Pune is the second largest city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Also, called the “Queen of the Deccan”, Pune is considered to be the cultural capital of Maharasthra. It first gained popularity in the 17th century as the capital of the Bhosle Marathas. The Mughals captured it temporarily but then it became the official Maratha capital from 1714 till its downfall under the British in 1817.
In present times, there has been a wide scale establishment of various industries and multinational corporations around Pune. It has slowly become a prominent location for the IT industry. There are also large factories and the products get distributed from Pune to other places. In short, Pune has seen a lot of growth in the past couple of years and that is why so many people are migrating to Pune in the hope of a better future.
Needless to say, Pune is quite densely populated with residential places all over the city. But, the best residential areas of Pune definitely include Koregaon Park, Kalyani Nagar, Boat Club Road, Hadapsar, Wagholi, Viman Nagar and Undri. So, if you are planning to relocate or get settled in Pune, these are the popular neighborhoods to look out for.
So, you will find people of various caste, class, creed, religion and ethnicity there. Marathi is the main language of the people of Pune but the cosmopolitan population of the city speaks other language like Hindi, English, and Gujarati as well.
The diversity in the population of Pune is reflected in the foods available there as well. In other words, you will get to enjoy foods of various kinds there. However, the items that you should try out at least once during your visit to Pune will definitely include Bakarwadi, Amti, Peanut Chutney, Samosas with Chutney, Sabudana Khichdi, Vada Pav, BhelPuri and Mastani.
There are several historical attractions, museums, parks and zoos there. Nature has also blessed the city with many picturesque landscapes. Moreover, due to a lot of famous educations intuitions situated there, Pune has rightfully earned the title of the “Oxford of the East”. In short, be it a cultural history buff to a nature lover to someone who is engrossed into books, Pune attracts a huge variety of tourists. But, if you ask me to list names of places that one cannot afford to miss in Pune, then that would definitely include Western Ghats, Shivneri Fort, Aga Khan Palace, Parvati Hill Temple, Rajgah Fort, Lal Mahal, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, the Empress Garden, Sinhagad Fort, and Peshwa Udyan Zoo.
Pune experiences a hot semi-arid with tropical wet and dry. However, it is overall pleasant. The best thing is even though you feel really hot in the afternoons but the mornings and the evenings are always very soothing. However, as far as the best time to visit Pune is concerned, then that would be between October and March.
To conclude, Pune, with its great weather, amazing tourist destinations, great variety of foods and good career opportunities, is an amazing place to live as well as visit.