Mostly visited by the young generation, people of other age groups also come to this place to unwind after a long and hectic day. You can get to hear different genres of music throughout the week in this pub. The pub is particularly known for the English living room type atmosphere that it offers.
1000 Oaks Pub in Pune
1000 Oaks Pub in Pune is situated on the east street in the Volga Chowk camp area. The place is popular for its fascinating music and refreshing beer. The visitors are treated to a wide variety of mouth-watering starters and the beverages are absolutely stunning. The amiable atmosphere is informal and is further accentuated by the absence of any dress code.