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5 - 20 October 2014 | Pune | India

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About Pune

  • Fergusson College, Pune Main Building

  • Shaniwar Wada, Pune

  • Aga Khan Palace, Pune

  • Pune University

  • Skyview Near Pune Airport

  • Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati, Pune

  • Infosys, Pune

  • Shinde Chhatri, Wanowrie, Pune

  • P L Deshpande Udyan, Sinhagad Road, Pune

Pune is the seventh largest metropolis in India and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra.

Pune is known to have existed as a town since 847 AD. It was the first capital of the Maratha Empire under Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosale.

Pune is sometimes considered the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The city is known for Manufacturing, Automobile, Government & Private sector Research Institutes, Information technology (IT) as well as Educational, Management and Training institutes that attract migrants, students and professionals not only from India but also from South East Asia, Middle East and African countries.


Rulers of different dynasties have ruled Pune. Evidence found as copper plates of 758 AD and of 768 AD reveal that the Rashtrakootas ruled this region at that time. The Pune Gazetteer explains the term Pune as Punya - a holy place. Pune was ruled by the Yadava dynasty after the Rashtrakootas. Mughal rulers then ruled the city till the middle of the seventeenth century.

Pune became popular with the rise of Maratha ruler Shivaji. He spent his early childhood in Pune at Lal Mahal, a palace built by his father Shahaji, where Shivaji's mother Jijabai lived for a decade. Aurangazeb's uncle, Shahistekhan was defeated at Lal Mahal by Shivaji.

Aurangazeb named Pune as Muhiyabad after the death of Shivaji in 1680. Pune again gained importance during the period of the second Peshwa Thorala (senior) Bajirao who ruled from 1720 to 1740. The palace of the Peshwas - Shaniwarwada was built during his time. Different Peshwas constructed various monuments.

Nanasaheb Peshwa succeeded Thorala Bajirao Peshwa and ruled the Maratha kingdom from 1740 to 1761. He checked the aggressions of the Nizam and maintained peace. Nanasaheb Peshwa emphasized in urbanizing the Pune city and encouraged setting up of peths or wards in Pune. Nanasaheb Peshwa constructed Parvati Temple complex, which is known to be the pride of the Pune city.

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In the month of October the weather in Pune will be pleasant and the temperature around 30ÂșC.


Pune is said to be the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra. It epitomises Marathi culture, which lays emphasis on education, arts and crafts, music, and theatre. Pune has emerged as a center of modern architecture in India, with prize-winning buildings. Pune culture reflects a blend of traditions with modernity, along with hosting classical shows.


Specialties include Misal Pav, Puran Poli (a dessert bread), Pithla bhakri, Bhelpuri and Pav Bhaji. Mastani, a thick milkshake containing dried fruit, is a speciality of the city. Vada Pav, Misal Pav, Poha, Daabeli and Bhel Puri are common and famous street foods. Being a Metropolitan city, Pune also boasts a wide variety of restaurants, serving cuisines from all over the world.


  • Osho Ashram

  • Shaniwar Wada

  • Shinde Chhatri

  • Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

  • Pataleshwer Cave Temples

  • Tribal Museum

  • Gandhi National Memorial / Aga Khan Palace

  • Vishrambaug Wada

  • Bund Garden

  • Saras Baug

  • Parvati Hill

  • Peshwe Udyan

  • Katraj Snake Park

  • Pune University

To Read More Please Visit Wiki, Maharashtra Tourism

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