Pune is the pride of Maharashtra which received valuable heritage of the great saints of this region, which was carried forward from one generation to other. Located in the vicinity of Mumbai this metro city is the best amalgamation of age old traditions mixed with modern pleasures. Tourists visiting this city after they visit other Indian cities notice the uniqueness of the city, which is enveloped in many of its beautiful places to visit. This cultural capital of Maharashtra is now geared up with modern infrastructure and an airport of its own at Lohegaon just ten km from the city center. This airport which connects the city to other major cities of India as well as two international destinations like Dubai and Franfurt has brought a revolution in Pune tourism. It is reflected in the day by day growing tourist traffic to this destination.
The city has many things and activities to its credit ranging from historical sites, forts, caves, museums, shrines and huge dams. Pune once popular as Punya nagari or city of virtue has now acquired many other reputations like city of malls, educational center, city of renowned institutes like Film & Television institute and National Defense academy. In recent years it has started molding into a popular business hub. Taking into consideration the recent hike of tourist influx the city is concentrating more on attracting tourists from international locations by providing an amazing night life and world class hotels to stay. Among places to visit in Pune Osho Ashram is on top of the list. Located in the prestigious area of Koregaon Park this beautiful ashram is spread on a spacious twenty eight acres of land enveloping natural bliss and the most modern means of luxurious life. Osho International meditation center popularly called Osho Ashram is always blossomed with followers of many nationalities, who come here to learn fundamentals of bringing happiness in their life. The disciples are taught in various workshops how to maintain coordination between your body and soul. This city encourages an opportunity to explore old majesties along with modern wonders like conventional old Wadas or local bazaars along with the flashy malls, traditional eating places and the Luxurious hotels. Shaniwar Wada is the most popular and picturesque historic site of Pune. These ruins of the palace of Peshwa family is the must visit place for tourists. The light and sound show organized at this location is the most amazing tourist attraction in this city. Aga Khan Palace, Saras Bag, Bal Gandharva Mandir, Tilak Smarak Mandir, Film and Television Institute of India are popular places to visit in Pune. It is best to visit during its colorful festivals and fairs like Ganesh Chaturthi, Sawai Gandharva festival, Osho festival and Chaturshringi festival. The city becomes vibrant during Ganesh festival with hordes of devotees coming to the streets for joining the visarjan procession.
Presently the city is in limelight regarding excellent facilities available here in the field of Yoga and Meditation. Gradually Pune has become a great center of yoga and related activities, which are attracting Indian as well as foreign tourists.