Pune is the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra and is considered to be the Oxford of the East and IT hub of India. The city is known for its architecture, museums and a wide array of restaurants, cafes and entertainment. Pune is also known for its surrounding hill forts which offer panoramic views of the area.
Major tourist sites in and around Pune: Aga Khan Palace, Bund Garden, Empress Gardens, Shinde Chhatri, Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum, Tribal Museum, Shaniwar Wada, Chaturshringi Temple, Pataleshwar Caves etc.
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When to visit: best time to visit is November to March.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Pune Junction railway station. Pune is well connected to other Indian cities by rail.
Nearest airport: Pune Airport (IATA: PNQ, ICAO: VAPO) is located about 10 km (6.2 mi) northeast of Pune.
Buses: Maharastra State transport buses (MSRTC) and private buses ply regularly to Mumbai and other cities in the state. Main bus stands are: Pune Station, Shivaji Nagar and Swargate.
By road: The distance from Mumbai to Pune is about 148 km (92 mi) via Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pune Hwy. It takes around 2-3 hours.
The distance from Lonavala to Pune is about 65 km (40 mi) via Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pune Hwy/Mumbai - Pune Expy. It takes around 1 hour.
The distance from Goa to Pune is about 441 km (274 mi) via AH47. It takes around 8-9 hours.
The distance from Alibag to Pune is 142 km (88 mi) via Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pune Hwy/Mumbai - Pune Expy. It takes around 3-4 hours.
The distance from Nashik to Pune is about 210 km (130 mi) via NH60. It takes around 5 hours.
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