Pune occupies a special position in the history of Maharashtra. The city is often referred to as the cultural capital of Maharashtra and has a history that is very interesting. Pune was once the only thorn in the flesh of the Mughal empire in India. Under the inspiring leadership of Emperor Shivaji, Pune provided fierce resistance to the aspirations of the Mughal empire. The city was once a stronghold of the Marathas and the old forts and palaces stands testament to the fact. These sea-forts are imposing and set against the magnificent landscape, the forts look like pictures taken from a fairytale story book.
The Maratha reversal in the battle of Panipat in the year 1761 resulted in the decline of the Maratha empire and subsequently the city was taken over by the British East India Company. Maratha culture as well as art and craft have blossomed in Pune. Not for nothing Pune is called the cultural capital of Maharashtra.
Pune is slowly developing into being a cosmopolitan city. The old world charm of Pune has not diminished one bit. There is still the narrow winding roads of old Pune standing in sharp contrast to the new spacious city. The accessibility of Pune has made it a very popular tourist getaway. There are daily flights that connect Pune with Mumbai. The city of Pune is only 12 km from the airport. If you want to travel from Mumbai to Pune by rail you will have plenty of option. There are a number of trains that ply between and Pune. The train journey is particularly beautiful because of the wonderful natural beauty that you will be able to see. You can also go to Pune by road. The roads also wind along the Western Ghat and the spectacular natural beauty that you will see en route is a bonus.
The city is famous for its hospitality. The traditional cuisines of Pune is simply mouth - watering. The spices add a flavor to the food that you will find nowhere. In the summer Mumbai is famed for its mangoes. A variety of mangoes are available. You will surely love the taste of these succulent fruits. The sweets of Mumbai are legendary. They are extremely tasteful. The Pune food festival also attracts a lot of people.
The city of Pune comes alive during the Ganesh festival. Huge idols of Lord Ganesh are worshipped all around the city. Processions are taken out at each and every places. The city is also famous for its music, movie and theater. While at Pune you will have plenty of opportunity to have fun. You can go for a rain dance or a beauty pageant show. Rock stars too perform here