How to reach NCL
The NCL is located in the city of Pune on the foothills of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra in the western India. Maharashtra is the most prosperous state in the country and is also home to Bombay (Mumbai), the business capital of India. Pune is 3 - 4 hours away (180 km) from Bombay by train/ Taxi/ Bus.
The most convenient way for overseas visitors to reach Pune is via a flight after a stop over at Bombay. Pune is well connected by buses and taxis from Bombay. Most visitors to NCL arrive in Pune from Mumbai after crossing over the picturesque Western Ghats to be received by a city very different from Mumbai. Pune is also well connected to all major cities in India by train.
Pune city is the cultural and educational capital of Maharashtra. Traditionally, Pune has been the bastion of Marathi culture and language. Pune is also a historical city with many stories to tell and monuments on display. Today, Pune is also a modern and cosmopolitan city with institutions and organizations of all kinds including industries, defense establishments, research laboratories, academic institutions and medical centers. The level of education, affluence and social freedom in Pune is relatively high.
Once in Pune, reaching NCL is quite easy. The NCL campus is located at north-west of Pune. It is a large one and very close to the University of Pune. The NCL campus is quite well known and any auto-rickshaw or taxi driver should be able to bring you to NCL quite easily.
The NCL campus covers a large territory beyond the University of Pune campus and is in the vicinity of hills and a lake. The main gate to the NCL office area is on Dr Homi Bhabha Road (Pashan Road) which leads to Pashan Lake and the famous National Defense Academy at Khadakvasla. The campus also includes housing and facilities for the staff. The flora and fauna around the NCL campus is rich and diverse.
You can take auto rickshaws or private taxis from the airport. For auto rickshaw, expect a ride from the airport to be about Rs. 180 -220. Make sure, before you start, that the driver agrees to use the fare meter. If he doesn't, negotiate the price ahead of time. Often the driver will insist on extra money for luggage. It typically takes forty minutes to an hour to reach NCL. Prepaid auto rickshaw and car is also available at the reception desk of the airport.
From Mumbai international airport you can take rented cab to NCL Pune. It is only 150 km and the rental (with driver only) depends on the size and the make of the car. The fare varies between Rs 4000 – 6000.
From Pune Railway Station:
If you are reaching Pune by train from Mumbai and if the train has a scheduled stop at Shivajinagar Railway Station, then it is the nearest place (5 km) to get down otherwise, the train halts at Pune railway station (8 km).
Auto rickshaws are available from the Railway station. Expect a ride from the Pune railway station to cost around Rs.120. Make sure, before you start, the driver agrees to use the fare meter. If he doesn't, negotiate the price ahead of time.