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Pune is known as the
cultural capital of Maharashtra. The other popular sobriquets for Pune are:
Queen of the Deccan, pensioner's paradise and Oxford of the East. One of the
historical cities of India, Pune claims a glorious past, an innovative
present and a promising future. Pune has now been transformed into a modern
and contemporary education center of India. Pune city has the honour of
being a part of the greenest belts in India with more than 40 percent of its
area covered with verdant foliage.
Surrounded by beautiful hills and the Sinhagad fort, it has numerous dams and picturesque locations. Bazaars and shopping plazas, palaces and hotels, temples, forts, mosques, churches, parks and a synagogue make Pune traveller’s paradise. The Ganapati festival also called the Pune Festival, celebrated annually, with great religious fervour in the city has highlighted Pune on the tourist map of India.
Lal Deval, Pune's finest synagogue, built by philanthropist David Sassoon in 1867 is a red-brick-and-stone structure in English Gothic style, that resembles a church. Bund Garden renamed as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, on the bank of the Mula Mutha river was constructed by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy as a water source for the poor people in summer. The boating facilities and a jogging track have added to its tourism value.
The Osho Ashram is the focal point of Pune which attracts millions of tourists especially foreigners wishing to take part in the meditation courses organized by the Ashram. The Ashram houses the Samadhi of Osho Rajneesh and beautiful gardens, open to the public in the mornings and evenings.
Pataleshwar Cave Temple is an 8th century rock-cut temple, hewn from a massive single rock, with huge pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull.
Shindyanchi Chhatri is an imposing edifice, a memorial to the great warrior Mahadji Shinde, the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army from 1760 - 1780 under the mighty Peshwas. The temple is an excellent sculpt of Rajasthani architecture. The other tourist places in Pune include: Shaniwar Wada, Parvati Hill and Temples, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Bal Gandharv Mandir, Tilak Smarak Mandir, Saras Baug, The Film and Television Institute of India, The Katraj Snake Park, Chaturshrungi Temple and Sinhagad Fort.