Pune with a blanket of comfortable weather, is smugly nestled in the midst of lush green hills. Call it the "Oxford of the East" or the "Cultural capital of Maharashtra", it is today's hotspot of commerce, culture and entertainment.
Industry & Economy :
Pune is a major industrial centre, growing very fast every year. It is home to one of the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturers, Bajaj Auto. The world’s second largest forging company Bharat Forge Ltd is also in Pune. It is also home to Kinetic Engineering, Force Motors. The manufacturing plant of India’s largest car manufacturer, Tata Motors, is in Pune. DaimlerChrysler also has an assembly line for its Mercedes Benz brand in Pune. Cummins Engines Co Ltd has a Research & Technology India center in Pune in addition to its manufacturing plant. Whirlpool as well as LG have appliance manufacturing plants near Pune. Frito Lay and Coca Cola also have manufacturing plants in Pune.Pune is also home to numerous small and medium-sized enterprises.
Pune is also emerging as a prominent city for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies. Companies like Convergys, WNS, Progeon, EXL and MphasiS have started their operations in Pune. Pune comes as a natural choice for the BPO companies due to the availability of skilled manpower.
Pune has a burgeoning software industry. Many of India’s major software players such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Satyam, Tech Mahindra, Mastek Ltd., Persistent Systems, Patni Computer Systems and Kale Consultants, Kanbay Software, S1 Services, Cybage, Manas Solutions Pvt Ltd, have their presence in Pune. Global majors like HSBC Global Technology, PTC, IBM, SIEMENS, Sybase, EDS, I-Flex, Cognizant, Sasken, KPIT Cummins Infosystems Inc., Amdocs, Avaya, Veritas Software, Aftek Infosys, Syntel, Zensar and TIBCO Software have a major presence in Pune’s various Software Technology Parks and other areas. Some of the prominent IT parks in the city are the Hinjewadi IT Park, Magarpatta Cybercity, etc.
With the construction of the six-lane Mumbai-Pune Expressway, a far cry from the contraflow motorways of other state roads, this city is now about a three-hour drive from Mumbai by road.
Notably, even though Pune is the seventh largest city in India, it has the sixth largest
Education :Pune was also called ”The Oxford of the east”by Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister; as Pune attractsstudents from every nook and corner of the world. Foreign students find Pune very peaceful and safe compared to other educational cities of India. The weather of Pune is also very good for health.
The city also has an active Marathi theatre community. One of the main theatre activity centers is the Su-darshan Rangamanch run by Maharashtra Cultural Center. In the month of December, Pune hosts the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival. It is a great treat for music lovers. Pune is the cultural capital of Marathi people. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s Osho Ashram helps in bringing a very international flair to the city.
Transport System :
Pune has excellent external road, rail and air connectivity to almost all important cities in India. It is extremely well connected to most of the important cities in India like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Chennai. Maharashtra state transport buses are most commonly used by people to travel to rural parts of India. Pune is very well connected by rail to all the major cities in India. Pune now has an international-deemed airport, with flights to Singapore and Dubai. Pune could see flights to New York, London and Shanghai (via Mumbai) in future in next few years. Domestic flights are available to most metropolitan cities in India. Locally, the Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) is Pune’s public transport service, Pune Municipal undertaking. PMT is an important mode of transport.
Places to Visit :
Many places in Pune are worthy of a visit. The Parvati Temple and Shaniwar Wada are the most notable of the attractions for a first-time visitor. An evening excursion for the family can include visiting the Saras Baug garden, created by filling a lake. In the middle of this lake a Ganesh Temple can be found. The Kasba Ganapati is the ’Gram Daivat’ or the temple of the City Deity of Pune. Pune is also home to two Zoological Parks, the Peshwe Park and the Katraj Snake Park. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Osho Rajneesh Ashram. Additionally, Pune is home to the Aga Khan Palace, famous for being the location of Mahatma Gandhi’s house arrest after the Quit India Movement. There are plenty of places that can be visited in a day’s trip from Pune. Alandi for the Sant Dnyaneshwar Temple, Dehu for the Sant Tukaram Temple, and Baneshwar for an ancient Shiva Temple. For some fun in water, places like Panshet Dam, Khadakwasla Dam, Mulshi.