Getting There -- You can fly from Mumbai to Pune (both Kingfisher and Jet Airways have daily flights). However, while the flight from Mumbai lasts a mere 45 minutes, you'll spend so much time getting to the airport and then waiting for your plane, that we strongly suggest you consider taking a train, which takes 3 to 5 hours. If you're coming from Delhi, definitely fly; Kingfisher has daily flights departing at 3pm and 9:10pm, while in the morning there are two economy service flights on Kingfisher Red. Flights from Delhi take 2 hours. Rail connections between Mumbai and Pune are plentiful (and average 4 hr.), but you should endeavor to book your seat at least a few days in advance. For a good-value, fast journey, book an air-conditioned chair car seat on either the Pragati Express or the Deccan Queen; you'll be in Pune within 3 1/2 hours. Another train you can try is the Sahyadri Express. It's also worth noting that the Mumbai-Pune Highway is vaunted as the most modern and efficient in the country, so road trips are not only exceptionally smooth by India standards, but also the scenery as you pass through the Western Ghats (lush, rolling mountains that separate the western coastal belt from the Indian interior); hire a car for the journey, or -- for a fraction of the price -- get a seat on one of the many "luxury" buses that ply the route from morning to night.

Visitor Information & Travel Agencies -- The fascinating Osho website ( offers all you need to know about the Meditation Resort. If you're curious about the Meditation Resort but unsure about whether or not to sign up, you can join one of two daily "silence tours," which take you around the campus and provide useful information about what to expect; the brief tours kick off at 9am and 2pm and cost just Rs 10 (this is the only way to see the resort without taking an AIDS test). If your interest is in the city itself, you could approach the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (tel. 020/2612-6867), which has satellite counters at the airport and railway station; they're not a whole heap of help, however, so rather speak to locals, staff at the resort, or your hotel concierge. K.K. Travels (tel. 020/2436-3399 or -0099; has a counter at the Osho Resort and can handle arrangements for airport pickups (Rs 600), local sightseeing, and any onward travel (a shared taxi to or from Mumbai airport costs Rs 650 either way). Another agency you can approach is TC Travel & Services (210/211 Metro House, Mangaldas Rd.; tel. 020/6400-8216).

Getting Around -- If you're based at the Osho Resort, you'll probably be happy to stay in the vicinity of the meditation compound, and there's plenty to do within walking distance of the resort. Auto-rickshaws congregate near the resort entrance and are ubiquitous throughout the city; most will use their meters without having to be asked, others will happily offer you an "as you like" fare deal (in which you pay what you feel the driver's time, effort, and fuel have been worth; be fair). Pune Municipal Transport runs daily sightseeing tours, which you can book at the Pune Railway Station (tel. 020/3293-0008); they're unspectacular, but a mere Rs 152 gets you a seat on the A/C bus.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.