Often referred to as the Oxford of the East, Pune is the location of several respected educational institutions, and has a large domestic and international student population. It's an evolving city which has changed significantly in the past three decades. It has been ranked highly in terms of liveability and has a population of over three million.
Located in the west of India and just under a three-hour drive from Mumbai, the city boasts a mixed bag of attractions from museums and temples to waterparks and wildlife reserves. The most famous of them, however, is the Osho Ashram, where people come from far and wide to find a sense of peace.
You can choose from more than a dozen of UK departure points for your flight to Pune. These include airports in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Fly there with Air India and Jet Airways, among others. Journey time will vary depending on where your stopover is and how long it lasts, but can range from around 14 - 17 hours with one stop. Flights with two stops might be cheaper but can sometimes last up to 34 hours each way. Consider flying to Mumbai and travelling onwards from there - Pune is only three hours away.
Average temperatures range from 19 - 33°C in Pune, with the hottest months being from March - June. It's not uncommon during these months for the temperatures to reach in excess of 35°C, so if you're not keen on hot weather, best to avoid these months and travel from June to September, when the city cools slightly.
During August or September, the city celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival which lasts 10 days and ends with a lively procession throughout the streets. Then there's the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival in December, one of the most highly anticipated events in the city.