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About Pune, India
Pune is one of India's largest cities with a metro area population of over 5 Million people. After Mumbai, Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra.
Pune has a very strong educational focus with 9 universities and over 100 educational institutions. The University of Pune is the most well known.
Pune also has a growing industrial base, including IT businesses, manufacturing, glass, and sugar production. The automotive industry is well established in Pune. Software and business process outsourcing companies are also expanding in the region.
Pune is located on the Deccan Plateau in western India at an elevation of about 560 meters. It is located about 100 miles inland from Mumbai, a coastal city.
Due to it's relatively higher elevation, Pune has somewhat cooler weather than coastal India - but it still gets extremely hot in summer. The city has 3 distinct seasons: summer, monsoon (rainy), and winter.
Some of the main attractions of the city are Pataleshwar Caves, a temple cut into rock in the middle of the city; Bund Garden, along the banks of the Mula-Mutha rivers, Shaniwar Waada, a regal palace destroyed by fire in 1827, and Aga Kahn Palace, where Gandhi stayed in 1942.
The large student population in Pune makes for a lively atmosphere and vibrant nightlife. The city has excellent restaurants and good museums.
In Pune, Marathi is the most widely spoken language. Hindi and English are also spoken widely. English is used heavily in business. About 20% of Pune residents are Brahmins. Another 10-12% are Muslims, but Hinduism is the most widely practiced religion in the city.
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