International Conference on Algebra and Algebraic Geometry
in honour of Shreeram S. Abhyankar's 80th Birthday
Pune, India, December 17-22, 2010
Pune is well-connected to
most cities in India by flights, trains, and roadways. There
are also direct flights to Pune from Frankfurt (Lufthansa) and Dubai (Air India Express).
However, most international passengers may find it convenient and cheaper
to fly into Mumbai (= Bombay) and then take an airport shuttle to Pune (journey time: approx. 3 hours).
Please note that most international visitors will require a visa for
India (just as Indian citizens require a visa to visit their country),
and also that December-January tends to be a busy period in terms of travel
to and from India, especially from Europe and North America; thus, it is advisable to book early.
Here are some useful links.
KK Travels have a shared airport cab transfer service from Mumbai airport to Pune, and back. [Current Cost: 650 Indian Rupees or about 15 US dollars, each way]
Chauffer-driven private cabs for the trip from Mumbai airport to Pune, or
for travel within Pune or within Mumbai are available, for example, from eCabs.in [Prices starting 1900 Indian Rupees or about 43 US dollars, each way, for the airport transfer]
Jet Airways have two direct flights from Mumbai to Pune (at 09.55 and 16.35) and back (at 11.10 and 17.40).
The flight leaves Mumbai from the
domestic terminal which can be reached in about 30 minutes by a free shuttle bus from the
international terminal. The flight duration is about 35 minutes and the
current lowest cost is about 100 US dollars each way.
Air India Holidays is a
good option for those planning a touristic visit to other parts of India
before or after the conference.
The official currency is Indian Rupee (currently, 1 US dollar is about 46 Rupees and 1 Euro is about 60 Rupees);
see an online Currency Converter for latest
information). Credit cards are widely accepted, but not everywhere!
It may be advisable to change at bank ATM's or at official exchange bureaus at the airport.