Facts About Pune City
Pune is one of the popular cities in India. Pune houses the large tech corporates, IT companies, educational institutions and research organizations.
In this post, you will find why the Pune city is best? And, interesting facts about the historical, yet advanced city. It’s a land of the Great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Oxford of the East
Pune is known as the “Oxford of the East”. A number of premier institutes are operating in Pune. You can find all sorts of educational houses.
- Savitribai Phule Pune University
- Bharati Vidyapeeth
- Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute
- Defence Institute of Advanced Technology
- Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth
- Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
- National Institute of Construction
- Management and Research
- National Defence Academy
- Tilak Maharashtra University
- Symbiosis International University
These are some of the top universities in Pune. Apart from these, there are many other private universities to choose from. Due to this big size portfolio, Pune deserves to be termed as the Oxford of the East.
There are so many engineering colleges for technical education. Pune has an IIT too i.e. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Pune.
Naming of the city!
Historical references of the city found in many scriptures. The earliest entry found on a Rashtrakuta Dynasty copper plate which is dated back to 937 CE. It refers the city as Punya-Vishaya.
Later, Yadava dynasty had renamed it to “Punakavishaya” and “Punya Vishaya”. The city was known as “Kasbe Pune” under the rulership of Shahaji Raje Bhosale.
Later, it was changed to Poona in British era, and finally to today’s “Pune” in 1978.
Forts in Pune
Pune is best known for its historical assets. There are many forts located in Pune. Maratha Empire Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj focused on Forts and surrounding areas. According to him, the forts were the safe houses from the point of view of a king.
N.B.: The Forts are located in the different areas of Pune district. But, due to their importance we couldn’t resist them including in this list about Pune city.
- Chakan Fort or Sangramgad
- Korigad (Korlai)
- Malhargad (Sonori)
- Sinhagad (Kondhana Fort)
- Torna Fort (Prachandagad)
- Tung Fort or Kathingad
- Vajrangad (Rudramal)
- Visapur Fort
The historic Yerawada Central Jail is located in Pune. It is the high-security central jail/prison in India. Many notable people had presence in there.
The great Indian freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu), was there in 1932-33 and later in 1942 at the time of Quit India Movement. Nowadays, Yerwada area is quite developed. Pune Municipal Corporation has done quite a good job.
Nightlife in Pune
Pune has the highest number of pubs. Pune is the most popular city in terms of pubs and nightlife. People work all day and enjoy nightlife at night.
Pune is said to be the most loved city in India. Since the last decade, nightlife in Pune has grown rapidly. So, if you are a party lover and a night owl, the time has come for you to start making plans to visit Pune.
Even the world’s most popular Hard Rock Cafe has a presence in Pune.
IT Hub of India
The Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjawadi is a ₹ 600 billion (US$8.9 billion) project by MIDC situated in Pune, Maharashtra (India).
The IT park of about 2,800 acres (11 km2) is home to over 800 small to larger size IT companies. In Pune, apart from Hinjawadi, other areas, like, Magarpatta, Kharadi also houses many IT companies.
The National Defence Academy AKA NDA is the joint services academy of the Indian Armed Forces. It’s world’s first in the world to train all the three forces together, namely, Army, Navy and Air Force. It is located in none other than Pune, Khadakwasla.
Badminton & Pune Connection
British soldiers used to play this game in India, Pune. So, technically, the first badminton match was played in Pune (India). Later, when they returned to their country, they played the game at Gloucestershire County.
Initially, they used to call it, “Poona”. What a pity. Name of the city given to a game. Whoever has invented that game, that was done in Pune.
And, if you know a typically Punekar, the thing started in Pune, is a Puneit thing. They don’t care about the people’s opinion. Have you ever heard about “Puneri Patya”? Let’s know in the comments section.
More Than 4400+ Restaurants
Pune is a paradise for foodies. According to Ixigo, Pune houses more than 4400+ restaurants and food outlets. I think Pune people are quite fond of foods and beverages. By the way, me too, doing my engineering in Pune. “Jaani khate to hum bhi hain, lekin jata kaha hai, pata nahi. Banao bhai, aur restaurants banao. Lekin kabhi hame bhi bulaya karo.”
So call, Film and Television Institute of India is located in Pune. Many legends have completed their formal acting lessons from this place. It was founded in 1960, but, actually came into action in 1961.
The Television Training section later shifted from New Delhi to Pune in 1974. FTII provides courses in many different areas such as, film direction, editing, cinematography, audigraphy, acting, art direction, computer graphics, animation, and film scriptwriting.
So, what do you think about Pune?
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