My next destination: Pune

Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra in western India, around 160 kilometers south-east of the state capital, Mumbai. Situated 560 metres above sea level on the Deccan plateau, at the confluence of the Mula and Mutha river[1], it is the administrative capital of Pune district and the eighth most populous metropolitan area in India[2].

Pune has existed as a town since at least 937.Chatrapati Shivaji spend his early years in this city. He and his associates initiated lot of development activities in the city, as a result Pune became one of richest, culturally developed city on 'Maharastrian Deccan plateau' and this status is unchanged even today.After 1730, Pune rose to national level as a power center due to Peshwe – the prime ministers of Maratha Empire reporting to their master,Chatrapati of Satara.After the town was brought under the control of British India in 1817, it erved as a cantonment town and as the "monsoon capital" of the Bombay Presidency until the independence of India. In independent India, Pune is known for its educational facilities, having more than a hundred educational institutes and nine universities[3]. It also boasts a growing industrial hinterland, with many information technology and automotive companies setting up factories in Pune district. (After Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pune).

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