Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra. Placed 560 meters above sea level on the Deccan plateau, at the convergence of the Mula and Mutha Rivers, it is the administrative capital of Pune district and the 8th most populous metropolitan area in India. It is situated on the leeward side of the Sahyadri mountain range (the Western Ghats), which separates it from the Arabian Sea.
The name Pune comes from 'Punya Nagari' (standing for "City of Virtue" in Sanskrit). The oldest reference to this name is illustrated on a Rashtrakuta copper plate, dating back to 937, in which the town is referred to as 'Punya Vishaya' or 'Punak Vishaya'. By the 13th century, it had come to be known as 'Kasbe Pune' or 'Punavadi' (standing for "Town of Pune" in Marathi). During the 19th century, it was cited as Poona by British administrators.
Aga Khan Palace, Empress Garden, Jejuri Temple, Shaniwar Wada, Shinde Chhatri, Pataleshwar Caves, David Synagogue, Dehu Temple, Katraj Snake Park, Mahatma Phule Museum, Malshej Ghat, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Sinhagad Fort, Tribal Museum, Osho Ashram, Parvati Hill & Temple, Chathushrungi Mata Temple, etc
Pune is located 170 km south of Mumbai and is one of the pivotal bases of the state of Maharashtra. Known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune is counted amongst the most developed cities of India. It situated on the edge of the Deccan Plains, quite near to the Western Ghat Mountains. This location of the city has resulted in it being known as the 'Queen of the Deccan' also. Other names for Pune are 'Oxford of the East' or 'Oxford of India', which have been given since the city is home to a large number of educational institutions. Apart from that, it is also the venue for numerous historical monuments, structures, sports, culture and social service institutes.
Pune city serves as the perfect amalgamation of the modern and the traditional. Here, history has brilliantly blended with the contemporary lifestyle. On one hand are the numerous historical monuments and religious places, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the city. On the other, we see the pulsating nightclubs, pubs, bars, etc, reflecting the modern city life.
Pune is recognized as one of the leading tourist destination cities in India where one can find The Film and Television Institute of India and National Defence Academy here. It is fast becoming one of the major centers of industry and commerce in the country.
Mumbai is 170 km.