Mumbai and Pune are separated by merely 150 kms. People living in the respective cities are extremely loyal and proud of their city. One of their favourite hobbies is to debate over which city exceeds and is better. If you have friends living in these cities, you will always see them argue on which city is better. Mumbai, the largest city in India, with the swanky movie industry, city of dreams and so many ways to say how incredible it is. Pune, the young and thriving little city located nearby is often dwarfed by the glory of this mammoth of a city. Pune is laid back, peaceful, beautiful and definitely much more than a retirement city. And any day a person who’ve had experience living in both the cities will tell you that it is any day a much better option than Mumbai. Below listed are the things that make Pune a better city than Mumbai-
- Weather, of course!
In terms of climate, Pune beats Mumbai hands down. During summers, it is possible to sleep at night without having to turn on the Air conditioner. Evenings are pleasant over here in Pune. Monsoons are heavy but not as harsh as Mumbai and you will hardly see any water clogging. In Poona (another name for Pune) you will experience both Hot, Wet and Cold weathers. Mumbai only has Hot and Hot + Wet.
- Proximity to some of the best Hill Stations
Unlike Mumbai, Pune has the advantage of hosting some of the best Hill Stations of Western Ghats. It is very close to nature. Many hill stations are within 2-3 hour distance. These hill stations make perfect getaway destinations and give all Punekars something to cheer about. Admire the historic fortresses at Rajmachi, Sinhagad and several other places in and around the city. For all the adventurers go camping in the mystical beauty of Panchgani , Wai and Satara. Also, lose yourself in the mesmeric vicinities of Khandala, Bhandardara and Malshej Ghat.
- Manageable traffic
Even though Mumbai has Locals and metro, it fails to manage the traffic. In Pune, the traffic is very manageable. The average commute time in Mumbai is 3 hours, sometimes even more due to the traffic. You are never stuck in Poona while in deep traffic. It will always keep moving at snail’s pace. In Mumbai, the traffic gets stuck at just one place. Also, there are various alternate routes/detours that you can take in the city. To top it, if you have got a bike and Google maps to navigate, then you just can’t get stuck over here.
- Greener and cleaner!
Pune hosts a lot of greenery and with it comes the cleanliness. Mumbai is known for its congested chawls and packed-up localities. Mumbai is not completely a concrete jungle, but it still lacks the greenery a city life deserves.
- Space for Personal time
This city is cozy, warm and relatively small city as compared to Mumbai which is very big so you can spend quality time with your family and friends only on weekend whereas in Pune you can saves a lot of time on travelling and can spend more time with family.
It is also known as the Cultural Capital of the Indian State of Maharashtra boasts of a rich legacy of Glorious history. The city even now takes pride in presenting many forts tucked away at locations that attract ardent trekkers to not just relive the history of the powerful Marathas and Peshwas, but also a chance to absorb the wonderful natural environment. Some of the most popular forts in Pune are- Lohgad Fort, Purandar Fort, Pratapgad Fort, Rajgad Fort, Raigad Fort, Sinhagad Fort, Shivneri Fort, and Torna Fort.
- Marathi Culture
Not only Mumbai, but Pune has also preserved Marathi Culture quiet beautifully. It is considered by many to be Maharashtra’s cultural capital and the form of Marathi spoken in Pune is considered to be the standard form of the language. The city has still maintained the Marathi culture, instead of the IT boom.
- “Pune: Oxford of the East”- Jawaharlal Nehru
Education in Pune is some of the finest in India and has various types. The University of Pune (formerly the University of Poona) was founded in 1949 is spread over a 400-acre (1.6 km²) campus. It is home to 46 academic departments. There are several research institutes in Pune. Well, do we need to expand much after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s statement?
- Pune has a life
People say life in Mumbai is fast an adventurous. But the question is does Mumbai has a life? Do they have time for themselves? Because life is not just about working tirelessly and partying during the weekends. Life is beyond that. Life is taking out time during days and devoting it to your personal use. Pune in calm and lazy in a sense that it gives opportunity to enjoy life. Or to be precise, have a life.
So, the next time you face a person bragging about Mumbai, put this list in his face. Happy travelling!
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