Every year Rohit gets to know his hometown a little bit better. The Ganesha festival in autumn and all of the visitors help him to see his city in a new and heartfelt way.
Pune, known as Marathi पुणे in the local language, is located in the state of Maharashtra in western India. With over 3 million people, it is the ninth largest city in the country.
September is one of the nicest times to travel to India, and especially to Pune. During this time of year the rainy season has passed and everything is green. It is also the best opportunity to learn about the Marathi culture because at the beginning of September, we celebrate the Ganesha festival. This is a ten-day celebration honoring the Hindu deity Ganesha with songs and dancing. As a visitor you only need to walk out into the street and it is already a special experience with decorative Ganesha figures and the history of Pune everywhere along with interesting things to eat and traditional music.
Going on at the same time is the Pune Culture Festival in a big festival hall. There is a rich live program with singing, dancing and music from popular Indian artists. This is definitely a must-see event for every tourist.
Even if your trip doesn’t coincide with the Ganesha Festival, there are many other things to experience in Pune. The Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum opens visitors a door of discovery to Marathi culture. Other things worth seeing include the park, Saras Baug, the temple on Parvati hill (Parvati is a Hindu goddess) and the IT park, Hinjewadi.
All of these attractions give both visitors and locals like me the chance to discover Pune. Every year I understand my home a little better. I wholeheartedly recommend that you fly to Pune and experience the unique atmosphere of this special place.
Have a good trip!
Sent in by: Rohit from India
Edited by: Kerstin Boljahn