Pune is an educational hub with many colleges and universities, Pune is emerging as a prominent location for IT and manufacturing companies to expand. Pune manufactures everything everything ranging from two-wheelers and autorickshaws to cars, tractors, tempos, excavators and trucks. Automotive companies like Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mercedes Benz, Force Motors (Firodia-Group), Kinetic Motors have set ups in Pune. Automotive companies including General Motors, Volkswagen, and Fiat have set up greenfield facilities near Pune. Its also home to Bajaj Two wheelers. All these manufacturing has Given Pune a nick name of “Motor City”. The IT sector in pune employs more than 70,000 people. Major software companies in Pune include Infosys, Persistent Systems, Geometric Limited, Symphony Services, Wipro, TCS, Cognizant, Symantec, Tech Mahindra, Syntel, Fujitsu, Cybage, IBM global, Sybase and Crest Premedia Solutions (P) Ltd.
Several automotive component manufacturers and engineering companies like Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd ,Saint-Gobain Sekurit, TATA Autocomp Systems Limited, Robert Bosch GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Visteon, and Continental Corporation are also located here.
Home to some prestigious universities educational and research institutes, Pune, aptly dubbed ‘The Oxford of the East’, has more than a rarefied academic and cultural air to it.
Once the bastion of the Maratha power, the city also boasts beautiful architecture, museums and a wide array of restaurants, cafes and entertainment.
Pune has also earned the sobriquet of the ‘Queen of Deccan’ for its scenic beauty due to the idyllic setting of the city on the on the Sahyadri mountain range. This second largest city in Maharashtra is also a travel destination for its religious places. In recent times, it has emerged as a famous IT hub of India.
Sights to See
Aga Khan Palace/Gandhi National Memorial
Located on Nagar Road, this iconic landmark entered the records of history books when the palace was used by the British to intern Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace. A memorial, in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi, was later erected here, giving the palace the name of Kasturba Gandhi Memorial or Kasturba Samadhi. Built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Agakhan III, Aga Khan Palace is an impressive building with Italianate arches, suites, salons and spacious lawns.
One of the most visited parks in Pune,Bund Gardenis a wonderful place to visit with something to entertain your whole family. Also known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, it is a welcome haven for migratory birds during winter.
Architecturally amongst the best, just about a couple of kms from the Pune racecourse is the memorial of the great Maratha nobleman Mahadji Shinde. You can see the warrior’s painted silver likeness, swathed in a flame-colored turban and elaborate shawl. At his feet are the original prayer vessels, used to propitiate the family deity each morning.
A sign asks you not to open an umbrella within the Chhatri’s precincts, as it would be an insult to the warrior’s memory.
Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum
Containing things beautiful, unusual, and ancient, Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum is housed in a Rajasthani style building located adjacent to the busy Bajirao Road. The museum holds a large repository of artefacts.
Locally as the ‘Soldiers’ Garden’,Empress Gardens should be your stopover if you are on a sightseeing trip to Pune. Occupying an area of 39 acres, the garden is the habitat of several rare species of trees and flowers. The garden is a delight for the nature lovers who throng here in large number.
Upon visiting this 18th century imposing palace, it’s easy to see the grandeur of the Peshwas who raised Maratha power to greater heights. Built as the chief residence of the Peshwas, it is one of the famous monuments in Pune.
The Tribal Museum documents the cultures of Maharashtrian communities, particularly those from the Sahyadri and Gondawana regions. It is open weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm. The city tours do not halt at this site.
Situated on the slope of a hill on Senapati Bapat Road is the shrine of Chaturshringi, the presiding deity of the city. The temple is a sacred place for the devotees.
Located on Jungli Maharaj Road at Shivaji nagar, this 8th century cave temple is hidden in the heart of the city, in the midst of modern high rise buildings. Carved out of a single rock, Pataleshwar Cave Temple is dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar – God of the Underworld.
Central Water, Power, Irrigation and Navigation Research Institute, Film and Television Institute of India; Katraj Snake Park, Parvati Hills and Temples, SarasBaug, Osho Ashram, Parvati Hills and Temples and Shinde’s Chhatri are other places of interest in Pune.
Ahmednagar (118 km):
Ahmednagar, founded by Ahmed Nizam Shah is now the district headquarters. Places of interest are Ahmednagar Fort, Chand Bibi Mahal, Farah Bagh and old monuments of the Nizamshahi period.
- Pune Dairy
- Tata Motors
- Mahindra & Mahindra
- Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
Eight places in Maharashtra, where “Swayambhu” or self-formed idols of Shree Ganesh are installed are popularly known as the Ashta-Vinayak Temples. These temples are situated around Pune. These are Moregoan(65 km), Madh(80 km), Pali (90 km), Siddhatek(99 km), Ozar (75 km), Lenyadri (90 km), Ranjangaon (53 km), Theur (25 km) and Gliderdrome(13 km)
Various places of historical importance as well as natural beauty in the area are being developed in a pre-planned manner. Durga Devi Park and Indira Gandhi Park can be pointed out as a step in the right direction
UruliKanchan (30 km):
The place is famous for Naturopathy Centre started by Mahatma Gandhi and his disciple Manibhai Desai in 1946. all types of diseases and disorders are cured here.
Dehu (34 km):
Dehu’s claim to fame lies in being the birthplace of the famous saint poet Tukaram.
Mulshi Lake (45 km):
One of the most popular excisions from Pune, the lake is located in the heart of the Sahyadri hills. The Kerala Ayurvedic Rejuvenation and Research Establishment attracts visitors.
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- 170 km from Mumbai
- 226 km from Aurangabad
- 835 km from Bangalore
- 237 km from Kolhapur
- 120 km from Mahabaleshwar
- 476 km from Nanded
- 202 km from Nashik
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