Pune, located 118 km from Mumbai at the convergence of two rivers (Mula and Mutha), is known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Retaining its historic past and embracing modernity at the same time, the city has come a long way from being a ‘pensioners’ paradise’. Often called the Oxford of the East thanks to the presence of several reputed educational institutions. Pune is also home to the National Defence Academy, the elite training school for the armed forces as well as the Armed Forces Medical College, Film and Television Institute of India and the Symbiosis Educational Society as well as the University of Pune (now renamed Savitribai Phule Pune University).

A charming mix of the traditional and contemporary, Pune has several tourist attractions. From the Aga Khan Palace with its Italian arches, salons, suites and spacious lawns where Kasturba Gandhi spent the last years of her life to the Shaniwar Wada, the iconic monument of the Maratha Empire, Pune is a history student’s paradise. Being one of the capitals of the Maratha Empire, Pune’s rich history is reflected in its several wadas (or large houses) and temples like the ones at Saras Baug and atop Parvati Hills.

The Lal Deval or the Jewish synagogue and the several churches that dot the city as well as the Parsi agiary are just one of the many things that reflect Pune’s cosmopolitan nature. Pune is also home to the Osho International Meditation Ashram as well as the headquarters of the Iyengar Yoga Institute. Famous for adventure activities like camping, rappelling, lake crossing, paragliding and jungle trekking, Pune sees many adventure junkies flocking the city at all times.

Veeranpuzha Beach (Ernakulam – Kerala – India)

  Veeranpuzha is a lake in Kochi, Kerala, India. It is the northern extension of Vembanad Lake.