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Pune Travel Guide

Pune Travel GuidePune, one of the tourist attractions of India Travel and the seat of North Indian Classical music is situated near the western coast of India, south-east of Mumbai (Bombay) in Maharashtra. It is one of the many cities situated on the Deccan plateau, which forms the triangular portion of India. Its ancient name is 'Punaka'. However, the word is derived from the Sanskrit root 'poo', meaning is to purify. Pune is well known for its surrounding hill forts which offer panoramic bird's-eye views. In recent times, Pune became famous for being home to the Osho Commune International.

Some of the tourist attractions of Pune are Agakhan Palace famous for the marble memorials of Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadeobahi Desai who had breathed their last here. Shaniwar Wada Palace was built by Balaji Rao. Today, only the massive outer wall of the Palace is left with the main entrance through iron-spiked Delhi Gate. Pataleshwar Cave Temple is quite elegant and exudes spirituality. Adding to the tranquility and beauty of the site is the circular stone gazebo (Nandi mapandapam) standing by the entrance of this small underground temple. Raja Denkar Kelkar Museum exhibits the diversity of India's culture in a subtle and delightful way. Raj Bhavan housed the government of Bombay Presidency during the colonial times in the summers. Saras Baug is famous for Ganesh Temple and green lawns. Kasturba Samadhi contains the ashes of Kasturba.

Film and Television Institute of India is one of the most prominent film schools in Asia. St Mary's Church was consecrated by Bishop Heber, who toured the region in the 1830's. Synagogue has an attractive red building with colored windows and a 90-ft tower to the north of the entrance. Empress Garden has a fine collection of tropical trees and a small zoo. The Pune Festival and the Sawai Gandharva festival held every year which attract exponents of music and theatre, of classical, folk and fine arts forms, have gained international recognition. Pune has three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. There are many more attractions of Pune India Travel for visitors.

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