The Oxford of the East, Pune, the most livable city in India, is an oasis filled with history, contemporary culture, and a nightlife that will keep you young at heart. The young and old flock to Pune for education, startup possibilities, and the perfect ex-pat lifestyle like affordable coliving.
Known as the IT capital of India, Pune has everything one would need for a successful startup or as a digital nomad. With coworking culture on the rise, there are tons of coworking and coliving options available that will impress the most experienced digital nomad by making sure that you are never without the Internet.
Pune welcomes hundreds of thousands of internationals every year. Whether students through critically acclaimed educational facilities like Symbiosis International University or tourists through historical places like Verwada Central Prison or Shaniwar Wada Fort, which represents a pivotal moment in the city's history.
With train lines connecting you to all the popular cities, it is easy even when you do not have experience traveling in a busy city. Aiming to be completed in 2021, Pune Metro is currently under construction, which will make intercity travel smooth and quick. Although there is some significant excitement about the new metro, there are still a whopping 3 million two-wheelers on the streets of Pune, making it the most popular form of transport after Uber and taxis.
Life is about balance, and if that is something you are searching for, the magnificent and enlightening Osho Ashram Resort teaches meditation and yoga with its incredible gardens and picturesque meditation rooms. Just outside the city is the Karla Caves that represent the golden period of Buddhism dating as far back as 2nd Century BC. The Caves built into a rocky hillside, you will see an almost untouched sculpture of Buddha's, lions and elephants. Although it is a walk with about 350 steps from the base, it is breathtaking when you experience it.
Almost everyone speaks English, the city is safe and has a way of making you feel at home. Coliving is affordable and offers a way to make friends in a big city.
Here are some fun facts about Pune:
- Legend has it that badminton originated from Pune.
- The highest number of pubs in India, the city's nightlife has grown tremendously in the last decade.
- Pune has its very own paragliding school called Temple Pilots.
- Doolally on Tap is Pune's first microbrewery that is a must-visit.