Famous as the ‘Oxford of the East’, the city of Pune, is also the district head quarters. The city is the eighth largest city in India and the second largest in Maharashtra. With a long history beginning with the Old Stone Age (more than 1,00,000 years) the city has witnessed various events of regional and national importance. With a small habitation on the banks of river Mutha, it has grown into a huge metropolis with a population of at least 5,049,968 (according to the 2011 census report). With a very visible interest and participation in cultural activities, it has been known as the ‘Cultural Capital of Maharashtra’ and today the city is also an important Information & Technology as well as a thriving Automobile Industry Centre.
After independence Pune has become the cultural capital as well as a very important centre of education and industry. It is also home to the National Film & Television Institute, the National Film Archives, the National Defence Academy and the Southern Command Military head quarters. It has the right blend of a metropolis and a small town and has thus become the popular choice for people from all over the country.
Situated 560 meters (1840ft) above sea level on the Deccan plateau, temperature in Pune ranges 20-28 °C. Thus the city is also famous for its pleasant weather. Pune is surrounded by many hills and at least four rivers traverse the city. This has made Pune a very sought after destination for many people to settle down. The excellent weather and the peaceful life in the city had earned it the nickname of ‘Pensioners’ Paradise’!