After Mumbai the second
largest city of Maharashtra state in India is Pune. Pune is also called Poona
and it is Maratha people’s cultural capital. Shiva Ji established Maratha
Empire which was once the Centre of Power. In the 17th century the
city of Pune got importance and became the capital of Bhonsle Marathas. Pune
was captured for a very brief period by the Mughals but was retaken by the
Marathas and served as their capital from 1714 till 1817 when British took
control of it.
One of the fastest growing
regions in Maharashtra is Pune which is crowded with the Youngsters because of
large number of colleges and cultural centres. Because of which former Prime
Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru called the city as the ‘Oxford and Cambridge
of India’. Also the city provides plenty of job opportunities as almost all the
major IT and ITEs industries are present here along with various assembly
plants and factories.
In Pune there are various
places which attract tourists but the centre of attraction is the Shaniwar Wada. The tour will be
incomplete without visiting it once. Also known as “Seat of Empire” in honour
of Peshwa Bajiraro Balaji, it has five gates named as Dilli Darwaza, Mastani
Darwaza, Khidki Darwaza, Ganesh Darwaza and Jhambul Darwaza.
Another place which receives great
amount of crowd is Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple; a very popular and iconic temple in Maharashtra devoted to
God Ganesh, is also a major part of the Pune Tourism. It is visited by thousands
of Indian and foreign visitors, including film stars to politician every year.
St. Mary’s Church also known as the “Mother Church of the
Deccan”, is the oldest Anglican Church in the city of Pune, constructed by East
India Company in the year 1825 for the spiritual needs of the British officers. One of the must visit places if
you are planning the tour Pune in December, as thousands of people visit this
place together to attend the midnight mass.
One the most beautiful
garden in Pune is Osho Garden and is
situated behind the Osho Ashram in Koregaon Park. The environment here is very
Soothing, Natural and Calming. It allows us to get a step closer to the Mother
Nature and that is why this resort is used for Meditation and Yoga. Regular
training programs on spirituality and meditation takes place here.
National War Museum Southern Command is a war memorial dedicated
to our heroes, the ‘Indian Soldiers”. They sacrificed their life for our nation and
for us. The big attraction of this museum is a MIG 23 BN Jet fighter which was
used during the Kargil war. The museum is mostly made up of pillars which attracts
many tourists every year. This war memorial is built by citizens’ contribution.
Talking about the food, fast
foods are really consumed very fast by the people of Pune. And Bedekar’s Puneri Misal (Food mixture mostly made of Wheat Floor fried
in oil) tops the chart. It is served hot with Pav (a type of bread, a bit
fluffy and rectangle in shape but smaller in size) and Gravy which is topped
with raw onions and coriander leaf chopped to small pieces, which makes this a
must try Dish.
Another must try fast food is Garden’s Vada (Mashed potato,
coated with flour and then deep fried in cooking oil) and Pav (a type of
bread), it is the best in town with Cheap prices and Good taste. In Pune’s fast
life, it is these types of food joints which provide relief to thousands of
If you have a sweet tooth then you must try Kayani Bakery’s
Cakes and Biscuits. Everything they have in their menu is famous. The Mawa
biscuits and the Strawberry cake are the most popular items in their Bakery.
Equally famous is the Vaishali’s Sabudana Vada, it is served hot with Coconut
chutney. The food is hygienic and tasty, the only problem you will face is to
find a seat.
The best part of Pune city is that it is full of youngsters
so wherever one goes, full of energy can be found.