Pune is the second-largest city in
Maharastra. Pune enjoys excellent connectivity with neighbouring cities and
towns. It has a well-menaitained network of roads. It is near to places like
Mumbai, Ahmadnagar, Aurangabad and Bijapur. Those driving from Mumbai can take
Mumbai- Pune Express Highway which takes barely 2 hours to reach Pune.
Marathi culture and ethos, in which education, arts and crafts, and theatres
are given due prominence. It is the home of great freedom fighters like Bal
Gangadhar Tilak, Agarkar and Gopal Krishna Gokhale. Jayant Narlikar, the famous
contemporary scientist, is from Pune. Pune is the seat of North Indian
Classical music. Annually, in the month of December, it hosts a three nightlong
cultural program of vocal and instrumental classical music, called
“Savai-Gandharva”.Pune has been an example of the blending of the culture and
heritage with modernisation and its side effects. Pune is the cultural capital
Pune, the seat of
the Peshwas has retained its traditional cuisine and a special Pune meal would
consist of Puran, Pithla Bhakri, Varan Bhat
Matki Ki Usal Bakar Vadi, Missal Pav are some of the most delectable
snacks. For those with a sweet tooth, Pune offers its Shrikhand and the
seasonal Amras Puri completes the traditional Maharashtrian feast.
All the Indian
festivals like Diwali, Janmashtami, Navaratri, Dashahara, Holi, Rakshabandhan,
Christmas, Id etc are celebrated with the same excitement in Pune with no
religion, language bars. But Pune is famous for its Ganesh festival.