The quaint little tea-town of yesteryears, Pune has metamorphosed into one of India's most happening cities. Also known as the 'Punya Nagri', Pune has many sobriquets attached to its name like 'Pensioner's Paradise and Queen of the Deccan. With a legacy dating back to being the capital of the Maratha Empire, the city still holds its conventional charm and presents a perfect blend of traditionalism with strikes of modernism thrown in.
Being the eighth largest metropolitan city in India and the second largest city in Maharashtra, Pune has surely carved a niche for itself and has its own internationally acclaimed landmarks. One should not miss out on the fact that Pune has the maximum number of young individuals bustling with hoards of students, IT and ITES professionals. Pune, in the last few decades, has grown exponentially and this growth has been seen in all sectors. Initially celebrated for its educational and defense institutions, the city of Pune has transformed into one of the major IT hubs of the country. As rightly said development breeds development, the city today boasts of housing some of the most elite IT, ITES, hospitality and automobile companies. Considering the fact that Pune is blessed with a cozy climate and green landscapes, the city is just so appropriate for students pursuing higher education or for employment. Pune has recently seen a huge boom in the real estate sector owing to the fact that emigrant students and employees and corporate houses are in constant search of residential accommodation and commercial properties respectively.
Pune is an abode of cultural confluence. It is an interesting fact that you can find people belonging to various races residing in Pune. It presents different shades of culture in its numerous suburbs. The city area can be seen painted in typical Puneri colours with wadas and traditional peths, whereas areas like Koregaon Park, Kalyani Nagar, Viman Nagar, Kharadi, Mundhwa, Hinjewadi, Wakad, Baner and other suburbs portray contemporary sketches. These areas are the hot-spots of Pune and home to the most exquisite, state-of-the-art restaurants, hotels, clubs, malls, gyms, spas, multiplexes, convention centers and offices.
These areas also adorn some of the most amazing residential complexes, private townships, apartments, villas and duplex for a perfect lifestyle. And the most remarkable fact is that most of these establishments are architectural wonders and are laden with modern facilities. Many of these residential complexes have great futuristic modern day amenities, like superior construction quality, aesthetic design, clubs, swimming pool, gym, jogging tracks, gardens, waste management system, rain water harvesting and much more. As a matter of fact, due to these efforts these areas are the most sought after. With gigs, international singers, DJs, theatres, fashion shows and bands performing in the city; Pune can't just get better in its entertainment quotient. The city has every right to attract the young and the old alike.
Pune also boasts of places of tourist importance in and around the city like the famous Shaniwarwada, Parvati Hills, Sinhagad, Khadakwasla Lake and Mulshi. The development of tourism facilities and hospitable nature of the Punekars have made Pune one of the most outstanding tourist destinations in the country. The hospitality industry in Pune deserves tremendous credit in enhancing the tourist quotient of the city in the world. From a simple roadside eatery to a fine-dining restaurant, delectable taste and satisfaction is what you get from these bistros. The internationally renowned Osho Ashram attracts a lot of foreigners every year and hotels like Le Meridien, Westin, Taj, Marriot, Sayaji ensure their comfortable stay. Restaurants like Mainland China, Sommelier, Stone Water Grill, Malaka Spice, The Yellow Chilli, Zara and various others are all dedicated to set the taste-buds craving for more.
Pune has grown into a cosmopolitan city, no doubt, but it still has retained its laid back charm which makes it a haven for the Punekars. And if your life gets dull, one can pack his bags and plan a getaway to Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Amby Valley, Goa, Konkan and the Ghats for a wonderful and adventurous weekend. Proximity to these weekend hot spots also make Pune a splendid and comfortable place to reside in.