A potpourri of old and new, Pune's culture includes the traditional lifestyle of the region as well as a modern, progressive outlook that stems from the city being an educational centre. Book a discount holiday package to Pune today and see what this lovely little part of India has to offer.
Pune is the second largest city in western India's state of Maharashtra, located on the Deccan Plateau southeast of Mumbai (Bombay). It is sometimes called The Oxford of the East because of its many institutions of higher learning, but other times it is referred to as The Detroit of India, due to the many large automobile manufacturing plants that are located there. But Pune isn't just universities and manufacturing - it's considered by many to be Maharashtra's cultural capital as well.
A potpourri of old and new, Pune's culture includes the traditional lifestyle of the region as well as a modern, progressive outlook that stems from the city being an educational centre. Pune is closely associated with traditional art, literature and drama, but its large number of westernised college students and young professionals cause Pune to have a lively, modern nightlife. Book a discount holiday package to Pune today and see what this lovely little part of India has to offer.
Pune is known for its museums and restaurants, but also for modern architecture that is interlaced with centuries-old temples and other buildings. Prominent museums include the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, the Mahatma Phule Museum, the Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum, the Pune Tribal Museum and the National War Museum. Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum, constructed in the traditional Rajasthani style, is a must-see for travellers on cheap holidays to Pune. It holds an amazing collection of traditional Indian arts and crafts, but Mastani Mahal, a reconstructed palace, is one of the true masterpieces of the museum. Book museum and gallery tours along with cheap flights from Australia to Pune, discount accommodation in Pune and car hire options in Pune when you book your Indian travel package with Direct Flights.
Another sight that's popular with visitors on Pune travel packages is the Aga Khan Palace, with its Italianate arches, salons and spacious lawns. Its significance goes beyond its beauty: during the 1942 Quit India Movement, the British interned Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi there. The most prominent Hindu temple in Pune is the Parvati temple, located on Parvati Hill. The famous Chaturshringi Temple also provides visitors with a colourful dash of culture: during Navratri (which usually falls in the month of September), a large procession of worshippers from all over India passes through the city to the temple. Plan your discount holiday to Pune during this time to witness this fascinating religious ritual.
Pune became a part of British India in 1817 and served as the "monsoon capital" of the Bombay Presidency. As a result, the city is also known for its British Raj "bungalow architecture." Other historical attractions in and around Pune include the rock-cut Pataleshwar cave temple, Shaniwarwada, Lal Mahal, Shinde Chhatri and Sinhagad fort. Pataleshwar Caves is an 8th century temple cut out of rock that's located in the heart of the city, in the midst of modern high rise structures and developments. When planning your cheap holidays to Pune with Direct Flights, make sure book a historic tour of the city through the destination activities section of the site.
But Pune isn't just temples and palaces, even though they are worth a visit all by themselves. Being in India, Pune also hosts festivals throughout the year. An example is the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival, featuring Hindustani and Carnatic classical music. And some of the charm of this quaint city is actually outside it, in the forts and caves among the small mountains and hillocks. The hill forts surrounding Pune offer beautiful panoramic bird's-eye views of the area.
Like any other large and cosmopolitan city, food from all over the world is available in Pune's many restaurants. A variety of ethnic Indian foods from different regions, along with the ever-popular Indian street vendor foods, are ready for you to taste. And for travellers on cheap holidays to Pune, the city offers many low-priced dining halls - modest sit-down eateries that serve all-you-can-eat meals at affordable prices. Popular western fast-food franchises and coffee houses are also in the city.
Pune International Airport shares its runways with the neighbouring Indian Air Force base, making it the only airport of its kind in the world. Apart from domestic flights to and from all major Indian cities, such as Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, there are international flights to Pune from Dubai, Singapore, London, Sydney, Chicago, San Francisco, Beijing and Frankfurt. Let Direct Flights arrange your discount travel to Pune today. Travel packages to Pune that are available through the Direct Flights International website include cheap flights to Pune, accommodation in Pune, and more. Whether you want to go from Adelaide, Australia to Pune, India, or from Madrid, Spain to Singapore, Direct Flights can get you there.