The history of Pune can be traced back to the 8th century, when it was under the rule of the Rashtrakutas. It was developed as an agricultural settlement by the name of Punyaka. The Pune Gazetteer explains the term Pune as Punya - a holy place. After the Rashtrakutas, Pune was ruled by the Yadav dynasty. It subsequently fell under the Mughal invasion of India.
Pune came to the fore with the rise of Shivaji, the great Indian King. After Shivaji, Pune once again came in the lime light under the Peshwa rule. The golden period for Pune can be said to start with the rule of the Peshwas, who gave the city the status of the capital. The Peshwas were responsible for the overall development of the city, with many temples and artifacts built in their reign.
Pune played a major role in the struggle for independence of India, giving many illustrious freedom fighters to India – Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Chapekar Brothers and Swatantryaveer Savarkar, to name a few. Pune also gained prominence as a centre for education during the British rule, and continues to do so. Pune’s gift to India includes noted reformists Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Maharshi Karve, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and others.
Post independence, Pune is a thriving city. It is the educational and cultural capital of India, and is an important IT hub of the west. The medical facilities in Pune match world standards. Pune Clinics have added many firsts to their names, and the number of medical tourists that come to Pune is on the rise.
Getting to Pune
Pandit Clinic is located at Pune, India. It is well connected by air, road and rail.
If you are flying from abroad, the nearest international airport is the Sahara airport at Mumbai. There are connecting flights from Mumbai to Lohagaon, the local airport at Pune. Though the flying time is merely 20 – 25 minutes, the check in and checkout procedure can prove to be cumbersome for international travellers. A better option might be to take a cab from Mumbai via the Expressway. It is one of the most convenient options available today. Additionally, the driving time from the airport to the city is nearly 25 minutes, so you may be better off with a private vehicle or a cab.
Pune is well connected by road to major cities in India. You can travel by a private car, hire a cab (from Mumbai) or come via public / private buses to Pune.
Pune is a major railway junction. Travelling to Pune via the rail is one of the easiest and safest option.
On the whole, the Pune climate is salubrious. Pune has a tree cover of about 40%, one of the largest in India.
Accommodation in Pune
Pune is a hot favourite for IT companies and medical tourists alike. Pune provides a range of hotel accommodation choices.
Pandit Clinic is located on Jungli Maharaj Road, which is one of the downtown areas in Pune. There is a wide choice of hotels in the vicinity. Some of the five star hotels include Hotel Best Western (Pride Hotel) and Hotel Sheraton Grand (erstwhile Le Meridian), which are about 15 minutes drive from the clinic. Other good hotels include Hotel Deccan Rendezvous, Hotel Royalty, Hotel Coronet and Hotel Ambassador, which are again within 10 – 15 minutes drive from the clinic.
Pune - Food & Attractions
From being a sleepy, pensioners town, Pune is grown to be one of the most important cities in India. It has the 6th largest population in India. The growth of the IT sector has transformed Pune into a cosmopolitan city, and offers a choice of food to suit all palates and tastes. There are Innumerable restaurants and eating joints spread across the city that provide a variety of cuisines. You can taste authentic ethnic food, enjoy a thali (traditional Maharashtrian meal) or taste the mouth watering delicacies of North and South Indian dishes. Pune also offers a fine choice of Mexican, Chinese and Japanese food. From sushi to taco to chow mien to sizzlers, you can enjoy all kinds of cuisines in Pune.
There are many pubs and bars in the city that server food to its patrons. .If you are comfortable with authentic western food, you can head to Koregaon Park area, which has a wide choice of eateries that serve authentic western fare. For the late eaters, there is a variety of 24 hour coffee shops that provide a variety of tongue tickling as well as satiating food.
Pune has a lot of student population, and consequently, provides a wide range of food choice, in terms of price as well as variety. From five star cuisine to road side stalls (some of which offer savoury fare!), you can avail of any option!
Places of Interest
Pune has historical importance. Pune and Delhi were places of power during the British rule. King Shivaji and the Peshwas built a lot of forts and temples in and around Pune. Some of the places that are of interest to visitors in Pune are Parvati, Sarasbaug, Pataleshwar temple, Sinhagad fort, Katraj snake park, Shaniwar wada and the Aga Khan palace.