Pune is the second largest city in the Indian state of Maharashtra after Mumbai, the seventh most populous city in the country and is one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region. It is extremely well connected to neighbouring states via air, road and rail transportation with the Mumbai-Pune Expressway being India's first six-lane high-speed expressway reducing travel time between Pune and Mumbai to almost two hours.
Pune International Airport is an international Airport at Lohegaon, operated by the Airports Authority of India, sharing its runways with the neighbouring Indian Air Force base. From domestic flights to all major Indian cities, this airport serves international direct flights to Dubai (operated by Air India Express) and to Frankfurt (operated by Lufthansa).
Situated 560 metres (1,837 feet) above sea level on the Deccan plateau on the right bank of the Mutha river, Pune sits in the lap of the verdant Sahyadris promising a salubrious climate all year round making the city a popular real estate investment hub for all seeking a contemporary lifestyle.
Pune boasts of a formidable history of being home to the invincible Chatrapti Shivaji Maharaj and then later on his successors, the Peshwas. In the 18th century, Pune became the seat of power with Bajjirao Peshwa the prime minister of the Maratha Empire, extending Maratha supremacy from the Deccan into the south and onwards to the gates of Delhi. .
Pune is the Oxford of the East with an impressive presence of well-known educational institutions offering a dynamic variety of global streams from traditional engineering to liberal arts, emerging as a major educational hub in recent decades with nearly half of the total international students in the country studying in Pune staying on to make Pune their home.
Traditionally home to several leading manufacturing and automobile industries since the 1950s, Pune has, over the years, become a hub attracting students, professionals & entrepreneurs from all over the world. Mercer 2017 Quality of Living Rankings’ highlights Pune among evolving business centres and nine emerging cities around the world making it a popular choice for real estate investments.
The very popular international game of Badminton was first conceptualized by British soldiers during their occupation of Pune and was called ‘Poona’. Today, Pune boasts of several sporting and fitness recreational organizations and clubs that nurture and aggressively promote talent from swimming, cricket, badminton, soccer, cycling, skating, and running to body building.
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