FLAME chose Pune for a very specific reason and it is not just the proximity to the industrial, commercial and financial capital of India, Mumbai. The reason is different: It is Pune itself. FLAME prides itself in being close to the culturally rich city of Pune: a city abounding with history, tradition and yet buzzing with a newfound energy. Its weather, richly influenced by the Western Ghats is conducive to creativity, its history, littered around every corner, inspires thoughts and kindles a spirit to do. There is enough and more to do for students in Pune – be it recreation, rejuvenation or just to reach out to the past or the future.
Pune has always been known for its educational facilities and prosperity. It is also the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Not just that, it has a growing industrial hinterland, with information technology, engineering and automotive companies sprouting. The city is known for cultural activities like classical music, spirituality, theatre, sports, and literature. These activities and job opportunities attract students from all over India and abroad, which makes for a city of many communities and cultures. Just what students at FLAME need to experience, whenever they choose to step out of campus.
Located in the Sahayadri Hills, near the west coast of India, in Maharashtra, Pune is a fascinating city with good climate that suits everybody all year round. Referred to as 'Queen of Deccan', Pune is located 170 km south of Mumbai. Marathi is the official language of Maharashtra. Marathi and Hindi are the two main languages that are spoken in Pune. The largely cosmopolitan population also speak English and Gujarati, and other Indian languages.
The city was one of the main bases of the 17th century great Maratha ruler and warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji. Pune became the seat of Peshwas, under whom Maratha power rose as a major political force. The Peshwas were renowned admirers of art and in their time, enriched the city with temples, gardens and educational institutions. Although, still history plays an important part in the city being a tourist attraction but now more and more people visit Pune for its shopping bonanzas and for the food that is offered here. Pune offers much to tourists and travelers. For those interested in history and architecture, Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace and the Parvati temple are a must visit. Today the top attraction of the city is the Osho Commune International. The city has a very good transport system and has several hotels of different price ranges from five stars to moderate motels.