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Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra in
western India, around 160 kilometers south-east of the state capital, Mumbai.
Situated 560 metres above sea level on the Deccan plateau,
at the confluence of the Mula and Mutha river, it is the administrative capital
of Pune district and the eighth most populous metropolitan area in India.
Pune has existed as a town since at least 937.
Chatrapati Shivaji spend his early years in this city.
He and his associates initiated lot of development activities in the city,
as a result Pune became one of richest, culturally developed city on
'Maharastrian Deccan plateau' and this status is unchanged even today.
After 1730, Pune rose to national level as a power centre due to Peshwe
the prime ministers of Maratha Empire reporting to their master, Chatrapati of Satara.
After the town was brought under the control of British India in 1817,
it served as a cantonment town and as the "monsoon capital" of the
Bombay Presidency until the independence of India.
In independent India, Pune is known for its educational facilities,
having more than a hundred educational institutes and nine universities.
It also boasts a growing industrial hinterland, with many information technology
and automotive companies setting up factories in Pune district.
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