Fondly called as the Oxford of the East and the cultural
capital of Maharashtra, Pune as a city has grown manifolds
over the past few decades.
The regional language
out here is Marathi. Unlike many other Indian
regional languages, Marathi is easy to understand,
posing not too many problems to the tourist.
Much can be attributed to the
similarity it holds with the national language Hindi.
traffic out here does get congested and it is
best to travel either via two-wheelers or auto rickshaws
in the interiors. The amount of two-wheelers and women
drivers here is probably one of the highest in the country.
As is with the
most of the cites, the intra-city areas are very
safe even during the night. Venturing alone or into
unknown areas near the ghats or on the outskirts
are not advisable.
Though Pune does not report of very serious crime rates,
petty thefts etc. are to be watched out for. Do not stop
to give lifts or to ask directions during night times
in isolated areas.