Pune, a historic city, is popularly known as the cultural and educational capital of Maharashtra state in India. It is also recognized as a hub for automobile and IT industries. It is home to numerous educational and research institutes of repute, including National Chemical Laboratory, National Centre for Cell Sciences, National Institute of Virology, National AIDS Research Institute, Agharkar Research Institute, Center for Development of Advanced Computing, Inter University Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and many more.
Travel within the city
Ola and UBER cabs and metered auto rickshaws (three wheelers) can be hired for travel within the city. The state-run city bus services are also available, but may be crowded many a times.
Numerous places of historical, ecological, cultural and religious importance are located in and around Pune. The sites of interest in the city include Shaniwar wada, Kelkar Museum, Aga Khan Palace, Katraj Zoological Park, Parvati, etc.
Places of tourists’ interest around Pune include the following:
World heritage sites
Ajanta & Ellora caves (near Aurangabad), Elephanta caves (Near Mumbai)
Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lonavala, Khandala, Matheran,
Ganapati pule, Alibagh, Murud, many more along the Konkan coast & Goa
Forts in Western Ghats
Sinhagad, Shivneri, Raigad, Rajgad, Murud-Janjira etc.
Kaas lake & plateau, Bhimashankar, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Tamhini ghat and entire Western ghats.
Aurangabad, Satara, Kolhapur, Mumbai.