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Location: Southwestern Part Of Maharashtra
Formerly Known As: Poona
Also Known As: Queen Of The Deccan
Best Time To Visit: October To March

Air: Pune has an airport situated in the Lohagaon area, about 12-km from the city. Though the airport is small, but it is well maintained and operates about 7-8 flights every day. Various Domestic Airlines provide regular flights between Pune-Mumbai, Pune-Bangalore, Pune-Delhi, Pune-Chennai, Pune-Ahmedabad, Pune-Hyderabad and Pune-Goa sectors.

Rail: As Pune is one of the last stops for around twenty long-distance trains on their way to Mumbai, rail services are excellent. Many depart early in the morning, however, and some terminate at Dadar, so always check up at Telephone Information Service run by the Railway Enquiries Office. The most convenient, options for Mumbai CST are Deccan Queen Express #1008 (4hr 30min), Pragati Express #1026 (3hr 45min) and Sahyadri Express #7304 (4hr 35min).

A Scene from Pune in MaharashtraDirect Express trains from Pune also run to Hyderabad (Mumbai-Hyderabad Express #7031; daily), New Delhi (Jhelum Express #1077; daily), Madras (Mumbai-Chennai Express #6011; daily), Bangalore (Shatabdi Express) #2027 and Indrayani Express; daily) and Thiruvanantpuram (Kanyakumari Express #1081; daily). Reservations for all trains should be made at the New Reservation Centre next to the station (Monday-Saturday 8.00am-2.00pm & 2.15pm-8.00pm, Sunday 8.00am-2.00pm).

Road: Pune is well connected by road with the cities and towns within the state and also with the major cities and towns beyond the state. From Mumbai, regular MSRTC buses and private buses ply to Pune. Services from the city stand next to the station head south, to Mahabaleshwar (3hr), Kolhapur (12hr), and Goa (6:30pm & 8.00pm; 15hr; book in advance from the Kadamba hatch).

Asiad buses to Mumbai (4hr) also leave here every 15 minutes, but must be booked a day or so in advance. If one is heading up to Lonavala or Aurangabad, one will have to travel across the river to the Shivaji Nagar terminus. Finally, there's also a very handy direct bus service to Mumbai's Sahara and Santa Cruz airports, leaving Pune at 4.00pm and arriving five hours later; tickets are sold through the Thomas Cook Office on General Thimmaya Road.

Local Transport: Pune has a very good transport system. There are trains, auto-rickshaws, buses and also private taxis for sightseeing.

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