Recently i had been to Pune on a official trip. I spent a week and half there, though most of the time in office. But the office was in the heart of the city and hence i got a chance to look around and get a hang of the city during weekend. 🙂 Here is my report on the city.
People in Pune say the streets are heavy on traffic. But someone coming from Bangalore or Mumbai wouldn’t agree. For me it was a easy traffic. Though there is a lot of Carbon Monoxide pollution, so u see kerchiefs and scarfs around many faces. The roads condition is pathetic, be prepared for a bumpy ride. People have good traffic manner, over stepping and forced crossings are rare.
People are polite, mannered and generally good. I met people ranging from autowalas, security guards, restauranters, temple priests to senior executives etc. Well i happened to bump into
Mostly marathi though all of them understand and speak Hindi. You can expect English from most of them including the auto drivers ;). Shop and street names are in hindi and marathi(less).
You get good quality north indian food. Try out some marathi specialities like ‘Vada Pav’. Drop into a sweets shop and try out few of them. Yummm..they have so many varieties and the taste is amazing…delicious… the sweet shops are usually named as “* halwai”. Drop into ‘Dagduseth Halwai’ area and you are destined for taste of your life. They have quite a few namkin items too..try out Bakarwadi. 🙂
The city has around 5 or 6 multiplexes including Inox. There are a few pubs and discos around too. The city is active and reasonably safe till 2am or 3 am in the morning. For tourists, there are places neighbouring Pune like Lonavala, Khandala etc. Even people looking for extreame entertainment would not be disappointed. 😉
The city is well connected to almost all tier-1 cities in India thru road, rail and air. I didnt get a chance to go inside the railway station, but from outside is looked like a very crowded and congested area. The airport is a mess (under renovation now) and in a very isolated area – far away from the city.
Cost of living
Food is not very expensive. 10 bucks is good enough for a standard snacks break. Travel in auto costs you 6 bucks a km. Apartment rentals are below 10K for 2 BHK. Though buying property is an expensive affair, as of today 3200/- rupees per sft for apartments.
Overall it was a good experience. The city is full of youth because of the many educational institutions. I have heard Pune has the maximum number of educational institutes compared to any other city in India. Many of them have national level recognition too. If you happen to visit the place during Ganapathi Mahotsav (around Aug/Sep every year), dont miss the various Ganapatis around the city. Hire an auto and ask him to take you around one evening. You will be impressed with the light and artwork at display.
Few links for further reading/research,
>> trip advisor