There has always been a healthy competition between the metro cities of India for the coveted title of the best city to live in. While each of these cities offers unique opportunities to live and grow, the recent Ease of Living Index released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs provides an answer to this long-standing debate. So, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, or Bangalore which is the best city to live in India? And the official answer is *drum roll* – Pune.
Pune is a unique city. It has a rich heritage that is rooted in a traditional Maharashtrian culture which it balances with a cosmopolitan edge fuelled by its thriving IT industry and its status as a university town. Add to this the great people, pleasant weather and reasonable cost of living in Pune and you begin to get an idea of why it’s the easiest city to live in India.
Often when outsiders ask, “Is Pune a good place to live?”, Punekars are likely to nod vehemently and state that they would never want to live anywhere else. The city has an unparalleled charm and appeal that gets everyone hooked to the lifestyle here. So, what exactly makes Pune such a unique place? Let’s take a dive:
Feelin’ So Cool
Punekars are always bragging about the city’s exceptional weather and for a good reason. The climate is cool with Pune getting chilly winters and a short hot and dry summer. Monsoons are a pleasant time with moderate rainfall. As none of the weather conditions are extreme, it makes the city livable all year round. So if you’re into enjoying the great outdoors – road trips, marathons, outdoor fitness activities, treks and open-air events – Pune’s the place for you. The best part? The cool climate keeps the AC bills low too!
The IT Crowd
With offices of more than 110 MNCs, Pune houses some of the biggest IT parks in India. There are more than 5 official IT zones in the city that house all the major IT giants such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, etc. In fact, thanks to the low cost of living in Pune, high-quality yet affordable business infrastructure (as compared to other IT hubs like Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad etc) more and more companies are considering opening their branches in the city. So if you’re a student or a young professional, this is a great place to start building your life.
Home, Sweet Home
Moving to a new city comes with responsibility – especially in terms of money matters. You know that your accommodation’s monthly rent is going to eat away a large part of your budget but how big that chunk will be depends on where you choose to live. Whether it’s a 3BHK in a posh colony or a shared room in a PG in Pune, we don’t want you to compromise on location or quality. Luckily, a number of new residential and commercial properties are coming up in the city that can fit the budget of a salaried person too. And if you’re a student or young professional, online platforms have made renting just so much easier, especially if you’re choosing a professionally managed co-living space like those offered by Stanza Living. They’ve got amazing options for single, double and triple sharing rooms, with the best amenities and a great community vibe. Want to know more? You can check them out at www.stanzaliving.com.
It feels like holidays every day
Whether you love beaches or adore the tranquillity of mountains, Pune has everything located in close proximity. There are plenty of trekking destinations around Pune that are flooded by adventure enthusiasts post-monsoon. Hill stations like Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Lavasa, etc. are just a few hour’s drives from Pune and beaches like Konkan and Ratnagiri make for awesome weekend getaways. Add to these the many amazing forts and beautiful waterfalls that surround the city, and there’ll be no item on your bucket list that you’ll be missing out on here.
If you’re a history buff, you probably know that Pune was the epicenter of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s empire. So the Maratha culture is extremely prominent in Pune, more than any other place in Maharashtra. This culture permeates through the blood of Punekars as they celebrate festivals like Sankranti, Gudi Padwa, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Shivratri with pomp all year round. And not just the festivals, there are physical representations of Pune’s heritage too. From Shaniwarwada to Aga Khan palace to Sinhagad Fort, the entirety of Pune is peppered with historical monuments. When it comes to culture, traditions, and history- Pune truly has a unique edge.
Your Grub Hub
Punekars take their food very seriously, and the restaurants are a testament to this fact. From Italian restaurants that specialise in handmade doughs to spicy misal with soft pav- you can find every cuisine within every budget. There is so much that can be said about the food culture in Pune. There are the posh restaurants like Le Plaisir, Brasserie Cinq and Botec, which offer specialised international cuisines, the cute bistros and cafes like Cafe 108 and French Window where you can enjoy an evening cuppa and the local haunts like Katakirr, Bedekar, Surve’s and Jeevan that offer a variety of local delicacies like misal, tambda rassa, sol kadi and more. Yes indeed, Pune will leave you licking your fingers!
With all of this going for it, it’s no wonder Pune’s been touted to be the easiest city to live in. So if you’re looking for a city that will give you a variety of experiences, celebrate a diverse and historical culture and grow and innovate to suit your every possible need, Pune should be at the top of your list.