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Important Places Associated with Indian Independence Movement

Independence Day falling on a Monday this year so it's long weekend time again! and this is the perfect time and opportunity for all those who wish to take a walk down memory lane and visit multiple patriotic places across the country.

So here we are giving a list of some of places in India that make you feel patriotic.

1] Red Fort:  

Red Fort, Delhi
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The majestic Red Fort located in old Delhi and it is visited by thousands of visitors each day. It has been important part of Indian freedom strugle. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's who had become the first Prime gave first Independence speech on 15th August 1947 at Red Fort. There are many attractions like monuments and museum that represent a glimpse of major phases of India's struggle for freedom.

2] Wagah Border, Punjab 

Wagah border
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It is border post located on the Grand Trunk road and approximately 30 km away from Amritsar.
The place is must visit for to witness the popular ceremony of lowering of the flags of India and Pakistan.

3] Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat

Sabarmati Ashram
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Situated on the bank of Sabarmati river and about 5 km from the center of Ahmedabad has historical importance. It was the place from where Mahatma Gandhi started his padayatra (foot march) in 1930 from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi for the Salt Satyagraha. The ashram also know as Satyagraha Ashram.

4] Cellular jail, Andaman Islands

 
Cellular jail
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The Cellular Jail has been a mute witness to the long and glorious struggle of our revolutionary freedom movement. Vir Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a famous freedom fighter of India, was imprisoned here for 11 years.
Port blair is well connected to the main land by regular passage of ships and scheduled flights from KolKata and chennai.

5] Jallianwala Bagh,Punjab

 
Jallianwala Bagh
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Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden in Amritsar and has an important place in the Indian history. It is the place where on 13th April, 1919, on the occasion of Baisakhi(Punjab's largetst festival) British soldiers opened fire against thousands of unarmed innocent men, women, and children without warning. 

6] Azad Park, Uttar Pradesh

Azad Park, Allahabad
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One of the biggest public park located in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh is associated with  Chandra Shekhar Azad, a revolutionary's fight in the freedom struggle of the country.
The park was earlier known as Alfred park but later it was renamed as Azad Park after freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, who sacrificed his life here.


7] India Gate

India gate
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India Gate is the monument which has very important historical significance. It was built in honor of  the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died during the World War I and the Afghan Wars (1919).
'Amar Jawan Jyoti' is another must visit place near India Gate. a site for Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives in 1971 war with Pakistan.

8] Netaji Bhawan, Kolkata

Netaji Bhawan
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It is a ancestral home of Subash Chandra Bose, a patriot and freedom figher of India. It was built in 1909 by Subash Chandra Bose's father and Subash Chandra Bose spend his childhood till he escape to Berlin in 1941.

So what are you waiting for? make the most of your weekend and holidays in this August with this awesome car rental offers and head out to any of these places.

Hemis Festival

Hemis Monastery Festival
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Hemis festival - It is a famous annual festival is held in late June or early July every year at 'Hemis monastery' the largest and richest monastery in all of Ladakh. This year it'll be celebrated on 14th to 15th July 2016.

The ceremony of this two day festival begins on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month and commemorates the birth of lord 'Padmasambhava' (founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet). The local people of Leh Ladakh come to celebrate the festival in their traditional dresses.  The festival take place in the courtyards of monastery with Cham dance or masked dance, performed by the resident Lamas of the monastery on the music of cymbals, drums and long horns. The cham dance represents the victory of good over evil. 

Chams are essentially a part of Tantric tradition, performed only in the gompas that follow the Tantric Vajrayana teachings.

How to reach :


It is 40 kms away from the south-east of the main city of Leh in Ladhak district.

By air:- 

Nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport at Leh. There are good avaibility of direct flights from Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu. From airport you can hire a cab in advance to reach Hemis monastery.

By train:- 

Chandigarh and Pathankot are the nearest railway station to Leh and Chandigarh to Leh and Panthankot to Leh distance are 750 kms and 772 kms  respectively. 

By Road:-  

You can reach Leh from Jammu, Kashmir and Manali by private vehicle or public buses.

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5 Places to Practice Yoga While Travelling


Image courtesy: Michael Pravin


Number of Yoga Practitioners love to travel and when traveling they often face difficulties to maintain their yoga practice. It can be challenging to find a peaceful place to roll out yoga mat. But here's a list of some places where you can practice your Yoga while on the road.

At Hotel: 

Generally hotel rooms have big enough floor space which is a great place to keep up you with you daily yoga practice. And if your hotel room hasn't a enough floor to put your yoga mat down then conference, meeting hall, hotel's rooftop or gym can be another option you may choose for yoga.

At Airport:

Like to the hotel, airport can be your yoga place. Many airport terminals have opened dedicated yoga studios, rooms for the travelers who wants to maintain their yoga or meditation practice. Waiting rooms and lounge are also can be a suitable place for yoga if airport doesn't have any yoga studio.

On the Road:

Yes, it's easy to do Yoga on the go at road's any rest stops because as we know that there isn't a lot of equipment that you need to bring. And if this place sounds strange then you can try other options listed below.

At the Beach:

Beach is the ideal place because the nature is the best Yoga studio and the warmth of the sand, sound of the waves and the gentleness of the wind can all help bring your body and mind calm and cool throughout your Yoga session.

Find classes in the area you’re traveling

You can also do some search and find yoga classes nearby your stay. We know that finding a yoga classes can be little daunting task but just Internet search or online use of android or ios application can help you a lot in your research. You can also ask the receptionist at your hotel.

Do you have any tips to share for maintaining a yoga practice while on the road? Please post to comments below.
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Best Place to Visit in March in India


 Generally the month of March considered as a wonderful month of travel, with fresh mornings and evenings, and mostly warm sunny days. It would be best and recommended to go to a hill station or beach holidays which will be cooler. 

Here is the list of most popular tourist places to visit in March. 

 Ooty :- 

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Blessed with natural beauty, Ooty has endowed with scenic beauty and sprawling lush tea farms. It is located in Udhagai district in the state of Tamil Nadu. The temperature in Ooty in March dwells in the range of 15 to 22 degree celecious. There are many trasportation facilty to reach Ooty, you can have many buses and car rental from Coimbatore, Cochin, Mysore, Bangalore and Chennai.

Munnar :- 

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Second one of the best and most beautiful hill station situated in the Idukki district in the state of Kerala. Munnar is also blessed with the amazing natural beauty, misty hills and growing tea plantations. It could be the best choice for relax and have a great family getaway.

Kodaikanal :-  

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This picture perfect hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu also reffered as the "Princess of Hill Stations". It will be the best place where you can relax and get lost in the lush green surroundings. Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake,Palani Hills are few must visit places in Kodaikanal.
To reach here Madurai is the nearest airport at a distance of 120 km and Palani railway station at 65 km away.

Sikkim :- 

 Yumthang Valley
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It's a small state in northwest India situated in the Himalayas. The best time to visit Sikkim is March to June. A fresh cloudy morning, beautiful view of hills,the amazing richness of greenery and the scenic landscape wins every visitors heart and make it a must visit place during month of March.
Solophok Chardham, Yumthang Valley, Changu Lake, Rumtek Monastery, Nathu La, Lake Tsomgo are few popular places to visit in Sikkim.

Auli :- 

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Located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand State, it is one of the famous skiing and trekking destination in India and January to March are best time for skiing. Auli is bestowed with abundant natural beauty and the spectacular mountain ranges, tranquil panoramic natural view makes this place ideal for you to visit in this summer.

Manali :- 

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Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas and surrounded by snow covered peaks,  various beauties of Nature and pristine white snow attracts thousands of tourist around the world every year. Manali a beautiful town situated in the Kullu district of state of Himachal Pradesh state is famous for trekking, paragliding, rafting and mountain sports. Along with these there are many tourist places in Manali which are must visit. 

Shillong :- 


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Located at the amidst sky touching hills Shillong is the capital city of the  Meghalaya state. It is also know as the "Scotland of the East" The lush green landscape, waterfalls, forests, valleys and pleasant weather makes this place a must visit in the month of March to June.

Coorg :- 

Abby Waterfall
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Known as the "Scotland of India" is located in the western ghats of Karnataka state. It is popular tourist getaway because of unique idyllic atmosphere, variety of coffee and tea plantations. Abbay Falls,Irupu Falls, Nagarhole national park, Raja’s Seat, Omkareshwara Temple Nisargadhama and Pushagiri are few must visit places in coorg.

Vrindavan :- 

 Prem Mandir
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Located in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh is a important Hindu pilgrimage place. It is considered that here Lord Krushna have spent his childhood days. As Vrindavan is renowened for the festival of Holi, it's recommended to visit and immerse yourself into the festival of colurs.

 

Mount Abu :- 

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Mount Abu is the only hill station in the Rajasthan state and has been great retreat for summer vacations. No doubt the senic beauty and rich flora makes you relax and rejuvenate while enjoying scenic beauty and delicious dishes of Mount Abu.
Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki lake, Peace Park, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Sunset Point and Guru Shikhar are few important places to visit in Maunt Abu.
Mount Abu is well connected with the other cities of the country. The
nearest airport is Udaipur at a distance of 185 km. from there one can hire a taxi, cab to reach Mount Abu.

Also, if you feel any other place can be added to the list, please comment below.
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5 Most Famous Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra


Aundha Nagnath
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Among the twelve Jyotirlinga of India it is situated in Hingoli district in the Maharashtra state. It is also belived and said that the temple of Lord shiva have been built by Yudhishthira, eldest of the  Pandavas during thier 14 years of exile.  The temple is built in Hemandpanthi style of architecture. 


How to reach:-  

Nearest railway station:- Chondi, 21 km away.

Nearest Airport:- Nanded 41 KM away. 

By Road :- Well connected to other cities of the state.


Bhimashankar

Located in small villiage called 'Bhojgiri' which is approx. 50 km northwest of Khed, near Pune district in Maharashtra state is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga in India. Built in the Hemadpanthi style in the mid 18th century The temple is always crowded with devotees, especially during the Mahashivratri festival.

How to rach:

Nearest Railway station:- Pune railway station is 111 Kms away. 

Nearest Airport :- Pune Airport 127kms.

By Road:- Well connected to Mumbai and Junnar through other cities of the state.


Parli Vaijnath

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Situated on a hill that faces towards the east in Parali in Beed district of Maharashtra state. Though the exact date of construction is not known but it believed that the temple is belongs to 12th or 13th century.  On  Gudi Padawa, Vijaya Dashami, Tripuri Pournima and Mahashivaratri big celebrations take place.


How to reach: 

Nearest railway station:- Parali 2 km away from the temple. 

Nearest Airport :- Aurangabad 218 km away.

By Road:- Parli is well connected toLatur,Parbhani,Nanded, Aurangabad,Hyderabad and Pune.

 

Trimbakeshwar:- 
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Trimbakeshwar one of the 12 Jyotirlinga located 28 km from the Nashik city and near Brahmagiri mountain where the holy river Godavari originates. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra.  It is said that Nanasaheb Peshwa had built this temple.


How to reach:-  

Nearest railway station:- Nasik road railwaystation 24 km away.

Nearest Airport:- Mumbai 200 km away .
By Road:- Well connected with Mumbai, Nashik city, and Aurangabad.

Grishneshwar:-
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Known as the 12th Jyotirlinga shrines situated in a Verul a small village which is 20 km away from Daulatabad and 30 km away from Aurangabad city.
Ahilyabai Holkar constructed current existing temple. The temple is beautifully structured and has Garbhagriha, beautiful statutes carved pillars


How to reach:- 

Nearest Airport:- Aurangabad airport is 29 km  away.
 
Nearest Railway station:- Aurangabad railway station is 29 km  away.

By Road:- Well connected by road to Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune and Jalna.


All the roads to reach these places are comfortable to travel and hiring a chauffeur driven car rental is ideal if you prefer to make your way around these places without the hassle. 
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6 Best Places in India to Welcome New Year



As we approach the end of the year, it's obvious to start planning ahead to enjoy this occasion  with dear and near ones. Many of you might be already planning many things  but here we present a list of some of cool and beautiful getaways to celebrate wonderful New Year's Eve for those who like to make this time awesome away from their homes and city.


Goa:-




No doubt for all occasion and celebration goa is the first choice of many of you and why not be. Goa has beautiful beaches, awesome places, pubs,lounges and best venues to celebrate new year's Eve.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands:- 


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Nowadays Andaman and Nicobar islands a landscape full with scenic and picturesque extravaganza, quaint beaches is emerging as one of the best Eco-friendly tourist destination and if you want to spend your new year Eve time relaxing then it will be the best choice and idea for you.  Apart from that you can also enjoy Scuba Diving & Snorkelling, Elephant Safari, Trekking, Island Camping in Andaman and Nicobar.

Mumbai:-


The city of Dreams and blaze also to be considered as one of the best place to celebrate new year Eve party. The city becomes even more dazzling and alive during the festival and celebrations. Mumbai host many events to welcome new year in it's own style.


Shillong :-

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The city known as the 'Scotland of the East' can be a best place to celebrate your New year Eve. Apart from the usual beaches and water sports activities  the picturesque views and tranquil beauty of Shillong's surrounding will definitely add some of the most cherished moments in your celebrations.

Jaipur:-


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Jaipur is one of the most preferred place to celebrate New year and Christmas vacations and because of it's something special events, entertaining activities and grand royal style celebrations.
A visit to Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar-Mantar, Abhaneri Step Well, Galtaji Temple, and Jaigarh Fort could make it a perfect destination for you to welcome the New Year.

Kerala:-
                                                                                                                                             (image courtesy: justkerala.in)

You will have many options to start and celebrate New year with more than just a party if you plan to visit Kerala also known as 'God's own country' . Here you will find the plenty of destinations to celebrate in tranquil style.
It would be truly a blissful experience  to welcome the new year with all the Kerala's picture perfect places with exotic scenery, unique dishes and backwater.

Apart from these places tell us which is your favorite city or travel destination to celebrate a new year.

Clear Car Rental wish all readers a Happy New Year 2016.

5 Reasons Why You Should Book a Car in Advance




    Festivities about to begin and millions of people working out of their hometown are started heading their home to celebrate it in a grand way and of course the rush greatly affect transportation problems, especially on the public transportation services.
But fortunately we have an option to secure and book a cab or travel online easily and people also finding it more convenient than travelling through any other modes of public transportation. If you too are planning to visit your hometown or any holiday destination in this season then you can drag yourself away from this holiday rush by booking early now.

And here we are giving 5 reasons why you should book a car in advance:

1. Save Time and Research more exciting things : 

 Once you have confirmed that where you are going and booked it in advance then it will be easy to look forward to plan many other things such as What to pack?, Exploring the destination and routes, local entertainment listings and many of things  so you can really make the most of it all.

2. Get you to your destination for less :

Ahead of the festive season, fares will be higher than usual so travel experts suggest making reservation as far in advance as possible so you can get the best rate.

3. Better chances of More Choices/Options: 

Early booking or reservations will get more choices. First of all is that you have the best chance to travel on the date you want and second is it gives you an option to compare and choose a best suitable cab, accommodation and your next travel plans according to your requirements in the best price.

4. To Avoid Disappointment :

Many a time you might experienced of no availability of seats or tickets at the end moments, so it's good idea and suggestion to book early all your travel plans to avoid disappointment.

5. To Avoid Cancellation charge :

Generally according to cancellation policies of most travel companies, if a traveler cancels 24 hours prior the pick-up time, he/she will be charge a cancellation penalties. But if you’ve made a cab booking well in advance and your plans change and you have to cancel your booking, you will be aware in advance what charges you are likely to be faced with.

What do you think about booking a cab in advance? Share your opinion with us here!
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9 Colours of 9 Days of Navratri Festival


9 colors of 9 days of Navratri


 Navratri a nine days festival of worshiping Goddess Durga and her nine incarnations. Navratri is a combination of two words 'Nav' and 'Ratri' which literally means 'Nine Nights'.
During this festival mostly devotees are excited to wear nine different colours of dress which signify that particular form of the deity on each day of the festival.

 Now the Navratri begins and everyone is getting busy with purchasing the best combinations of colors to immersed in festival fever and pandal hopping for garba and dandiya with family and friends, so gear up and take this amazing opportunity to visit and to be a part of celebration with on time and affordable car rental services in your city.

Here are list of nine different colours that are supposed to wear on different days of Navratri.

 Day First:  Red colour 

First day of Navratri is called as 'Ghatasthapana'. The day is dedicated to Goddess Shailaputri and the colour to wear on the first day for devotees is "Red"

Day Second: Royal Blue  colour

Second day of Navratri is called as Dwitiya and on this day 'Goddess Brahmachari' is worshipped. the colour to wear on the second day for devotees is "Royal Blue"

Day Third: Yellow  colour

Third day of Navratri or Tritiya is dedicated to 'Devi Chandraghanta' she symbolizes spirituality and meditation and the colour to wear on this day for devotees is "Yellow"

Day Fourth: Green  colour

On the forth day, the creator of the universe 'Godess Kushmanda'is worshipped. The colour to wear on forth day of navratri is "Green"

Day Fifth: Gray

'Goddess Skandamata' is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri. The colour to wear on forth day of navratri is "Gray"

Day Sixth: Orange 

'Goddess Katyayani' sixth incarnations of Godess Durga is worshiped on this day of Navratri and the colour to wear on is "Orange"

 Day Seventh: White

Goddess Kaalratri the seventh incarnations of Devi Durga, worshipped on the seventh day of Navrartri and "White" is the customary colour of the eighth day of Navaratri.

 Day Eight: Pink

Goddess of kindness and morality known as 'Devi Maha Gauri' is worshipped on the Eighth day of Navratri and "Pink" color to be worn on the day.

 Day Nine: Sky Blue 

Goddess of supernatural power 'Devi Siddhidatri' is worshiped on the Ninth day of Navratri and the colour to wear on the first day for devotees is "Sky Blue".


5 Famous Ganpati Idols to Visit in Pune During Ganesh Festival


  Ganesha Chaturthi also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' is the important Hindu Festival celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha. The celebration has a long history and roots since the days of Maratha rulers. Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak initiated this festival as a public festival in 1894 with a view to uniting citizens and strengthen the patriotic fervour in Indians.
While it is celebrated all over India, Pune is said to have it's own traditions to celebrating this festival with great pomp and gaiety where the festival actually started.

 The city has the five Manache (Respective) Ganesh idols where you have must visit during Ganesh Utsav.

1. Kasba Ganapti : 

        Kasba Ganpati  
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Located in the heart of city at Kasaba Peth, it is also known as Gram Devta of Pune and the temple was built by 'Shivaji Maharaj' and 'Jijabai Bhosale'.

2. Tambdi Jogeshwari :

  Tambdi Jogeshwari
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It is supposed to be a oldest temple in Pune, established in 1893. It stands second privileged Ganpati idol of Pune after Kasba Ganpati Mandal.

3. Guruji Talim :

Guruji Talim
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It is the third respective Ganapti idol in pune Located at Laxmi Road. the Guruji Talim Ganpati mandal was started by two Hindu and two Muslim families in 1887 even before Lokmanya Tilak started this Sarvajanik Ganesh utsav and hence it's considered as a symbol of Hindu Muslim unity.

4. Tulsibaug :

         Tulsibaug Ganesh Idol
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 It is fourth respective Ganpati idol in Pune Located at Tulshibaug. which was established in 1901. This mandal is amongst the first who Glass establishing Fiber statue since 1975.

5. Kesariwada Ganesh Mandal :


Kesariwada Ganesh
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 Lokmanya Tilak established this idol in year 1893 in Narayan Peth, Pune. It is revered of known as fifth respective Ganapati idol in Pune. Lokmanya Tilak started this festival with the motive of to enhance the sense of belongingness as well as togetherness among the citizens and still the mandol takes large cultural and educational events and concentrates more on social work.

Along with these you can also visit Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati idol the richest Ganesh Mandal in the city which was established in the year 1893.
   Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati idol
(Image Credit: bhaskar.com)

How to reach Pune :-


Pune is well connected by air, rail and road to other major cities in India.

    Nearest Airport :- 

     Lohegaon airport where you can get a transfer taxi to reach the city.

    Nearest Railway station :-  

    Pune junction is an important station of Central Railway Zone. 

    Bus Stand:- 

    Shivajinagar and Swargate bus stand. The city is easily accessible by state transport buses or rental cars from major cities such include Ahmadnagar, Aurangabad and Mumbai.


     If you are planning to visit to Pune to experience immense fun then we suggest that there’s best way to rent a car for the utmost convenience and safety travel to Ganesh festival.

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