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Formally known as Poona during the British era, this city of Maharashtra is the second-largest city in the state. Some other different appellations by Pune are known by are 'Queen of Deccan' 'Oxford of the East and last but not the least' Cultural Capital of Maharashtra.' The lively cultural activities like dance, music, literature, theater, arts, sports, and much more precisely make Pune the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The city lies on the Deccan plateau near Mula and Mutha rivers. Once known as the center of power of the Maratha Empire, Pune is abode at the height of 560 meters above sea level.

Pune has emerged as one of the major tourist destinations in recent years. It is encircled by some of the other well-known weekend destinations like Khandala and Lonavala. Travelers who visit Pune can also travel to honeymooners' paradise Goa, which is not far from this city. This Pune travel guide on Pune tourism will help you explore the city easily and inform you about the places to visit in Pune, Pune tourist places, the history and culture of Pune, and the best time to visit Pune.

History of Pune

Ranked as India's 9th largest metropolis city, Pune is a perfect place with a blend of traditions and contemporary. The history of this charming city is very rich and dates back as early as the 8th century, when archeologists found the copper plats of 858 AD and 868 AD. According to this discovery, it is believed that the early name of this city was Punnaka and was ruled by Rashtrakootas. During that time, Punnaka was primarily based on the agricultural settlement and was often mentioned as Punya Vishaya, a holy city or holy region.

Later in the 17th century, the city became the center of power of Maratha Rulers and emerged as one of the pivotal bases of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the great ruler of Maratha. Pune was also the seat of power of the Peshwas. Under the Maratha Rule, Peshwa became a major political force. Renowned for their arts patrons, Peshwas built temples, gardens, and educational institutions, which gave this city a new look and flourished with new days. During the British era in 1817, Pune got into the hands of the British as was called as Monsoon Capital of Bombay Presidency. Hence, Pune was often called 'Bungalow Architecture' during British Era.

Each story of Pune has its own significance and its importance. Each ruler and dynasty contributed to the development of this city, which is why Pune is emerging as one of the most popular tourist destinations with each passing year.

Culture and Traditions of Pune

Culturally diversified this city portrays the essence of its historical background. The Queen of Deccan is popularly known as the epitome of Marathi culture and its ethos. Music, art, dance, theater, etc., are the spirit of the cultural heritage of Pune. Many famous personalities hailed from this place are Saint Tukaram and Jayant Narikar, the famous scientist who took birth on this land. This place is the home for many freedom fighters like Gopal Krishna Gokhle, Agarkar, and Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

Many multinational softwares company and other professional institutions are set up here, which make this city a multi-ethnic place. Chaturshringi Goddess is the reigning deity of Pune. Osho, a spiritual reside and spread his teachings in Pune from 1970 to the 1980s. A mostly local city speaks the Marathi language and follows Marathi culture and traditions, as the city is portrayed in the shadow of the Maharashtrian culture.

All the festivals are celebrated here with zeal and enthusiasm. Ganesh Chaturthi is the perfect example where Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and other religions celebrate the festival wholeheartedly. Other prominent festivals in the city are Holi, Diwali, Shiv Jayanti, and Gudi Padwa.

Cuisine of Pune

Pune is well-known for its delicious and versatile cuisines. The Cultural Capital of Pune serves as a perfect amalgamation of ethnic and roots painted with a modern stance. The traditional food of Pune includes Garlic, green chilies, and coconut to make dishes spicy. Jowar and Bajra are included as the primary dishes of Pune. Sweet dishes include Chewda, Pedas, and Bhakerrwadi. If you like seafood, you will love the special Maharashtrian coastal cuisine at various Pune travel places.

Pune Weather and best time to Visit


Language Spoken

Hindi, English

Pune Map


Places to Visit Pune


Being one of the major cities, Shanivar Wada, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Saras Baug, Parvat Hill, Bund Ganesh, and Vishrambaug Wada are some prominent Pune travel places. Here are some Pune tourist places you can visit during your Pune trip, which will suffice your journey. 

Sivneri Fort:

This fort was the birthplace of Chhattrapati Shivaji, the Great Maratha Ruler, located near Junnar town in the Pune district. When Shivaji was about to be born, his father moved into this fort. There are 7 doors in the fort and sheer lock cliffs on 3 sides to protect the Shivneri. It is open for all days for travelers.

Aga Khan Palace:

One of the majestic monuments of the country was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan 3 in 1892. The palace has its importance in Modern history. This palace was used as a jail for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, his secretary Mahadev Desai and India's one of the greatest poetess Sarojini Naidu for following the Quit India Movement in 1942.

Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple:

It is an ancient temple visited by thousands of devotees all year round from all over India. The temple gets its name from Shri Dagdusheth Halwai, who was installed here with his wife Laxmibai after losing their only son to the plague epidemic.

Best Time to Visit Pune


Being one of the bustling cities of Maharashtra, the city is dwelling in a tropical wet and dry climate with average temperatures ranging between 20 to 28 degrees. The best time to visit Pune is in between the months of October to February, when the climate is pleasant with a cool and humid atmosphere.

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Getting In Pune

BY AIR
BY ROAD
BY RAIL

By Airways:

Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, is the nearest international airport that connects Pune to major international cities such as London, New York, Paris, Sydney, etc.

By Roadways:

The city is easily accessible by roads from all the states like Goa, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Pune from Goa is approximately at a distance of 430 km. You can also travel to some other vocational spots like Khandala, Mahabaleswar, and Lonavala.

By Railways:

The busiest railway station that connects with all major cities in India is Pune Railway Station. You can catch your train to Pune from Mumbai, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

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You will love your Pune trip, and our Pune travel guide will help you out to explore the city and Pune tourist destinations. 

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