I have been in Pune from last 5 years and I have to say Pune is one of the best cities to live and work in India. Surely, I cannot compare it to metros like Mumbai and New Delhi but it still is nothing less than those cities. The best thing about Pune is its strong rich culture which is not so common with other places in Maharashtra. Ideally, Pune is one of the top cultural cities in one of the top states of India.
Apart from the same, there are various other facts and reasons why Pune rocks !!
Let me share the same below -
1 - Pune is the seventh largest metropolis in India, the second largest in the state of Maharashtra after Mumbai. Also it is ranked as a Gamma- Global City.
3 - Pune is the hub to top class automotive companies like - Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mercedes Benz, Force Motors (Firodia-Group), Kinetic Motors, General Motors, Volkswagen, and Fiat. Ideally, it is the Motor city of India.
4 - Pune is the largest hub in India to German companies. German companies have set up over 250 businesses in this region.
5 - Pune is the largest centre for Japanese learning in India.
6 - Pune is the home to Film Archives and Film & Television Institute of India (FTII). The Film archives hold original copies of Indian movies since the beginning of the Indian film industry.
7 - NDA, the country’s only National Defense Academy is located here. The NDA has a sprawling campus and excellent facilities for all-round training of cadets. Also, the prestigious AFMC ( Armed Force Medical College) is located here.
8 - The world famous and one of the world's largest spiritual centres, The Osho International Meditation Resort is located here. Osho lived and taught here in Pune in 1970s and 1980s. The Osho centre has visitors from over 100 countries. To tell you more, I was living very close to the same though I couldn’t visit the centre. I could see people mostly from foreign countries visiting Ashram both during daytime as well as night. Osho Ashram is located in Koregaon Park, one of the finest locations in Pune. If you are rich and if you are fascinated by night life, then Koregaon Park is the place to be in. Must visit place in Pune !!
9 - Pune has over 100s of universities. A huge number of foreign students come to study in these universities. Plus highest number of students from Pune university go to abroad for higher studies.
10 - Pune is the land of hills and forts. The place is surrounded with natural beauties. Some of the best tourist attractions are - Bund Garden, Aga Khan Palace, Shaniwar Wada, Mahatma Phule Vastu Sangrahalaya (Museum), Mushli Lake, Chathushrungi Mata temple, Dehu Temple, Lord Ayyapa Temple, Panshet Water Park, Katraj Snake Park, David Synagogue, etc...
11 - The mumbai-pune expressway is another attraction. It is India's first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access controlled tolled expressway. The expressway has has reduced the travel time between the cities of Mumbai and Pune to approximately two hours.
12 - Last but not the least, Pune is the fourth biggest IT destinations in India. Pune has the highest number of software companies in India after Bangalore and Hyderabad. Some of the most popular IT parks are located here like Rajiv Gandhi IT Park at Hinjewadi, Magarpatta Cybercity, MIDC Software Technology Park at Talawade, Marisoft IT Park at Kalyani Nagar. Several IT majors like Wipro, Infosys, Satyam, Tata Consultancy Services, Kanbay, Veritas, Cognizant, PCS and Mahindra British Telecom have their development centres here.