Pune, once the nucleus of the redoubtable Maratha Empire, is now celebrated as a foremost industrial and higher educational hub of western India. It is the second biggest city of Maharashtra and the citadel of the Marathi culture. Age-old traditions and all the trappings of modern life share a harmonious relationship in the city. As students from different parts of the world make a beeline at Pune’s umpteen academic institutions, it is sometimes fondly referred to as the Oxford of the East.
Economically Pune holds a considerable might. It is ranked among the top 10 Indian cities according to the per capita income. Though Pune has been the home to engineering industry for long, but from the early nineties a veritable surge in industrialisation is taking place. The anchor industries in Pune are engineering, education, automotive, winery, IT, and food processing. Pimpri-Chinchwad, situated on the outskirts of Pune, has a very high concentration of manufacturing units. Like Chennai, the presence of many Indian and multinational auto majors has helped Pune to cement its position as a motor city. A mega food processing cluster that has been conceived for Pune is expected to house more than 500 units. To bolster the software scenario the Hinjawadi IT Park, Pune’s IT base, is being expanded.
Pune’s airport is situated at about 10 km from the city. Tropical wet and dry climate prevails in Pune. Temperatures range between 20-28°C. A good Bus Rapid Transit System is at the centre of city’s transport. Pune is famous for a host of stately museums and sky-high forts. Leading attractions in Pune are Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Aga Khan Palace, Pataleshwar Caves, and National War Museum.