Pimpri Chinchwad, also known as Navi Pune, is a municipal corporation (like a county) in the north-western limits of Pune city in the west-Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a famous industrial and automotive hub in the district of Pune.
It comprises of the towns – Pimpri, Chinchwad, Nigdi, Ravet, Akurdi, Moshi, Bhosari, Pimple Gurav, Punawale and Sangavi – all governed by the common municipal body, Pimpri-Chinchwad (PCMC).
Pimpri-Chinchwad has various religious, historical, technological as well as ecological attractions that are a must-see, such as:
- Science Exhibition Center – A science museum place with interesting technological exhibits.
- Dnyanjyoti Savitribai Phule Udyan – A popular garden/park in the city with walking trails, plants and playing areas.
- Bird Valley Udyan – A well-maintained beautiful garden with many species of birds, walking trails and a gym too.
- Morya Gosavi Ganpati Mandir – A Maharashtrian Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganapati.
- Mata Vaishno Devi Temple – A temple dedicated to goddess Vaishno Devi.
- Pimpri-Chinchwad Regional Science Center – Another science exhibition/museum with interesting science exhibits.
Most Maharashtrian and Hindu festivals are celebrated in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Some popular festivals celebrated in this region include:
- Krishna Janmashtami – Birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
- Holi – The festival of colors.
- Dussehra – A 10-day festival, where people worship Goddess Durga.
- Deepawali – Festival of lights.
- Maha Shivratri – Dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Ganesh Chaturthi – Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiva.
Pimpri-Chinchwad has many street markets selling commodities like watches, sunglasses, bags, clothes, footwear, and fancy jewellery at affordable prices, as well as bigger shopping complexes selling branded and imported goods ranging from perfumes and clothes to electronics and crockery. Following are some good shopping spots in Pimpri-Chinchwad:
- Pimpri Market (on Pimpri-Chinchwad Link Road)
- FC Road Market
- Bhavani Peth Fashion Street
- PCMC Market Complex
- Premier Plaza Mall
- City One Mall
The Pune Metro is a metro-rail based rapid transit system under construction to serve the city of Pune, India; and one of its lines – the purple line is planned to go through Pimpri Chinchwad, connecting parts of it to areas in Pune city.
Some of the some must-try foods that are popular in Pimpri-Chinchwad include:
- Amti (Dal curry made with toor dal or pigeon pea)
- Bakarwadi (A roll that is spiced and deep-fried)
- Bhel Puri
- Peanut Chutney (Made with peanuts, garlic, dried red chilli powder and jaggery)
- Samosas (A snack made with spicy potato stuffing in a refined flour envelope and deep fried)
Some good restaurants and eateries in Pimpri-Chinchwad include:
- Mangla’s (known for its Daal-Pakwaan, a lentil curry served with crunchy deep-fried flatbreads)
- RP Nashta House (for Maharashtrian breakfast and snacks)
- Vishaal Chaat Bhandar, A1 Pani Puri (delicious street foods like Chaat, Pav Bhaji, Pani Puri, etc.)
- Sentosa Multicuisine Restaurant
- Bombay Sandwich (for Bombay style sandwiches made with chutneys, and grilled ‘tikkis’ or patties made of potatoes, soya or meat)
- Milan’s Sandwich Bar (Special sandwiches with a local twist)
- Miyuki (Japanese cuisine)
- Cafe Blu
- Barbeque Nation
- Level 12 (a rooftop restaurant)
- Mezza 9
Pimpri-Chinchwad has many good hotels for a comfortable stay. Some of the best hotels here are:
- Keys Select Pimpri by LemonTree Hotels
- DoubleTree by Hilton Pune – Chinchwad
- Noorya Hometel
- Spree Shivai
- Ginger Pune Pimpri
- Amigo Serviced Apartments - Chinchwad
- 7 Apple Hotel
Pimpri-Chinchwad also has some great nightclubs/bars with good food and drinks:
- Ignite Bar & Grill
- Country Bar
- Jewels Restaurant & Bar
- Bar Stories
- YOLO Gastro Lounge
- Celebration Bar
- The Clover Bar
- Pimpri-Chinchwad STD Code – 020 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
- Police helpline – 100
- Fire emergency – 101
- Accident helpline (Government ambulance) – 102/108
- Blood Bank – 1910
- Women Helpline – 1091
Marathi is the main language of Pimpri-Chinchwad . But, languages like English, Hindi are spoken as well.
- Welcome - Tumcha svagat aso
- How are you? - Tu kas ahes
- What's your name? - Tujha nav kay ahe
- Where are you from? - Apaṇ kothale ahat?
- Good morning - Su-prabhat
- Have a nice day - Sukhi raha
- Welcome - Svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad