How is Pune as a city

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Actually, we wanted a little more of Pune or Poona but unfortunately everything had conspired against us. The 240 kilometer way from Aurangabad was more time consuming than expected due to bad roads and our driver was out Bhopal, with whom we were on the road for 11 days, got lost once when entering the city. From then on he became more and more nervous and the traffic increased more and more towards the end of the day - so we steered him through the city with the help of our smartphone and offline navigation. At some level crossings there was chaos, and all in all we lost more than 2 hours in the city.

To make matters worse, it started to rain heavily and the traffic was heavy and jammed on the main roads. Pune has 3.1 million inhabitants in the actual city and 5 million in the agglomeration around, one lives here mainly from industry: automotive industry, light industry, software development and mechanical engineering are the main employers.

Pune is considered the ninth largest city in India, according to Mumbai it is the second largest city in the state Maharashtra.

The residents enjoy cultural facilities, there is a university, many theaters, cinemas and museums. Became known worldwide Poona because of a religious leader and spiritual teacher named Osho, better known by its former name Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. He relocated his in 1974 Ashram of Bombay here, came back to after a short stay in the USA / Oregon Pune, and died here on January 19, 1990.

When we finally got to our hotel in the late afternoon JW Marriott arrived, we didn't feel like sightseeing in the rain and preferred to stay in the beautiful hotel.

Pune Is located by the river Mula and on the way we saw little beautiful through the car window. The view from a bridge over the river also showed garbage and everything gray on gray. The houses were mostly modern, there were only a few old buildings and walls that we passed. A couple of old forts are just outside the city.

Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple

The next morning after a hearty breakfast it stopped raining and we wanted to see at least a bit of the city. Our new driver who will be with us for the next 4 days Mumbai should drive, unfortunately also proved to be absolutely unfamiliar with the location. We wanted that Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple visit, because it should be the most beautiful temple in Pune be. The nervous driver secretly paid a moped driver to drive ahead and show him the way. Once there, there was no way to stop or he didn't know her. In any case, we got out and briefly visited the temple, inside of which you were unfortunately not allowed to take photos. First you go to a side street where sellers offer offerings in half coconut shells, to the side entrance, everything professionally secured with guards, partitions and personal scanners.

The temple is among the most famous in Maharastra and is Lord Ganesha consecrated, which as a golden statue also forms the center inside. The area around the staue is also artistically gilded, silvered and decorated. The believers pass it in a row and offer their gifts.

Worship almost all Hindu beliefs Ganesha, the god with the elephant head. He is considered the embodiment of wisdom, luck and success and already in the morning many believers flocked to the temple. You take off your shoes and the guards make sure that no photos are taken inside.

After the visit we stood on the side of the road and waited for the driver who had to do his laps. You could see some vehicles and I tried to take a photo of the Ganesh statue through the window from the outside. Many people crowded there to take a look inside.

Our new driver paid again to find his way out of town, he could have asked us too, because we had GPS with us. Unfortunately, he hardly spoke any English. Since it was difficult to communicate with him, we refrained from further inspections of Pune and let us down further Lonavala and to the Karla Caves drive. Getting that across to him was difficult enough.

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