Pune is known as the Cultural centre of Maharashtra and the locals maintain a fine balance between traditional and modern attitudes. The city has also been home to many famous national leaders and social reformers. Some parts of Pune are well planned and have clearly demarcated zones for bungalows, parade grounds, recreation and shopping areas. Pune has a few imposing monuments and many defense based establishments.
Today, the city of the Peshwas is Maharashtra's leading IT capital, but has retained its old world charm and values. Known as ‘the Oxford of the East’, Pune offers the visitor an enchanting mix of history, culture, cuisine and attitude. People from around the world flock here to study at the University or seek a life of spiritual bliss at the Osho Commune.