Commonly referred as Poona, Pune is one of popular cities of India and forms a major destination of the state Maharashtra. The history of the city dates from the year 847 AD and was the first capital of Shivaji. The city is famed as the cultural capital of the state and holds several activities based on classical music, theater, spirituality, literature, and sports. From grand palaces to holy shrines, Pune houses numerous attractions. In fact, Pune marks a great mélange of years-old tradition and culture and modernity. The city has all what a travelers seeks for a perfect holiday. The natural beauty and various tourist sites allure a lot of Indian as well International travelers to Pune. Not to forget the thrilling adventures that the city allows to indulge in such as jungle trekking, paragliding, camping, rappelling and lake crossing.
Some of the important places of interest to visit in Pune include National War museum, Ramamani Iyengar Yoga institute, Aga Khan Palace, Pataleshwar Cave temples, Parvati Hill, Osho ashram, Shaniwar Wada. The city also directs travelers to the divine pilgrimage site Shirdi that is strongly associated with Sai Baba. One can also go on excursion to hill stations of the state that are in vicinity to Pune namely, Lonavala, Rajmachi, Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. If you are planning a trip to Pune, the best time to be at this place is during winter months when the weather is pleasantly cool and perfect for sightseeing. Moreover, the city has its own airport, railway station and is well-connected by road to major cities of the country.