Pune City and Places Around

Pune  is the second largest city in the Indian state of Maharashtra after Mumbai and  seventh most populous city in the country. Pune is administrative headquarter of Pune district and was once thecentre of power of the Maratha Empire established by Shivaji Maharaj. In the 18th century, Pune was the political centre of the Indian subcontinent, as the seat of the Peshwas who were the prime ministers of the Maratha Empire. Considered to be the cultural capital of  Maharashtra, pune is known as "Oxford of the  East" due to the presence of several wellknown educational institutions in the city has emerged as a major educationalhub in recent decades in recent decades nearly half of the total international students in country studying in Pune. Since the 1950s and 1960s, Pune has had a traditional old economic base as most of the old industries continue to grow.  The city is known, for its manufacturing and automobile industries as well as if or research institutes of information technology (IT),  The city has many sites which are of the heritage value and are symbolic of the cultural climaxes it has reached in the past.

Early and medieval

Copper plates dated 858 AD and 868 AD show that by the 8th century an agricultural settlement known as Punnaka existed where Pune is today. The plates indicate that region was ruled by the Rashtrakuta dynasty.The Pataleshwar rock - cut temple complex was built during this era. Pune was part of the territory ruled by Seuna Yadavas of Devagiri from the 9th  century to 1327. In 1595, Maloji Raje Bhowasales granted the jagirdari (Fiefdom) of pune by the Ahmadnagar Sultanate. Pune was ruled by the Ahmadnagar Sultanate until it was annexed by the Mughals in the 17th century.

Maratha era

Pune was part of the Jagir (fiefdom) granted to Maloji Bhosale in 1599 for his services to the Nizamshahi of Ahmadnagar. His grandson, Shivaji, the founder of Maratha confederate, was born in Shivneri fort not far from Pune. Shivaji was brought up by his mother in Pune. Pune changed hands several times hands several times between the Mughals and institutes of  the Marathas in the period between 1660 and 1705. When Chhatrapati shahu succeeded to the Maratha throne in 1707, he wanted to declare Satara the capital but his chief administrators the Peshwa who were the real power behind the throne, decided Pune was to be their headquarters.

Peshwa rule

Bajirao Peshwa constructed a lake at Katraj on the outskirts of the city and an underground aqueduct to bring water from the lake to Shaniwar Wada. The aqueduct is still operational. Pune prospered as a city during the reign of Nanasaheb Peshwa. He developed, Saras Baug, Heera Baug Parvati Hill and new commercial, trading and residential localities.

Architecture

In addition to its temples, historical attractions in and around Pune include the rockcut Pataleshwar cave temple, Aga plained to the Shahu(King) Saying that Khan Palace, Shaniwarwada, lal Mahal, and Sinhagad fort. Shinde Chhatri located at Wanowrie, is a memorial dedicated to the Great Maratha Sardar, Mahadaji Shinde (Scindia), who was instrumental in the establishing the Maratha supremacy over North India The city is also known for its British Raj bungalow architecture the Garden Cities Movement layout of the Cantonment in the early Twentieth CenturyChristopher Charles Benninger landmark architectural works surround the city, including the Mahindra United World College of India, the Centre for Development Studies and Activities, the YMCA Retreat at Nilshi and Samundra  Institute of Maritime Studies. Museums, parks and zoos Prominent museums in Pune include the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum,Chhatrapati Shivaji  Maharaj the Museum of Indian History, Mahatma Phule Museum, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum, Joshi Museum of Miniature Railway and Pune Tribal Museum Pune also houses Blades of Glory Cricket Museum, which is the biggest cricket museum in the world. TheCollege of Military Engineering has an archive and an equipment museum which has a rail exhibit with a metre gauge train. Pune has public gardens, such as the Kamala Nehru Park, SambhajiPark, Shahu Udyan,Peshwe Park saras baug, Empress garden, Taljai Hills, and Bund Garden Pune.  Pu La Deshpande Udyan is a replica of the Korakuen Garden in Okayama, Japan. The Aga Khan palace was built in 1892 by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in Pune. The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is located at Katraj, close to the city. The zoo, earlier located at Peshwe Park, was merged with the reptile park at Katraj in 1999. Besides this, certain spots in Pune such as Hanuman Tekdi, and Taljai forest are popular haunts for nature lovers.

Sinhgad Fort

Sinhagad (also known as Sinhgad) is a hill fortress located at around 25 km southwest of the city of Pune, India. Some of the information the available at this fort suggests that the fort could have been built 2000 years ago.The caves and the carvings in the Kaundinyeshwar temple stand as proofs for the same. The Sinhgad Fort was initially known as "Kondhana" after the sage Kaundinya.The Kaundinyeshwar  temple coupled with the caves and carvings indicate that the fort had probably been  built around two thousand years ago.The trek involves a one- way of 2.7 km (1.6 miles) over which the walker gains about 600 m (1950 feet) in elevation. Parts of the once extensive for tification are in ruins.The fort houses a memorial to Tanaji as well as the tomb of rajaram chhatrapti. visitors can see the military stables of goddess Kali (godess) along with a Hanuman statue to the right side of the temple, as well as the historic gates Read more...

Shaniwar Wada

The Shaniwar Wada was originally the seven-storied capital building, the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. It was supposed to be made entirely of stone but after the completion of the base floor or the first story, the people of Satara (the national capital) the people people of satara. peopleof complained to the Shahu(King) saying that a stone monument can be sanctioital) the people people of satara. peopleof complained to the Shahu(King) saying that a stone monument can be sanctioned and built only by the Shahu(King) himself and not peshwas. The Fountain The complex had an impressive lotus shaped fountain:the Hazari Karanje (Fountain of a thousand jets). It was constructed for the pleasure of the infant Peshwa Sawai Madhavrao. It was designed as a sixteen petal lotus; each petal had sixteen jets with an eighty-foot arch.  It was the most complicated  and intricate fountain of its time Read more...