Pune is a historical and industrial city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Known as “Queen of the Deccan” and located at the meeting point of the Mula and Mutha rivers, the city has come a long way in its journey of once being an agricultural hub. At present, it’s a leading center of academics and culture, and ranks atop myriad indices of industrial growth.
Accepted as the ‘cultural capital of Maharashtra’, Pune is now among the fastest growing cities of the state, with the intact preeminence in academics. Its years-old universities and reputed colleges, coupled with new-age institutes, are a favorite among students, thus winning it the sobriquet of “Oxford of the East”. With wholesome weather, peaceful ambience and superior living standard – the city has a unique charm that is truly unrivalled.
Tourist attractions are many in Pune symbolizing the cultural superiority, historical richness, colonial pomp and contemporary charms. The Aga Khan Palace is a notable site for its strong association with the freedom movement of India. Take a trip to the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum to relish the Marathi ethos on display via a vast anthology of artifacts including antiques, miniatures etc.
The ruins of the 17th century palace of the Peshwas – Shaniwarwada – are one of prime attractions in Pune. Marvel at the architectural splendor on the region by visiting the Shinde's Chhatri -- a memorial to Mahadaji Shinde, the great Maratha warrior. See the customs and traditions of the state’s tribal communities by going to the Tribal Museum. Don’t forget to visit the Saras Baug Park for its Ganesha temple.
Jewish synagogues are perhaps very few in India, and Pune has one of those, so don’t skip Lal Deval, an 18th century structure with English-Gothic style. The Empress Botanical Gardens would be a perfect place to escape the chaos of the city’s life. Other notable places here include Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pashan Lake, National Defence Academy and Sinhagad Fort.