Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra and is one of the fastest growing cities in India. The city is known for its manufacturing and automobile industries, as well as for research institutes of information technology (IT), education, management and training. Pune has over a hundred educational institutes and more than nine deemed universities apart from the University of Pune. Pune is one of the cities that have everything which one looks for in a self-sustained city in terms of infrastructure, culture, job opportunities, climate, entertainment, places of interest and much more.
Maharashtra has always been known as the land of saints, educationists and revolutionaries, notable among them being Swatantraveer Savarkar, Savitribai Phule, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and many others. It has long history of Marathi saints of Varkari religious movement, which includes saints like Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Chokhamela, Eknath, and Tukaram, and forms the base of the culture of Maharashtra. From traditions and festivals, to retaining its roots, Pune has retained this essence of the Maharashtrian culture and blends traditions with modernity.
Pune is said to be the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra and has an intrinsic connection with literature, art, music and Marathi theatre. Pune hosts the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival which is one of the biggest classical music festivals that is attended by more than 15,000 people every year. Pune celebrates the annual Ganesh festival in a grand manner with pomp and joy as every neighborhood sets up their own pandal for Lord Ganesha.
Hinduism is the dominant religion in Pune. Many Churches, Mosques, Gurudwaras, Buddhist Viharas, Jewish synagogues, Jain temples, and other religious buildings are found throughout the city. Major communities by religion include Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Christians.
Pune is well-connected to other cities by Indian highways and state highways. National Highway 4 (NH 4) connects it to Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolhapur; NH 9 to Hyderabad, and NH 50 to Nashik. State highways connect it to Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, and Alandi.
Pune is a land of weekend getaways with various options for short trips in and around the city. This includes historic forts, ancient temples, hill stations and ghats. Prominent places of attraction in Pune include the hill-top Parvati temple, rock-cut Pataleshwar cave temple, Aga Khan Palace, Shaniwarwada, Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple, Chaturshrungi temple, Lal Mahal and Sinhagad fort.