Pune is at a distance of about 192kms away from Mumbai and the travel through the Western ghats is really a rewarding experience.Although Mumbai is the capital of Maharastra Pune ca boast of being the cradle of Marathi culture.It is a big educational centre.Apart from being one of the major centres of industry and commerce there are a number of interesting historical sights a short distance out of Pune.The Film and Television Institute of India and National Defence Academy are located here.Pune adds a lot to the tourism industry of Maharashtra for it is the gateway to the important places of the state such as Shirdi, Nasik, Lonavala, Khandala and Mahabaleshwar
ORIENTATION :  Pune geographical location is such that the city lies between 18 degree 32′ N latitude and 73 degree 51′ E longitude. Situated near the western margin of the Deccan plateau, it stands bordered by hills on the east as well as the south.
HISTORY : The great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji during his reign around 17th century gave central importance to Pune.It was under the Peshwas characterized by readiness to embark on bold new ventures,Pune began to rose into a centre for a major political force.The Peshwas were eminent benefactor of arts and culture which led to the appreciation of temples, gardens and educational institutions.Pune played an important role in India’s struggle for independence with the likes of Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar dominating the political arena here.Later when Pune came under the control of East India Company,it became the town for the Indian Army and the British renamed it as Poona.