How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
Compared to other foreign postings, Pune does not have the scope and variety of clubs and organizations catering to expats. As the city is growing though, clubs are starting to emerge and expats are starting to come together to organize social activities.
There are still many opportunities for socializing and forming new friendships. Often, people discover new-found leisure time, allowing the indulgence of new hobbies and interests during their residence here. One way of contributing to local culture is through voluntary charity/welfare work, which will not only keep you active but also assist in understanding the complexities of life in the city.
People of Pune are known to be food lovers. For the expatriate community, eating out should not be a major problem because there are a number of restaurants in Pune that offer different kinds of cuisines, such as Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Thai, Continental, Indian, etc. The Camp area (Main street [MG Road] and East street), Jungli Maharaj Road and Ferguson Road are the most popular hangouts for food lovers.
English daily newspapers - such as the Indian Express and The Times of India editions - based out of
Pune are available, with additional local supplements.
Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
The Royal Western India Turf Club's internationally famous Mahalakshmi race course is amongst the best in the world. For expats that like to play golf, there's the Poona Golf Club, a 97-acre course that was originally developed by Western influences. There are several sports clubs, including the PYC Deccan Sports club and gym and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex.
There are playgrounds for basketball, football and volleyball, as well as tennis courts, swimming pools and indoor game facilities such as table tennis, squash, and billiards and snooker rooms available throughout the city.
Where can I meet other singles in this city?
Life in Pune never comes to a halt no matter what time of day it is.
- Ten Downing Street
- Thousand Oaks
- Fire N Ice
- The Scream
You can choose between a hi-tech multiplex and old single-screen cinema hall according to your choice. The young generation is more attracted to the cords of western music and is greatly influenced by it. Foreign musicians choose Pune for their concerts as they are attended by a large number of people.
Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
Female expats are also beginning to form formal networking events. As the city continues to grow, these clubs will become more commonplace.
- The Residency Club, Bund Garden Road
- The Poona Club, Bund Garden Road
- The Corinthians Club, NIBM- Undri, Road.
- The Pancard Club, Baner.
Partners can also enjoy 24-hour coffee shops in the city:
- Bombay Brasserie, Boat Club Road
- Mainland China, Boat Club Road
- ABC Farms, Koragoan Park (There are a number of specialty restaurants inside the campus)
- German Bakery, Koragaon Park
- Banjara Hills, Chandani Chowk, Pashan Road
- Garden Court, Chandani Chowk, Pashan Road
- Flags Restaurant, Bund Garden Road
- La Pizzeria, Bund Garden Road
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