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PUNE SIGHTSEEING

 

Pune has a pleasant climate. Shivaji, the great Maratha leader was raised in Pune. Raja Kelkar Museum : This interesting museum is one of Pune's real delights. Amongst the item you might see are Peshwa and other miniatures, a coat of armour made of fish scales, carved doors and windows, strange locks, oil lamps and a superb collection of betel-nut cutters. The museum is housed in a quaint purple, red and green Rajasthani-style building. Shanwarwada Palace : In a section of the town where narrow and winding streets form a maze stands the imposing, fortress-like Shanwarwada Palace. Inside the palace is a pleasant garden. Tribal Museum : Just south of the railway line and east of the railway station is this excellent museum. Temples and Gardens : The Empress Botanical Gardens have fine tropical trees and a small zoo nearby. The moated Saras Baug Ganesh Temple is in Peshwa Park. The Bund Gardens, on the banks of the river, are a popular place for an evening stroll. The bridge here crosses the river to Yeravada and the Gandhi National Memorial (Aga Khan's Palace). The Parvati Temple is on the outskirts of the town on a hilltop. There is a good view from the top. There is also the rock-cut Panchaleshwar Temple. There is a fine equestrian statue of Shivaji close by. The Wellesley Bridge crosses the Mutha River. Gandhi National Memorial : Across the river in Yeravada is this fine memorial set in a garden.


PUNE - GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY AIR : The Indian Airlines office is next to the Hotel Amir on Connaught Rd. Air India is on Moledina Road. Indian Airlines flies Delhi to Pune and vice versa. It also flies Madras/Bangalore/Pune and vice versa. Vayudoot flies Pune to Bombay. Continental also flies Bombay to Pune. BUS : Pune has 3 bus stations - the Railway bus stand for points south, including Goa, Belgaum, Kolhapur, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani; the Shivaji Nagar bus stand for points north and north-east-Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Belgaum, Lonavala and Nasik; and the Swargate bus stand for Sinhagad. There are regular and air-con buses between Bombay and Pune. The MTDC operates deluxe buses to Mahabaleshwar. Reservations can be made at the tourist information counter at the railway station. To Aurangabad for the Ajanta and Ellora caves there are regular buses from the Shivaji Nagar bus stand. Pune to Aurangabad takes about 6 hours. Try Bright Star Tours and Travels, 13 Connaught road, which has luxury buses daily to Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Goa, Hubli, Hyderabad, Mangalore, Nagpur and Sholapur; or Sohrab Tours and Travels, 13 Moledina road, which has daily buses to Mapusa (Goa). TRAIN : Pune is one of the Deccan's most important railway stations and all expresses and mail trains stop here. The computerised booking hall is to the left of the station as you face the entrance. The fastest train to Bombay is the Deccan Queen. Going south-east, the best trains to take are the Sahyadri Express and the Udyan Express. The Sahyadri Express continues on to Madras Central.


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