A small village inhibited by Kolis and Musicians during 6th and 7th Century, Punnyapattanam (City of auspicious deeds) grew into today’s metropolitan city of Pune. Like it’s geographical location at the banks of nearly 5 rivers, the city has been influenced from many cultures. Nestled in the picturesque Sahyadris (the Western Ghats), just 160 km southeast of Mumbai, Pune is a superb blend of history and modernism. Base of the Great Maratha Emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Peshwas, the city has been a cultural capital of Maharashtra for centuries. Pune considered as the Oxford of India with its many educational and research institutions apart from other institutions for sports, yoga, ayurveda, culture and social services. As though if this was not sufficient, Pune is also one of the most advanced industrial belts of the country and fast emerging into the second Silicon Valley of India with the presence of IT giants like Satyam Computers, Mahindra-British Telecom and Infosys to take a few names.
Pune is a cosmopolitan city with people from religions living harmoniously. A number of temples, Gurudwaras, Churches and Mosques are located across the city.
Eating and Accommodation
Pune has the very best facilities in dining and accommodation. Right from five star, three star hotels, the city is also the home to some of the biggest International names which include McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza and many more. Speciality and budget restaurants serving the best of Indian and International food are located all over the city. Private daily / monthly mess, as also accommodation for students is easily available near the Indira campus.
Though shopping malls are spouting all over the city, Deccan and Camp are quite popular amongst shoppers. It is due to value for money shopping and the presence of major National and International brands.
Pune Festival: While Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated over India, the festival is most extravagant in Pune. The climax of the Ganesh festival is the very popular, 11 yrs old ‘Pune Festival’. Classical dance and music concerts, folk dance, wrestling and International Marathon are the major highlights of Pune Festival.
Living in Pune
Pune is the Headquarter of southern command. A low crime rate and an overall pleasant climate makes it the ideal place to story. Though the local language Marathi, Pune has an excellent cosmopolitan population. It also is the home to the largest number of outstation students in India in a single city.
Entertainment and Culture
Pune being the cultural capital of Maharashtra, there is no limit to the cultural happenings in the city, it also boosts of Multiplexes, theaters, museums etc. There are many cultural activities for college students. ‘Verve’ and ‘Purushattam Karandak’ are quite popular with the students.