Pune, can be best described as a city that blends the old with the new, tradition with modernity and academia with business most seamlessly. The second largest city of Maharashtra after Mumbai, it has gained popularity over the years as a weekend destination for travellers looking to pack in as much as possible into a short trip. Despite clogged traffic and concentrated population, this is just the place to witness a glimpse of developing new India.

Ganesh Chaturthi or the Pune Festival has emerged as a major attraction of the city and is perhaps the best time to visit Pune. It provides an insight into the rich culture and heritage of the region and also reflects the warm and welcoming spirit of the Puneites.

Catch up on Pune's lingo: here are some acronyms, short forms and slang!

ABC Appa Balvant Chowk
AFMC Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
AISSMS COEP All India Shree Shivaji Memorial Society's College Of Engineering, Pune.
Ambawadi Mango-flavoured sweetmeat that is a speciality of Pune
Amrutatulya The tea and coffee shops. The taste of tea served can be matched by no fivestar hotel in the city.
Asiad BusThe Pune-Mumbai-Pune bus service that is run every 15 minutes by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation.
Bhakharwadi Spicy, crunchy savoury that is a speciality of Pune. Sold by several of the city's sweet shops.
BAPU Balgandharva Pula
Bhangar Waste, Hopeless
Bharati Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering.
Bhannat Very good
Bishopite Student of Bishops School, Staveley Road
Bremen Circle A junction in Aundh Pune that has been beautified with help from Bremen, Germany, a sister city of Pune.
Blue D The Blue Diamond Hotel at Koregaon Park
BMCC Brihan Maharashtra College Of Commerce
BVMC Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical college
Camp Downtown area under the administration of the Army
Cantonment Army base in several of the city’s areas
CME College of Military Engineering, Dapodi
COEP College Of Engineering Pune: The nation’s first and oldest
Cutting 1/2 glass of tea.
MG Road Mahatma Gandhi Road, a shopping thoroughfare
PCMC Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation
PMC Pune Municipal Corporation
PMT Pune Municipal Transport
Wadia Wadia College
Wadian Students of Wadia College
Z-bridge The 2 wheeler bridge connecting Jangali Maharaj Road and the road near Kulkarni Petrol Pump.
ZP Zilla Parishad