The second largest city in Maharashtra, and among the fastest growing cities in Asia-Pacific, Pune, like its neighbour Mumbai, has been a focal point of the Indian sub-continent since the pre-independence era. Pune’s historicity is evident from its archaic buildings. The city is currently a cosmopolitan, complemented with beautiful water bodies and the rich flora and fauna of the Western Ghats.
A place of prominence since the time of the Maratha rule, the city underwent transformation with the advent of the automobile industry, and currently houses manufacturing plants of several automobile companies. Alongside these changes, the city has always been a hit tourist destination. Pune offers various travelling options ranging from monuments, lavish gardens, religious places, natural trails, treks as well as amusement parks. Matheran, Lavasa and Malshej Ghat are a few weekend getaways in the lap of nature, located near Pune. Other out-of-the-world places to be in Pune include the Aga Khan Palace, the Empress Garden and Pataleshwar cave temple.
The recent wave of transformation pervading the city is being driven by IT firms. The massive Hinjawadi IT Park has metamorphosed the landscape of the Pimpri-Chinchwad area, making it a corporate-cum-residential hub attracting entrepreneurs and students to educational institutions from across the world. Hotels in Hinjawadi, Pune, are placed near the many colleges and universities in the city, and provide the peace and calm which the tourists seek. All these changes are adding new facets to the already rich and colourful city of Pune, thus making it an obvious choice for any traveller.