Pune travel guide

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You're Going to Love Pune

One of the hubs of colonial India and now a thriving tech and commercial center, Pune offers a galaxy of sights and experiences. From ashrams to elegant palaces, superb food, and offbeat museums to tranquil gardens and a huge student population, Pune has it all.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Pune

1. A Wealth of Historical Sights

Visitors can tour the 18th-century Peshawar Shaniwar Wada fort, delve even deeper in time at nearby Sinhagad, or tour the city's colonial-era highlights, including the university buildings and the Aga Khan Palace.

2. Fascinating Museums

Pune's museums range wildly, from the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum showcasing everyday Indian life, to the fun Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railways.

3. Inspiring Religious Attractions

Pune is a major Hindu center, and visitors can see sights like the temples on Parvati Hill and Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh Temple with its massive Ganesha statue.

4. Beautiful Hill Stations Are Nearby

The hills around Pune are a fantastic region to explore. See colonial-era "hill stations" like Malshej Ghat or hike in Pune's own nature areas, like the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.

5. An Endless Series of Festivals

Celebrations never seem to cease in Pune. Visit during events like the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav festival or the Chaturshringi Fair and revel with the locals in style.

Where to Eat in Pune

Top restaurants in Pune include Malaka Spice, which serves up delectable curries and Asian fusion dishes, as well as Mayur, which is renowned for its thalis. Expect meals to be cheap, at around ₹300-400 per head.

When to visit Pune

Pune in February
Estimated hotel price
$55
1 night at 3-star hotel
Pune in February
Estimated hotel price
$55
1 night at 3-star hotel

One of the great things about Pune is its mild climate. You can visit almost any time of year, except perhaps for May and June, when the heat can be intense, or the height of the monsoon in August.

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How to Get to Pune

Plane

The nearest international airport is Mumbai, which is around three hours by taxi from Pune (₹1,400-1,700).

Train

Pune has a vast array of rail connections with major Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad.

Car

From Mumbai, take the Mumbai Highway straight to Pune. From New Delhi, take AH47 to Mumbai, then switch to the Mumbai Highway.

Bus

There are daily bus services from Mumbai, all of which stop at the railway station, very close to the center of town.

Airlines serving Pune

United Airlines
Good (69,486 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (47,665 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (28,401 reviews)
KLM
Good (3,806 reviews)
Delta
Good (30,738 reviews)
Air France
Good (4,361 reviews)
British Airways
Good (23,345 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (23,610 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (9,188 reviews)
Iberia
Good (6,162 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Excellent (11,532 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (25,044 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (15,776 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (5,449 reviews)
Finnair
Good (3,876 reviews)
LOT
Good (5,408 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (6,759 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (3,957 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (2,079 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (2,428 reviews)
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Where to stay in Pune

High-quality accommodation options include the JW Marriott Hotel Pune, the Pride Hotel, and the Conrad Pune, which is known for its restaurant and spa facilities.

Popular neighborhoods in Pune

Deccan Gymkhana - the liveliest central neighborhood in Pune, Deccan Gymkhana has some great places to eat like Cafe Goodluck, and lies at the meeting point of the city's major transport arteries.

The Peths - the most ancient part of the city, the Peths are a network of tight alleyways that are lined by craft stalls and street food vendors. It's a great place to wander around.

Koregaon Park - Pune's most exclusive neighborhood, and the place to head for jewelry boutiques like Sangeeta Boochra or restaurants like Malaka Spice.

Where to stay in popular areas of Pune

Most booked hotels in Pune

The Westin Pune Koregaon Park
Excellent (8.6, 200 reviews)
$128+
Vivanta Pune, Hinjawadi
Excellent (8.2, 404 reviews)
$75+
Hyatt Pune
Good (7.9, 1201 reviews)
$73+
Sayaji Pune
Good (7.6, 417 reviews)
$66+
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Pune
Good (7.5, 1261 reviews)
$82+
Novotel Pune Nagar Road
Good (7.3, 1947 reviews)
$60+
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How to Get Around Pune

Public Transportation

PMPML runs an extensive, but often frustrating, bus network around Pune. It's cheap, though, at just ₹14-22 per journey.

Taxi

Auto-rickshaws are the most popular taxi option in Pune. Prices will be around ₹17 for the first mile, then ₹11 for every subsequent mile. Taxis are also available for around ₹15 per mile.

Car

You can rent a car from branches of Rent A Car Pune, Sixt, and Allied for around ₹450 per day.

Car rental agencies in Pune

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The Cost of Living in Pune

Shopping Streets

The best places to snap up bargain souvenirs are bustling markets like Juna Bazaar, Tulsi Baug, or Phule Market. However, for more upmarket products, check out Fashion Street or Laxmi Road, where hand-made accessories are a specialty.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarkets include Reliance Fresh and More. For comparison, expect a gallon of milk to cost around ₹46.

Cheap meal
$2.67
A pair of jeans
$36.49
Single public transport ticket
$0.30
Cappuccino
$1.41
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