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PUNE is the seventh 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, it is situated 560 meters above sea level on the Deccan plateau at the confluence of the Mula andMutha rivers. Pune city is the administrative capital of Pune district.
Pune is known to have existed as a town since 847 AD. Today, Pune is known for its educational facilities and prosperity. Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Pune has had manufacturing, glass, sugar, and forging industries since the 1950-60s. It has a growing industrial hinterland, with information technology and automotive companies setting up factories in the district. The city is known for cultural activities like classical music, spirituality, theater, sports, and literature. These activities and job opportunities attract migrants and students from all over India and abroad, which makes for a city of many communities and cultures.
Pune has a tropical wet and dry climate with average temperatures ranging between 20 to 28 °C (68 to 82°F). Pune experiences three seasons: summer, monsoon and a mild autumn. Places around Pune like Lonavala, Khandala and Mahabaleshwar are world famous spots
Pune is said to be the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra. It epitomizes Marathi culture, which lays emphasis on education, arts and crafts, music, and theater. Pune has emerged as a center of modern architecture in India, with prize-winning buildings. Pune culture reflects a blend of traditions with modernity, along with hosting classical shows.
Sorghum and Pearl milletare the main ingredients of traditional Pune food. Specialties include Puran Poli (a dessert bread),Bhakri (millet pancakes) with Pithla (a flour-based curry),Bhelpuri and Pav Bhaji.Mastani, a thick milkshake containing dried fruit, is a speciality of the city. Vada Pav and Misal Pav are common street foods. Being a Metropolitan city, Pune also boasts a wide variety of restaurants, serving cuisines from all over the world.
Economy & IT Sector
As one of the largest cities in India, and as a result of its many colleges and universities, Pune is emerging as a prominent location for IT and manufacturing companies to expand. Pune has the seventh largest metropolitan economy and the sixth highest per capita income in the country
The Hinjawadi IT Park (officially called the Rajeev Gandhi IT Park) is a project being started by MIDC to house the IT sector in Pune. When completed, the Hinjawadi IT Park is expected to have an area of about 2,800 acres (11 km). The estimated investment in the project is 60,000 crore (US$11.34 billion).
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