The most liveable city in India, Pune is one place in the country where you can easily feel the essence of composure. After all, it is surrounded by numerous beautiful hill stations. As it has a history dating back to early Medieval Period of India, it is home to several historical sites too. Therefore, it wouldn't be wrong to say that Pune is an ultimate city for a traveller who is looking forward to savouring the best of natural and historical sites. But, do you know there are several surprising facts about Pune only a very few travellers are aware of? Wouldn't you love to know about them? If yes, then this is your read. Here, we have listed down 6 astonishing facts about Pune that you probably did not know.
1) Pune Is Derived From Punya
Pune is derived from a word called Punya, which literally means the conflux of two rivers, as it is settled at the confluence of the Muthi and Mula rivers. However, Pune was never the exact name by which it was recognised in the past. As per records, it was also given the name of Punaka Desha, Punevadi and Kasaba Pune. Generally, all these names are distorted forms of Punya.
2) One Of The Fastest-growing Cities In India
If we take recent reports into consideration, then it could be easily said that Pune is one of the fastest-developing cities in India and soon it will be overcoming the likes of Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. As of now, it is the second largest city in Maharashtra and is home to about 212 software companies.
3) The Land Of The Historic Yerwada Prison
Yerwada Central Prison is one of the high-security and largest jails in India. It was built during the British era in the year 1871, and since then it has been one of the most significant prisons in the country.
It is generally termed as a historic site as it housed numerous national freedom fighters in the past, such as Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Subhas Chandra Bose. During the Emergency period, it was also used to keep several political opponents of Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister of the country.
4) The Origin Of Badminton
Well, this is certainly a fact you might have never heard of. Yes, Pune is said to be where badminton originated in India. As per records, the game was brought to the city by several British soldiers who were posted within Pune, then called Poona.
The popularity of badminton grew over a period of time from Pune itself and today, it is one of the most loved outdoor sports in India. It is also said that the game was once given the name, 'Poona'. Doesn't that fascinate you?
5) Has The Highest Number Of Pubs
If you think Bangalore is the city with the highest number of pubs, then you certainly need to correct your facts. To your surprise, it is Pune, the most liveable city in India. Since the last decade, the nightlife in Pune has grown rapidly. So, if you are a party lover and a night owl, then the time has come you start making plans to visit Pune.
6) Known As The Oxford Of The East
Over a period of time, the number of educational institutes in Pune has also grown drastically. Hence, it has become an educational hub of the country. As of now, there are thousands of international students studying in the reputed colleges of the city, ranging from research institutes to management colleges. Symbiosis International University in Pune is one of the most popular colleges in India. Therefore, it is no wonder it is called the Oxford of the East.