Pune (Punya or ‘the city of Virtue’), the second largest state of Mahrarashtra after the state capital Mumbai, is also known as cultural capital of the state. Over the last decade Pune has emerged as one of the major center of academia and IT industry, housing one of the best management and technology institutes along with the office of major multi-national-companies.
Vibrant and youthful, Pune has a rich history dating back to 18th century when it was the seat of the Maratha Empire. Under the great ruler Shivaji, it saw rapid growth and development. Under the British Raj, it was also the ‘monsoon capital’ of the Bombay Presidency.City is more liberal than any other non-metros of India and one of the 98 smart cities declared by the Government of India for development under the Smart Cities Mission.
What makes Pune more exciting is its pleasant weather and access to nearby hill stations like Lonavala, Khandala or Mahabeleshwar. It is said that Pune too was a hill station many years ago and called as Pensioner’s Paradise – home to those who had retired and wanted a peaceful life in a salubrious environment. Within the city limits too , you will find many Thekdis (Hills) and one of the them is Vetal, which is the highest point within the city limits, with an elevation of 2600 ft.
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Aga Khan Palace
This palace was built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Agakhan III. He was elected as the President of the League of Nations in 1938 and was well renowned in the field of politics and sports. The palace was later donated to India by Aga Khan IV in 1969 as a mark of respect to Gandhiji and his philosophy.The palace has developed into a national and international place of pilgrimage with over a lakh of visitors every year who come to pay homage to the samadhis here. The palace is surrounded by a sprawling garden. The famous movie ‘Gandhi’ was shot here.
Shaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs. 16,120. Several additions were made to the palace like fortification walls with bastions, gates and court halls by his successors.The walls in the palace were painted with scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. A sixteen petal lotus-shaped fountain stands reminiscent of the exquisite work of those times. The historical structure which stands as an important chapter in the history of the Maratha empire, is now maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). Around 1,000 people used to stay in the palace.
Malshej ghat is located 700 meters above sea level amidst the soaring ranges of the western ghats equidistant from mumbai and pune. Ruggedy landscapes thickly forested, laced by many venerated rivers and rich in bird and animals life, the place attracts those who wish to experience natures myriad wonders up close and personal.Aside from its fascinating ecololy. Malshej ghat draws one to its numerous historic forts,forest,houses and sanctuaries. There is Sivneri fort, birth place of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. There are Buddhist caves dating back tot he 3rd century.And one cannot afford to is the fort of Harishchandra which, at an altitude of 1424 meters dominates the surrounding landscape.
Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple
The Dagadusheth Ganapati Temple was founded in 1893 by Dagdusheth Halwai who is a sweetheart seller later become a wealthy businessman. This Halwai has lost his son the previous year, and at the request of his guru created the murtis(Statue of deity) of Ganesha and Dattatreya. He later established the Halwai Ganapati Trust. Bal Gangadhar Tilak ,during the British Raj gave a public forum to the Ganesh festival celebrations as a way of getting around an order that barred public meetings.
Osho International Meditation Resort
One of the most influential mystics and spiritual teachers of the modern time, Osho (December 11, 1931 – January 19, 1990) was an Indian professor of philosophy and a public speaker, who garnered an international following. His outspoken criticism of socialism and institutionalized religions and a more open attitude towards sexuality made him controversial.Moving to Pune in 1974, he established an ashram that attracted increasing numbers of Westerners. The ashram offered therapies derived from the Human Potential Movement to its Western audience and made news in India and abroad. His ashram is today known as the Osho International Meditation Resort.
Lavasa is striking tourist destination which is situated in the Sahayadri Mountains at the shore of Warasgaon lake.Built by HCC India, this city is the first planned hill station of India which lies in the Pune district of Maharashtra state. You can pleasure your holidays while visiting this city as you can explore beautiful landscapes and serene environment. Famous for its dam and scenic beauty, people visit this city to experience the most exciting adventurous activities. Water Sports are the prime attraction of the city. People can go for trekking, mountain climbing, and hiking to take the unforgettable experience in the mountain ranges.
Pune has a hot semi-arid climate bordering with tropical wet and dry with average temperatures ranging between 19 to 33 °C (66 to 91 °F).Pune experiences three seasons: summer, monsoon, and winter.
Summer –.March to June ,Temperature ranges from 25 degress to 40 degrees Celsius.
Winter – October to January, Temperature – 26 degree to 9 degree – Best time to Visit.
Monsoon (Rainy Season) – June to October , Temperature ranges form 22 degree to 28 degrees.
CLIMATE IN PUNE
Summer Season In Pune
Typical summer months are from March to June often extending till 15 June, with maximum temperatures sometimes reaching 42 °C (108 °F). The warmest month in Pune is between 20 April and 20 May; although summer doesn’t end until May, the city often receives heavy dusty winds in May (and humidity remains high). Even during the hottest months, the nights are usually cool due to Pune’s high altitude.
Monsoon Season In Pune
The monsoon lasts from June to October, with moderate rainfall and temperatures ranging from 22 to 28 °C (72 to 82 °F). Most of the 722 mm (28.43 in) of annual rainfall in the city falls between June and September, and July is the wettest month of the year. Hailstorms are not unheard of in this region. You will find beautiful ,lush green hills but on misty day it will difficult to experience.
Winter Season In Pune
Winter traditionally begins in November; November in particular is referred to as the Rosy Cold (literal translation) (Marathi: गुलाबी थंडी) which can be experienced typically during the festive season of Diwali. The daytime temperature hovers around 26 °C (79 °F) while night temperature is below 9 °C (48 °F) for most of December and January, often dropping to 5 to 6 °C (41 to 43 °F).