About Pune

Pune, formerly called Poona, also known as Punya-Nagari, is the eighth largest metropolis in India, the second largest in the state of Maharashtra, after Mumbai and the largest city in the Western Ghats. Once the center of power of the Maratha Empire, situated 560 metres above sea level on the Deccan plateau at the confluence of the Mula and Mutha rivers, Pune is the administrative capital of Pune district. ( more.. )

Copper plates dated to 758 and 768 show that, by the 8th century, an agricultural settlement known as Punnaka existed where Pune is today. The plates indicate that this region was ruled by the Rashtrakutas. The Pataleshwar rock-cut temple complex was built during this era. The Kasba peth in central Pune were constructed in the 5th century.( more.. )

Pune is inextricably linked to the life of the great Maratha hero and king, Chhatrapati Shivaji. With the emergence of Chhatrapati Shivaji, who founded the Maratha empire, Pune became known to the Delhi Sultanate. The Maratha power came to an end in 1818, when the British led by Mount Stuart Elphinstone defeated them and established the British Raj in this region. During the freedom struggle of India, Pune was an important centre for social and religious reform movements that were sweeping the country. Now Pune has become one of the most enjoyable cities of India. Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra . Marathi is the regional language of Pune. Pune is a city of varied culture and traditions. There are many places to visit near Pune by bus, private & public transport.