Former capital of the Maratha empire and the “Oxford of the East” – Pune is a mix of art and technology. This cultural capital of Indian state of Maharashtra, has successfully emerged as an IT sector. Most of the city wears Maratha imperial architecture and the peths (old alleys) have old back-stoned houses. Peths of Pune have a separate status in every Puneite’s heart being the pumping beat of the city. From high-end townships and trendy malls to classic bustling old street – Pune has it all. Art patrons are immortal here. Theatre is appreciated irrespective of being commercial or professional. One of the most imperial Indian classical music festivals in India – the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival, is held in the city annually in December. Pune is all lit at the time of Diw??? Pah?? (dawn of the first day of Diwali) where traditional music is cherished and special sweet treats are prepared. Chic-eccentric cafes and fine-dine restaurants are plenty in the city, yet the typical brahmin cuisine impacts the household. A legendary snack known as Bakarwadi (crispy, deep-fried roll with sweet and spicy spices) is a mandatory pick before saying goodbye to the city. Summers can be ruthless in the city, in which case, Neera (a sweet beverage made from palm toddy) is the saviour.
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