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In Pune, the past meets the present. It is one of those rare cities with a twin image: that of a tradition-bound place generally considered the quintessence of Maharashtrian culture and that of a modern industrial metropolis. Pune today straddles both banks of the Mula and Mutha rivers (tributaries of the larger Bhima River). The confluence (sangam) of the these in the heart of the city forms a spectacular scenic landmark. The oldest extant structure in the city is the rock-cut temple of Pataleshwar, from the 8th century AD. The cave-temple complex is also called Panchaleshvara cave. This cave, once situated outside limits of the old town, is now squarely in the middle of the city off the Jungli Maharaj road
Pune has been known by a plethora of sobriquets. Popular among them: Queen of the Deccan, cultural capital of Maharashtra, pensioner's paradise and Oxford of the East. Pune is one of the historical cities of India with a glorious past, an innovative present and a promising future. The Pune Municipal Corporation administers the city. Its boundaries extend over four hundred square kilometres and it has a population of close to four million. Thus, Pune city has been developed into a Pune metropolitan area, just equal in area to that of Greater Mumbai. It is located 192 km (by rail) and 160 km (by road) from Mumbai and is 559 metres above the mean sea level. Being surrounded by beautiful hills and the Sinhagad fort, it has a temperate climate. Water, which is plentiful, is supplied to the city from Panshet, Khadakvasla and Varasgaon dams --all located about thirty kilometres from Pune. Pune is among the greenest urban areas in the country with more than 40 per cent of its area under green cover.
Pune is a major industrial centre, growing very fast every year.It is home to one of the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturers, Bajaj Auto. The world's second largest forging company Bharat Forge Ltd is also in Pune. It is also home to Kinetic Engineering, Force Motors Ltd (previously known as Bajaj Tempo). The manufacturing plant of India's largest car manufacturer, Tata Motors, is in Pune. DaimlerChrysler also has an assembly line for its Mercedes Benz brand in Pune. Cummins Engines Co Ltd has a Research & Technology India center in Pune in addition to its manufacturing plant. Whirlpool as well as LG have appliance manufacturing plants near Pune. Frito Lay and Coca Cola also have manufacturing plants in Pune. Pune is also home to numerous small and medium-sized enterprises.
Human civilisations have prospered on the banks of rivers; Pune city too has flowered on the banks of the Mutha river originating from the Sahyadri range of mountains. Eminent archaeologist Dr. H. D. Sankalia and his colleagues from the Deccan College carried out excavations of the Mutha riverbed and banks. These researchers found evidence of human civilisations that existed 100,000 years ago along the Mutha river. Pune finds mention in some of the Puranas

There are two railway stations in Pune from which you can board trains to Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal (known as CST, formerly called Victoria Terminus) or Dadar Station. The line starts at Pune station or Shivaji Nagar station , in Pune. It is best that you go all the way into downtown Pune station to catch a train to Mumbai, especially if you are carrying luggage. From the airport, a taxi/auto rickshaw to Pune station will cost you approximately Rs 100 and takes up to 30-45 Minutes depending on traffic conditions. Seats on most trains are booked many days in advance. For a comfortable and carefree journey, it is better to reserve a seat. You can book train tickets through a reliable travel agent or at windows at several railway stations in Pune station


Pune is between 160 and 180 km from Mumbai by road, depending on your point of starting in Mumbai. The Mumbai-Pune section of National Highway Number 4 is the busiest in the country and often has terrible traffic jams that extend tens of kilometres. This is especially so in the monsoon months. Pending the inauguration of the new six-lane expressway connecting the two cities in May 2000, the existing highway is the shortest road link.

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