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Pune is located in Maharashtra, India and is considered the state's cultural capital. The city contains the headquarters of an administrative division officially known as the Pune division which comprises the region known officially as Western Maharashtra
Pune is officially a Marathi speaking city, although with the large cosmopolitan presence, English and Hindi are widely spoken. Pune has a very large student population. Pune is the headquarters of the Southern Command of the Indian Army. Many central locations within the city are owned and operated by the army.
Pune used to be the capital of the Maratha empire, which at its peak encompassed all of present day India except the extreme South and East. This was also the last Indian empire before the British took over. You will find that both the place and its people are conscious of the city's history.
Pune is a city with plenty of educational institutions. The University of Pune (http://www.unipune.ernet.in) is one of the most reputed in the country. Pune is often also known as the 'Oxford of the East'.
Pune is a major transportation hub for Western Maharashtra. It serves as the gateway for the numerous hill stations in Sahyadri Mountains.
Pune airport is served by almost all Indian carriers. The airport is located in Lohegaon, a little bit away from the main city, and takes about an hour to reach the city centre. The airport has commenced international flights from 12 December, though currently you can fly in only from Dubai.
By car and bus
The first freeway in India was built about 4 years ago to connect Mumbai and Pune. With this roadway in place, now it takes less than 3 hours to get to Pune from Mumbai Airport. Many private and state owned operators ply luxury buses on this route.
For long, Pune has been the Detroit of India. Pune is home to Tata Motors, second largest passenger ca manufacturer in india, Bajaj Auto has their two wheeler plant, kinetic motors is locate here,daimler chrysler has their Assembly plant recently Farm equipment Major Jon Deere has entered. It is home to one of largest industrial clusture in asia known as Pimpri-Chinchwad. Mechanical Engineering, and allied businesses abound. Pune is home to world's second largest forging company.
A small but growing software business and call centres add to the recent job opportunities. Many of the world's top MNCs have their offices/development centres in Pune. These include IBM, Wipro, TCS, Infosys and others.
Ask a "sadashiv-pethi" to show you more interesting places like bedekar misal or sujata mastani. Also a must try are sweets from the famous Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale, especially their 'Bakarwadi'.
Nightlife and drinking are mostly restricted to the Cantonment area.
There are some newer places such as
Keep away from most of the places that are close to the City Railway Station as hotels in the western part of the city are comparatively cheaper, and safer.
Pune is well covered by mobile phone networks.
Idea and Airtel offer GSM based networks, while Reliance offers CDMA connectivity.
Tons of Internet cafes scattered around the city. Usual charge runs about 15-20 rupees an hour.
Pune is by and large a very safe place. Violent crime is almost unheard of, although it's important to keep an eye on your belongings in public, as petty theft is a fairly common occurrence. Do report any such activity to the police. Keep away from the touts.
Here are just a few places which make a good day trip from Pune:
These are the weekend getaways: