Tickets to India
Prices and availability of tickets to India vary considerably throughout the year. It is good to approach your online sources or your travel agent well in advance. The busy times begin after the monsoon in September, reach a peak at the end of the year, and continue till the hot season starts around April/May.
Pune International Airport
While most flights are into Mumbai, some international flights arrive directly at the International airport in Pune, which is about a 15 to 20-minute cab ride from the Osho International Meditation Resort which of course saves the 4-hour taxi ride from Mumbai to Pune.
There are direct flights from Frankfurt and Dubai. And indirect flights from many other international airports in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Bengaluru (Bangalore) Hyderabad, Goa….
Entry procedures are simple and quick and you avoid the car journey out of Mumbai to Pune.
Flights from Mumbai to Pune
Jet Airways flies from Mumbai to Pune at 10.05 every morning except Saturday, arriving at 10.55. So, depending on the arrival time of your international flight, you can decide if this timing works for you. The price for an economy seat is about Rs. 7,000 to 9,000 one way.
These connecting flight can now be booked through most international carriers at the time of booking your flight to India.
Getting from International to Domestic terminals:
The flights to Pune are from Terminal 2 at the Domestic Airport in Mumbai. This is a 15-minute taxi-ride from the International terminal.
Easiest is to get the Jet Airways Courtesy Coach from International Airport to the Domestic Airport (but it usually goes only about 2 hours before a flight) or, take the Leela courtesy coach to the Leela Hotel and later take their Courtesy Coach to the Domestic Airport.
You can, of course, take a pre-booked local taxi to the Domestic Airport, which you just book at the International Airport as you leave it.
While waiting for flights:
The Leela Kempinski and the Courtyard by Marriot are both next to the International Airport and have air-conditioned coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. If you need to sit out half the night, it is definitely much nicer here than in either Airport. Plus both the hotels offer free regular shuttles to/from both airports. They both have reasonably priced buffet meals (in the coffee shops) and great toilets! Apparently a day membership to the swimming pools can be available.
The domestic airport in Mumbai has recently been totally renovated and one can easily find comfortable places to wait, or there is the Centaur Hotel, which is next to the domestic airport. At the domestic airport there are also "retiring rooms" which you can book for a few hours to sleep in. Both airports also have left-luggage facilities outside in the car park.
Arriving in Pune:
From the Pune Airport a pre-paid Taxi or Rickshaw (which you book at the cabin inside the airport on arrival) can take you to the area of the Osho International Meditation Resort, approximately 8 km away, for about 200-300 rupees. When you pay, they will give you a receipt with the drivers name on it – before you leave the building. An alternative is to book Travel Masters to meet you and take you to your accommodation.