Comparatively quieter than most metros but big enough for the big city experience, Pune is an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan culture and contemporary thinking, strung together with a strong sense of identity and tradition. What began as a small agricultural settlement in the 5th century is now a burgeoning IT hub, a land of defense establishments and an abode to thousands of students from all parts of the world. Given the plethora of educational institutions that dot the city, it isn’t difficult to figure out why the place is popularly known as the Oxford of the East.
With the gregarious nature of the city, settling down here will be much easier than you would imagine. The pleasant climate coupled with the safe and secured living conditions make the city a preferred destination for higher education.
Pune has good infrastructure with public transports connecting every part of the city. With road, rail and air connectivity to most parts of the country, travelling would not be much of an issue.
For The Intelligentsia…
The city provides many opportunities for engaging in intellectual pursuits. With the British Council Library being just a stone’s throw away from the Vishwabhavan campus, the book lovers will never run out of books to read. The proximity of institutions like the Alliance Francaise and the Goethe-Institut to the campus also serves the students seeking education in foreign languages. Besides this, there are many other libraries and museums in the city to be visited.
For The Culture Vultures…
Pune, being the cultural capital of Maharashtra, is famous for its love of music, art, dance and theater. Numerous events, workshops, film festivals and exhibitions dot the cultural calendar of the city. With festivals like the Ganesh festival, the Pune festival and the Savai Gandharva music festival, you are sure to find many opportunities to soak in the culture of Pune.
Life And Leisure
With the students and the young IT professionals forming a major part of the population, Pune has a lot to offer in the form of leisure. Malls, multiplexes and clubs are an integral part of the city. There are so many places to go and so much to do that you will be spoilt for choice. Pune also has a vibrant night life with live music performances and gigs happening during the weekends. Places like the High Spirits Café in Koregaon Park are a popular hangout for college goers.
Shopping is another delightful experience in Pune. Right from flea markets to high end shopping malls, Pune has it all. The Fergusson College Road, which is just walking distance away from the Vishwabhavan campus, is always abuzz with students from nearby colleges and offers a variety of knick knacks along with the regular stationery supply. Apart from the regular shopping malls, the other popular places to shop in Pune are the M.G. Road, East Street and Deccan Gymkhana, among others.
Pune has an assortment of eateries catering to all kinds of palates. Be it the humble street food or the authentic Italian cuisine, there are many eating joints around the campus offering a variety of cuisines, without burning a hole in your pocket. Apart from this, there are the usual fast food restaurant chains and coffee shops where you can grab a quick bite.