Shivaji Nagar in PunePune, located on the western coast of Maharashtra have a number of areas and localities that maintains their distinct flavour and individuality over time. Each area has played an important role in the development of this city into an IT Hub and a centre of education in Maharashtra. The strategically located Shivaji Nagar is one such area.
Shivaji Nagar is perhaps one of the most essential areas of Pune. It is located right in the centre of Pune city. The District Court of Pune and the Pune Municipal Corporation are situated in Shivaji Nagar. Staying true to its reputation of being a student city, Shivaji Nagar also boasts of a large number of famous institutes of education in their particular branch of studies.
Shivaji Nagar is centrally located and apart from the important administrative buildings is a major commercial area with a number of major companies like Larsen & Toubro and Axis Software also located here. The E-Sqaure Multiplex are also located here.
Shivaji Nagar Railway Station in Pune
Shivaji Nagar is important to Pune from the suburban commute via railways point of view. The Shivaji Nagar Railway Station links Pune to almost all the important cities in Maharashtra. It is a small railway station with only two platforms. Another reason for the importance of this station is the fact that it is the nearest railway station to all the important administrative and educational buildings located in Shivaji Nagar. This railway station is located a mere 2 km away from the Pune Railway Station. There is a major demand for increase in the number of services of suburban trains by commuters. There is also a plan of starting long distance trains from here. The old Mumbai-Pune highway is also located just behind the station.
Shivaji Nagar Bus Stand Pune
Located right beside the railway station is the Shivaji Nagar Bus Stand. This particular bus stand links Pune to important cities in Maharashtra like Mumbai, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Solapur, Satara etc. Luxury air-conditioned buses are also being run by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation between Pune to Mumbai multiple times a day. This Bus Stand even provides services to other states like Goa, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh from Pune. Shivaji Nagar is also well connected to the rest of the Pune city by the PMPML busses.
Shivaji Nagar Station – Swargate Skywalk
The Shivaji Nagar-Swargate Skywalk is a proposed project to join the Shivaji Nagar to Swargate via Shaniwarwada and Mandai Market. The facilities provided on this skywalk will be drinking water, elevator services and escalators and ramps. This skywalk has been proposed with the objective of reducing traffic in Shivaji Nagar and provide a less congested environment for commuting pedestrians.
Culture and Entertainment in Shivaji Nagar
Located in this area on Gokhle Road is the Mahatma Phule Museum. This Museum depicts various industrial products and agricultural and handicraft articles. This Museum was established in 1890 by the name of Lord Ray Museum. An interesting peculiarity of this museum is that it has an array of samples of the body structures of all animals ranging from something as mammoth as an elephant to the smallest of fish. The Mahatma Phule Museum is easily accessible from all parts of Pune with a hired auto rickshaw.
The Pataleshwar Cave Temple is a rock cut monument of worship carved in the Rashtrakuta period in the 8th Century. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It has been left incomplete for reasons of either unstable land or political upheavals. However, the ‘lingum’ inside the temple is still worshiped. This temple has been declared a protected monument by the government.
Shivaji Nagar is dotted with little eateries and popular restaurants that offer a range of cuisines from Chinese and Italian to South Indian and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. Smaller eateries offering meals at a value price are extremely important for the students studying in this area and the majority of the middle class masses working here. The E-Square Mall offers shopping, movies and restaurants and a gaming arcade thus providing the residents of Shivaji Nagar and its surroundings a complete family entertainment package.
Shivaji Nagar Important InformationPin Code: 411005
Telephone Code: 020
Vehicle Registration: MH - 12
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi and English