Here’s Why Pune Totally Deserves The Crown

Pune has ranked first in the ‘Ease of Living’ Index!

 
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Pune has been ranked first in the ‘Ease of Living Index’ launched by the Indian government. This Oxford of the East has many laurels to its name. But it is notorious for the attitude of its residents. But who would blame these proud Punekars, when they have it all going for them.

The city has the best of both worlds, the facilities of a metro city and the opulence of a hill station. Nestled between small hillocks, between the Sahyadri and the Deccan plateau, Pune is gifted with the best landscape. You can ride through the city streets, or climb up on the small hillocks, lovingly named as ‘tekdi’ by the locals. You can see many of them hiking up these green patches at dawn and dusk.

You can hike up to the many ‘tekdis’ surrounding the city at any time of the day
You can hike up to the many ‘tekdis’ surrounding the city at any time of the day

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The rich cultural heritage, with its Maratha history and Peshwai tradition, is strewn across the city landscape, with its Shaniwarwada, Vishrambag Wada, Lal Mahal, in older city area to the fast developing Khirki area in the periphery. There are also many temples like the Kasbapeth Ganpati, Sarasbagh Ganpati, Omkareshwar, to add to the famous Dagduseth Temple.

The city has a perfect mix of modernity and tradition
The city has a perfect mix of modernity and tradition

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The city is also the site of some colonial architectural remnants like Aga Khan Palace, Fergusson College, synagogue Lal Deval. Many of these structures still function as government buildings like the present General Post Office, Council Hall, and Pune Archives.

The Pandharpur Vari pilgrimage passing through Pune is a yearly attraction to tourists, being one of the largest human procession in India every post-harvest season. This rich cultural heritage is enhanced by opportunities for spiritual development through a high Yoga tradition, carried forward by Iyengar School, Patanjali and other philosophical traditions like Osho.

The annual palkhi draws hundreds of travelers every year.
The annual palkhi draws hundreds of travelers every year.

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The city is endowed with many forts and hills compassing its neighborhood, like Sinhgad, Rajmachi, Rajgad, Torna, Harishchandragad, which are popular with one-day or over-night trekkers.

With so many attractions, Pune is not to be slighted by any wanderer on the path of exploration and discovery.