Pune

India

Overview

Located on the western margin of the Deccan Plateau, Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra and the seventh largest in India. Called the “Oxford of the East” due to its numerous educational institutes, Pune has for long been one of the country’s young and happening cities. Its evolution as a major IT hub in the last couple of decades has further added on to its young demographics and provided the city with a vibrant nightlife. That said, Pune has its other foot firmly steeped in history, having served as the center of Maratha Empire in the 18th century, proof of which can be seen in the various forts built in and around the city. Combine these factors with the city’s pleasant weather and its reputation as a cultural hub and you can see why Pune is one of the most preferred cities to live in India

Things to do in Pune!

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Guide

Neighborhood


Some of the neighborhoods in Pune are:

 

Koregaon Park:

  • If you want to live Pune’s night life, Koregaon Park or KP as it is often called, is the place to be in.
  • Arguably the most posh part of the city, KP is home to the choicest restaurants, pubs and clubs of Pune.

 

MG Road:

  • If you are a street shopper, MG road is your best bet in Pune. You can walk around the streets and shop to your heart’s content.
  • It is also famous for eateries and you can find finest of cuisines here. Café Marzorin, Toons, Burger (Burger King) are some of the oldest and famous eating and drinking establishments of the city.

 

SB Road:

  • This is in the heart of Pune city with a bulk of the city’s student and working population reside here.
  • It is connected with the Pune University Road. It is equidistant from Aundh and Koregaon Park.
  • You can consider visiting Chaturshrungi Temple, Dagduseth Ganpati Temple or also consider taking the Pune Heritage Walk.

 

Baner and Aundh:

  • Baner and Aundh are two primarily residential areas of Pune that can be reached after crossing the Pune University road. Baner and Aundh don’t have many attractions but you  can visit the National Defence Academy and Panshet Dam.
  • They have decent eating outlets like Hyderabadi Spice, Kimling, etc.

 

Viman Nagar:

  • Located in the eastern corridor of Pune, Viman Nagar derives its name from the city’s airport being located here.
  • You could visit the Viman Nagar Joggers Park nearby.
  • If you are a paragliding enthusiast and want to learn some techniques, you may visit Fly India Paramotor Club. 

 

Warje:

  • Warje is an upcoming suburb in Pune. It is located in between Chandini Chawk entry and Katraj entry.
  • To reach the Khadakwasla dam and the National Defense Academy, one needs to cross the WarjeChawk. You can visit the St. Ignatius Church in the area.

 

Peth:

  • Peth is a Marathi term which means locality.
  • There are about seventeen peths in central Pune of which seven are named after the days of the week. These include:
    • KasbaPeth, GuruwarPeth, SomwarPeth, MangalwarPeth, ShukruwarPeth, RaviwarPeth, ShaniwarPeth, BhavaniPeth, GhorpadePeth, BudhwarPeth, Ganesh Peth, Nana Peth etc.
    • You can visit the Bandavgarh National Park / Bandavgarh Hills which is nearby from the Dagduseth Ganpati temple in Budhwar peth

 

Yerawada:

  • Yerwada, known as ‘Yeraoda’ before the British rule is one of the most densely populated areas in Pune. The historical Yerwada Jail is located in this area. The famous attractions are the Aga Khan Palace and Gandhi National Memorial.
  • This place lies between Viman Nagar and Koregaon Park by crossing the Yerawada Bridge from Bund Garden.

Getting around


General info

  • Pune is served by the Lohegaon Airports Authority of India, located in Viman Nagar, which is about 10 Km from Pune City.
  • The Airport consists of two terminals:
    • Terminal 1 - Domestic:
      • Terminal 1 is used for all domestic flights which run to most big cities of India.
      • Major flight operators which operate flights from domestic terminal are Air India Limited, Jet Airways/Jet Lite, Kingfisher, Indigo, Spice Jet and Go Air.
    • Terminal 2 - International:
      • Terminal 2 operates for international flights which run to Dubai and Frankfurt (Germany).
      • The major airlines which operate flights from this airport are Lufthansa Airlines and Air India Express.
  • You can use the following services from the airport to the city:
    • Taxi:
      • It is the best way to travel from the airport to anywhere in the city.
      • There are two types of taxis, prepaid taxi and metered.
      • Refer here for more information.
      • There are also various radio-cab services available from the airport:
    • Bus:
    • Auto Rickshaw:
      • You can also take an Auto Rickshaw from the airport.
      • The Auto Rickshaws have a metered fare. As of March 2015, the minimum fare is INR 17.00.
      • You can book your own auto as well. Refer to autowale.in.
      • For more details, you may refer here.
      • For fare calculator, refer here. 
    • Car Hire:

Train

  • Pune is connected to almost all major cities through train.
  • You can buy single journey tickets at the Pune railway station.
  • You can get taxis and auto rickshaws outside the station to anywhere in the city.
  • Refer to www.indianrailways.gov.in for more information

Taxi

  • Taxis are available all around the city near bus stands, railway stations, airport, etc. and can generally be flagged on the streets as well.
  • There are also various radio cab services available which you can book on the phone or through the internet:

Staying connected


  • India uses the GSM 900 and 1800 frequency bands. For 3G carriers, use the 1900 and 2100 bands. All the major service providers are providing 4G services in the country at 2300 MHz.
  • International visitors must have a tri-band or quad-band phone supporting 900 MHz to 1800 MHz to be compatible with Indian carriers. Also the phone must be “Unlocked” to be able to accept an Indian SIM card.
  • Most of the international airports in India have counters or kiosks where you can buy SIM cards.
  • There are multiple service providers in India that offer prepaid SIM / Pay As You Go options. Roaming charges also apply if you are in a different state than the one you bought your SIM card in.
  • Major national carriers include:
  • You will have to submit the photocopy of all your identification documents along with 2 passport photographs.
 

Eat / Drink


Local

  • The local cuisine of Pune is famous for its taste. It is quite spicy though and you might want to have some desserts or sweet dish after the rich food.
  • Some of the famous local cuisines are:
    • Misal Pav - Preparation of sprouted lentils topped with fried muchies and served with a bun.
    • Vada Pav - A famous street food vada is made with a mix of potatoes and spices which is put in between the bun and served with chutneys.
    • Thalipeeth- Local delicacy made with variety of grains and eaten with chutney.
    • VaranBhaat- Dal Rice
    • Kanda Poha - A preparation of rice grain mixed with onions and spices. A good dish if you wish to have something light.
    • Puran Poli- Rotis stuffed with sweetened ground lentils
    • Raavan Pithla- Gram flour cooked with chillies, onion, tomatoes and spices.
    • Masale Bhaat- A spicy pilaf. 
  • Here are some of the famous eateries where you can find the delicious local cuisine in the city:

Gourmet

 

 

 

Vegetarian

 

 

Drink

Pune is a westernized city with a vibrant night life. There are several breweries in Pune including:

 

Some of the notable pubs and bars in Pune include:

Tipping


Tipping is appreciated but not expected in India.

  • Restaurants: You can tip Rs. 10.00- Rs. 20.00 to the waiter.
  • Bars: Tipping at bars is unusual but appreciated. It is included in the bill with service tax.
  • Taxis: You should not tip taxi drivers.
  • Hotel Porters/Concierge: You could tip the boys who help you with your luggage. Otherwise tipping is not required.

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