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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 center. Regarded by many as the city that epitomizes modern India, 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.>

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Shopping in Pune


From winding alleways lined with makeshift shops to chic malls; from the unique Osho robes and chappals available at Koregaon Park to the ubiquitous branded goods; from gypsy women vending Rajasthani clothes, and Kashmiris trading in ornaments - the experience of shopping in Pune is as varied as the items on sale. Wade through the crowded bylanes of Laxmi Road to pick up jewellery and sarees. Pick up knick-knacks and gift articles from M G Road. Drop in at the nearby Fashion Street, whose 450-odd stalls offer leather goods, fashion accessories, footwear and readymade garments at throwaway prices. To shop for furniture, the best place to be is Bajirao Road, while Tulsi Baug located on Bajirao Road itself, with its wide variety of women's stuff that do not burn a hole in the pocket, is a haven for female shoppers. For the bargain hunters, Juna Bazar (nullopen only Sundays and Wednesdays) - a well-known second-hand goods and flea market located near the railway station - is a must visit. While Deccan Gymkhana area has a number of shops specializing in fixed-priced suiting, shirting, toys, steel and plastic articles; near the Garware bridge at Deccan itself lies Hongkong Lane, where haggling is the norm that can influence a price reduction of as much as 40%. There are a number of wholesale markets, as well, such as the ones at Nana Peth and Bhavani Peth (nullgrain, oil, steel, wood and automobile spare parts), and Market Yard (nullgrains, flowers, fruits, etc.). Exclusive and upmarket boutiques can be found at Koregaon Park, Fergusson College Road and Dhole Patil Road. The recent advent of malls such as India Bulls, Lifestyle, Pune Central 2, Magnet and Kaakde Malls, among many others offer a one-stop shopping experience laced with entertainment.

Restaurants in Pune


Indian - Sigree (nullDhole Patil Road), Vaishali (nullF C Road), Blue Nile (nullBund Garden Road), Chingari (nullLe Meridien Hotel), The Yellow Chilli (nullKoregaon Park), Nawab Restaurant (nullBund Garden Road), The Great Punjab Restaurant (nullKoregaon Park), Bay of Bengal (nullShivaji Nagar), Radhika (nullChaturshrungi), Kebab Hut (nullHotel Sun N Sand), Roopali Restaurant (nullF C Road), Coffee House (nullMoledina Road - Camp), Dorabjee & Sons (nullSharbatwala Chowk), George's Restaurant (nullCamp), Coconut Grove (nullMangalwar Peth), Golconda (nullKoregaon Park), Koyla (nullKoregaon Park and F C Road), Kalyani Restaurant (nullKalyani Nagar)

Chinese - Mainland China (nullDhole Patil Road), Chinese Room (nullEast Street, Camp), Malakas Spice (nullKoregaon Park), Whispering Bamboos (nullHotel Taj Blue Diamond), All Stir Fry (nullUniversity Road), Haka (nullShivaji Nagar), China Grill Restaurant and Lounge Bar (nullWanwadi), Zen (nullShivaji Nagar), Spice Island (nullHotel Le Meridien), Golden Dragon (nullKarve Road), China Grill (nullWanwadi), Dai Wong (nullViman Nagar), China Park (nullKoregaon Park), China Gate Restaurant (nullDeccan Gymkhana)

European/Continenta - Arthur's Theme (nullKoregaon Park), Toscana (nullKalyani Nagar), Stone Water Grill (nullKoregaon Park), Curry on the Roof (nullDeccan), Polka Dots (nullAundh & Kalyani Nagar), La Dolce Vita Ristorante Italiano (nullDhole Patil Road), Prem's (nullKoregaon Park), The Place Touche the Sizzler (nullMoledina Road), Mirchi Kola (nullCamp), E-Square Food Court (nullUniversity Road)

Regional Speciality - Authentic Maharashtrian cuisine is served at Mystic Masala (nullHotel taj Blue Diamond), Shabree (null F C Road), Shangrila (nullErandwane), Durvankur Restaurant (nullTilak Road) and Shreyas (nullDeccan), while road side vendors sell snacks such as vada pav, bhelpuri, kachhi dabeli, misal, chivda and bakarvadi.Pune is peppered with Iranian restaurants. Cafť Sunrise at Deccan Gymkhana area is famous for its cheese omelettes. Localites swear by the fresh, soft and delectable chutney, vegetable and cheese sandwiches of MG Road‚s Marz-O-Rin. The rose milk, mango shake, walnut brownies and macaroons available here are equally popular. And for the non-vegetarian lovers, there is Dorabjee‚s ‚ an ancient Parsi eatery at the Camp area ‚ whose mutton biryani and Dhansak (nulla Parsi dish, served only on Sunday afternoon) have earned itself a huge fan following. Besides mutton, there are some equally delicious chicken dishes available here, as well. For those with an ear for jazz, there is the Shisha Cafť at Koregaon Park. It offers a wide range of cuisine ‚ from authentic Iranian food, including mouth-watering omelettes, to Indian and Continental dishes. A popular haunt among foreigners and jazz lovers (nullThursday nights are ‚Jazz Nites‚), what adds to the already ‚chilled out‚ atmosphere of the Shisha Cafť are the eponymous shisha (nullor hookahs), which are available in six flavors.

The Pune University area, which is dotted by innumerable roadside eateries that specialize from tandoori chicken to misal pavs is one of the favorite hang out places for those who want variety on their palate without burning their pockets. The German Bakery at Koregaon Park and Kayani, which is renowned for its Shrewsbery biscuits are two of the most popular confectioneries.

Weather in Pune


Surrounded by hills from three sides, Pune is located on the western margin of the Deccan plateau at an altitude of 560m above the sea-level. It lies on the leeward side of the Sahyadris (nullthe Western Ghats). Vetal Hill (nullm above the sea level) is the highest point of the city. The Mula and the Mutha rivers meet near the center of Pune, while the Pavana and the Indrayani flow through the northwestern outskirts. The city derives its name from ‚Punya‚, which means ‚holy‚. It is considered so because of its location at the confluence of two rivers. The region, because of its proximity to a seismically active zone, has over the years experienced a couple of moderate to low-intensity earthquakes.

Pune, with its tropical wet and dry climate, enjoys moderate temperature, ranging between 20 and 28įC (null and 82įF), throughout the year. With the onset of summer in March, the mercury hovers between 35 and 39įC, and reaches its peak during April. The days are sunny and are characterized mostly by dry heat. Bright clothes and sunglasses are mandatory. However, after sunset the temperature drops a bit. Relief arrives in May in the form of thundershowers and heavy drizzles. Umbrellas and raincoats are compulsory. June to October are the monsoon months, with July receiving the maximum rainfall. Pune is known for rains that continue for days ‚sometimes stretching to weeks ‚ and throw the city off gear. The ideal time to visit is during winter, i.e. November to February. While the day temperature is a pleasant 29įC (nullįF), at night the mercury dips to below 10įC (nullįF) during December and January‚often reaching a chilly 5įC or 6įC (nullįF)‚thereby making it obligatory to wear light woollens during the day and warmer clothes after sundown. However, for those energizing morning and evening walks, any time of the year is perfect.

Things to do in Pune


At 2100 feet above sea-level, the Parvati temples are located at the highest point of Pune and houses one big temple and three smaller ones dedicated to Lord Devadeshwar, goddess Parvati, Vishnu, Ganesha and Kartikeya respectively. Dating back to the 18th century, the temples are visited on a daily basis by Pune-ites to escape from the city‚s hustle bustle, offer their devotion to the deities and relax while observing a panoramic view of Pune. An adjoining museum contains artifacts belonging to the Peshwa rulers. The samadhi (nullmemorial) of Nanasaheb Peshwa, who built the main temple, is located near the museum.

How to reach Pune


Surface - The most preferred, swiftest and pleasant journeys from Mumbai to Pune is via the six-lane, five tunnel tolled Mumbai Pune Expressway, which covers the 93 km distance between the two cities in approximately two hours, at a steady driving speed of 80kmph. One can either hire a private taxi, or travel in one of the luxury Volvo buses run by MSRTC, which depart after every quarter of an hour. Theer are privately owned Volvo buses available as well; however, not only are the latter more expensive (nulltickets ranging in the range of Rs 500, which is more than double that of the state-owned buses), but they also take longer to cover the distance. Pune is connected to the adjoining southern states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and cities like Hyderabad and Vijaywada, via NH9; and with Nashik via NH50.

Train - Via rail, Pune is connected to all the Indian metros, including Kolkata (nullAzad Hind Express - Mon, Wed, Sat & Sun), Delhi (nullJhelum Express - daily), Chennai (nullChennai Express - daily) and Bengaluru (nullLokmanya TT Express - daily). Reaching or arriving from Mumbai is the easiest, with a number of options available everyday, such as Deccan Express, Sinhagadh Express, Indrayani Express, Intervity Express, Mahalaxmi Express, Konark Express, Sahyadri Express, Koyna Express, etc. Local trains link up Pune to Pimpri-Chinchwad and Lonavla. The latter is a hill station and a tourist spot, 64 km from the city. There are two railway stations ‚ Pune Junction and Shivaji Nagar.

Air - The Pune International Airport is located at Lohegaon, at a distance of 10 km from the city. It is the only one of its kind in the world, when it comes to sharing its runways with the military‚in this particular case, the adjoining Indian Air Force base. This is also the reason that the airport mainly caters to domestic airlines; that, too, of a limited number, namely Indigo, Spicejet, Kingfisher, Air India, Jet Airways and Go Air. Presently, flights to only three international destinations take off from Pune, namely, Dubai (nullAir India), Singapore (nullIndian) and Frankfurt (nullLufthansa).

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