Located in the Sahyadri Hills, near the west coast of India, in Maharashtra, Pune
is a fascinating city with good climate that suits everybody all year round. Referred
to as `Queen of Deccan’, Pune is located 170 km south of Mumbai and has been
the cultural capital of Maharashtra for a long time now. It offers a mix of the
modern intertwined with the old. It is one of the biggest industrial towns of Maharashtra
and India. Also called as the automobile city, for, many big automobile companies
are headquartered here.
Pune is home to many educational institutions. English is the main language on campuses
and is also widely spoken and understood in the city. The large student body due
to these colleges is one of the reasons for the growing economy of the city especially
the retail and real estate sectors.
Pune is one of the very few places in the country which have a great historical
tradition and a wonderful geographical location. Almost four centuries ago it came
on the political map as a place where the patriotic fervour and strong nationalism
started taking roots. Located at an altitude of 2,000 ft above the sea level and
partially hidden by the mighty ranges of Sahyadri Mountain, the place has witnessed
a spectacular advancement, a tremendous growth and a rapid face lift yet retaining
its ancient flavours and oriental character.
Great legends in the Indian history unfolded themselves here- of brave warriors;
of staunch patriots; of great social reformers; of artists, artisans and artistes
of great talents; of saints and sages excelling in spiritual teachings and cultural
renaissance – to make Pune a “synthesis between modern science and ancient
The seat of the great Maratha power three centuries ago, Pune today is a place of
educational advancement, technological prosperity and cultural exchange. It is the
seat of thriving manufacturing industry- especially engineering and automobile.
It is a hub of IT, BPO & ITES businesses. It has eight universities. The infinite
skyline, which years ago was dotted with temples, forts, mountains ranges has several
new additions in the form of new temples of learning.
The cultural capital of Maharashtra- Pune is a cosmopolitan city with multiple attractions.
Language : The regional language is Marathi. It is similar
to Hindi and easy to understand. People in and around Pune speak and understand
Hindi and English as well.
The traffic out here does get congested and it is best to travel
either by two- wheelers or auto rickshaws. The number of two- wheelers is the highest
in the country.
Safety : As is with the most of the cities, the intra-city
areas are very safe even during the night. Venturing alone into unknown areas in
the outskirts is not advisable.
Currency : The Indian Rupee is the used currency. Many
new currency exchange points and ATM centres make money easily available.
The Puneite : The Puneite is a relaxed and friendly person.
A warm greeting about his well-being will do him in and mind you, he’s touchy
Entertainment : Pune boasts of ultra-modern multiplexes,
food courts, discos and yoga centres. There are many places of tourist interests
like Film and Television Institute of India, Osho commune, Aga Khan’s Palace
and Bund Garden among others.