Located just two hours away from Mumbai, Pune has so far lived in the shadow of India’s financial capital. However, a growing cosmopolitan culture and strong public and private infrastructure have made Pune an attractive destination for Indians living in major urban centres.
The Ease of Living Index 2018 report recently released by India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs ranked Pune as the top Indian city among a total of 111 urban clusters in terms of ‘liveability’. It also ranked the city higher than any other major urban centres, such as Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai, on nearly all parameters.
Over the last few years, Pune has firmly established itself as a major cultural hub in India. The city routinely hosts some of the biggest festivals and cultural events in the country, such as the NH7 Weekender, which is arguably India’s most popular music fest, along with the important Ganesh Chaturthi Festival (to revere god Ganesha). The presence of India’s most reputed educational institutions, such as NIBM, Fergusson College and FTII, has also attracted a large youth demographic and given further rise to cultural events.