History of Pune
Pune, the second-largest city of Maharashtra is just 190 km away from the capital city, Mumbai. This traditional city holds historical importance for serving as the capital city of the Marathas during the 17th century. Later, the British popularized Pune as the ‘Monsoon capital’ of Bombay. However, now the city has been bifurcated into Pune Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad corporation.
Climate and landscape:
The mountains surrounding the city of Pune enhances its beauty with Lonavala as the nearest hillstation. The experiences mainly three seasons summer, monsoon and winter. The average temperature here ranges between 20°C and 28°C, while the summers remain scorching bright. The city usually has a dry climate with less humidity thought the year. However, during the monsoon, you witness scenic beauty of the region amidst drizzling rooftops. Hence, it’s preferable to visit Pune between July and October.
Best time to visit:
Monsoon is the best time to visit Pune to enjoy drizzling and avoid summer heat. Generally, it lasts between July and October.
Pune is known for different educational institutes. Deccan College, one of the oldest institutes of western India resides in the heart of the city. Also, Fergusson College, among the top-ranking colleges in India is here. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru named Pune as “Oxford City” of the east during his visit in the 1950s. People from different regions across the globe come to study here. It provides a safe and healthy environment for them.
Pune is also famous for its perfect blend of modernization and tradition values. It has still been connected to local theatres, music, and culture while adapting to modernization. Here you will be able to find traditional dhol, nagada been used during Ganpati Visarjan. Also, you will find rock bands perform at college concerts. Here you will find Joshi wade wale near a KFC.
Language and culture:
Pune is among one of the cities that houses the maximum number of IT companies. A lot of manufacturing industries are present on the outskirts of the city for supplying goods to Mumbai, Ahmednagar and nearby cities. Hence, people from across the country come here in search of work. People of different cultures and languages reside here in harmony. Although, Marathi is the state language, but people speak English and Hindi fluently too owing to the cosmopolitans residing here.
Special delicacies and food:
As a Punekar or a visitor to the city, you must try the popular snack, Vada Pav. It’s all-time available at JJ Garden in Pune. If you want to spice up your life try the city famous Missal Pav at Bedeker. Chitale Bandhu is famous for its sweets and namkeen across the city. Here you will get a variety of restaurants offering Marathi food, a specialty of the state. You must give it a try.
There are a lot of places to visit in Pune for shopping. Do visit FC road for window shopping for clothes and accessories for women at cheap rates. You may also visit Laxmi road for ethnic clothes and sarees. Tulsi Baugh is a must-visit for jewelry. Chitale shops spread across the city are famous for sweets and namkeens. Many more places are available for shopping according to individual interests.
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