The neighbourhood of 5 Racecourse traces its roots to the Peshwa era. It transitioned from the Peshwas to the British and it was then that the Pune Cantonment came into being. Today, it is home to the Southern Command and it continues to enjoy a balanced mix of History and Modernity that gives it a unique character.
Est. in 1817, Pune Cantonment, also known as Camp,
is a military cantonment located in the
city of Pune, India. It was established in
1817 for accommodating troops of the
A central belt of about 130 acres had to be kept open for military use – for training drills, parades and sports. The rest of the area around this open, barren space was used to set up barracks for troops, both European and native, and for messes, stores, armouries, hospitals and other such structures.
The Great Indian Rebellion of 1857 not just resulted in the transfer of power from the East India Company to the British Crown but also a reorganisation of existing military formations. With effect from April 1, 1895 the Presidency Armies were abolished to form the Indian Army. Four separate commands, Bombay, Bengal, Punjab and Madras came into existence with the Bombay Command being headquartered in Pune since April 1, 1895, the day which marks the raising of the command in Pune.
The history of the RWITC Pune Racecourse dates back to the early 1800s when horse racing was introduced to the city. The first horse race in Pune was held in 1819, and over the years, the sport gained popularity among the city’s elite. The racecourse is spread over 118 acres in the heart of the city.
The area that is known as Empress Garden today was bought by the British from a local Peshwa Sardar in 1838. In 1880, the garden was brought under the aegis of the Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India. The Empress Botanical Gardens spread over 39 acres are home to over 150+ species of trees and 85+ species of birds, making it a green paradise in the heart of the city.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic religious building built in neo-gothic style in the middle of the 19th century. It was adopted as ‘cathedral’ church when Pune (then Poona) was made diocese (1886), of which it is still the main church.
The SRPF spread over 600+ acres, is a proud-armed Police Unit, comprising of 18000+ personnel, and is an integral and an extremely important part of Maharashtra State Police. The SRPF Gr. II, Pune has had the privilege of taking an active part in the Goa Police operations in 1961, where it was honoured by the then Prime Minister, Pandit Nehru.
Uday Baug and Sopan Baug in Pune are prime residential areas that offer a serene and upscale living experience.
The presence of well-maintained infrastructure, lush green spaces, landscaped gardens, and tree-lined avenues and a range of amenities contribute to their appeal.
With their proximity to shopping malls, schools and hospitals, these areas attract residents who appreciate a high-quality lifestyle.