Hotels in Pune

Hotels in Pune

More About Pune

Pune city is the administrative headquarters of Pune district and was once the centre of power of the Maratha Empire established by Shivaji Maharaj. Apart from the Films Division and the FTII, Pune also has a strong historical background. By the virtue of which the city has been decorated by many such buildings and locations that attract a large number of tourists to the city every year. Pune hotels boast of luxury and comfort. As one of the largest cities of India and major centre of leaing with several colleges and universities, Pune is emerging as a prominent location for IT and manufacturing. Pune has the eighth largest metropolitan economy and the sixth highest per capita income in the country. Pune is the 9th most populous city in India and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra after the state capital Mumbai.

There are several 5 star hotels in Pune. Pune is said to be the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra. It represents Marathi culture, which places stress on education, arts and crafts, music, and theatre. Pune culture replicates a blend of traditions with modeism, along with hosting classical shows. The 5 star hotels in Pune are located centrally. Leisure visitors will enjoy the multiple entertainment and shopping districts nearby. Popular tourist attractions such as Lonavala, Khandala and Lavasa are not too far from these hotels.  Places of interest in Pune include “Aga Khan Palace”, ”Sinhagad” and “Shaniwada”. These are places which intrigue the tourist to explore the rich heritage even more. Places of interest are Aga Khan Palace, Sinhagad, Shaniwada, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, SarasBaug, Parvati Hill and Pataleshwar Cave Temple. 5 star hotels include DoubleTree By Hilton, Holiday Inn Pune and Hyatt Regency Pune.

 Pune has a strong historical background. The 4 star hotels in Pune serve specialties including MisalPav, PuranPoli (a dessert bread), Pithlabhakri, Panipuri, Bhelpuri, and PavBhaji. Mastani, a thick milkshake containing dried fruit, is a speciality of the city. Another speciality is Bakarvadi, (a crispy snack item). VadaPav, MisalPav, Poha, Dabeli, and Bhelpuri are popular street food items. 4 star hotels in Pune are well equipped for the disceing traveller. Popular tourist attractions are “Raja DinkarKelkar Museum”, “Sarasbaug”,”Parvati Hill” and “Pataleshwar Cave Temple”. The Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions trade is expected to get a lift once the Pune Inteational Exhibition and Convention Centre (PIECC) complete in 2017. The 97-hectare PIECC will boast a seating capacity of 20,000 with a floor area of 13,000 m2 (139,931 sqft). It will have seven exhibition centres, a convention centre, a golf course, a five-star hotel, a business complex, shopping malls, and residences. The US$115 million project is developed by the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Town Development Authority. 4 star hotels include Citrus Pune, Fortune Inn Exotica and Fortune Inn Jukaso. Pune, the city is also known for its manufacturing and automobile industries, as well as for research institutes of information technology (IT), education, management and training, which attracts migrants, students, and professionals from India, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Pune is also one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

The 3 star hotels in Pune are a major plus for the city as tourists can enjoy themselves at a very low budget. These 3 star hotels in Pune provide a number of amenities at a low price. They have business class rooms with all the mode facilities for the corporate executive that demands value for money. Besides all the wonderful tourist attractions Pune boasts of rich cultural heritage as well. Guests of these hotels can enjoy on-site features like airport transfer, 24hr room service, coffee shop, family room. A garden and fitness center is also available. The guests experience high quality room facilities, including balcony/terrace, coffee/tea maker, bathrobes, complimentary bottled water, satellite/cable TV, to help after a long day. 3 star hotels  are Centurion Inn, Clarks Inn Suites and Clarks Inn Tarawade.

Some of the best locations to visit here are as follows.

Places Of Interest

Aga Khan Palace

Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III in the year 1892. A landmark in the Indian history, the palace was created as an act of charity by the Sultan. The main motive behind its construction was the helping hand lend by Aga Khan in famine hit Pune. During the national freedom struggle, the palace was used as a prison by the Britishers. Beautified by spacious lawns and Italian arches, the building comprises of five halls. Presently, the palace has been turned into a museum. In the year 2003, Archaeological Survey of India declared the site protected and tagged the palace; a monument of national importance.

Sinhagad

Literally meaning The Lion Fort, the site has been witness to many important battles in the medieval age of India. Placed in the Bhuleswar ranges of the Sahyadris, the fort is strategically situated at the center of a string of other forts Rajgad, PurandarTorna. Though ruined now, the steep slopes of the defensive walls protected the fort from foreign invasions for a very long time. There are two gates of the bastion- KalyanDarwaza and Pune Darwaza. The fort is now a new address to the trekkers coming to the city or living around the area.

Shaniwada

Another fort in the area, Shaniwada was built by the Marathas, in the 18th century. The fortification was the property of the Marathas until 1818, when they lost control to the East India Company. The Fort Complex has several gates namely -DilliDarwaza, MastaniDarwaza, KhidkiDarwaza, Ganesh Darwaza and JambhulDarwaza- along with severalpalaces and an impressive lotus shaped fountain in the Shaniwarwada Garden. During the Maratha reign, Shaniwarwada served as the center of rule over India. In 1828 the fort got destroyed in an arson. But still the site is a tourist magnet in the land of Shivaji.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

A home to many artworks collected and preserved by Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar is a memorial of his son. This three story building houses many ancient sculptures, ornaments, musical instruments, war weapons and vessels. The museum is currently a property of the Government of Maharashtra, under the supervision of Department of Archaeology. The popular section, according to the officials and visitors, is the MastaniMahal, which is a depiction of the palace of the Maratha Queen, designed using the remnants of the palace itself.

SarasBaug

If you dreamt of walking over a lake, then this one is definitely the place for you. A lake-turned-park, this green land mass is an important landmark in the city. There is also a Ganesh temple in SarasBaug, which is known as TalyatalaGanapati.

Parvati Hill

A hillock in Pune, Parvati Hill rises approximately 640 feet above the sea level. On top of the mound, is Parvati Temple, one of the oldest heritage structures of the city. One has to climb almost 103 steps to reach this temple built by the Peshwas. Providing a great panoramic view of the city from the second highest point of Pune, the main temple here is made of Blackstone. Along with the temple, one can also witness the samadhi of BalajiBajiRao, a Peshwa museum and a water tank that provides water to the half of the Pune city.

Pataleshwar Cave Temple

Also known as the Panchaleshwara, this is a rock cut cave temple. The 8th century monument was built during the Rashtrakuta period. This basalt rock Hindu temple is a protected monument now.

How To Reach

Air
Pune International Airport is an international airport at Lohegaon, operated by the Airports Authority of India. Along with the domestic flights connecting Pune to all major Indian cities, several international flights are also operational here connecting it to several international destinations as

Road
Pune is well-connected to other cities by Indian highways and state highways. National Highway 4(NH 4) connects it to Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolhapur. NH 9 to Hyderabad, and NH 50 to Nashik. rnThe Mumbai-Pune Expressway, India's first six-lane high-speed Expressway, was built in 2002, that has red

Rail
Daily Express trains connect Pune to all metropolitan and other important cities of the country.

Best Time To Visit

September to April: After the massive industrialisation that took place in the city, the climatic conditions have reached the extremes. The average temperature during summers remains between 26° – 40° Celsius, which stays from March to the first week of June. Next is the monsoon that drenches the city in the months of June, July, August and September recording an average rainfall around 70 cm. Thus, one can choose the period between September to April to avoid the heat and the onslaught of the monsoons, while enjoying the warm winters.