Pune, once the seat of the Maratha Empire, and a settlement in existence since 847 AD, is now a hotbed of manufacturing, IT, education, automobile and research industries. Located at the confluence of the Mula and Mutha rivers and nestled amongst the Sahyadris, there is always a rolling hill or adventure destination a short drive away from the city.
The city itself is one of the more laid back urban areas in the country, and is the cultural capital of the state laying emphasis on Marathi culture, music, arts and theatre. Major tourist attractions include the Shaniwar Wada, Saras Baug, Ganapati Temple, Parvati Hill, Bund Garden and the Koregaon Park area.
Pune is best known for being an education hub and now a rising IT and industrial hub due to the close proximity firms have to fresh graduates and some of India's best talent. IT, Automotive, food processing, and various engineering firms form the main set of employers in the area.