Pune

With many exotic locales and spectacular monuments, Pune's natural beauty is plain for all to see.

The second largest city in Maharashtra, Pune (pronounced Poona) is a place of rich contrasts. Here you'll find a flourishing arts scene buzzing with festivals, cultural evenings and concerts. Known as the Oxford of India, Pune is home to renowned educational and research institutions, as well as scores of multinational corporations. This vibrant city is dotted with some of the most captivating monuments of the Maratha period, including the Osho Ashram, Shanivar Wada and Shinde Chhatri. Situated in the picturesque Sahyadris (the Western Ghats), Pune offers an exotic blend of history and modernism.

The Westin Pune Koregaon Park

Address: 36/3-B Koregaon Park Annexe, Mundhawa Road, Ghorpadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411001.

Phone: (91) (20) 6721 0000

City Highlights

Local Overview

Located in the rapidly developing Koregaon Park area, The Westin Pune Koregaon Park offers convenient access to the airport and numerous commercial developments. Tourist attractions are also located nearby, including Aga Khan's Palace, the Tribal Museum and Pataleshwar Caves.

Pune had a long history under Maratha and Peshwa rule in the 17th to early 19th century. When the third Anglo-Maratha War broke out and Pune was annexed to British India in 1817, the city served as a cantonment town and the 'monsoon capital' of the Bombay Presidency until the independence of India. Although history plays a key part in the city being a tourist attraction, more and more people are now visiting Pune for its shopping bonanzas, vibrant arts scene and mouth-watering cuisine.

Getting Around

Rented cars, luxury buses and auto-rickshaws are popular modes of transport in Pune. Almost all parts of the city are connected by the PMPML City Buses, and although they can be crowded and smoke-belching, the network is very extensive. There's also a huge army of three-wheeled rickshaws for those seeking a bit of adventure. Here's a tip: always demand that they use the meter and that they show you the sheet of paper (Tariff Card) which converts the rickshaw meter readings to the actual cost in rupees.

If you're willing to brave the heavy traffic and narrow lanes, rental cars can be a great way to explore the local attractions. Most rental car companies charge around Rs 2500 a day for a mid-size car. With an extensive railway network, Pune is also well connected to other Indian cities, including Mumbai, Howrah and Chennai.

Attractions

Explore the grandeur of the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Housed in a Rajasthani-style building, the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is situated close to the hustle and bustle of Bajirao Road. In a pleasant change from the other well-known museums of India, this museum displays the diversity of India's culture in a subtle yet delightful way. The museum houses 36 sections, with exhibits ranging from 2000-year-old pottery and traditional Indian lamps to 17th century paintings and a revered seed carved with the image of Lord Ganesha.

Discover a royal past at Shaniwar Wada Palace

A symbol of Pune culture, the Shaniwar Wada Palace was built by the Peshwas in 1726 next to Laxmi Road in the heart of the city. The majority of the palace interiors were destroyed by a massive fire in 1827, with just the old fortified wall remaining. Standing as an important chapter in the history of the Maratha Empire, this historic structure is now maintained by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Take a historical tour at Aga Khan Palace

Built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III, the Aga Khan Palace is a national monument of India's freedom movement. This charming palace boasts Italianate arches, lavish suites and spacious lawns. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, the British incarcerated Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. A memorial was later erected in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace.

Accommodation

The Westin Pune Koregaon Park

Located in the cultural capital of Maharashtra, The Westin Pune Koregaon Park is a serene oasis in a city that's quickly establishing itself as a leading business centre. Indulge in a full array of refreshing amenities including the signature Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Spa by Westin™, savour sublime local and international cuisines at our four specialty restaurants, or simply re-energise at the WestinWORKOUT® gym in the privacy of your room. For that extra special stay, try our Executive Club accommodations where you can enjoy Westin Executive Club Lounge access with an open-air terrace.

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