A perfect example of cosmopolitan India, Pune - the ‘Oxford of the East’, lies nestled amidst the Sahyadri Hills, on the Deccan plateau. Due to its cool & dry climate it once served as the ‘monsoon capital’ under the British regime. Today, it has developed into a key industrial centre. Here buildings from the colonial era lie side by side with new-age eateries; museums that hark back to the bygone era co-exist amicably with funky discotheques; and old forts share the limelight with the charismatic Bhagwan Rajneesh’s Osho International Meditation Resort. Pune is known for its famous colleges, Osho slippers, and Shrewsbury biscuits. From small kiosks on corners serving cold coffees and ice creams eaten on the pavements to high end theme bars, Pune accommodates all. The prices are low, but the comforts match all the metros. With the recent rise in IT companies, Pune is the city for the young. It's the quintessential big-city with a small-town feel. Visit Pune for the Osho Ashram, the famous German Bakery for delicious desserts or for the beautiful ruins of the Maratha Empire that include sturdy forts littered in beautiful expanses of green.
Marathi, English and Hindi
When to visit:
Pune, with its tropical wet and dry climate, enjoys moderate temperature. Although Pune can be visited throughout the year, the weather is the best just after the monsoon in the months of September and October. Pleasant breeze rocks the city, which itself is covered in a beautiful cover of green.
Lohgaon Airport, Pune, Maharashtra - 411032.