Located on the Deccan plateau, at a height of 560m above sea level, Pune boasts of a pleasant climate all year round.
The city, which was once the power center of the Maratha Empire, is in the modern times the cultural hub of the state of Maharashtra. The city is a major industrial hub and houses various traditional old-house industries along with several modern day manufacturing units. In addition, there are several research institutes for IT and management education which attract a large number of students to the city. Pune is one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia- Pacific region.
Pune is also a major cantonment area for the Indian army and also houses the prestigious National Defense Academy that trains young officers for the armed forces. The city also features various museums, parks and zoos which display the history of the city and provide opportunities for recreational outing to the residents and visitors. Other famous places in the city include Aga Khan Palace, Sinhagad, Chaturshringi temple and Parvati hill etc.
Pune Railway Station
The Pune Junction Railway station falls under the Pune division of Central Railways. The station serves as a stop for the trains travelling towards Southern India from Mumbai and other North and West Indian regions. It is also a stop for the Deccan Odyssey tourist train operated by Indian railways that enables passengers to make a tour of Maharashtra and Goa. Given its strategic location, it is not surprising that most travelers in long distance trains opt to order food in Pune Railway Station through e-catering services.
More recently, Pune Junction station has been chosen as the starting point of the planned bullet train to Ahmadabad. The bullet train is expected to cut down the travel time between the two cities from 10 hrs to around 2 hours with a single stoppage at Mumbai.
Cuisine Of Pune
The local cuisine of Pune tends to have strong flavors of garlic and coconut along with a good amount of green chilies to enhance its spicy taste. Most traditional dishes are made from the staple food items of jowar and bajra. The city is also known for its sweet delicacies including chedwa, bhakerwadi and peda, which are amongst the most popular items amongst rail passengers who choose to order meal delivery on train. The local people also like shorgum and pearl millet which are often an integral part of any traditional meal in Pune.
Culture Of Pune
Pune is reflects the various aspects of Marathi culture to the core, which is why it has been named the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The culture blends traditional customs and values with modern lifestyle to create exemplary living standard. The people are deeply interested in educational activities which are evident from the high literacy rate of 86.15. There is also ample focus on arts and crafts, music and theater which again highlights the cultural bend of mind of the local population. Being an education and industrial hub, the city has developed a multicultural society over the past few decades. As such it is not surprising that various festivals and celebrations are observed with great reverence and excitement in the city.