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       December 13-15, 2017, Pune, India.

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About Pune

Considered to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune is known as "Oxford of the East" due to the presence of several well-known educational institutions in the city. The city has emerged as a major educational hub in recent decades, with nearly half of the total international students in the country studying in Pune. Since the 1950s and 1960s, Pune has had a traditional old-economic base as most of the old industries continue to grow. The city is known for its manufacturing and automobile industries, as well as for research institutes of information technology (IT), education, management and training, which attracts students, and professionals from India, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. A few college in the Europe have also actively engaged in Student-exchange programs with several colleges in Pune.

Pune is also one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region. The 'Mercer 2017 Quality of Living rankings' evaluated local living conditions in more than 440 cities around the world where Pune ranked at 145, second in India after Hyderabad (144). It also highlights Pune among evolving business centres and emerging nine cities around the world with citation "Hosts IT and automotive companies".

Pune offers convenient access to the airport and numerous commercial developments. Tourist attractions are also located nearby, including Aga Khan's Palace, the Tribal Museum and Pataleshwar Caves.

Pune had a long history under Maratha and Peshwa rule in the 17th to early 19th century. When the third Anglo-Maratha War broke out and Pune was annexed to British India in 1817, the city served as a cantonment town and the 'monsoon capital' of the Bombay Presidency until the independence of India. Although history plays a key part in the city being a tourist attraction, more and more people are now visiting Pune for its shopping bonanzas, vibrant arts scene and mouth-watering cuisine.

GETTING AROUND:

Rented cars, luxury buses and auto-rickshaws are popular modes of transport in Pune. Almost all parts of the city are connected by the PMPML City Buses the network is very extensive. There's also a huge army of three-wheeled rickshaws for those seeking a bit of adventure. Here's a tip: always demand that they use the meter and that they show you the sheet of paper (Tariff Card) which converts the rickshaw meter readings to the actual cost in rupees.

If you're willing to brave the heavy traffic and narrow lanes, rental cars can be a great way to explore the local attractions. Most rental car companies charge around Rs 2500 a day for a mid-size car. With an extensive railway network, Pune is also well connected to other Indian cities, including Mumbai, Howrah, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES OF INTERESTS:

This includes must see places in Pune and surrounding areas.

Historical tour at Aga Khan Palace

Built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III, the Aga Khan Palace is a national monument of India's freedom movement. This charming palace boasts Italianate arches, lavish suites and spacious lawns. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, the British incarcerated Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. A memorial was later erected in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace.

Explore the grandeur of the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Housed in a Rajasthani-style building, the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is situated close to the hustle and bustle of Bajirao Road. In a pleasant change from the other well-known museums of India, this museum displays the diversity of India's culture in a subtle yet delightful way. The museum houses 36 sections, with exhibits ranging from 2000-year-old pottery and traditional Indian lamps to 17th century paintings and a revered seed carved with the image of Lord Ganesha.

Bhigwan

Famous for Migratory Birds from Siberia.

Lavasa

First man-made hill station near Pune.

Lonavla

A beautiful hill station on the Pune - Mumbai highway, just 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Pune. Offers great views of the Western Ghats and has lots of trekking spots nearby.

Mahabaleshwar

120 kilometres (75 miles) from Pune. Famous twin hill stations of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani in Satara district in Maharashtra, India offering scenic views of the Western Ghats.

Discover a royal past at Shaniwar Wada Palace

A symbol of Pune culture, the Shaniwar Wada Palace was built by the Peshwas in 1726 next to Laxmi Road in the heart of the city. The majority of the palace interiors were destroyed by a massive fire in 1827, with just the old fortified wall remaining. Standing as an important chapter in the history of the Maratha Empire, this historic structure is now maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Shivneri fort

It is famous as the birthplace of Maratha King Chattrapati Shivaji. It is located near Junnar town in the Pune district about 95 kilometres (59 miles) north of Pune. The fort attracts a large number of tourists, history buffs and trekkers.

Sinhgad

This historical fort closely associated with Shivaji is the closest fort to the city. Apart from visitors interested in the Maratha history, it attracts trekkers throughout the year and others during the monsoon rain.

Khadakwasla Dam

This dam is located on the way to Sinhgad Fort and now a popular tourist spot. One can see the remains of dam wall around the area, which had broken in July 1961 and gushed the city under water.

Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden or Pu La Deshpande Udyan: It is one of the largest garden located on Sinhagad Road (Narvir Tanaji Malusare Road) in Pune, Maharashtra, India

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